Just-in-time and online learning

COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions mean that traditional, face-to-face training options will not be available over the coming months.  But that doesn’t mean you should stop your professional development and learning.

COVID-19 disruption has brought many challenges to the public sector. The way we work has changed and we’ve had to quickly adapt to a very different work environment.

More people are now working from home, which requires a new way of thinking and operating. For many, this process has uncovered the need to develop a range of new knowledge and skill sets.

Accessing training as we previously knew it, for now, and the foreseeable future, is impacted due to physical distancing restrictions.

The good news is that training providers are rapidly moving their face-to-face training to virtual/online delivery.

You can use technology to access training anytime, anywhere – it’s that easy!

Here are just some of the virtual/online learning resources that are available for you to access today.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

A great option for online, self-paced learning and development are Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

MOOCs are used for a variety of reasons, including career development, changing careers, supplemental learning, and lifelong learning and are available for anyone to enrol.

Provided by recognisable institutions like Harvard University, Stanford University, Monash University, and Open University Australia (visit their free courses) – courses are pre-recorded videos that are streamed by users.

The biggest drawcard of the MOOCs is that they are free however many MOOC providers do charge a fee if you want your achievements officially recognised with a certificate of completion.

MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career and deliver quality educational experiences at scale.

For more information on MOOCs, go to:

Virtual classroom and web-based seminar (webinar)

Both virtual classroom and webinar are delivered live, in real time using Learning Management System platforms or webinar technology like WebEx, Microsoft Teams and Skype for business.

OCPE are currently working with training providers on course offerings that can be delivered in this format.

The following are just some providers of virtual training that may interest you:

  • Public Sector Network – a social enterprise that connects government around the globe. Virtual Events calendar.
  • AIM Online – a broad range of short courses in Leadership & Management, Communication, Finance, Health & Wellness, Personal & Professional Development, Project Management, Public Sector, Human Resources. Most popular Short Courses.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is a great just-in-time online educational platform for learners to develop business, technology-related, and creative skills through expert-led course videos.

Visit LinkedIn for individual and team pricing plans.

Take advantage of LinkedIn’s free courses!

Free Learning Path

To support organisations during this challenging time of COVID-19 LinkedIn Learning has made the following courses available either for free or accessible for a one month free trail . These courses cover how to be productive, engaged and stay connected when working from home or other remote environments.

Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success

Courses to Help You Build Resilience in Challenging Times

Courses to Help Leaders Clearly Communicate and Influence Positive Change in Times of Crisis

Last updated: 16 December 2021

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