Aurion Learning’s Masterclass; E-Learning Made Easy series, visited Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh throughout September and October with HR, Learning and Development and digital professionals from over 150 organisations attending the free events.

Expertise, advice and tips were on offer that enabled attendees get a better insight into what’s happening in digital learning and how it can help improve performance throughout their organisations.

Run by digital learning experts; Aurion Learning, the half-day sessions also included presentations from client organisations who have ‘walked the talk’ of digital learning. Representatives from Food Safety Authority Ireland, Family Planning Association, Border Lives, Action for Children and Scottish Bakers, who presented at all 3 masterclass events shared their experiences and lessons learnt along the way.

Delegate Helen Bowman from Business in the Community said: “I found the session full of information, the presentations were fantastic and there was plenty of time for people to ask questions. It was also great for networking, meeting new and familiar faces and learning from the experts as well as each other.”

Dr. Maureen Murphy, Managing Director at Aurion Learning said: “It’s been great to see so many organisations come together and hear how other organisations have introduced digital learning as well as learn new ways of doing things that will help improve quality, enhance performance, standardise training, cut delivery costs and make it easier for learners to participate in learning and development.”

She added:
“Feedback from our masterclass series has been extremely positive and our team are already underway to plan a new series of events that will take place throughout Ireland and the UK in 2015.”

Kenny Henderson will be joining us at Learning Essentials Conference on 31st October which we're holding at West Lothian College.  During his session, Kenny will look at what's happening across the elearning industry and how we can ensure that elearning remains relevant.

Many of you will know Kenny from his time with BSkyB, where he led the design and delivery of creative learning solutions, before becoming Head of Talent Development Operations.  Now running his own consultancy, Kenny is helping organisations such as Credit Suisse and The Scottish Government understand how their learning & development strategy can deliver improved individual, team and business performance.

In his session at Learning Essentials, Kenny will talk about the work going on across the elearning industry in organisations using learning technology as part of their learning & development strategy. With 8 years experience of working in partnership with some of the UK's leading suppliers, Kenny will also give an insight into what's being done across the wider external supplier market.

Learning Essentials 2014 takes place at West Lothian College on 31st October.  The cost for Alliance Members to attend the days event is only £99 - it's not too late to book your place.


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Aurion Learning has announced that learning and development professionals from some of Scotland’s leading organisations will be among the speakers at its forthcoming Masterclass: E-Learning Made Easy, which takes place on Thursday 23 October, 2014 at The MEWS, NASWUT in Edinburgh.

Chief Executive of Scottish Bakers, Alan Clarke, Programme Manager from Scottish Prison Service, Joe Sture and Learning and Development Consultant, Andy Napier from Action for Children will discuss the E-Learning journeys within their organisations and lessons learnt along the way.

The free-to-attend, half day masterclass will help Learning and Development Managers, Learning Consultants, Trainers and Facilitators who want a better insight into what's happening in digital learning get the most out of learning and development in their organisations.

Speaking about the event, Dr. Maureen Murphy, Managing Director at Aurion Learning said: “Edinburgh is the last port of call in our extremely successful masterclass series this year and I really appreciate our client speakers taking time out of their busy schedules to speak to our registered attendees about their E-Learning experiences. Alan, Joe and Andy will collectively add an important and highly informed perspective to the masterclass.”

She added: “The feedback from attendees at our previous masterclass events in Dublin and Belfast has been extremely positive and with just over a week to go until the final masterclass event takes place, I’d encourage those interested in finding out more about E-Learning or how they can develop it further in their organisation to sign up and save their seat.”

Spaces are still available, to sign up for free and further information on the E-Learning Masterclass, visit

Our annual survey shows that one of the things you like about the eLearning Alliance are the opportunities to share experiences and to help one another with issues which arise in our everyday work.

Many of the events we run are set in a formal environment where you can learn from experts from across our community, but we also recognise that a great deal of learning comes from the informal discussions that takes place at these events.

So with this in mind, we're looking to develop the idea of “Blether Sessions” at our Learning Essentials Conference on 31st October. 

We are scheduling our “Blether Sessions” in to the natural breaks which occur during the day, and we hope that if you let us know of any e-learning issues you have, then we can connect you up with some of the other delegates who may be able to offer some advice or ideas.

There will still be the usual networking during coffee and lunch breaks, but we hope that if you have something specific you need help with, then a “Blether Session” might give us all an opportunity to create a bit more value from the day.

So, if you have an e-learning issue that's troubling you, or need a different perspective on a topic, or you're looking for a new idea, let us know what it is, and we'll try to link you with other delegates at Learning Essentials who can possibly offer some help.

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Long term Alliance Member, Norman Lamont will be joining us at Learning Essentials Conference on 31st October which we're holding at West Lothian College.  During his session, Norman will discuss how we go about designing eLearning, and more specifically how Action Mapping can help us look at this process differently.

During Learning Essentials Norman will share ideas about instructional design, and more specifically Action Mapping, which Norman describes as a quick-moving and visual way to start a learning project.

Norman has worked closely with Action Mapping's inventor, Cathy Moore and used the method extensively at Lloyds Banking Group.

Prior to working with Lloyds Banking Group, Norman has had spells with Britannia Building Society, Scottish Widows, Lloyds TSB, and in this time he has come across all types of e-learning.  It is Normans belief, that Action Mapping can change the way we design and develop our elearning solutions. 

Action Mapping is a guided conversation with sponsors, subject experts and recent learners which will steer you towards relevant, engaging and active learning experiences, with measurable outcomes for the organisation, and away from information dumps and endless page-turners.

During Learning Essentials Norman will talk us through his experience of Action Mapping and show us the method at work.   

Learning Essentials 2014 takes place at West Lothian College on 31st October.  The cost for Alliance Members to attend the days event is only £99.