A quick video glimpse of what the RQA office looks like - say 'Hello' to Sarah, Danielle, Gareth and Tony (with Carl behind the camera)!
The RQA office video
Hi! This is the first in a regular series of blogs from the RQA Office. The blogs will be informative and will give you a sense of what the RQA office is working towards to give you the best service we can.
As the Coordinator for Learning and Development, my role has a varying degree of involvement in all things learning. The events come thick and fast, and we are trying to improve our service at all times. We have recently trialled the use of a couple of pieces of technology. Firstly, we used our new eLearning software (more on that later) to host course material safely and securely online for delegates on the recent Practical Pharmacovigilance Course. For iPad and tablet users, there was a special bonus of being able to download the material to their device to keep for as long as they have that device. This represents a massive change, and we are awaiting feedback from the delegates to consider our next step forward. We then created an online evaluation form for the delegates to complete after the course. The response rate and feedback given was excellent – so much so that we are implementing in a couple of upcoming courses to ensure that the office and course tutors get what is required.
As previously mentioned, our new eLearning software has been getting a lot of use over the past few months. In the not so distant future, all of our courses will be SCORM compliant. SCORM compliance is something that previous purchasers of our eLearning have requested. This means that with the appropriate software, your organisation can keep a track on your eLearning, and keep a record of the results of the end of course assessment to prove your competence. The software also enables the content to be viewed on tablets, with the ability to resume a course if you exit at any point throughout. Once we launch our courses in this way we will let everyone know.
We are also currently working on a host of new content (both free and paid for). It is my vision that in time the RQA Learning pages resemble sites such as the BBC iPlayer, or Netflix due to the amount of Podcasts, Webcasts, Webinars and more traditional eLearning packages that we will have available. Our content is generally sourced by YOU the membership, either in the Committees or by approaching the office. The turnaround time is dependent on the information that comes in. For example, some courses can take months to develop, market and run but a one off webcast can be turned around in a week (see the recent Clinical Investigators EU Clinical Trials Regulation webcast for proof of that!) If you have an idea for a piece of learning that you feel we don’t have at the moment, please contact us.
From a personal point of view, my first 5 months have flown by, and I’m really enjoying myself. The rest of the team are fantastic (I have to say that, they will read this and are within striking distance of me!) and the location of the office (see above for video evidence of this) is second to none. There is so much to do and so much that can potentially be done that I’m really excited about my future here. I hope that by the time I get to meet some of you in person at the Conference in Leeds that the future learning options that we are planning now have made an impression on you.
A blog written by and about the Research Quality Association (RQA) office so both RQA members and non-members can see how we operate.