A rally call for e-learning

first_imgA rally call for e-learningOn 1 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article After broadening its agenda beyond open learning last year, the annual WOLCEevent is expanding even further”The highest priority has been given to leadership andsustainability,” she says. “If you have a training system that relieson human and physical resource [for example, books], you’ve now got to thinkabout digital resources, and the kinds of human resources you need to supportyour trainee. Leaders need to understand this.” Making the most of e-learning in a blended approach will be picked upelsewhere in conference sessions based on case studies and research conductedby WOLCE into latest thinking and trends in training. Jim Reilly, group sales manager for WOLCE, says: “Last year, everyonewas interested in the method of delivery. Now it’s, ‘how do I justify mybudget, how do I demonstrate return on investment and how do I gain board commitmentin what are tough economic times?’ “It seems to focus around being able to measure and prove that by doingcertain things you’ll get results. “On the implementation side, people are confused with everything thatis available to them,” he adds. “For example, they may have the mostwonderful e-learning package but no one’s using it because they don’tunderstand it.” The conference also includes a free session on training for health andsafety, something Reilly describes as an ‘in vogue topic’ that stood out inWOLCE’s research, and reflects changing legislation in the area. Earlier this year, WOLCE bought the long-running Training Solutions exhibition.It will now run alongside the conference, showcasing products and services fromacross the industry – from instructor-led training and psychometrics, totraining hardware, accreditation and e-learning. Last year, WOLCE drew nearly 3,000 visitors; now that Training Solutions isalso part of the package, the event is expected to draw at least 4,000.Incorporating the exhibition is an attempt to make the event a “focalpoint for the training industry” that creates a total picture of the trainingworld today, says Reilly. “What we’re now offering is the chance for senior people with trainingresponsibility to source all their training needs under one roof, rather thanjust a niche event looking at e-learning or traditional open learningsolutions,” he explains. Many exhibitors will be running free presentations, offering their company’stake on particular conference sessions. There will also be free interactiveworkshops on offer, which aim to put lessons learned from training sessionsdirectly into practice. his year’s World of Learning Conference and Exhibition (WOLCE) kicks offwith a call from the Government to clarify the role of e-learning in thetraining mix. WOLCE has been running annually for 11 years, and focused on open, distanceand e-learning until 2002, when it was rebranded as a more generic learningevent, highlighting current activity in the world of training and industrythinking on the future. In her opening address at the conference on 18 November, Professor DianaLaurillard, head of e-learning strategy for the Department for Education andSkills, will outline the Government’s vision over the next decade with regardto e-learning. Although there are unquestionable benefits to e-learning, shesays it remains misunderstood, expensive and out of reach for many. “E-learning gives the learner the choice of what, where and how theylearn,” says Laurillard. “It will probably take us a generation tothink it through. “A cultural shift is taking place and a strategy is needed. First, weneed to understand what the vision is, and then the steps needed to achieveit.” The strategy consultation document on e-learning encompasses education aswell as work-based and community-based training, and its aim is to identify keyareas of action around e-learning, says Laurillard. “The highest priority has been given to leadership andsustainability,” she says. “If you have a training system that relieson human and physical resource [for example, books], you’ve now got to thinkabout digital resources, and the kinds of human resources you need to supportyour trainee. Leaders need to understand this.” Making the most of e-learning in a blended approach will be picked upelsewhere in conference sessions based on case studies and research conductedby WOLCE into latest thinking and trends in training. Jim Reilly, group sales manager for WOLCE, says: “Last year, everyonewas interested in the method of delivery. Now it’s, ‘how do I justify mybudget, how do I demonstrate return on investment and how do I gain boardcommitment in what are tough economic times?’ “It seems to focus around being able to measure and prove that by doingcertain things you’ll get results. “On the implementation side, people are confused with everything thatis available to them,” he adds. “For example, they may have the mostwonderful e-learning package but no one’s using it because they don’tunderstand it.” The conference also includes a free session on training for health andsafety, something Reilly describes as an ‘in vogue topic’ that stood out inWOLCE’s research, and reflects changing legislation in the area. Earlier this year, WOLCE bought the long-running Training Solutionsexhibition. It will now run alongside the conference, showcasing products andservices from across the industry – from instructor-led training andpsychometrics, to training hardware, accreditation and e-learning. Last year, WOLCE drew nearly 3,000 visitors; now that Training Solutions isalso part of the package, the event is expected to draw at least 4,000.Incorporating the exhibition is an attempt to make the event a “focalpoint for the training industry” that creates a total picture of thetraining world today, says Reilly. “What we’re now offering is the chance for senior people with trainingresponsibility to source all their training needs under one roof, rather thanjust a niche event looking at e-learning or traditional open learningsolutions,” he explains. Many exhibitors will be running free presentations, offering their company’stake on particular conference sessions. There will also be free interactiveworkshops on offer, which aim to put lessons learned from training sessionsdirectly into practice. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more