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The TrainingZone LearningWire – Issue 62


The TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 62
16 August 1999
The Learning Community
Copyright (C) 1999 Sift plc. All rights reserved.
May be reproduced in any medium for non-commercial purposes as long as attribution is given.

Editor's Note
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The first online conference amongst TrainingZone users was last week, so we'd really welcome your participation this week when the subject is:
** Training Techniques - what works, what doesn't and how to fix them **
Come and talk live with other trainers, coaches, and developers.
** Tuesday 17 August, 1.00 pm at

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Finally, we're recruiting a freelance sub-editor for TrainingZone. If you've got a professional knowledge of HR issues, check it out at

Tim Pickles, Editor



BEST NEW PRODUCT 2000 ? ... Beyond Time Management/Organisers

CLIOFAX is a self coaching system enabling individuals to
learn and apply daily the strategies of High Performance to
develop competence, achieve targets and help deliver the
corporate vision. Users include Shell, Motorola, Unilever.

See more on
or call 00353 21 773273.


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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

Open Folio
This website is an interesting development of an internet-based mentoring system which the creators describe as 'based upon complexity theory'. Designed by the University of Northumbria, the architecture allows individuals to enter their interests, expertise and portfolio, which others can access to find appropriate mentors. There are various refinements on top. User access is restricted to faculty members although there are plans to open it out publicly. Meanwhile, you can gain a good idea of how this technology could be of far wider use.

MBA games
This website sets out to provide a series of interactive business training games on the web. Each can be used on its own for a monthly licence fee from 15 GBP. The first three games available are: Test Your Management Skills, Conglomerate (a corporate strategy game), and Team Leadership. Demo versions of all the games are available on the site.

KALIF - a knowledge and learning infrastructure
This site is part of the European ESPRIT programme and seeks to build and develop an infrastructure for enhanced sharing of knowledge and learning. The development group are involved in various projects and papers. At present only a basic level of access to the site is available to non-members but the site owners plan to extend the level of public access in the near future.

European Research in Vocational Education and Training
Another European development website offering a forum for research into vocational training, including events, background papers, discussion and related links. The site appears to be extending quite quickly as more material is added.

StudyLink Training UK
This site, run in partnership with the Association for MBAs, provides a useful search engine for courses in management, marketing, human resources, and financial training courses throughout the UK. This sort of site obviously depends on the volume of information entered into the system but I found a reasonable number of entries and suggestions.

The Peter Honey website
Oh dear! We've got ourselves into all sorts of difficulties over this one. It's a regular source of excellent resources and ideas and we visit frequently. Two weeks ago, we posted a reference to Peter's new resource on Exploring Your Values - but the gremlins crept into our URL typing. Then, a few days ago, the site went through a complete redesign - and a whole lot of our references became broken links overnight! We've fixed most of them. The new site has plenty of new material. Amongst the new publications is a 'Learning - Measuring the Business Benefit' - a Toolkit for Planning and Evaluating Training' containing plenty of ideas for checking to see that learning activities are making a real difference. Also new is an extensive listing of articles which Peter has contributed on various learning-related topics to the Training Journal. Finally, Peter has announced the imminent creation of a couple of electronic magazines to be known as LearningBuzz and BehaviourBuzz. He's looking for contributors, and we'll cover their launch in more detail next month. Meanwhile, if you've not been for a time, it's well worth revisiting the main site.

Training Journal
This monthly journal, formerly known as Training Officer and now run by Fenman publishers, contains a wealth of useful articles. It too has been on the move - to

Coaching Tips
The AusTrainer website now offers an additional free ezine created by Tina Monks and offering a series of coaching tips.

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



Addressing critiques of ideas and practices of organisational
learning. For information or to offer a session contact
Tom Boydell


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

New ministerial appointments at the DfEE
Following the recent government shuffle, this page contains a listing of all the continuing and new appointments to ministerial rank in the Department for Education and Employment. There are three new ministerial appointments and portfolios.

Ufi awards contract to revolutionise web-based training
This 14 million pound contract will use advanced technology to link over a thousand local Learning Centres around the country with four regional call centres as the University for Industry gears up for action.

All the above News stories can be found at


Any Answers?
Your questions to the Editor on any aspect of training and development are posted here. If you have an answer, please visit the story and add your Comment at the end.

Where can I find a comparative review of different group response key pad systems for use in classroom based training?
Steve Brown

I wanted to do an MEd in Training & Development with Sheffield University who now tell me that they've stopped running this course - do you know of anyone else who offers it?
Andie Reeves

Keep sending new questions to the Editor



Wanted: SUB-EDITOR for TrainingZone and LearningWire

Due to rapid expansion, we're seeking an enthusiast to find
interesting stories, post them to TrainingZone and prepare
synopses for LearningWire. We're looking particularly for
someone with good Human Resources knowledge.
Freelance opportunity at this stage.

For further information, see


Product reviews
We review books, resources, software and other products at
This week's reviews include:

Dealing with Difficult People
An interactive CD-Rom from Athena with plenty of explanation, strategies and coaching to handle those awkward clients and customers.

Business Applications of NLP
30 Activities for training in this new resource from Gower, written by Roy Johnson and John Eaton, reviewed by Leslie Rae

Learning Style software
A CD-based version of Peter Honey's famous learning styles inventory reviewed by Renee Raper

Impress to Sell
Another software programme from PSi Press covering various aspects of selling skills, reviewed by Renee Raper.


New postings in the PressZone
The PressZone contains details of all the latest news and releases from training suppliers and providers.

Asymetrix advances online learning with new Internet destination. Over 400 computing & business courses will be offered through learning portal.

Asymetrix selects NETg as strategic content partner, New learning site combines free publishing system with hundreds of online


About Sift
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