We would like to bring to your attention a large number of FREE online interactive courses and skills training resources now available via the internet on www.alison.com. These courses and resources will be of interest to you, your teachers, your students and your school management.
Firstly, a suite of Health & Safety e-learning courses for the secondary school sector was recently launched by Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe. At the launch, Jim Lyons, Chairman of the Health and Safety Authority, stated:
“We have recognised the need for safety and health training in the education sector and by developing a learning tool that is interactive, effective and freely available we can reach people at all levels. It’s a first for us and for those it is aimed at; it means that we can reach widely with our message and it recognises that learners at all levels benefit from the flexibility of a system which has twenty four / seven access and is matched to their own required pace…”
The courses for secondary schools are now available (free of charge – including free group management) online at www.alison.com/hsa
|Get Safe - Work Safe: Workplace Safety and Health for Senior Cycle Students
This course will introduce Transition Year (TY) and Senior Cycle (SC) students to the principles of workplace safety, health and welfare. It aims to prepare young people for the world of work. This course forms part of the HSA, National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NCCA) approved, Transition Unit programme. It is recommended that the class co-ordinator avails of the ALISON Manager facility to organize students online.
|An Introduction to Managing Safety and Health in Schools
This free course aims to assist principals, teachers, boards of management and interested others, in their understanding of managing workplace safety, health and welfare in schools. It covers areas such as Completing a Safety Statement, Risk Assessment, Roles and Responsibility and Accident Reporting.
|Safety and Health in the Technology Classroom for Teachers
This course was developed as an aid to teachers of technology subjects, at post-primary level, to help them in their understanding of managing safety, health and welfare, within the technology classroom.
|Safety and Health in the Science Laboratory for Teachers
This free course will help teachers of the Science subjects to improve their knowledge and understanding of safety, health and welfare, within the science laboratory.
Secondly, we would like to introduce you to other free courses available from ALISON. Over 200 courses are available on alison.com and many secondary school students have found our school curriculum courses to be of assistance in complementing their school learning. Of particular interest may be the ALISON ABC IT course, a high quality interactive IT Skills training course - containing Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook and Internet modules. ABC-IT is already very popular in Irish Schools and is regarded as an equivalent to ECDL. The Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum which is also available via ALISON is also proving very popular in schools. With 200 courses to choose from, there truly is a course for everybody. Please see the full list of courses in the appendix below.
Thirdly, the ALISON Manager feature which enables teachers to ‘manage’ their class online is now available. This enables teachers to easily and effectively oversee, manage and report on the online learning of their class. The ALISON Manager feature is free for HSA courses, for other courses there is a nominal fee and an additional facility which allows the issuance of certificates for students who successfully complete courses.
The following testimonial from Portmarnock Community School describes their experience of using ALISON:
“Portmarnock Community School is in its third year of using ALISON to provide online interactive IT skills training to our students and have found it an excellent resource for delivering up to date training in ICT and other subject areas such as Business and enterprise. The advantages of the site are multiple
· The use of the resources minimizes the impact of the resource on the school budget
· Students are able to complete the courses at their own pace and redo tests or modules if they have failed or missed them without extra cost
· TY students can catch up on classes missed due to extra curricular activities at home if required as the resource is available online at all times once students are registered
· Teachers can monitor and assess student progress through the management and group facility - invaluable for record keeping and awarding of credits within a TY framework
· The resource has a range of courses available which can be part of school programs such as web development or use of multi media
· Customer service by the ALISON team is excellent and the site/resource has altered and changed in response to teacher requests and suggestions
The school has found ALISON to be an all round excellent resource which has solved completely many of the previous problems experienced by the school in attempting to deliver high quality ICT training which is appropriate both for the students and the school. I would strongly recommend use of the ALISON resource to any school interested in delivering high quality ICT programmes for their students.”
|The services provided by ALISON were recognised by prestigious global organisations through 2010. In September, we were recognized as an Ashoka Fellow for social entrepreneurial contributions to education. In December 2010, ALISON was awarded a Diploma as runner-up in the highly prestigious global UNESCO ICT innovation in Education prize.|
We invite you and your colleagues to avail of these resources.
Separately, we would like to contact your Transition Year Co-ordinator with regard to providing further information about using ALISON Manager for their HSA class and we would appreciate if you would click here to provide contact details.
Finally, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this information and we hope that you find these courses and resources of interest and of benefit.
Microsoft - Other Languages
Microsoft Digital Literacy (Arabic) شهادة المهارات اللازمة لتشغيل الكمبيوتر - مايكروسوفت
Other English Grammar & Writing
Maths – Lower Secondary