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The TrainingZone LearningWire – Issue 57


The TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 57
12 July 1999
The Learning Community
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From the Editor
Last week's Training Solutions and IT Training Show in Birmingham was an exciting and dynamic affair - it was far more vibrant than most of the other training exhibitions I've been to recently. Both exhibitors and visitors were enthusiastic and creative in their approach. On the TrainingZone stand it was great to meet to many people who enjoyed what we're doing in building this community; and it was particularly heartening that hundreds of new members registered with TrainingZone over the week. Your support is really welcome. We know that many people copy or forward the LearningWire to colleagues each week; this is great. We would also encourage them to register and receive their own copy absolutely free - simple instructions are at the foot of the page.

I'm on holiday for two weeks so your emails to me will not be read until late July. Please welcome two guest editors to occupy my virtual chair. Penny Sharland (mailto:[email protected]) takes over from 12 July, and Garry Platt (mailto:[email protected]) is in charge for the week from 19 July. Do please contact them with information for TrainingZone and LearningWire. If you have any problems with our service, our service department (mailto:[email protected]) will be pleased to help.

Whatever you're doing, best wishes for a relaxing summer.

Tim Pickles, Editor



AMED Conference
The Association for Managment Education and Development

Working Communities : The shape of future organisations

Key themes - colloborative working, knowledge management,
ethics and governance
25/26 August 1999, Cranfield School of Management


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Training Show Reviews
The show was buzzing with products and services. We asked members to report on some of the some of the ideas which captured their attention over the three days. These trainers prepared short reviews all of which we've posted at

Electronic projection and whiteboard systems were on prominent display on several stands. These are really neat. Any computer screen can be projected onto an electronic whiteboard. Nothing new about that. However, the technology allows you to use your finger as a mouse on the screen and operate the computer; you can write or draw on the screen and capture it back to disk; you can manipulate images, surf the internet, create action lists - all with your finger on the screen. The Reviews pages contains further information about two systems from SmartBoard and Promethean.

The Qualitean Quest Game was one of three board game style products from a South African company. Looking like a super-deluxe version of Monopoly, this competitive game explores business development ideas with a strong focus on quality systems and their implementation to gain competitive advantage. A highly versatile game, it offered hundreds of situations and questions for players.

Tech Train from Salford were displaying some imaginative and creative approaches to education and training which they are seeking to deliver across a broader area.

The Keyboard Wizard was an amazing tutoring product from Abtec. A stand-alone keyboard with a built-in small screen and integral software it teaches all the basics of keyboard skills - without tying up one of your computers. Portable, easy-to-use, encouraging, Keyboard Wizard also includes some games and simple tests. At 49 GBP it's a cheap investment if you've got staff to bring up to speed.

One stand doing plenty of business was Stress Check. Loads of gadgets, ideas and resources for managing or reducing stress.

And if that wasn't enough, perhaps the 'mis-fit' stand of the Show was the Greg Norman One-on-One Coaching stand. In a special tent, you could tee off hard and have all your actions recorded on video. Your actions were then computer analysed against those of the professional and a comparative compilation video was prepared with personalised analysis and coaching tips prepared by Norman himself (from a massive bank of pre-recorded comments). We fell to wondering how this product might be adapted for use in other coaching and tutoring situations.

To read any of these - and more - reviews and find details of suppliers, go to

Other product reviews posted this week include:

'How to be better at Customer Care' by Timothy Foster, and 'How to be better at Delegation and Coaching' by Tony Atherton. Both books published by Kogan Page and reviewed by Leslie Rae. Also a review of 'Customers with Specific Needs' by Patricia Tallack - an A4 ringbinder manual with accompanying video.

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WebWatch brings you information about useful and relevant resources from
other Internet sites around the world. Unless otherwise linked, all the
following stories can be found at

Leadership Development
An article on the Linkeage Inc site focuses on 20 ways of developing leaders with a particular emphasis upon stretch assignments, custom-designed projects, and formal assessments.

European Computer Driving Licence
This developing projects seeks to establish, recognised and validate computing skills across the EU, enhancing standards and demonstrating technical competence

New Opportunities Fund supports ICT in education
The New Opportunities Fund is a recently-established lottery distribution board with three funding programmes. One of these is focused on developing ICT skills for teachers in education as part of the drive towards a National Grid for Learning. Funding and application details from

21st Century Learning Initiative projects
Research into human learning methods and effectiveness is being carried out around the world. Some of this relates to the 21st Century Learning Initiative and you can find out details of current research and projects in areas close to you.

Personnel Zone
Another free UK website providing information, discussion and a small shopping mall for people in the Personnel field. I suspect the site needs to contain more legal briefings about current caselaw and up-to-date guidance on employment practices before it generates real added value.

Online tutoring skills
Complete text of an article by Clive Shepherd (of Fastrak Consulting, and a TrainingZone member) exploring the issues around tutoring and coaching skills in an online environment.

Coaching and Mentoring Network
A new UK site which aims to help you decide if coaching and mentoring is an appropriate development tool for you, and if it is, point you in the direction of a suitable coach. The site will have a directory structure, divided into business and personal coaches (- I'm not quite sure why this division is necessary -) and aims to be fully up and running by the end of July.

Creative Training Techniques
A US newsletter of tips, tactics and 'know-hows' for delivering effective training from the TrainingSuperSite webpages. Some of the material is available to read online.

Further information about all these sites, and hundreds of others, can be found at

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Latest News
Here's a quick guide to some of the other news stories posted this week at:

Britain to receive 3 billion GBP from European Social Fund in 2000/6 to boost employment and training in disadvantaged areas.

210,000 more older people have moved into employment in the past year - and more will follow as the New Deal programme is extended to older workers.

Surfing the Net might damage your career - asserts a news article in the current issue of People Management magazine.

Results of discussions held at roadshows around the country run by the University for Industry (UfI) over the past two months to speak with potential partners in establishing local Learning Centres are available on the web.

Issue 8 of 'Individual Learning News' - the electronic newsletter from the Lifelong Learning website has now been posted, with more than 20 articles of interest.

A recent study shows that 88% of the workforce is now covered by at least one of the 70 National Training Organisations (NTOs) now in existence.

Lifelong learning in Higher Education - an analysis of present trends and issues in an article by Stephen McNail of Surrey University.

AusTrainer Issue 8 - the informative newsletter from downunder continues to produce useful information and updates of far wider value and applicability.

All the above News stories can be found at


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From the PressZone

This week's press releases are all featured at

Asymetrix announced a new CD-rom based training course on 'Learning and Mastering ToolBook II' - a training course and self-tutoring pack for users of the online learning authoring software from Asymetrix.

Record number of exhibitors and visitors attend this year's Training Solutions Show in this Hemming Group press release on the event.

Buzan Centres present 'Mind Maps Inside' at a one-day event in Poole, Dorset on 9 October. Also, 'BrainSmart Leader' is the title of a new book by Tony Buzan exploring corporate change agents at work.

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