Share the love and create cost efficiencies

February 14, 2011 by Janet Harkin

Chain of LoveThe Learning Pool community is built on the truism that the local authorities in the UK are not competitors but they are all desperately seeking efficiencies.  

As Donald Clark says in his post about how the file sharing success of Napster inspired the creation of Learning Pool, “Get them [local authorities] to share the design, development and delivery of training, freeing that back-end money for front-line work.”

The idea for Learning Pool is simple.

Customers get an authoring tool and the support they need to create their own e-learning.  They are then encouraged to share their modules back in to the ‘pool’ so that other members can repurpose them.  It’s a virtuous circle.

Now Learning Pool has over 300 public sector organisations as customers, from councils and housing associations to police authorities and universities.  Plus the odd central government department or two.

Whether it’s sharing their work with other members or shaping our next software upgrade, our 6,000 strong community is at the heart of Learning Pool (you don’t have to be a customer to be a member).

Members use the community to ask for advice and ideas as well as share best practice and knowledge.  People chat online via our lively forum and then in person at the  networking events we host.

Using us our customers have created some quite substantial efficiency savings – those who use our DLE have saved the public purse £36m in the last three years. 

Others can claim more modest but equally important return on investment savings.

Here’s our short introduction showreel telling you a bit more.

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