Reaching Hard-to-reach Learners with eLearning

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DevLearn 2011 Conference - November 4, 2011

Gillian Broadhead

Director of Learning & Development
Learning Light Limited

David Patterson

Operational Director
Learning Light Limited

Three years ago Learning Light was challenged to create a learning program to support the Disassembly of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) being carried out by offenders in prison. School had previously not been a good experience for many offenders and motivation could be an issue. The result was a successful eLearning program providing an understanding of the European WEEE Directive, instructions on how to disassemble WEEE and separate the recovered materials for recycling, and development of an industry recognized qualification enabling offenders to seek meaningful employment in the growing recycling sector.

This case-study session will demonstrate how disassembly workshops were set up with eLearning used to train offenders on how to manually disassemble Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, recognize the recovered materials, and separate them for recycling. The eLearning also helped them understand the European WEEE Directive, legislation that regulates the industry. You’ll learn how eLearning proved to be the catalyst to success for offenders who had not had good previous learning experiences because it gives them control of their learning and motivates them to gain knowledge and skills that are transferrable to the workplace.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How eLearning motivated hard-to-reach learners
  • How eLearning helped hard-to-reach learners understand a legislative regulation
  • How manual work-based skills were learned with eLearning
  • How eLearning helped offenders in prison prepare for work in a growing sector in a bid to reduce re-offending when released
  • How practical work-based skills and eLearning deliver vocational qualifications for offenders in prison
Audience: Intermediate designers, developers, managers, and others.


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