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The TrainingZone LearningWire – Issue 75


The TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 75
15 November 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.

From the Editor
Last week's feature article on current trends in online learning provoked a flurry of responses which you can read and react to at
Amongst the comments are a request for independent assessment of the different technologies available and a plea not to rush headlong into another new fad.

The news over the past few days has included important announcements in Gordon Brown's budget review concerning further funding for training and employment programmes. These are covered in our News section below. Also this week, we've added several new resources to the Toolkit, all of which are free for you to download and use in your own work. The Any Answers? page is generating lots of questions and answers to practical problems. Read on to find out how you can post your own question direct onto the site.

Tim Pickles, Editor
mailto:[email protected]


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This week on TrainingZone

The series of online Workshops continues -

Date: Tuesday 16 November
When: 19:00 hours GMT
Subject: Training Practitioners Forum

This is an opportunity for ALL trainers to meet online, discuss some current issues in their work, and seek advice and solutions to problems. Workshops are entirely free.

On the same page you can request to receive an email notification of all future workshop.

Meanwhile, the online survey into the different forms of staff development within organisations continues at

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

New articles on LearningBuzz
A series of new articles have been published on the excellent LearningBuzz website this month. Virtually everything on this site is worth reading. Three items caught my eye in particular. 'Work Based Learning: A New Eden - and its Serpent' by Derek Portwood examines the dichotomy of work and learning and the inner contradictions of work based learning. 'Ways of Learning' by Bill Lucas gives some tips as to how we can improve our learning. 'Networks for Learning' by Michael Pearn introduces the benefits of learning through networks.

People Management magazine has launched a new service with its own website designed to assist HR professionals and others access the most appropriate computer software for their needs. The site provides information and reviews on a wide range of products, together with product news and an online ordering service. We found several examples of 'missing' software when using the search facility, but the catalogues seem to be relatively comprehensive.

The growth of the Internet
The number of documents posted on the World Wide Web grows by a million a day and is estimated to reach eight billion by 2002. More than 200 million people around the world now log on and the net has become the fastest-growing communication tool ever invented.

Meanwhile, as forecast here three weeks ago, BT has announced a reduction in the call charges which it levies on all Internet Service Providers in the UK. With effect from mid-December, the new rate will be 0.97p/minute. In theory, this could mean that dial-up Internet access will cost no more than 1p/minute - but it remains to be seen how much of this reduction is passed on by ISPs in this fiercely competitive market. At least it's a (small) step towards genuinely free Internet access. challenges
LateRooms, the UK's largest online database of late availability hotel rooms has gone live offering 50,000 reduced room rates, some offering savings up to 80 percent on the normal rate. For the business traveller called away at short notice LateRooms means they can now book a better hotel than their expenses would normally allow. While those able to take a holiday break at a moments notice can stay in four star splendour at a one star price.


Training Solutions and IT Training Show, 2000

4-6 July at the NEC Birmingham

Here are some of the highlights -

- The TD 2000 campaign to raise the profile of training
- Exciting five stream conference programme
- The Manpower National Skills Festival 2000 runs alongside
- An Appointment Scheduler to help you meet key exhibitors
- An online NotePad to help you find companies and products
- A VIP Club for Training Directors
- Interactive theatres and seminars

More than 5,000 visitors are likely to visit over 250 exhibitors
all under one roof.

This is the 100% pure training show.

For full details, check out


Any Answers?
You can now post your own question direct to Any Answers? by clicking the Post a Question button on the page. All replies are automatically emailed to you. This is the fastest-growing area of the site.

Here are a selection of new questions:

** Are there any novice trainers with whom I can share experiences?

** Can you recommend a good training database?

** Have you used in-house coaches and if so, with what results?

** Do you know of a coach training course?

** How can senior managers respond to the needs of teams who
work remotely?

** Has anyone done a critical review of Investors in People?

** Can anyone recommend a good CBT or paper based project
management simulation?

All the questions and all the answers can be found at


Special Half-Price Offer
You can obtain full company reports on ANY UK company direct
from the TrainingZone website. They're invaluable for
researching a prospective client. Company reports are
available at half-price until 30 November


New Toolkit resources
The Toolkit is the library area of TrainingZone where you can view and download a wide-ranging series of articles, briefing papers, programmes and resource materials for use in your own work - free. These new resources have been added to the Toolkit this month.

Training Methods
Mentoring diagnostic activity: A really useful reflective diagnostic activity and checklist to help you explore your approach to mentoring, created by Andrew Gibbons.

Learning Log: A simple Learning Log developed by Andrew Gibbons - which he has used over more than ten years to build a record of more than 1,000 learning experiences.

100 things I've learned about learners and learning: A truly comprehensive list of points about about to make our learning really effective, developed by Andrew Gibbons. A very useful checklist for anyone engaged in learning.

Some practical approaches to managing our own learning and development: Twenty-five helpful observations and hints from Andrew Gibbons' professional experience to enable us to manage our learning better.

A personal journey of lifelong learning and Continuous Professional: Some reflections and analysis by Andrew Gibbons of the thirteen years during which he has been maintaining an active learning log.

Organisational Development
Changing organisations with metaphors: A fascinating and detailed report on some research by Hulya Oztel and Ole Hinz exploring the use of metaphors in organisational development and change. This paper was first presented to the ECLO conference in May 1999.

All Toolkit resources are at


HR News
Please send all relevant HR news postings to Cecilia Bingham
mailto:[email protected]

More funding for employment and training programmes
Gordon Brown's annual Budget review, delivered last Tuesday, contained several announcements which will impact the employment, training and HR fields. Following pilot projects in various parts of the country, the New Deal programme is now to be rolled out to all those aged 25 and over. This announcement effectively means that all jobseekers aged 18 to 65 can be offered routes back to training and employment through the New Deal. There is to be a revamp of JobCentres and this too is likely to be a programme rolled out across the country. Finally, funding is to be made available to enable 50,000 adults to benefit from basic IT skills training.

Discount on management games
MBA Games have been creating and marketing a range of management and business development games for many years. Several of these games are now available for delivery over the Internet. Until the end of the year, there is a discount available on the purchase price - and several games can be bought for a short-term licence use. More games will be published next year.


Special Offer - 15% off list price for all Capstone titles
until the end of November 1999. TrainingZONE and Capstone
Publishers are pleased to announce 15% off all Capstone
titles featured in the Books section of the TrainingZONE Mall.

NEW! Market leading CPD videos from T.E.N now available from
our Multimedia department. We are pleased to announce
availability of a brand new line of training videos from
leading CPD provider, Television Education Network.

As a special promotion TrainingZONE and T.E.N are offering
15% off all T.E.N Videos in the Mall until the end of
November 1999


for all the latest product and services reviews

'The Problem Behaviour Pocketbook' and 'The Personal Success Pocketbook' - the latest titles in the ever-expanding PocketBook series are reviewed by Leslie Rae.

'Staying Healthy at Work' by Lifeskills International and published by Gower is reviewed by Alison Lowe.

'22 Training Events for Developing Team Leaders' by Rod Storey and published by Gower. This ring-bound manual of activities is reviewed by Leslie Rae.


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