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The TrainingZONE LearningWIRE – Issue 24


The TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 24
30 November 1998
The Learning Community
Copyright (C) 1998 Sift plc. All rights reserved.
This material is distributed free to trainers, learners, managers
and coaches. It may be reproduced in any medium for
non-commercial purposes as long as attribution is given.

In this issue:
* Internet Monitor * New materials in the Toolkit * Training news
stories * Parenthood Education News * Institute of Continuing
Professional Development News * Internet development * Surf Spots
*Events diary * Subscription Information

This issue part sponsored by

Pavilion Publishing - Bringing new ideas to health and social care

'Reorganistion' - a toolkit for managing change in public and not
for profit organisation. Order on-line quoting LW24 for 10% discount.


Editor's Note
A pretty full issue this week. Thanks to all those who send in
news, findings and reports. There's information about more
resources published for free in the Toolkit area, plenty of news
and monitor links to interesting websites, developments at the
new ICPD, and some background information about Internet-related
stories in the news.

Tim Pickles,
Editor, LearningWIRE and TrainingZONE

Internet Monitor

DfEE Strategy Framework to 2002
Following last year's publication of 'Learning and Working
Together for the Future' as a consultation paper on the
strategic direction for the Department for Education and
Employment, a summary of the responses has now been published
together with a downloadable version of the Strategy Paper.

Training Solutions/IT Training Show
This annual show is run by the Hemming Group in London. The
next show is scheduled for July and we hope to support it. For
information about shows, and an IT Training newsletter, see

Employment Zones
Employment Zones are a key part of the Welfare to Work programme
in creating employability through training and personal
development in partnership with employers. Full information
about the five pilot Employment Zones in Liverpool and Sefton,
Plymouth, Glasgow, North West Wales, and Tees South is available

New materials in the Toolkit - November
This month we've added five new resources to the Toolkit area
of TrainingZone. Each is a fully downloadable resource in
Microsoft Word for you to use in your own work. You'll find
them at:

Whilst we are working with publishers to make materials
available in this way, we are indebted to Roger Greenaway and
Frank Ashton for providing some of the resources in this month's
upload. If you have resources you would be willing to make
available in this way - with full on-page credit to you -
please contact the editor.


Active reviewing
How to bring together the worlds of talk and action in
experience-based learning. A variety of active reviewing
methods are described.

Reviewing success
How to review success. Tools to help you maximise learning
from positive experiences. Techniques to make reviewing a
positive experience.


Managers and motorways
An interesting analogy which examines the role of managers
in supporting and developing their staff, with the
different approaches to traffic management on motorways.
To be published in 1999 in 'Toolkit for Managers' from
Pavilion Publishing.

Staff development for managers
Short course programme and handouts on the role of managers
in relation to the development of their staff.


Competence cultures
Article challenging the present approach to Competence
Cultures within organisations, and asking whether
managers are serious about engaging with their staff
in developing organisational cultures.

Training news stories

National Training Awards
These awards are to promote and reward good training practice
Nominations for the next set of awards can now be made and a
dedicated website will appear shortly.

People Management - 27 November 1998 issue
This issue contains feature articles on police racism,
encouragement to TUC members to embrace training opportunities
within their workplaces, and further discussion about the
Declaration on Learning. Also hundreds of jobs!

Learning Organisations newsletter
One of our subscribers, Graham Guest, produces a regular
newsletter in the UK on Learning Organisations and we are
indebted to him for permission to reproduce the contents of
the August 1998 issue
and the October 1998 issue

Graham has also suggested that we establish a Discussion Area
devoted to Learning Organisation issues. All reactions to this
suggestion welcome. Please email the editor or post your
response direct in the ICPD forum of the Discussion Area

Parenthood Education microsite news

ICPD microsite News

Inaugural Dinner
The Institutes Inaugural Dinner will be held on 24 February in

Newsletter Issue 1 published
The first issue of the Institute's newsletter has been published and
distributed to members. An article on Learning on the Web extracted
from the Newsletter can be found at

Internet development

Usage by age
Latest figures demonstrate just over 9 million people in the UK
now have Internet access.

Unpublished research by Microsoft (based on a survey of 500
families) into the average number of hours spent online by UK
users of different ages, reveals a surprising level of use
amongst the over-60 generation:
Aged 10 and under - 4 hours per week
Aged 11 to 17 - 7 hours per week
Aged 18 to 30 - 8 hours per week
Aged 31 to 45 - 7 hours per week
Aged 46 to 60 - 8 hours per week
Aged over 60 - 10 hours per week
This unexpected finding is ascribed to older Internet users
swapping family emails and photographs; browsing medical websites
came a close second.

Age Concern are reported as being unsurprised by the findings.
They report a dramatic increase in their computer training
courses run by volunteers at more than 100 centres. They are
seeking funding for a 'cyber drop-in' scheme in which voluteers
will take Internet-access laptops into old people's homes, day
centres and sheltered accommodations.
(Based on information first published in The Guardian.)

AOL & Netscape to merge
America Online and Netscape Communications have confirmed that
they're considering a deal where America Online would acquire
Netscape for $4 billion in AOL stock, and Sun Microsystems would
either acquire or license Netscape's high-end business and
enterprise server products. If the deal goes through, AOL would
take over Netscape's Web browser software (which represents about
half the browser market) and Netscape's heavily used NetCenter
Web site. For discussion on this merger, read
[Source:TidBits mailing, 23 November 1998]

Dixons' Freeserve takes off
You may remember that we reported back in September that Dixons
was launching a free internet service. The company now says,
after less than two months, that it has 475,000 customers for
"Freeserve". If its numbers are accurate, this will be a serious
challenge for other internet service providers.

Surf Spots
You may remember that in Issue # 23, I mentioned the arrival
of Travelocity to the UK bringing good discount travel
opportunites. They have been joined by Microsoft's Expedia.
Both are attractive and user-friendly sites - which is no more
than one would expect from these leading players. So if you are
thinking about that winter skiing trip or getting away from our
grey British skies these could be just the answer.

Sift has also just launched 'The TravelMole Insider', which
is a new electronic newsletter to cover the travel industry
from an insider's perspective. Send an email to if you would like to register for
this wire.

Events Diary
Two events from Passport - transformational programmes for

Passport residential programme - Losehill Hall, Derbyshire
(8/9 February and 8/9 March)

Passport residential programme - Clapham, London
(30/31 January and 24/25 April)

If you would like your events featured here, please send brief
details to the editor.

About Sift
Sift plc is a leading developer of online communities. Based in
Bristol, Sift has developed AccountingWEB for the accounting
sector, and BusinessZONE (for the SME market).
At the 1997 Online Information Exhibition at Olympia,
AccountingWEB was voted European Information Product of the
Year (and also runner up as Internet Product of 1997).

If you are visiting Online '98 at Olympia next week, Sift are
exhibiting on stand 266.

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