P4.110 Identification and piloting of effective mechanisms for collaborative use of e-learning solutions in the rail industry

The rail industry currently varies widely in the degree to which individual organisations use technology in learning environments. Some organisations have made significant steps towards adopting a range of technologies either as e-learning training courses or as a supplement to more traditional forms of training. The findings of a scoping study into the potential for elearningin rail (P4.108) has identified that the industry stands to gain a great deal from taking a more collaborative approach to the use and adoption of e-learning. As the rail industry continues on its journey to harmonise its operations across the sector, collaboration in relation to elearning can only grow both in importance and in the potential gains to be made through economies of scale. This project has the following key aims:

  • To provide a validated measure of abilities and attitudes relating to elearning to enable decision making about e-learning offerings

  • To provide a detailed analysis of current e-learning technology and usage best practice in rail and comparative systems outside the industry in order to inform decision making and establish benchmarks.

  • To develop specifications for a shared e-learning resource (portal) for collaborative use of learning objects between rail organisations and provide resources for the e-learning portal that give clear models of E-learning, and enable the sharing of knowledge within the industry in relation to e-learning.

  • To pilot an e-learning object across at least two organisations and evaluate the outcomes.

The outcome of achieving these aims will be the sharing of costs of development and implementation of e-learning, access to industry-specific information on e-learning skills and attitudes to guide decision making and the establishment of shared collective knowledge and expertise in relation to e-learning with increased ability to collaborate.