The LEAD Programme was recently established by the IUA Equality network. It’s an eLearning programme focusing on equality in higher education. The programme is being rolled out by the Human Resources (HR) Department at Maynooth University and is also available in other Irish universities. The HR Department asked the Library to do a pilot of the programme for the University. I was pleased to be part of the pilot group of eight. I have some experience with online learning, having co-ordinated the National Disability Authority’s online elearning programme here a few years ago. I wrote about that for An Leabharlann and for Sconul Focus. I also presented two posters on the programme, which can be viewed online (1, 2).
The LEAD online programme is free of charge. Register online at: http://www.leadequalitynetwork.com/. The Programme is very clearly presented and easy to follow. There are five modules and it is estimated that completing all of these will take two to three hours.
The five modules are:
- Understanding diversity
- What’s it got to do with you?
- From compliance to commitment
- Recruitment and Selection
- Dignity and Respect
After completing the programme I felt that I have a much better understanding and knowledge of what equality and diversity is. I feel that this will bring many things that will enhance me both professionally and privately; curiosity about different cultures, which can sometimes be lost during day to day life, awareness of gender equality, tolerance, empathy and a realisation never to pre-judge.
I would strongly recommend this course to everyone.
After successfully completing this excellent course it was a delight to print off my certificate of achievement.
bernadette.mellon [@] nuim.ie