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LearningWire #209 – Reviews special: E-learning, Prince 2, transforming training…


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 209
24 June 2002

FEATURE: Fostering community in e-learning
REVIEWS: Putting training online, web content, Sven, NLP
NEWS: Training policy needs confidence, E-learning show
COMMUNITY: What to spend on training? Measuring training

Editor's note

This week's LearningWIRE is a special Review issue, with a
particular focus on books on e-learning and web content. Our
reviewers have looked into the latest thinking on how to use the
internet and intranets to back up development, and here they
share their views on what has been useful and what hasn't. We
also talk with leading author Gilly Salmon about the importance
of community in e-learning. And we've included some other
reviews, on learning from football, NLP and Prince 2.

Ben Hawes
Editor, TrainingZONE
mailto:[email protected]

E-Learning Feature

Dr Gilly Salmon is an experienced author and a recognised expert
on e-learning. She gave us a taste of her forthcoming book on
creating and maintaining learning communities in computer-based
training. Here are some highlights:

"Groups of online participants wish to work together and
they need the support of a teacher, trainer or facilitator to be
successful. E-mail, chat groups, bulletin boards, and computer
mediated conferencing were developed to enable interaction
between people. If a voice or text message is sent the writer
expects a response from some other. This key characteristic can
be harnessed for the purpose of teaching and learning.

"How many people, for example, have been heard to say, "I'm great
at strategy because of my inspirational computer?" Not any that
I've met, on or off line! Instead learners talk of challenge and
support by their lecturers, or of contact with the thoughts and
the work of others.

"Many trainers naturally believe that learning to e-moderate is
mostly to do with learning new software or computing skills (or
that they will be dispensed with altogether). This is not the
case. They must be trained and developed in the online
environment itself.

Read the rest of the interview here:

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Delivering Digitally: Managing the Transition to the Knowledge
Media: for learners, trainers and managers, this is exemplary in
its "authority and accessibility, combined with its breadth of

The Secrets of Successful Online Training: need a comprehensive
guide to integrating e-learning into your organisation? Find out
if this is for you:

Designing Computer-based Learning Materials: for anyone who
needs to know how to make effective use of resource based

Content Critical: "Everyone involved in the Web should read this
book... Buy it now or watch your empire fall!"

The Web Content Style Guide: how do you keep readers engaged
online? Learn the principles:

And reviews on other training and HR subjects:

Leadership the Sven-Goran Eriksson Way: he didn't take us all the
way, but what can his example tell us about success at work? Find

Successful Selling with NLP: does it convince?

Prince 2, a Practical Handbook: this could be an invaluable
reference work:


Need some guidance on computer-based training? Choose from our
selection of guides to choosing e-learning products, online
facilitation, design, development, strategy and more:

For training materials, in-depth features, practical exercises
and more, visit the Library:


What was E-learning London like, and what might it tell us about
the industry?

National policy on training "needs more confidence":

New directions for post-16 learning

More news at


Any Answers

A selection from this week's questions:

- How do you measure what your trainers do? asks Brett Palfrey

- How much should be spent on training as a percentage of
payroll? asks Denise Halton

Thanks to everyone who shared the benefit of their expertise with
other members this week. If you have a problem, a query, or an
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