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Conference shows how to walk the talk

first_imgConference shows how to walk the talkOn 1 May 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Billed as Europe’s premier event on the subject, e-learning London has manypractical ideas on putting methods into action. Simon Kent takes a tourAccording to Charles Jennings, training 10,000 global employees on acompliance course would take more than eight years if delivered throughclassroom-based training. The same outcome can be achieved in just six monthsif e-learning is used. Jennings is head of internal training and global learning at Reuters, and isone of the speakers at the two-day e-learning London Exhibition and Conferencein June. One of the main themes is a focus on the integration of e-learning intocompany training programmes. The importance of such integration has increasedas the ability to accurately assess e-learning projects has improved. Jenningsis one of nearly 50 industry experts and practitioners who will be giving theirviews and sharing their experience of e-learning during the two-day event. Hewill be contributing to a Day One seminar on implementation entitled ‘Measuringe-learning effectiveness and return on investment’ (12.35-13.50) alongsideNigel Marsh, head of e-learning at Royal Mail. Hot topic Implementation is one of four over-arching themes featured in the conferenceseminars. The other three themes are strategy; training and competence forcompliance; and content and design. Every day there is also a free ‘hot topic’ session. For example, independentconsultant Nick Rushby will advise delegates on how to find their way throughthe maze of industry standards on Day One (16.15-16.45) while training anddevelopment manager Jean Whitehouse and project officer Simon Atkinson, bothfrom the Open University, will explore the concept of ‘learners as customers’on Day Two (15.15-15.45). Day Two also sees a free session dedicated to e-learning in the publicsector (11.30-12.45) in which Keith Whitburn, project manager at the NationalPatient Safety Agency and Bob Murrock, e-learning consultant at the DWP PensionService, will discuss the value and practicalities of e-learning programmeswithin the Government environment. While the public sector session will no doubt stimulate great interest onDay Two, the double session on training and competence for compliance will beof most importance to delegates on Day One. Running from 13.30-14.45 and15.15-16.30, the first session will address the importance of high- qualitycontent in achieving effective training compliance online, while e-auditingwill come under the spotlight in the second. Case studies will be used toillustrate how e-learning systems can assess and prove compliance across aworkforce. The issue of compliance is not simply the concern of the financial sector,and the conference illustrates this clearly by taking case studies fromcompanies such as NTL Group, British Energy, Zurich and Royal & SunAlliance. The opening address on each day is free to delegates and promises to give atimely and comprehensive insight into current thinking on e-learning. Theconference opens with Dr Saul Carliner, US author of Designing e-Learning andAn Overview of Online Learning. Carliner has an international reputation andhas worked with companies including IBM, Microsoft and 3M. Addressing the issue of fitting e-learning into the business as a whole(10.10-10.55 on Day One), Carliner takes the view that without engagingcontent, learners will not fully participate in an e-learning programme.Consequently, without that full participation, companies will never achieve thefull return from their e-learning investment. Quality and costs Dr Betty Collis, Shell professor of networked learning at the Netherlands’University of Twente, is the opening keynote speaker on Day Two (10.10-10.55).She will draw on recent research across more than 2,000 companies carried outto assess the effectiveness of e-learning. In her session ‘A new economy fore-learning’, she will explain the indicators of quality and costs fore-learning and discuss whether blended learning represents the way forward forcorporate training or is simply a predictable backlash against technology-basedtraining resources. “We have found many companies have spent large sums creatingcomprehensive technical platforms to deliver e-learning, but have not reallyused the collaborative learning approach within that framework as yet,”she says. “We regard the e-learning medium as a tool at our disposal which shouldbe used alongside a variety of media to provide an integrated solution tolearner’s needs.” The strength of the conference lies in the fact that delegates will have thechance to understand how current theories and cutting-edge approaches totechnology-based learning work in practice. Cherie Holland, e-learning managerat Unilever, will be speaking on Day Two as part of a content and designsession on stimulating learning through virtual communities (14.45-16.00). Echoing Dr Collis’ ideas on taking an integrated approach to learning, shenotes achieving truly blended learning in her organisation has even meantpaying attention to the terminology of training interventions. “We use e-learning extensively for various course modules although weare careful to avoid categorising our courses as ‘e-learning’, as usually onlyone part of a course will be undertaken in a virtual environment,” shesays. She continues: “We have also found that where applicable, we can useonline communities to support and reinforce learning that is beingundertaken.” Challenges and rewards Holland shares this session with two speakers from Sheffield HallamUniversity – Paul Helm and Louise Thorpe of the Learning and TeachingInstitute, who will also explore the challenges and rewards of creating anonline learning community. At a time when economic conditions are putting real pressure on companies tomaximise their performance and reduce costs, e-Learning London is the idealevent to gain knowledge of the opportunities and challenges created by learningtechnology. There is unprecedented enthusiasm for the method and its ability to delivercritical skills directly to the people who require them at a time and placeappropriate to their own unique circumstances. There is also an amount of hype around the subject – assumptions that thelatest technology must be the most effective and that any implementation willbring benefits to an organisation. E-Learning London offers a unique andpowerful blend of cutting edge views and case studies to help the trainingfunction get the most from every new initiative. Exhibition highlightsBalance Learning(www.balancelearning.co.uk), the first dedicated blended learning publisher,will be demonstrating its new software system to manage blended learningprogrammes. The Dimension Manager enables trainers to survey student needs,schedule and monitor the completion of e-learning, develop customised classroommaterials and plan and assess post course activities undertaken as part of aBalance Learning programme. ebc (www.ebc.co.uk) will beshowing its latest work in video, CD-Rom and internet/intranet-deliveredlearning solutions. Producers of custom-built learning solutions, and capableof helping organisations create online learning communities, the company’schief learning architect, Robin Hoyle will be chairing a strategy conferenceseminar on training a sales force via e-learning. (Day Two,12.45-14.00).Impatica Inc(www.impatica.com) will demonstrate its range of desktop tools designed to givesubject matter experts the ability to create engaging online contentdeliverable to Java-enabled computers without the need for additional plug-ins.Impatica On Cue was launched in December 2001 and the exhibition will see theshowcasing of version 2.5. OnCue enables the production and delivery ofsynchronised video together with PowerPoint presentations and offers featuresincluding searchable text, dynamic indexing and navigation. Impatica also hastools to enhance the delivery of material created in Macromedia Director.Logicom (www.luk.net) has useda leading games engine to power a unique interactive training environment. Thesolution uses a CBT platform but goes further than simply replicating a virtualworld and can adjust to influences in ‘real time’. Users find the environmentengaging since they can learn through discovery. At the same time, all theactions of trainees can be recorded, enabling the trainer to provide livefeedback or material for use at review. The technology can also give numeroususers access to a shared environment, opening up the possibility of team-basedlearning.Walkgrove (www.walkgrove.co.uk) is a one-stop shopsupplier of training materials. Offering bespoke solutions, the company offerspaper-based materials, CBT and online delivery methods according to the demandsand practices of their clients. The company won a Wolce Award for BlendedSolution of the Year 2002 and Bryan Hopkins, consultant with the company, willbe chairing the Content and Design conference session on DIYe-learning  – creating your own content.  (Day Two, 11.15-12.30).– The exhibition also provides anopportunity for delegates to improve their own personal networks and stayinvolved with the ongoing debate and research in the field of e-learning. TheForum for Technology in Training (www.forumtt.org.uk) seeks to improve the useof technology-based learning through sharing experiences and ideas. The BritishAssociation of Open Learning (www.boal.co.uk) will also be in attendance. Thisorganisation provides a cross-sector view of all methods of open learning, fromconventional distance learning techniques to the latest in e-learning practice.e-Learning LondonBusiness Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N14 June 2003 – 10.00-17.00pm5 June 2003 – 10.00-16.00pmGetting therePublic transport recommended, although there are car parks onsite and approximately a 5-minute walk away.Nearest tube: Angel (Northern Line, City Branch), also12-minute walk from Highbury and Islington (Victoria Line)Buses: 4, 30, 38, 43, 73, 171a & 214Booking: 020 8394 5131www.e-learningevent.comlast_img read more

Russia: Navy to Get Three Vamped Submarines in 2012

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