Ipswich Borough Council has recently begun offering Modern Councillor to its Councillors. Read what Ipswich councillor George Debman thinks of the e-learning service from Learning Pool.
Where did you hear about Modern Councillor?
I heard about Modern Councillor from a fellow councillor here at Ipswich who found the training to be an excellent way of getting around the time constraint problems of attending classroom based training and recommended it to me.
What courses have you looked at?
So far I have completed the Information Technology and Data Security courses.
What do you think of the courses?
I think the courses are excellent!
The courses gave a high level of interactivity which kept me interested and engaged in the topics when generally I would start to switch off at the same point training in a classroom.
In your opinion does this form of training have any benefits over classroom training?
Yes, I think this form of training is extremely beneficial. The courses help keep learners engaged and by being bite-sized they allow anyone to complete one section at a time.
When time is a factor, which it generally is as a councillor, completing the whole course in one sitting may not be possible. Having the training online allows me to continually review the information and use the courses as an information source to revert back to if I am unclear about a specific topic.
Would you recommend Modern Councillor to another Councillor?
Yes, I’m looking forward to having a look at the Overview and Scrutiny course the next time I have a few spare minutes.