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The TrainingZone LearningWire – Issue 66


The TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 66
13 September 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
It's been a very busy week for news, so several of the stories in LearningWire are shorter than usual to allow us to include more references. We can't summarise all the week's news, so it's always worth keeping an eye on the main site every couple of days; to make it easy, all the new postings are shown on the home page.

Could you chair an online workshop? As our new online workshop area starts to take off, we're looking for professionals interested in chairing an online discussion likely to last up to an hour. We plan to establish regular online workshops on each of several general topics e.g.
Training practitioner's forum
Training manager's forum
HR professional's forum
As well as specific topic-based workshops such as
Evaluating training and learning
Computer-based training
Learning Organisations
Personnel issues
The role of the trainer
and others.
The role of the chair is just to keep the online discussion going. No technology is required, other than a web browser and Internet access. Each workshop takes place at a predetermined time at
and any number of people can participate free. Please email the editor if you would like to help run a workshop.

Tim Pickles, Editor
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A selection of stories from this week's News page

Free - West Midlands Directory
Thanks to the generosity of West Midland Local Goverment Association, LearningWire readers can obtain a free, comprehensive directory of training consultants and venues throughout the West Midlands. Order yours before the end of September, quoting LearningWire.

Online Learning News
Two issues of the weekly electronic forum from Lakewood Publications aimed at discussion amongst anyone involved in online learning can be read at
whilst the most recent issue of the Training Directors electronic forum for training managers is at
There's plenty of ideas and discussion in both these ezines which are available on free subscription also.

International conference on Action Learning
AMED and the International Foundation for Action Learning (IFAL) are arranging a conference to be held in Edinburgh on 8 October looking at examples of good practice in action learning across a range of settings. For more information, see

Latest update on UfI proposals
If your organisation has submitted proposals to participate in the new network of Learning Centres to be established across England, Wales and Northern Ireland by early in 2001, you'll want to check this page on the UfI website which provides details on the number of proposals received, the timetable for assessing them, and the list of contacts around the country responsible for processing proposals.


WebWatch brings you information about useful and relevant resources from other Internet sites around the world.

Launch of LearningBuzz and BehaviourBuzz
These two new websites launched at the beginning of September and are definitely worth keeping an eye on. Each site offers a selection of thought-provoking and practical articles by respected figures in the two broad areas of Learning and Behaviour respectively. Amongst the contributors are Peter Honey, Bill Lucas and Andrew Gibbons. Each site categories the articles in a series of topic areas to enable users to find and read related articles. Amongst the articles which took my attention in the initial launch were: 'What do you learn from experience?', 'The power of learning', 'Four problems with development', 'Do we really value our employees?' and 'How to put a good presentation together fast'.
Both sites promise to add new articles on a monthly basis.

Measuring the 'hard stuff'
Twenty years experience measuring the "hard stuff" have yielded best practices which can save time and improve the quality of performance measures for teams and other hard-to-measure work. This article by Jack Zigon on the Linkage Inc website describes a process for creating performance measures for any kind of work and the learning resulting from implementing these systems.

Knowledge management and organisational learning
The second annual conference on this subject is scheduled for London on 28 February to 2 March. By participating in an online survey on the subject you can earn a discount on the conference booking fee and other goodies.

IT Training online
Living IT provides a range of online training courses on various aspects of information technology. Their aim is very much to practice what they preach. Courses are available at a variety of levels.

Three roads to cost effectiveness
Clive Shepherd of Fastrak Consulting has added another interesting article to his website aimed at training managers wanting to develop greater cost effectiveness in the programmes which they create and manage. For those with responsibility for ensuring best value in training policies and practice, it's worth a read.

The Current and Future State of Distance Learning
The Linkage Inc website recently surveyed 192 organizations to analyze the current and future state of distance learning. The study covered such topics as delivery methods, types of programs, allocated budgets, employee interests and many more. The results are now available online.

Creating a learning organisation is simple but not easy
Another well-written article from Peter Honey just published on the new LearningBuzz website. The message is simple, but, as so often, putting it into practice is a great deal harder.



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HR News

HR Web is our new area for posting news, resources and updates of interest to the HR profession.

Investors in People
An article about the development of IiP in the so-called 'Ealing Model' can be found in the current issue of Fenman's Training Journal. This issue also contains several other useful articles on the development of good IiP practice and policy and extracts from several of these articles are available for browsing online.

18 million pounds for new Internet-based job matching service
The government has just launched a new service for matching job hunters with recruiters using the latest Internet technology. The service will be rolled out across the country through job centres and may lead to better and faster job placements.

70% of employers now aware of ageism code
Following the production of a new voluntary code of practice on ageism practice in recruitment and selection, a government survey now shows that 70% of employers are aware of what they should be doing. Of course, methinks that actual practice often differs from professed intent and that an aweful lot of people still feel they are discriminated against out there. Does it seem any different to you?


Any Answers?
This new area of the site is really catching on, with some pertinent questions being asked and plenty of answers from users. Send your questions to the editor. Please offer your answers to each question by clicking on Comment after each question.

Do you know of any activities to facilitate group consensus decision making?
Suggestions in response so far include a wilderness survival activity, a moon survival activity, and cognitive map exercises,

Do you know of any mentoring schemes suitable for people involved in arts marketing? asks Pam Henderson

What software would you recommend for displaying and managing training course calendars and programmes? asks Andrew Peter

Do you know any resources to apply complexity theory to business and management? asks Arthur Battram

Do you know of any development courses for personal assistants? asks
Hilary Rochford

Keep sending new questions to the Editor
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Are you interested in chairing or contributing to an hour-
long ONLINE WORKSHOP about any aspect of training, learning,
management or organisational development?
Check out
and contact the editor with your ideas
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Product Reviews
Every month we publish reviews by a team of active professionals of
recent publications, resource materials and products. To have your
products reviewed, check out

Creativity for Competitive Advantage - a new book by Chris Carling and published by Fenman is reviewed by Leslie Rae

Setting Objectives and Seeing them Through - a collection of activities by Beverley Williams in this new Fenman title is reviewed by Leslie Rae


New postings in the PressZone
Publish details of all your news in the PressZone. To become a member, see

The Institute of Supervision and Management are sponsoring this year's Kielder Challenge which is being organised by Rievers of Tarset. The event is a 32 hour test of teamwork, mental and physical fitness.

GBdirect announce that the Training Pages website now contains details on more than 4,000 IT and Management courses throughout the UK


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