Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PS Guide to E-Learning; Just the Job

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PS Guide to E-Learning; Just the Job

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Susan Gray says there's a great big world of online e-learning out there. If only someone would answer her phone calls

IN the time it takes to buy a tuna sandwich and a three-pack of tights, it's possible to brush up on assertiveness, leading a meeting and motivating a team, among hundreds of other work-related courses on Learndirect's website.

Liverpool University says e-learning is the best thing to happen to working adults since the weekend, and offers an online MBA, in conjunction with Dutch company KIT, at [pound]9,500.

If that figure makes the boss or bank manager gulp, you can pay [pound]65 per credit for the 180-credit course.

Online MBA students need never be late for class and can learn anywhere anytime, with a virtual community of other international students for company.

E-learning needn't be expensive. In fact, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is offering free downloads of three best-practice case studies, available in trainer or learner versions, an ideal way of developing management skills.

They include The employee who didn't fit in, a case focusing on basic rules of effective supervision, Managing poor performance, three short cases enabling students to develop competence in managing poor performance or conduct, and Scotchem employee relations case, an overview of the importance of employee relations to organisations' survival and growth.

One of the most popular e-learning topics is, strangely enough, online learning. CIPD is offering a Certificate in Online Learning at [pound]1,450 plus VAT for non-members.

According to figures from Impower (online learning provider for the public sector and founded by former Lambeth chief executive Heather Rabatts), learning skills in online training are a shrewd career move.

Today, e-learning is in its infancy, but it is expected to rise from about three per cent of the market to more than 20 per cent of training within five years. …

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