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The TrainingZone LearningWire – Issue 38


The TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 38
1 March 1999
The Learning Community
Copyright (C) 1999 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.

Editor's Note
Another bumper week! More than 60 people registered to receive the
LearningWire in the last few days. And more than 30 items have been posted
to various parts of the TrainingZone site. If you're going to the
'Realising Your Potential' conference and exhibition in Edinburgh, do visit
us on Stand 1. Also this week, advance notice of the Training Solutions
show in Birmingham to which we will be providing support and at which we
will also be exhibiting.

This issue can contain only a sample of recent postings to the TrainingZone
site. If you've not visited recently, you'll be surprised at how much has

As always, thanks to everyone for sending us in your news and Internet

Tim Pickles,
Editor, LearningWIRE and TrainingZONE



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A series of well researched and challenging articles from respected figures
in the training and human resources world are on offer this week. First,
from Don Clark's site:

Arousal and learning
An essay on arousal - how much participant capacity you have available to
work with - and its impact on a person's motivation for change is
considered, together with the serious implications for trainers. Don also
looks at the links beween participant anxiety and arousal, and looks at
'the learning zone' - the optimum arousal point for learning.

Subject matter experts
Don defines SMEs - subject matter experts - as people you might bring in to
a training event to contribute their specialist knowledge, and considers
some of the issues around their role, briefing, management, facilitation
and contribution.

Performance gaps
If training reflects the fact that there is a gap in someone's performance
and ability, how can you measure that gap?

And a couple of other interesting and well-researched articles culled from
various Internet sites:

Distance learning - promise or threat?
The reflections of Andrew Feenberg on his 'adventures' in distance learning
which leads to a critical appraisal of the value and role of distance
learning and a critique of some of the overblown hype around the methods.

Improving management in non-profit organisations
Another well-considered article, this time by Jim Britell in his 'Usual
Suspects' website, about the problems faced by not-for-profit organisations
in establishing good management systems. Suggests that many such
organisations are well-intentioned towards their users but can be a
nightmare for their staff.

New version of Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer 5 is on its way. Microsoft is planning to
unveil it on 18 March on its website. Not surprisingly, the
company says that the product has "enjoyed unprecedented success
in beta trails" and is encouraging people to preorder the
software on CD ROM from its site. If you really want all the
hype, have a look at Microsoft's Press Release.
Perhaps the world's largest online publishing devoted to symbols! Here
you'll find downloadable graphics for virtually any icon or symbol you
might require. An absolute mine of a site. You could browse - and learn -
for days!

Missing issue of LearningWire?
Those with an eye for detail will have noticed that this week's issue is
No. 38 and last Monday's issue was No.36. The missing issue was one of our
Special Issues, created for delegates to this week's 'Realising Your
Potential' conference and exhibition in Edinburgh. It contains news and
internet monitoring related to the theme of 'creating a learning culture in
the Scottish voluntary sector'. You can read Issue 37 at

We can prepare similar special or thematic issues to support your events if
you get in touch with us.

New postings in the PressZone
We've created a new PressZone area where people, groups and organisations
can post their own news stories and press releases. You'll find it at:
Amongst the current announcements are:

GBdirect announces launch of Linux training curriculum
Linux is a low cost, high reliability operating system running on PCs.
GBdirect will be running courses for purchasers in April.

New training and conference venue in the City of London
The Gestalt Centre is offering re-furbished accommodation for events,
conferences, seminars and meetings at reasonable rates

BrainPool announces 'Poolside Dinners'
The Edinburgh-based network-building organisation for creative thinkers is
organising an innovative approach to food, wine and networking!

The PressZone is a great way to bring your news to the attention of others
in the training and organisational development field. The PressZone page
lists all the latest news release postings and gives you direct access to
current news from the original source.
We post a selection of the news stories we receive to the PressZone, but we
can offer you the facility of being able to post your own press releases
anytime, anywhere. They appear live on the site within 15 minutes and
anyone can view them. For further information on costs and access, contact
Tim Pickles (

Institute of Continuing Professional Development
The ICPD's microsite is at

Details of a forthcoming breakfast meeting with Baroness Warnock on the
subject of Ethics can be found at
An item on the future strategic direction of UK professional associations
can be read at

Do let us know about forthcoming events which you would like featured in
this section.

Practical employment law workshops
A series of workshops run by the IPD around the country from 13 April to 19
May focusing on the theme of 'Fairness at Work in the Millennium. Further
details of the website with all the information from

Continuing Professional Developing - the training solution
for the 21st century?
5 July 1999, Sunderland
A one day conference organised by the Northern Branch of the Institution
of Fire Engineers. A panel of prominent speakers will present a series of
papers relating to the development of CPD, current research trends, future
influences and the drift towards lifelong learning.
Further information from John Burke (
Tel: +44 (0)191 235 9217

About Sift
Sift plc is a leading developer of online communities. Based in Bristol,
Sift has also developed AccountingWEB for the accounting sector,
BusinessZONE (for the SME market), and TravelMole for the travel industry.
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).

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