e-hr opinion HR opportunity to learn about workable training

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. e-hr opinion HR opportunity to learn about workable trainingOn 20 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. So far, e-learning’s story in the UK has been one of a promise unfulfilled.But there is an increasing recognition, especially in larger companies, that itis a major skills delivery platform and an effective staff development tool. Next month, the DfES will publish its report, Towards a unified e-learningstrategy, which provides a great chance to highlight learning approaches. TheGovernment clearly believes that e-learning has come of age. It will beinteresting to see how it thinks the medium can benefit people management anddevelopment strategies. However, the challenges to the promotion of e-learning manifest themselvesin many ways – cultural, organisational, financial and curricular – and thismust be recognised if the impressive level of resourcing already identified bythe Government is to be used to best effect. E-learning’s introduction is a complex process with great logistical,financial and administrative demands. Change management strategies will bevital to implementation, and must include the promotion of benefits –especially with regard to the substantial re-alignment of resources thatintroduction implies. This development presents an excellent opportunity for HR staff to maintainand expand their role in the way in which training is carried out in UKbusiness. We have seen much enthusiasm from many in HR for e-learningimplementation, and now I hope we will see recognition of the chance for HR toplan, introduce and oversee e-learning as a key tool in training anddevelopment. It has the potential to form the backbone, rather than an adage,to almost all staff training initiatives, and the benefits for HR should berealised and seized. On the flip-side, however, intransigence of educational staff has thepotential to create huge difficulties. To put e-learning at the centre of ateaching organisation’s delivery system will require considerable management,leadership and team skills. Government should begin by engaging employers more fully, and by providingincentives to change the curriculum and train staff. Most critical of all are the educators themselves and those who lead them,heading up the schools, colleges, universities and training providersthroughout the country. It is only through them that any governmentrecommendations can be turned into a beneficial reality. This is a tri-pronged chance to understand and appreciate e-learning, torealise the potential for HR in creating modern, efficient and workabletraining, and to win over the key workers whose chalk-face roles can realisethe dreams and ideas from Whitehall. Professor Saiad Medhat is chief executive of Productivity4you www.p4you.comlast_img read more

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