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LearningWire # 87 – Latest from UfI, Corporate University week, learning logs, online tutoring


LearningWIRE #87 6 February 2000 The Learning Community


1. UfI develops in N. Ireland, and advertises more jobs
2. Corporate University Week 2000 comes to London
3. Learning Logs revisited
4. Learning Technologies and 'How to be an Online Tutor' - reviewed


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News from UfI
UfI (formerly the University for Industry) continues the implementation of its development plans. In the past few days it has announced the creation of a network of learning resource centres across Northern Ireland, matching those already being established in England and Wales. They've also announed a partnership link with a range of European funded ADAPT projects.

Online workshop: Presentation Skills
Want to brush up on your presentation skills? Need to find new ways of engaging with audiences? Do you cringe or enthuse when you see a PowerPoint presentation? Have you found the secret to controlling that fear in the stomach? All these topics ... and much more ... could be on the agenda during Andrea McHugh's online workshop this Tuesday commencing at 13:00 UK time. To join in - free - just go to that time to build your own expertise and CPD.

Developing online learning
This is the report from last Tuesday's successful online workshop led by George Edwards, development officer with the Institute of Supervision and Management who contributed his experience in the field to an enthusiastic group of participants.

Corporate University Week 2000
The Corporate University is now viewed as one of the single most effective ways of driving business development for the next millennium: aligning employee development with high-level corporate strategy. Corporate University Week 2000 will run in London next month (21-25 February), Cannes in June, and San Francisco in July.

How technology is changing expatriate training
The cost of a failed overseas assignment will make your head spin faster than a slot machine in Vegas. Find out how the digital world can help.

New 'Connexions' service to advise 13-19 year olds
A new service from the DfEE, 'Connexions', will be phased in from 2001 and piloted round the country. The service will integrate existing careers advice and support services for young people aged 13 to 19. It will create a single point of access - currently they can deal with up to eight different agencies. Personal advisers will be available to give advice and guidance on learning and careers choices and to help young people overcome any barriers to successful transitions into adult life.

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Learning logs revisited
TrainingZone is a consistent fan of learning logs and learning portfolios as a strongly recommended way of encouraging reflection whilst capturing your continuous professional development. This article by Peter Honey in the current issue of Training Journal and republished on his own website describes Peter's involvement in a recent learning log initiative in Buckinghamshire. No great surprises in the findings, but some helpful pointers towards introducing and maintaining a system of recording learning.

Top Team games by e-mail
GNP, creators of Top Team 2000, are to launch a ground-breaking publication on the Internet, which they are calling an 'idea-zine.' Hate the coinage / neologism, like the idea...

Leadership vs. management
The debate on the nature of 'leadership' and its relation to 'managing' goes on, both here in the UK and in the States. HRzone has a long excerpt from a study on executive development sponsored by six major American corporations and global participants such as Apple, the BBC, BP Amoco, British Airways, HSBC, IBM, KPMG Peat Marwick,the University of Warwick.....

Recent Product Reviews
Several practical titles are reviewed on TrainingZone this week, all of which are well described by their titles. 'Making the Most of your Time' is a short publication by Julie-Ann Amos which offers helpful time management advice. 'Organisational Learning for Front Line Managers' is a new resource from Fenman written by Christine Chun with lots of help for new managers. 'How to be an Online Tutor' by Julia Duggleby is published this month by Gower and provides a concise introduction to the topic with plenty of information for trainers who are novice internet users. We anticipate a flood of similar titles in the year ahead; there is a particular need to develop practical strategies which go beyond those in this book.

Did you miss the Learning Technologies 2000 exhibition in London last week? Russell Holt, our online learning director was there, and offers his reactions in a Reviews article.

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