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June 2019

Barriers to Learning

barriersThe belief that participants undertaking study are more likely to succeed if they received information in their preferred learning style is commonly held. However, this belief does need to be challenged as individuals usually self- report their preference without any cognitive assessment or established framework. For those participants with learning difficulties a cognitive assessment is vital.  The reality is that there are many different models of learning styles than the 3 often quoted Auditory, Visual or Kinesthetic. We process sensory information in lots of different ways that educational psychologist and neuroscience are exploring.

The Learning and Development Centre (LDC) is often told by participants that they prefer a taught classroom session rather than taking an e-learning route.  There is a tendency for learners to create psychological barriers in accessing e-learning rather than the actuality. Given that learners can access a wide safety training portfolio means that individuals can blend this knowledge with work based e-learning. The issue is more one of good design and pedagogy.

The blended e-learning approach can be effective: NEBOSH National General Certificate at the College transitioned from classroom to e-learning from Sep 2015. Although there was some initial reluctance a recent review revealed interesting results.

Sep 2015 – Dec 2018 e-learning:

  •  19 successful completions
  •  6 Distinctions
  •  5 Credits
  •  8 Passes

There are some common themes that successful participants share.

  1. They have a safety related role and have responsibilities where they can make direct links between what they are studying and their work activities.
  2. They clearly have thought about their learning path, utilising existing learning opportunities, building up their knowledge in a planned and managed way.
  3. They are intrinsically motivated to study and can balance competing demands.
  4. They are mindful about testing their knowledge and have a clear revision plan.
  5. They are supported by their line managers who recognise the importance of safety training and successful completion.

The current evidence is that blended online e-learning is an effective tool and many of LDC foundation safety training: Fire Safety and Awareness Training, Radiation Protection, Cryogenic Liquids and Compressed Gas Safety use this format with great success.

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Course Highlight:

Hazardous Substances Training - 14 June
Who Should Attend

Academics, especially research supervisors, Safety Officers, technical services managers laboratory-based staff, research assistants and postgraduate students who need to review the relevance of the COSHH Regulations to their work.

Key Areas

  • Regulations update
  • College policy
  • COSHH assessments - practical guidance
  • Procedures in case of emergency
  • Containment and control of risk
  • Proprietary products
  • General laboratory and research substances

Trainer: Eddie Hartrick - Safety Department

Cost: Internal - no charge.
External not available
Duration: 5 hours (10:00 – 15:00)

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