Getting Ready for e-Learning

Getting Ready for e-Learning (GReL) is a preparatory module for online learning. Reps who wish to undertake Online Learning with TUC Education should in the first instance complete
this course. The course introduces learners to the world of online learning and covers both the technical aspects involved and the way learning takes place online. The course also covers aspects of roles and responsibilities online including time management.

Who is the course for?

This course is for all reps who wish to undertake an online course.

How long is the course?

This course will take 12 hours to complete.

What will the course help me to do?

The course will help you:

  • get to grips with logging on to the online learning environment
  • use discussion forums, download documents and work with others online including group work
  • use web based resources
  • respond to tutor led educational sessions.

Can I get time off to learn?

Union representatives who wish to attend TUC courses in working time should first ask their employer for time off with pay. The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and the Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations 1977 give accredited union and safety representatives a legal right to reasonable time off with pay to attend courses approved by the TUC or their union. Guidance towards establishing what constitutes reasonable time off can be found in the ACAS Code of Practice (pdf).

Representatives who find difficulty in obtaining paid time off to attend TUC courses should seek assistance from their senior union representative or full time union officer.

Can I get time off for online courses?

Online learning should not be seen as an alternative to paid release from work. The law still applies, whether learning takes place away from work or in work, at a workstation or in a company learning centre.

How much is the course?

There are no course fees for union reps from TUC affiliated unions.

Further information

If you require any further information about this course, please contact: TUC Education Online e: t: 020 7079 6929.

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