SUPPORTING, ACCELERATING AND DIRECTING LEARNING

Abstracts: December 3rd, 2008

This report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development uncovers the future focus for learning, training and development in UK organizations. It argues for a new definition of the trainer role to that of a facilitator of learning embedded specifically to the needs of employees and the organisation. 21st century trainers need a new mind-set as well as a new skill-set.

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EMBEDDING A CULTURE OF INFORMATION SECURITY

Abstracts: December 1st, 2008

This programme is now available to view on egovtv.tv, the online television channel for public service modernisation. An interview with Dr Louise Bennett, Chair of the Security Forum Panel for the British Computing Society, explores the issue of information security which extends from preventing data loss to cyber bullying and ensuring teachers are not slandered on line.

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ON LINE SOCIAL NETWORKS

Abstracts: November 26th, 2008

Social Networking Sites have become a global phenomenon, with communities such as MySpace, Facebook and Bebo reporting user figures in the hundreds of millions. Through networks it is possible to identify people who share common interests, professions and pastimes. This report from Communities and Local Government examines ways of using social networks to support digital equality.

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SUSTAINABLE PRINTING

Abstracts: November 24th, 2008

This programme is now available to view on egovtv.tv, the online television channel for public service modernisation. It describes the way in which Birmingham City Council has implemented a sustainable printing solution by converting to multi-functional printers from Kyocera. This reduced the total number of printers needed, saved energy, reduced running costs and freed up floor space.

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CLASSROOM TRAINING LOSING APPEAL

Abstracts: November 19th, 2008

Classroom training is still the most common form of work related training in the UK, but most employees believe that ‘being shown how to do things and practicing them’ is the best method of learning. This finding from a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development confirms the results of surveys in the previous two years.

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COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVES ON DIGITAL INCLUSION

Abstracts: November 17th, 2008

This report from Communities and Local Government summarises insights and experiences from community and third sector organisations involved in initiatives aimed at opening up digital technologies to excluded communities.

Lack of awareness, not knowing who to ask for help and advice, access, costs, misperceptions; all conspire to exclude large sections of society from the world of the internet, digital media and other digital technologies.

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LIFTING THE BURDENS

Abstracts: November 12th, 2008

The task force report presents findings on ways in which the burdens in economic development and regeneration might be lifted. The term ‘burden’ describes any central government activity which hinders the effective and efficient delivery of services and outcomes at the local level.

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SOCIAL CARE ASSESSMENT

Abstracts: November 10th, 2008

This analysis from the Commission for Social Care Inspection sets out how councils have assessed their progress in delivering services to adults needing social care. Putting People First2, published in 2007, describes the objectives to be achieved in the areas of improving health and emotional well-being, improving quality of life, making a positive contribution, increased choice and control, freedom from discrimination, economic well-being, and maintaining personal dignity and respect .

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THINK FAMILY, THINK COMMUNITY: ROLE OF DIRECTORS

Abstracts: November 5th, 2008

The reorganization of children’s and adult services resulted in most councils setting up separate directorates to replace the former education and social services. But 10 per cent of councils chose to combine both roles in a single director post. This report from the Improvement and Development Agency presents research findings on how the combined model is working.

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INNOVATION LOW ON THE MANAGEMENT AGENDA

Abstracts: November 3rd, 2008

A study of senior managers’ views by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development revealed that organisations in the UK are failing to embrace management innovation.

The study revealed that few organizations have got to grips with the potential of “Web 2.0 tools, such as Social Networking, Wikis, and Blogs, although their potential for changing the nature of management, such as how decisions are made, motivating employees, and coordinating activities, are profound.

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