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TrainingZONE LearningWire #112 – Learning Lab interview, TrainingZONE speaker on local gvmt e-learning, work-life balance worksh

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TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 112
31 July 2000
https://www.trainingzone.co.uk
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LATEST HEADLINES ***** LATEST HEADLINES ***** LATEST HEADLINES

1. Interview of the Month: Professor Molyneux, the Learning Lab
2. TrainingZONE speaker on E-learning for local government
3. 7 questions to ask before commissioning a training programme
4. WebWatch: Corporate Tea Leaves and the Prompt Box!
5. This weeks workshop: work-life balance


***** LATEST HEADLINES ***** LATEST HEADLINES ***** LATEST


Editor's Note
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With e-learning gaining in popularity day by day, the problem is
increasingly knowing how to wade through the plethora of
computer-based learning products on offer.

This month, Training Journal launched a CDROM and web-based
service which will aim to review most of the e-learning providers
in the marketplace (another site offering a similar service is
Lguide.com).

It's interesting therefore to hear of the work of the Learning
Lab, which, with the support of the likes of Microsoft and ICL,
is channelling resources into uncovering the objective facts
about the effectiveness of e-learning. Professor Steve Molyneux,
director of the Lab, is an enthusiastic communicator of the
benefits of using technologies to complement and enhance existing
forms of learning. However, he is concerned that many of the
providers of e-learning products may not fully understand the way
that the learner interacts with the technology, and that learners
will lose out as a result.

One of the projects currently being undertaken by the Lab is a
long-term study into the effectiveness of Computer-Based
Training. TrainingZONE will be reporting back on the work of the
Learning Lab over the months to come, and looks forward to some
useful in depth research into an area which is in desperate need
of solid supporting facts.


Stephanie Phillips
News Editor
mailto:[email protected]
https://www.trainingzone.co.uk

Latest News
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A selection of this week's news stories
https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/news


Interview of the Month:Professor Steve Molyneux, the Learning Lab
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This week, TrainingZONE spoke to Professor Steve Molyneux, Director
of Centre for Excellence for technology in learning The Learning Lab
about the work of the Lab and how he views the current state of
online and computer-based technologies for learning.
https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/item/22942


E-learning for local government
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"E-learning is real learning" says TrainingZONE speaker at a
seminar underlining the massive potential for e-learning in local
government.
https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/item/22906


e-learningdirectory.com reviewed
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This month's edition of Training Journal is accompanied by a
CDROM entitled e-learningdirectory.com. The site aims to offer a
review of all online learning websites available: "Our aim
is....to become the starting point for trainers and learners who
want to access e-learning". With this in mind, TrainingZONE set
out to review the reviewing facility.
https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/item/22991

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Seven questions to ask before commissioning a training programme
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Seven useful questions to ask before commissioning a training
programme appear on the Hong Kong-based website hr.monster.com.
https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/item/22713


NLP trademark action leaves Bandler bankrupt
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According to the Association for Neuro-Linguistic Programming,
the high court action over the rights to use the term NLP have
resulted in Richard Bandler (who claimed the copyright) being
made bankrupt. Bandler, one of the early founders of the
process, had been taken to court by Tony Clarkson, a certified
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their work.
https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/item/22729


New articles on performance management
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USA-based Zigon Performance Group publish a regular round-up of
all that's new in the world of performance management.
https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/item/22600

Community Features
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Any Answers
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Question of the week: Trainer/employee ratios - plea for advice!
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In January of this year I was recruited into the role of training
manager for a group of companies. No training department existed
prior to this. We have around 140 employees. The issue: I am a
one-man department, and currently do everything training related,
from all administration to design & delivery. Maybe it's just me,
but my impact seems to be dwindling as I find my time
increasingly taken up by the detail. I am about to press for an
assistant. Is there any published advice on the best, even
minimum, trainer to employee ratios required to be effective? Any
benchmarks? If not, I would be grateful to know your individual
experiences. Has anyone experienced a similar situation? Should I
be coping with this number of employees (I can handle the
truth!)?

David Fowler

Other questions posed this week:

- Sarah James would like help with finding programmes aimed at
encouraging older employees approaching retirement to consider
remaining in employment
- Michael Clements is seeking benchmarking examples for Return On
Investment
- Andrea Stenhouse is looking for CBT or other desktop-based
training

Thanks to Denise Robinson, Garry Platt and Richard Hale, who
gave TrainingZONE members the benefit of their knowledge this
week.

https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/anyanswers

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Online workshop: managing work balance
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The issue of work-life balance is one which is steadily gaining
prominence. Both the media and government are keen to promote
the idea that flexible working is becoming the new way to work,
but the reality has yet to bear this out. Surveys repeatedly show
that workers in the UK regularly put in more hours than their
counterparts in mainland Europe. Can the general trend towards
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RBS/NatWest to offer free web training in branches
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The Royal Bank of Scotland and subsidiary NatWest will be
offering free coaching and access to the Internet through their
branches in the coming months. The bank's click.start centres
will provide free facilities to anyone who wants to use the
Internet, providing access to a number of web sites with an
emphasis on learning about the Internet, small business and local
information. The centres will also be available in the evenings
for special interest seminars.
https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/item/22773


Vocational Training Relief to end with the introduction of ILAs
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The Inland Revenue has announced that Vocational Training Relief
(VTR) will end with the introduction of Individual Learning
Accounts (ILAs) on 31 August.
https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/item/22840


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WebWatch
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Prompt Box - for when the ideas dry up!
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trainers containing icebreakers, energisers, analogies and
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Corporate Tea Leaves - measuring employee motivation
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Corporate Tea Leaves offers an online diagnostic tool for
measuring the motivation of employees. The tool has been created
by Beaufort Consulting, a consultancy specialising in change and
human resource management. The questionnaire consists of 50
questions that relate to core motivational factors derived from
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complete. You use the 50 core questions and can add up to 10 more
questions of your own.
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