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TrainingZONE LearningWire #120 – Epic interview, WOLCE 2000, New! advice pages


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 120
25 September 2000
Yell Awards 2000 Commendation - Best e-Commerce Site (B2B)


1. Interview of the month: Donald Clark, CEO, Epic Group Plc
2. New! Advice Pages: PowerPoint and Excel
3. WOLCE 2000 is on its way!
4. Self-managed learning: a breakthrough or a cop-out?
5. Syndicate Training: what's the story?


Editor's Note

Continuing the e-learning theme of our monthly feature
interviews, TrainingZONE spoke this week to Donald Clark
from Epic Group Plc. In the same week, they announced a
collaboration with QA Training, bringing together QA's classroom
expertise with Epic's wide experience in the interactive learning
market. The view from both companies was very much that
classroom-based learning still has much to offer as a complement
to the rise of all things electronic.

One method of training delivery which has very much benefited
from the advent of learning online is open learning. This year's
WOLCE exhibition and conference will be showcasing all that's new in
the world of technologies for distance learning. TrainingZONE will
be aiming to bring you all the highlights, electronically of course!

Stephanie Phillips
mailto:[email protected]

Latest News
A selection of this week's news stories

Interview of the month: Donald Clark, CEO, Epic Group Plc
TrainingZONE in conversation with Donald Clark, CEO, Epic Group
Plc, providers and advisers on tailored e-learning to companies
such as Video Arts, Vision Express and British Airways.

WOLCE 2000 is on its way!
TrainingZONE has been positively bombarded with information about
the forthcoming World Open Learning Conference and Exhibition, so
here are some edited highlights for members to focus on.

Unravel the e-mail hassle with training from Xebec McGraw-Hill.
When managing incoming e-mail takes hours each day and the
conflicts created a constant source of office stress, it's easy
to see why e-mail seems more hassle than it's worth. So, if
you're bogged down with e-mail overload, E-ffective E-mail,
delivered online or in CD-ROM format, unravels the hassle.

New! Advice Pages: PowerPoint and Excel
Puzzled about PowerPoint? Enraged with Excel? Look no further
than the latest additions to our Advice Pages for the solution.

Self-managed learning: a breakthrough or a cop-out?
Several of the daily papers have recently featured articles
raising questions about the rise of self-managed learning in the
workplace. What seems to be at issue is whether employers are
using it as a cop-out, in order to shed some of the
responsibility for developing staff, or whether it is a real
chance for employees to access and define relevant and useful
learning for themselves.

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Online workshop:
Supporting people to create their own learning plans
Learning plans and learning portfolios are very much in the news
as people are increasingly expected to manage their own learning
programmes. This workshop is an opportunity for practitioners to
explore some of the issues around this topic including, for
- just what are learning plans?
- what motivates people to maintain their own learning plan?
- how can the manager support individual learners?
- ways of making a learning portfolio a transferable document

This week's free-to-attend workshop is on Tuesday 26 September at
13:00 BST. Log on at

Scotland's institutions are taking learning around the world
Scottish academic institutions have been spreading their
knowledge across the globe, thanks to a company set up to help to
exploit the range of expertise and facilities available.

Learning and Skills Council local Chiefs announced
Another sign that the Learning and Skills Council is gradually
coming into force came at the end of last week, when Education
and Employment Minister Baroness Blackstone announced the
appointment of 45 new Local Learning and Skills Council Executive

now HR has a home page
Log on now!

*Did you know?* 20,000 professionals receive LearningWire. To
reach our audience,see:

Syndicate Training: what's the story?
Syndicate Training bill themselves as the answer to any harassed
Training Officer's dreams, by offering to combine forces on
behalf of a number of companies to arrange cheaper training.
TrainingZONE recently received some details about this London-
based company, and finds a few questions left unanswered....

Marchmont Observatory learning theme: 'learner support'
This week sees the launch of the Marchmont Observatory's 4th
'Learning Theme' on Learner Support.

DfEE to launch unit for training provision for large employers
The Training & Employment Network reports that the Department
for Education and Employment is to establish a central unit to
co-ordinate training provision on behalf of large employers.

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Community Features

Any Answers
*Question of the week*
Qualifications/courses for becoming a T & D professional
I am a generalist HR Officer with 2 years experience. I have
recently completed my Graduate CIPD and have a degree. My
organisation is willing to sponsor me to do a qualification/
course in order to transfer over to our Training and Development
team, in line with my desired career path. One suggestion is that
I do the Certificate in Training Practice - however, I am
concerned that having done my CIPD this might not be at the right
level for me. I would be grateful on your views/experiences of
suitable courses/qualifications to do for this area which are
well-recognised and would match my educational level.

Alison Clayton

Other questions posed this week:
- Gary Hosey seeks a list of training and development magazines
- Guy Hunter is looking for information on the STEPS technique
- W James seeks your views on subscribing to a training index

To answer these and any other questions from TrainingZONE
members, go to

Thanks to Rod Webb, Jenny Kevan and David Heath, who shared
their knowledge with other TrainingZONE members this week.

Mall update: The Personnel Manager's Yearbook, only 94.75 GBP
"This is a hugely valuable reference document that also contains
many lively advertisements."
"Extensive and invaluable for Personnel Managers wanting to make
contact with fellows in the profession."

Find out why the likes of Personnel Today and Training Journal
are raving about this book at

Our guide to what's hot on the web, updated regularly. Check out
the following new additions to the list:

- A new network aims to link freelance consultants with contract
- The e-learning centre is a tastefully designed site for anyone
wanting to find out more about creating e-learning solutions

Here are a selection of new postings added over the last week
- find out more about these opportunities and others at

- Freelance AutoCad 2000 Instructor Required
- Facilitators required for Outdoor Learning Centre in
- Lotus 1-2-3 Millennium trainer
- Freelance IT trainers with experience of MS applications

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