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TrainingZONE LearningWire #131 – BAOL interview, christmas quiz, online workshop for hire


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 131
11 December 2000
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1. Interview of the month: British Association for Open Learning
2. The TrainingZONE Christmas quiz
3. Poll results: in-house or external trainers - who's best?
4. TrainingZONE workshop area for hire
5. E-learning content to hook up around the world


A TrainingZONE eye view
With all the hype surrounding e-learning these days, a passing
alien would be forgiven for thinking that distance learning is a
recent phenomenon, but they'd be wrong. The Open University is
just one of many providers which have been successfully helping
learners to develop knowledge and skills flexibly at their own
pace through the TV or through the post for many years. The
British Association of Open Learning has been representing
distance learning training providers since 1990. In an
interview with TrainingZONE this week, BAOL tells us about the
work they've been doing in partnership with the DfEE, and
explains how the challenges of e-learning are affecting those
who work with more traditional methods of delivery.

Stephanie Phillips
mailto:[email protected]

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The TrainingZONE Christmas quiz
Fancy a 12 bottle case of champagne, a Christmas case of wine or
a selection of champagne and chocolates delivered to your door?
One of these great prizes could be yours if you answer the
questions in the TrainingZONE calendar quiz!

Course directory explodes!
With courses to book, that is. TrainingZONE's events directory
now has 904 different courses on 3112 different dates. It's easy
to book using an online form, and you can sign up delegates for
anything from auditing to presentation to employment law. If
you're looking for a particular course to fulfill a need, try the
TrainingZONE directory first - it's only a click away at

TrainingZONE workshop area for hire
Looking for a location for a training event, but struggling to
get everyone together in one place at the same time? How about
meeting 'virtually' instead? TrainingZONE's workshop area is now
available to hire for training events, meetings or conferences.
It's easy to use - simply type in what you want to say, hit
return and you're away! We'll forward you a transcript of the
event afterwards, so no note-taking needed either!
For details of how to book, e-mail:
mailto:[email protected].

Latest News
A selection of this week's news stories, updated daily at

Interview of the month: British Association for Open Learning
TrainingZONE talks with the British Association of Open Learning
about their aims and current issues affecting members today.

Government must promote the use of vocational qualifications
"There is an urgent need to take this action and increase the
proportion of vocationally trained people in the UK." These are
the conclusions of a survey carried out by the Institute of
Directors, in a report entitled 'Vocational Training and

Poll results: in-house or external trainers - who's best?
In the last TrainingZONE survey, we asked whether you thought in-
house trainers were more effective in supporting learners in the
workplace than external trainers brought in for a specific
tutoring task. We analyse the results here.

Wildcat scheme a hit in the US, but what about the UK?
The Guardian reports on a scheme brought over from the US which
takes a group of unemployed people and provides them with
training to prepare them for specific jobs, but there are some
doubts as to how well it will travel...

Key Skills in Modern Apprenticeships
An update on the changes proposed for the role of key skills in
Modern Apprenticeship programmes.

E-learning content to hook up around the world
New progress is being made in developing a common way of
identifying content for e-learning, reports the US-based
technology and learning organisation Masie Center.


The low-down on TrainingZONE's hot features for HRDers this week:

--------------Any Answers? Question of the Week-----------------
Mari Jackson is looking for examples of Training Needs Analysis
questionnaires which are a little more inspiring than the usual
'tick box' variety she normally comes across.
Can you help? To respond to Mari and other TrainingZONE
questioners, visit

-----------TrainingZONE CareerZone: Job of the Week-------------
Handling the media trainer, Bristol, 28-31k

There are 97 other quality positions in the CareerZone now!
See them all at

--------------Online workshop this week--------------------------
Find out the facts behind the government's LearnDirect project by
logging in to our exclusive interview with Helen Milner, the
University for Industry's Director of Learning.

Interested? Log in on Tuesday 12 December at 13:00 GMT at

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of any UK company with TrainingZONE. Check out your client's
financial status before doing business with them by visiting

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