How employers in Derby can use online learning to upskill their workforce

Online learning has seen impressive growth in recent years with individuals seeking a more flexible way for part time study. This mode of studying is increasingly popular among professionals as a CPD (continuing professional development) tool and the implementation of MOOCs (massive open online courses) and short courses is a response to this demand.

Since 2008, MOOCs have developed rapidly and I feel the next phase will be the role they play in formal training and CPD
— Julie Stone, Director of University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL)

Julie Stone, Director of University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL), said: "Since 2008, MOOCs have developed rapidly and I feel the next phase will be the role they play in formal training and CPD which will be a huge benefit for businesses in Derby."

"Going forward we hope to work with local businesses in Derby to offer flexible, tailored and certificated learning packages."

A recent CIPD study found that businesses rated online learning 6th as a method of staff development, but in a study about how they feel online learning will be used in the future, businesses rated it as second choice – indicating that a significant change in workforce development will occur.

For employers, staff development can be a time consuming, expensive process but online learning enables employees to develop their skills and knowledge through a range of courses. MOOCs and short courses are a great way for professionals to enhance and progress their career development while remaining informed and updated about the industry they work in.

University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) is the thriving online learning division of Bondholder University of Derby dedicated to providing part-time online degree programmes, professional courses and CPD opportunities to people and businesses around the world that require more flexible and tailored study options.   

UDOL currently offers more than 40 different undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, and are now developing a strong portfolio of MOOCs and short courses in association with key stakeholders.

For more information and to find out which MOOCs and short courses are available, go to: www.derby.ac.uk/online/home-page