Sandeep Dhaliwal, our Tri-borough Reference Librarian, writes:
As a library member you can now improve your computer, business and language skills with online e-learning courses!
Learning Nexus is a UK based independent e-learning publisher and solutions provider. They provide online courses for anyone and everyone, on a variety of topics, so that you can gain skills and expertise, for free (apart from the languages module, which is £5 for three months use).
The course range addresses many of the skills and much of the generic knowledge required in order to be effective in today’s work and business environment:
- Health and safety including working safely, stress at work, slips, trips and falls, repetitive strain injuries and safe manual handling
- Workplace skills including time management, organising and running successful meetings, communication skills and recruitment and selection
- IT skills including office ergonomics, use of Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 including Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Project (2007)
- Languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Swedish, Mandarin, Welsh, Polish and Scottish Gaelic
The courses are easy to navigate: simply choose the course you would like to take (for example, Excel 2007); choose a lesson within that course (for example, Formulas and Referencing), and then go! It’s a step-by-step process, and your lesson is saved as you progress, meaning that you can return to it and complete it at another time.
Completing a course gives you a certificate of attainment, and allows you to see an overall report of your results.
Learning Nexus is perfect for small businesses, who want to boost their employee’s knowledge; or for personal users, who want to gain confidence in a variety of skills- perhaps for job-hunting.
Please find links to the Learning Nexus user guide, or for a demonstration of this resource- and others- at Kensington Reference Library please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of staff will be delighted to help and set you off on your own journey of discovery.
A full list of online resources which the library service currently offers is available here: http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/leisureandlibraries/libraries/onlinedatabases.aspx. July’s blog entry will feature Oxford Reference Online.