Virtual learning tools

We have created a range of online learning tools to support workplace development. Details of the learning tools we have developed are listed below and we are also able to design bespoke packages to meet the needs of the user. Please contact us at virtuallearning@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for more information.

The child/adult safeguarding tools and the dysphagia tool will benefit those working or studying health and social care, including:

  • Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Support workers/carers
  • Other allied health professionals

The learning tools each take between 5-8 hours of online study and can also be supplemented with assessment tasks to gain academic credit.

There are four virtual learning tools aimed at areas of health and social care:

  1. Caring for service users with eating and drinking difficulties (Dysphagia) in advanced dementia

    This tool is designed for healthcare support workers working with people living with dementia who have eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.

    Learners interact with real life characters within a virtual environment, undertaking their professional duties and working in collaboration with colleagues and other professionals. The learner is given the opportunity to explore issues around managing eating and drinking in end of life care.

    Find more information on our course factsheet (pdf).

  2. Managing Dysphagia in people living with dementia

     

    This tool is designed for pre-qualifying and newly qualified speech and language therapy learners who are working towards dysphagia competencies. In the tool, the learner plays the part of a newly qualified speech and language therapist (SLT) working with an adult with advanced dementia, managing dysphagia with supervision from an experienced SLT.

    Learners interact with real life characters as they undertake observations and assessments and apply research evidence, clinical guidelines and ethical frameworks to their management of a client. The learner works in collaboration with the service user, their family, and carers and with other members the team. Issues around managing eating and drinking in end of life care are explored.

    Find more information on our course factsheet (pdf).

     

  3. Safeguarding adults at risk

    This tool is designed for pre-qualifying and newly qualified social work students in their Assessed and Supported Year in Practice. In the tool, the learner plays the part of a newly qualified Social Worker working with an adult with dementia, following the process of an adult safeguarding case under the supervision of their line manager.

    Learners interact with real life characters as they undertake observations and assessments and apply legal and policy frameworks. The learner works in collaboration with service users and carers and with other members of the multidisciplinary team in adult safeguarding practice.

    Find more information on our course factsheet (pdf).

  4. Safeguarding children

    This tool is designed for pre-qualifying and newly qualified social work students in their Assessed and Supported Year in Practice. In the tool, the learner plays the part of a newly qualified Social Worker, under the supervision of their line manager.

    Learners interact with real life characters as they undertake observations and complete reports, working in collaboration with parents and children and with other members of the multidisciplinary team in child safeguarding practice.

    Find more information on our course factsheet (pdf).

Building Performance and Evaluation: Evaluation of an energy efficient development

This tool is designed for students and professionals from a diverse range of disciplines related to sustainability, energy or building energy performance positions, including architects, designers, construction managers, building services engineers and quantity surveyors. It aims to develop the skills required to collate, evaluate and present information on building performance and factors that affect building function, energy performance and comfort.

Find more information on our course factsheet (pdf).