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The Training Department

This page provides links to a number of resources that look at the role of the training department.

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Outsourced training begins to find its niche

"Organizations are increasingly relying on expertise from training outsourcing suppliers to fill many of their learning needs. But they won't discover outsourcing's full potential to create value until they begin outsourcing their learning processes, not just projects, experts claim. Achieving that comfort level won't come over night." Paul Harris, Learning Circuits, August 2004

Added: 26 August 2004
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"Corporate, government, and other organizations are turning toward training outsourcing in record numbers. "

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Outsourced learning: a new market emerges

"The lure of cost savings and other incentives are prompting more organizations to outsource their entire learning function, or large portions of it. But trainers shouldn't feel threatened, say insiders. They figure that within 10 years, half of them will be working for outsourcing partners." Paul Harris, Learning Circuits, June 2003

Added: 10 June 2003
Reviewer's Note:
A look at outsourcing of the training function

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Super Synchronous SMEs: Subject Matter Experts as Synchronous Trainers

"To reduce costs and get business-critical data to the workforce more quickly, organizations are finding it expedient to reduce their dependency on the training function and give SMEs the responsibility for educating workers.

Added: 25 March 2002
Reviewer's Note:
Using SMEs to "train"

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Eight things that training and performance improvement professionals must know about knowledge management

"This White Paper introduces training and performance improvement professionals to knowledge management." Saul Carliner, Bentley College

Added: 25 November 2001
Reviewer's Note:
Useful for training professionals who want to find out how it fits into training.

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Strong medicine

"What will e-learning be when it grows up? What will e-learning providers look like? And what will the role of learning professionals be?" Clark Aldrich, Online Learning Magazine, July 2001

Added: 5 September 2001
Reviewer's Note:
Clark compares the e-learning industry with the pharmaceutical industry

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Reinventing HR

When the human resources department adopts KM, business benefits." Sarah L Roberts-Witt, Destination CRM: Knowledge Management, September 2001

Added: 5 September 2001
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This article makes a powerful conclusion: "It should be obvious that such initiatives will demand change from HR executives and their staffs. Departments that make the adjustments could find themselves in the center of their enterprise's business even before 2005."

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Raise the profile of your T&D function with an internal identity

"Organisations invest hugely in training and development to both make the most of current employees and attract the very best potential employees. The investment is wasted if no one knows what is being offered. Training and Development Departments need to get themselves and what they have to offer noticed and understood - they need to raise their profile" Lynn Fraser, Wayland Partnership, TrainingZONE guest article, 7 August 2001

Added: 20 August 2001
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The importance of visibility and value for the T&D dept

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Reinventing training

"To succeed in the new economy, companies must get knowledge into the hands of workers when and where they need it." Marc Rosenberg, destinationCRM Knowledge Management, August 2000

Added: 2000
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"Reinventing Training" is an excerpt from E-Learning: Strategies for Delivering Knowledge in the Digital Age. See the e-Learning Centre's Bookshop for more information about this book (http://www.e-learningcentre.co.uk/Bookshop/)

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