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TrainingZONE Insider #66 – E-learning for the Playstation generation


TrainingZONE Insider - Issue 66
Wednesday 13 April 2005

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1 Tip of the Week: Cultural Change Programmes
2 Trainer's Diary: What's the Worst that Could Happen?
3 How Did I Get Here? Byron Kalies, Management Trainer
4 Review: Accounting for Business Studies
5 Resources: Team Development Tools
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Editor's note
Seen as a potential way to make courses more enjoyable, increase
completion rates and engage the Playstation-literate 'Generation
Y', there is a buzz around the potential of gaming technology in
e-learning. In an article on this very topic this week Steve
Dineen contests: "The more similar learning is to gaming, the
longer learners will stay with a course and, potentially, the
more they will learn." Steve adds: "When we have learners
proactively choosing to open a course in their own time for
enjoyment, then we shall have created truly engaging learning."
Is gaming the future for learning or are we all under-estimating
the attention span of Generation Y? We would also love to hear
how you engage learners with/without the aid of a joystick.


Claire Savage
Editor, TrainingZONE
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Trainer's Tip: Cultural Change Programmes
I have a few rule-of-thumb notes from having worked in and
alongside change programmes:
* It's important to start at the top - unless the CEO and
directors are keen, and prepared to shift their own behaviours,
chances are it won't stick, or will just be paid lip-service to.
* Don't rubbish everything that's happening now - chances are
there's some good stuff going on.
* Find what's working now, what matches what you want
(individuals or groups) and use them as good examples.
Read more of Joanna Howard's tips for managing a successful
cultural change programme:

Any Answers Answered

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train the trainer session.

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New questions posted on Any Answers include:

John Edwards wants to know how he can become accredited in
conflict management training.

David Roberts needs some ideas for exercises to illustrate the
theme of working well with others in a team environment.

Rosalind Lock needs a self-assessment document for managers to
complete based on a generic set of competencies.

Got the answer or want to pose a question of your own? Go to:

Community News

Resources: Team Development Tools
Forty-one pages of practical help and exercises, for team
managers and trainers, to support team building and team
development. Starting with an initial diagnostic activity the
manual includes 12 practical activities.

Browse all documents in the TrainingZONE Library:

Trainer's Diary: The presenter's fear
Byron Kalies confronts managers with that most common of fears -
making a presentation.

Jobs and Opportunities
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How Did I Get Here? Byron Kalies, Management Trainer
Read our new diarist's thoughts on his career to date.

Review: Accounting for Business Studies
A S Owen's book takes a broad brush approach to accounting,
building from the basics of profit and loss on to some of the
finer points of financial management.

New Members
This week TrainingZONE welcomes new members from organisations
including: The Walt Disney Company, AstraZeneca, Vodaphone,
Specsavers, Thames Water, Health and Safety Executive, EDS, West
Sussex County Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, NHS,
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