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TrainingZONE LearningWire #114 – AoC to work with UfI, online degrees – for and against, a tale of ILAs


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 114
14 August 2000
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1. Association of Colleges forms working party with UfI
2. A tale of Individual Learning Accounts: chapter one
3. Workshop special: how to become an online tutor
4. US president needs examples of e-learning
5. Refer a Friend to TrainingZONE and get a voucher for the Mall!


Editor's Note

In a week where the main lecturers' union in the USA has come out
in opposition to degrees which are completely web-based, we note
that on this side of the pond, the University of Liverpool is
preparing to launch what is claimed to be the first completely
online degree in Europe.

The MSc in IT is aimed at a potential student take-up of 6
million - the number of people reckoned to be working in the IT
sector world-wide - and will offer students the chance to gain an
accredited University qualification at a greatly reduced cost,
and without having to leave their own desks. Technology should
mean that the experience of sharing ideas informally on campus
can be replicated virtually, and the reduced costs involved
should tempt those who aren't able to commit to several years of
full-time study.

The key to the success of the Liverpool qualification is likely
to be the fact that it is intended to be an industry-relevant
qualification for those who have already undergone the rigours of
higher education, and are motivated to see the course through.
Chances are that those new to higher education who want to study
a more generic subject may struggle to adapt to the new delivery

Stephanie Phillips
News Editor
mailto:[email protected]

Latest News
A selection of this week's news stories

USA lecturers union opposes online degrees
The American Federation of Teachers has passed a resolution that
opposes undergraduate degrees that are earned entirely online.
At their recent convention, the union, which represents more than
one million teachers and tutors in higher education, called for
control of Web-based courses to remain with teachers and tutors.
A resolution passed unanimously by the union states that an
undergraduate degree earned entirely from a distance is not of
the same quality as a degree that was earned in a classroom.

Association of Colleges forms working party with UfI
With the full launch of LearnDirect imminent, The Association of
Colleges has teamed up with the University for Industry to form a
working group aimed at strengthening links between the UfI and
the Further Education sector.

NIACE urges adult learners to sign up now!
September will see the yearly round of enrolments taking place at
adult education establishments around the country. To encourage
adult learners to sign up and to help alert them to the vast
range of study options on offer, NIACE, the National Organisation
from Adult Learning, has launched 'Sign Up Now', a national
campaign to support and promote enrolment.

A tale of Individual Learning Accounts: chapter one
In the interests of curiosity, and with a view to perhaps
carrying out some formal learning of its own, TrainingZONE is now
the proud owner of an Individual Learning Account.

IT Training Awards 2001
The Institute of IT Training is again looking for best practice
examples of learning through IT to compete for one of the IT
Training Awards 2001. The awards will be made to companies or
individual trainers who have made 'the greatest contribution to
the improvement of standards' between October 1999 and October

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Liverpool University offers first online degree
Europe's first degree to be delivered completely online has been
launched by the University of Liverpool, A collaboration with
Dutch education specialists K.I.T. eLearning, The Master of
Science (MSc) in Information Technology (IT), which is accredited
by the University, aims to combine flexible learning and an
industry-focused curriculum with 'the rigorous standards and
professionalism of a British university postgraduate

US president needs examples of e-learning
More news from across the pond...if you have an 'excellent
example of e-learning' you could help Bill Clinton develop his
understanding of the e-learning phenomenon. Elliott Masie, one
of the founders of the Masie learning research centre, is looking
for examples to be used by a White House Committee to develop
their understanding of e-learning.

Outdoor training issues
Outdoor training seems to suffer from 'fashion fatigue' -
sometimes everyone's doing it, and then a TV documentary comes
along and it seems to take a dent. (Perhaps we're all waiting for
the next installment of Castaway 2000!) Anyway, the new online
conference area about outdoor training has been getting some hits
of late, with recent threads about qualifications, networks, and
the transfer of learning.

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Community Features

Special Feature: Members News
Members News is the place where you tell us what's new and
happening in the training world. Here are just a few snippets of
the news you told us about this week:

Surrey Police tell how CCTV training has come of age

Robin Strange announces his website devoted to lean manufacturing

Click to Market tell us about a new survey and questionnaire tool

Jolly Serious Events Ltd begin to offer corporate events

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Any Answers
Question of the week: find me an interviewing skills video!
I am looking to locate training videos on the subject of
interviewing skills (not job interviews). Can anyone help, lend
me one or put me in the right direction? I am looking for
something with a bit of fun involved, not a tear jerker!

Many thanks
Martin Barr

Other questions posed this week:

- Nicky Ferry asks whether excellent employers do exist
- Percy Manuel wants advice on preparing an engineering
- Steve Creighton wants to know how to receive accreditation for
his experience as a trainer
- Christian Bone is looking for examples of training plans

Thanks to Ashley Ward, Michael Sumyk and Jenny Kevan, who shared
their experiences with other TrainingZONE members this week.

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Want to be an Online Tutor?
Online learning is growing fast, and training professionals need
to learn new skills to equip them for a new delivery medium.
Still, most professionals are adaptable and flexible, so this
should be easy - but where to start? The online workshop this
Tuesday is a practical solution. Called, quite simply, 'Getting
Started with Online Learning', we'll provide some pointers to the
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