BBC pilot strikes right balance

The BBC has completed an e-learning pilot course in facilitative team leadership skills for 100 staff, provided by Balance Learning.

An open invitation to take part in the pilot was issued to all managers and teamworkers and the BBC was overrun with applicants.
“We’re established users of online training and our culture is conducive to desktop learning,” said Louise Katz, learning executive responsible for delivery of all leadership and executive development at the BBC.

“We were keen to test out the online elements of Balance Learning’s blended programmes,” she said.

Results from the pilot show that 75 per cent of the participants learned a ‘significant amount’ from the courses, which they felt were a good cultural fit within the BBC.

Eighty per cent of the participants said they were very easy to use, and two-thirds said the learning provided practical help and advice that they could implement to improve their team’s performance.

“The feedback was very positive and the courses give a good understanding of facilitative leadership and team dynamics,” said Katz. “They are easy to navigate, convenient to use and they will enhance our training portfolio.”

The two courses ran on the BBC’s online learning intranet, and provided practical tips and techniques using interactive exercises and video case studies.

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