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E-learningZone Newswire – July 2002: Computer games and training, e-learning communities, conference and book reviews


TrainingZONE E-LearningZone Newswire
July 2002

RESOURCES: Choosing collaboration tools, putting courses online
NEWS UPDATE: Learning from games, e-learning communities, tips
and guidance, conference reviews, BBC criticised
ANY ANSWERS: CMC, drop-out rates, HR development intranet
REVIEWS: Successful content, designing online materials, secrets
of online training

New from COROUS, the Open University's corporate arm: Create, a
process which can turn any text into well-designed online
learning programmes. Create transforms Word documents prepared
by course writers into engaging courses for online delivery and
can be used to convert existing material into effective online
learning experiences. For more details, see


Choose the right online collaborative learning tool
Do you need some technological options, but don't know where to
start? Get an interim overview and guide to many of the current
tools for working collaboratively online. Sections include:
collaborative tools; the technical language; message boards;
chat; sharing presentations and documents; voice over the
internet; and other options. Links are provided to all the main
suppliers together with links to examples of the technology in

Take your training courses and resources online
A 33-slide sequence of PowerPoint slides that explains and
illustrates some practical methods by which training and
consulting professionals can start to deliver their content and
services to clients over the internet. The focus is on
inexpensive and easy-to-use approaches, while stimulating
interest and excitement about adding a dimension to training and
consulting services.

To search the full range of Library materials on technology-based
training and other subjects, go to

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A selection of our specialist features and the latest industry
news from July. For regular updates, see

Will the corporates of tomorrow thank Nintendo?
Most people over 25 have learned to adapt to technology, but
those who are children now have grown up in a highly
technologically developed environment. How will this affect their
ability to learn? Karina Ward of Netg wonders whether the
professionals of tomorrow will get far more value than their
predecessors from the technology-based training that they will go
on to receive:

E-learning: a trainer's experience
Sometimes what you need most in e-learning is clarity in planning
and delivery. Kathleen Hopper, IT trainer and consultant, offers
some checklists and very practical guidelines for making the most
of computer-assisted training:

Communities and e-learning - interview
Dr Gilly Salmon talks to TrainingZONE about the need to create
and maintain community in e-learning programmes, and the main
principles that make e-learning work. 'Groups of online
participants wish to work together and they need the support of a
teacher, trainer or facilitator (the person I call an 'e-
moderator') to be successful...' more here:

Industry News
BBC accused of unfair advantage in the e-learning market:

SmartForce and SkillSoft to merge:

Online Resources
The European Commission has plans to boost e-learning, and you
can find out how to create a sense of community at a distance:

There are new free self-study resources to help FE students and
teachers to improve their online skills:

Conference Reviews
Training Solutions:

E-learning London:

Have you ever thought about accrediting your training programmes?
Does it sound like too much hassle? If you'd like more
information on what's involved - in terms of money and time - e-
mail us now at mailto:[email protected] for more details about the
CPD Business School approach to accrediting learning, and see


Any Answers
Here are some of the recent questions that have been asked on E-
learningZone this month. Can you help?

- Any advice from trainers who have introduced computer mediated
conferencing (CMC) for online moderating/coaching into their
Duncan Gotobed

- Any comparison studies of drop out rates of e-learning
students with tutor support ie e- mail, phone or face to face
contact compared with those who have no additional tutor
support? Particularly in IT.
Julie Thomas

- How do you encourage employees to use an HR development
intranet site?
Janet George

And more... If you can answer any of these questions, or want to
air an issue of your own, simply go to


Designing computer-based learning materials - review
This book can give you a general overview of the area without
being blinded by science:

Content critical - review
Rob Benson was impressed by this guide to getting the best
results with online content: 'As more and more successful print-
based publishers get their heads around the new medium, the ideas
contained in this book will become the norm.'

The secrets of successful online training - review
A basic but comprehensive guide to e-learning, particularly for a
provider at the early stages of adoption or new to this whole
area, and a useful source for quick reference.

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