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Why training needs the intranet
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pixel.gif (807 bytes) Using the intranet to establish learning communities
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THE PRESENTATION of training modules is only one of the possible elements of an on-line learning system. We are, of course, social animals and receive a great deal of benefit through interaction with other learners, subject matter experts and facilitators. Although it may seem an impersonal tool, an intranet can do much more than deliver information from a centralised source – it can provide a means for learners to collaborate with one another and get support from the experts.

Imagine a web site on your intranet dedicated to the needs of those people in your organisation going through a major training programme. The web site brings together a ‘learning community’ providing a wealth of facilities:

  • information about the course
  • a directory containing details of who’s on the course
  • news – dates, completions, changes, etc.
  • on-line training modules
  • papers submitted by subject matter experts or trainees for review
  • discussion forums where topics from the course can be debated
  • e-mail links to subject matter experts
  • links to related World Wide Web sites
  • book lists
  • feedback surveys
  • assessments

A good example of the use of web communities can be found on the intranet at J Sainsbury plc. Community sites can be established within minutes with the completion of a simple on-line form, providing news, document sharing, discussion forums and links to the Internet.

For those of you whose intranet is based on Lotus Notes Domino – and that’s quite likely if you’re already heavy users of IBM and Lotus products – then Lotus LearningSpace (www.lotus.com) may be of interest in that it provides a ready-built structure for creating learning communities.

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