Magazine article Management Services

Ufi's Learning Centres Open as Learndirect

Magazine article Management Services

Ufi's Learning Centres Open as Learndirect

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'learndirect' will be the name of Ufi's network of learning centres that are to be developed nationwide, Ufi chairman Ron Dearing announced recently.

Sixty eight lear-ndirect development centres across England will start working with Ufi in developing a new approach to the delivery of flexible learning. They are in friendly, easy access locations such as sports and shopping centres, football and rugby clubs, community centres, churches, railway stations and libraries. Some centres are based with employers.

Ufi will also be operating in Wales and Northern Ireland where the first tear-ndirect development centres will be announced shortly. The Scottish Ufi will be a parallel but distinct organisation for Scotland.

Learning Direct, the national learning information help line (0800 100 900) will change its name to learndirect as part of Ufi's national campaign to market lifelong learning.

Learners using the development centres will be able to choose from a trial range of 24 on-line courses covering information technology, and business and management skills. These courses provide in total almost 100 'bite sized chunks' of learning, which people can try out between now and spring 2000, at a pace and at times that suit them best, Ufi will be gathering feedback during this pilot phase in order to develop its initial range of learning materials, ready for full operations next autumn.

People using learndirect development centres will have access to computers and the Internet to support their course. Centre staff will help people get started and to use the on-line materials.

All the courses on offer will attract funding from the Further Education Funding Council, which has made E4 million available to support learners using the centres in 1999-2000 and a further 20 million for-the following year.

The marketing and operation of services, including the nationwide delivery of learning materials on-line through the Internet, will be closely evaluated as Ufi develops it new approach to learning, which will help people to use ICT to learn from home and at work as well as at learndirect centres. …

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