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Oakland teacher unions prepare for action

Oakland teacher unions prepare for action

first_imgJan. 15:  Yesterday 30,000 Los Angeles public school teachers went out on strike. Today teachers will be picketing 1,000 schools in the second-largest school district in the U.S. With the slogan “On strike for our students,” their demands include more nurses, counselors and librarians, smaller class sizes.Jan. 12 — Today, the people’s protest site in downtown Oakland, Oscar Grant Plaza, was red with over 2,000 teachers, educators, students and community activists who came out to support public education. Activists wore red shirts, jackets and armbands to show support for California teachers who are fighting for a living wage and better working conditions. The East Bay Rally for Public Education drew the support of dozens of Bay Area unions and community organizations.Bay Area teachers, students, parents, unions and community organizations rally Jan. 12 in support of growing militancy by California education workers.On Jan. 14, thousands of Los Angeles teachers, members of United Teachers of Los Angeles/California Teachers Association, will go on strike for a living wage, smaller class sizes, funding for public not charter schools and better school funding overall. The Oakland Education Association, the Oakland teachers’ union, is not far behind. On Jan. 11, Oakland teachers participated in school walk-ins to support L.A. teachers. Today’s rally highlighted the demands of L.A., Oakland and all public teachers who are coalescing in a national movement to fund and save public education. The streets of Oakland shook today with chants and songs as hundreds of OEA members, their families and supporters marched from Lake Merritt to the rally site. Hundreds of local unionists, students and the Bay Area progressive community came together there to demand an end to attacks on public education.Due to low wages and worsening conditions in Bay Area schools, there is a serious shortage of public school teachers. Many teachers at today’s demonstration talked about how impossible it is to survive in the Bay Area on their low salary. Teachers in both Los Angeles and Oakland are feeling the impact of the funding cuts on public education. At the same time, school districts are supporting and funding the opening of privatized charter schools. In December, the Oakland Unified School District announced plans to close or consolidate 24 public schools. Although the list of schools to be closed has not yet been made public, community members and OEA teachers have begun to mobilize to save their community schools. Over 150 students, teachers, parents and their supporters from Roots International Academy, a predominantly African-American public school, rallied inside the Jan. 9 Oakland School Board meeting demanding that their school be kept open. Roots families also attended today’s rally and spoke from the stage about the fight to save their school.It is well known and accepted that California “skimps” on education spending. Some studies place California 41st in per-pupil spending and 46th in money spent per student. California, however, ranks first in prison spending. A recent article by EdSource.org, explains that for the last four decades, California simply has not made education a priority. (tinyurl.com/y6w3336c)The state’s failure to prioritize spending for public education, including real cost-of-living increases for teachers and support staff, is a catalyst behind the rapid radicalization of California’s teachers. Several high schools have already organized day-long sick-outs to put pressure on the school board to bargain in good faith. Although the Bay Area is one of the most expensive areas to live in, the school board has refused to offer a cost-of-living increase or to consider a reasonable reduction in class size.Teachers all over the country will be watching the Jan. 14 Los Angeles strike by the second largest teachers’ union in the country. OEA believes that it too will be on strike in the near future. Teachers say the future of public education is at stake.Greenspan is an Oakland public school teacher and a member of the Oakland Education Association.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

TCU baseball No. 1 in preseason poll

TCU baseball No. 1 in preseason poll

first_imgprintTCU baseball catches the No. 1 rank in the first college baseball preseason poll for the 2017 season.After three straight College World Series appearances and the majority of their starting lineup returning, the Horned Frogs are facing high expectations for this season.And TCU isn’t just ranked the highest in the polls, it also has the most preseason All-Americans in the nation. On Monday five players earned the honor: Luken Baker, Brian Howard, Evan Skoug, Durbin Feltman and Elliott Barzilli.Numbers at a Glance59 days until season opener8 of 9 TCU starters returning8th consecutive year the Frogs earn preseason ranking5 preseason All-Americans3 straight College World Series appearances2nd time TCU has been ranked No.1 in preseason ranking (the last time was 2011)1 of 4 Big 12 schools ranked in preseason poll (No. 26 Oklahoma State, No. 29 Texas Tech and No. 30 Texas)The Frogs open their 2017 season Feb. 17 at home against Penn State. Let the #ToadtoOmaha begin. Linkedin Sydney Ringdahl Sydney Ringdahlhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sydney-ringdahl/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Twitter Women’s basketball is ready for new season to start Saturday Jalen Reagor sees opportunity for more than football at TCU TCU football recognized in Sports Illustrated Twitter Facebook Previous articleFrog Report – Season Recap and Georgia PreviewNext articleCultured Podcast 12/21/16 Sydney Ringdahl RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts Sydney Ringdahlhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sydney-ringdahl/ VIDEO: Student reactions about Kenny Hill vs Foster Sawyer TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Sydney Ringdahlhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sydney-ringdahl/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award ReddIt Linkedin Sydney Ringdahlhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sydney-ringdahl/ Facebook ReddItlast_img read more

UK: Protection for journalists must be ensured in changes to the ‘Snoopers’ Charter’

UK: Protection for journalists must be ensured in changes to the ‘Snoopers’ Charter’

first_img Parliament passes most extreme surveillance law in UK history The court found that the powers in the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) were “inconsistent with EU law” as they lacked safeguards such as independent oversight of decisions by public bodies to access personal data. DRIPA has since been replaced by the Investigatory Powers Act, which retained and vastly expanded these powers. The ruling confirms that changes will now be needed to the Act.RSF has long voiced concern about the threats posed to press freedom by the Investigatory Powers Act – also known as the ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ – calling it a “potential death sentence” for investigative journalism in the UK. Despite undergoing an extensive series of amendments in the House of Lords, the law as adopted failed to include sufficient protection mechanisms for whistleblowers, journalists, and their sources.“While this ruling did not specifically address press freedom concerns, it does mean changes will need to be made to the Investigatory Powers Act. We continue to advocate for the inclusion of safeguards for whistleblowers, journalists, and their sources in any amendments to this menacing law. The government’s previously proposed changes, in anticipation of this ruling, are woefully insufficient in addressing these very serious concerns”, said Rebecca Vincent, RSF’s UK Bureau Director.The UK dropped two places to 40th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, in part due to the adoption of the Investigatory Powers Act, dubbed the “most extreme surveillance law in UK history”. News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the ruling of the UK Court of Appeal of 30 January 2018 in a case brought by Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson, finding that the UK government’s mass surveillance regime is unlawful. RSF urges UK parliament to reject menacing “Snoopers’ Charter” RSF_en Help by sharing this information to go further News Follow the news on United Kingdom News United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting sources Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet November 18, 2016 Find out more Receive email alerts United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting sources Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet News August 31, 2016 Find out more RSF urges British parliament to amend “Snoopers’ Charter” January 30, 2018 – Updated on January 31, 2018 UK: Protection for journalists must be ensured in changes to the ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ Organisation October 27, 2016 Find out morelast_img read more

Are media, arts and culture really starting to censor themselves? (3)

Are media, arts and culture really starting to censor themselves? (3)

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further Organisation DenmarkEurope – Central Asia News News DenmarkEurope – Central Asia December 2, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Denmark RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive center_img News Receive email alerts RSF_en Reporters Without Borders continues its weekly look at the state of free expression and self-censorship in Denmark by publishing an interview with a leading figure from the world of the Danish media and arts.Following Flemming Rose and Carsten Jensen, this week’s interview is with Lotte Garbers, president of the Danish Writers Association (Dansk Forfatterforening).———————————–Is freedom of expression in danger in Denmark?It is a very sensitive question, because we do not have any open debate in Denmark about integration and immigration. As a result, it came as a great shock that the publication of the cartoons could produce such a reaction internationally. We found ourselves at the front of the international stage for the first time and we had to deal with terrorist threats. It is the reason why this question continues to be politically very sensitive.Is there a tendency for people to censor themselves?An investigation recently established that Danish artists and writers practice self-censorship. But it had barely been published before all the politicians including the culture minister had commented on it. We could understand their vehemence if they were defending the living conditions and working conditions of artists and writers, their pay… But that was not the case.You yourself criticised the findings of their poll.Two thirds of the people contacted did not want to take part in the poll because it was clear that it was a political poll, that the intention was to make a link with the crisis over the cartoons. It was very manipulative from the outset. Of the 16 organisations contacted, none made any mention of members who had received overt threats. But we have not heard any talk of that. We are used to freedom of expression, used to using it without restraining ourselves. Of course, all artists censor themselves. But there is voluntary and involuntary self-censorship. And we have had no case of involuntary self-censorship.But some artists and writers said they took care with the content of their work for fear of reprisals.Five per cent of those who replied said they were afraid. But that does not allow you to talk of general self-censorship. Kåre Bluitgren, who was behind the publication of the cartoons, recently wrote a book for children that explains the Koran in a critical way. He has not received a single threat because his book is complex and intelligent. There is also the case of that well known writer in Denmark who refused to do a cartoon of Mohammed. Not because he was afraid. But because he thought it would be too easy to make himself famous in Denmark that way. And finally because that would just harm his art.Why in your view is the debate about threats to free expression linked to the issue of Islam in Denmark?The reason is simple. We have a party in parliament that likes to target Islam. We have a lot of difficulty in Denmark in absorbing the concept of the global village. That manifests itself in a lot of arrogance. We use free speech in a very arrogant way. A member of the (far-right) Danish People’s Party recently said that all Muslim fathers allowed their daughters to be raped. Freedom of expression is in the process of become the freedom to say anything about anyone at any time. This parliamentarian’s comment was based on the work of a Danish writer that tells the story of six young girls of Muslim origin who were mistreated by their fathers. The author reacted by saying she refused to be manipulated and that she preferred to censor herself in future. Otherwise it is too dangerous.But can one criticise Islam in Denmark today in the same way that one can criticise other religions?There is so much interest in criticising Islam that it becomes totally uninteresting from the artistic point of view. It does not touch the heart because it is purely political. A Danish artist recently made a model of Auschwitz in gold, using the teeth of people who died in this concentration camp. It was very provocative. And therefore very interesting. But criticising a religion for the pleasure of criticising has no interesting artistic dimension. That is why we do not do it. Not because we fear reprisals.You recently said that the army’s attempt to ban a book written by a member of an elite military unit represented a bigger threat to freedom of expression.It is always a problem in a democracy when state institutions want to control art. Our country has not been at war for 150 years. One can understand why the army wants to keep things secret. But that is also why we reacted so strongly. Imposing silence is a sure-fire way to dismantle democracy. We cannot accept censorship, which is different from self-censorship, by the way. When the author of the book submits to the army the notes he intends to use to write a second book, in the form of a personal diary, that is self-censorship. It is also a serious problem. There is always a risk that censorship will result in self-censorship.But, in your view, does Denmark deserve to be at the top of the ranking of countries that best protect freedom of expression?Of course. It would be ridiculous to say that we deserve to be demoted. But I think our interest in freedom of expression is a bit exaggerated. It prevents us from building a multicultural society in which different points of view are accepted. We have difficulty in accepting a nation that cannot be built around a religion or a society. March 15, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Are media, arts and culture really starting to censor themselves? (3) Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU November 23, 2020 Find out more Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Newslast_img read more

Nation’s Only Merit-Based High School Scholarship for Gifted Seeks Applicants

Nation’s Only Merit-Based High School Scholarship for Gifted Seeks Applicants

first_img 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) is calling for gifted students nationwide to apply for a Caroline D. Bradley (CDB) Scholarship, the only merit-based, need-blind scholarships for gifted kids in the nation. The CDB Scholarship provides the opportunity for any gifted student, regardless of race or income, to go to the high school of their choice. Since its establishment in 2002, 72 of these students came from California with 11 selected in 2014. Over the last 16 years, the Scholarship has enabled 175 scholars from 29 states to attend high schools throughout the United States. For more information, go to www.educationaladvancement.org/caroline-d-bradley-scholarship.Scholarship funds can be used to attend the high school that best meets the recipient’s individual academic and personal needs, including independent, parochial, day, boarding, charter or alternative schools. IEA also provides Scholarship recipients with academic guidance throughout their high school careers, and creates a peer network with ongoing communication and interaction.“The CDB Scholarship addresses the unmet needs of our gifted children,” said IEA President, Elizabeth Jones. “While gifted students make up 5-7 percent of the student population, they receive less than 0.1% in funding. In 2014, roughly $70 billion was allocated to schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Of this, $11.5 billion was spent for special needs kids, while only $10 million was designated for gifted students. This scholarship gives gifted children the chance they need to grow and live a purposeful, meaningful life in whatever way they choose,” said IEA President, Elizabeth Jones.Students apply for the CDB in the seventh grade and are required to complete a rigorous application process that includes three essays, middle school transcripts, two recommendations, and a work sample. Eligible applicants must also achieve scores of at least the 97th percentile on nationally-normed standardized tests, and score competitively with high school seniors on the SAT-1 Reasoning test. Caroline D. Bradley Scholars are also required to maintain top grades in challenging high school courses.The 2015 deadline is April 21, 2015. Applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee made up of admission directors and school administrators from top secondary schools, colleges and universities across the country, after which the chosen Finalists will participate in a personal interview. For more information, please visit at www.educationaladvancement.org. Make a comment Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWho Was The Hollywood ‘It Girl’ The Year You Were Born?HerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community Newscenter_img More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Top of the News Education Nation’s Only Merit-Based High School Scholarship for Gifted Seeks Applicants Deadline for Free High School Scholarships is April 21 – Open to All From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, March 23, 2015 | 12:45 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern?

Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern?

first_imgSubscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? This week saw an uptick in overall COVID-related loan forbearance plans, which increased by about 16,000, or 73%, Tuesday to Tuesday, according to Black Knight’s weekly report. That marks week two of increases after an enduring downward trend. Analysts say the fact that this is only the third overall week-over-week increase in the past 12 weeks signals that things are still steadily improving.As of May 25, 2.2 million homeowners, 4.1% of all mortgagees in the country, are enrolled in forbearance plans.By type of loan, 2.4% of borrowers with loans backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac are in forbearance plans; 7.3% of those in Federal Housing Administration or VA-backed loans; and 4.8% of portfolio or private label securities loans.The 1,000 weekly decline in Fannie and Freddie loans was offset and then some by an increase of 2,000 for FHA/VA and a 15,000 increase for portfolio-held and privately securitized mortgages.”After seeing improvement accelerate as early forbearance entrants went through the 12-month review process in March and April, exit activity has since returned to more ‘normal’ levels, reported Black Knight. “Mid- to late-month increases in forbearance plan volumes like we’ve seen in the past two weeks have been very common during the recovery to-date.”Plan starts reached the highest level in nine weeks, and most of those are re-starts (homeowners who had canceled their plans but needed assistance again) according to Black Knight.Some 145,000 plans are still listed with May 2021 expirations, providing a moderate opportunity for additional improvements over the next two weeks and, more acutely, in early June. Another 780,000 plans are currently slated for review for extension or removal in June, the final quarterly review before early forbearance entrants begin to reach their 18-month plan expirations later this year.”June will mark the 15-month review point for many of the early forbearance entrants, so we will be watching exit velocity closely during that time,” note the researchers at Black Knight.Forbearance numbers from the Mortgage Bankers Association earlier this week look similar to Black Knight’s data but did show a decline in overall forbearances rather than an incline. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. 2021-05-28 Christina Hughes Babb Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Pending Sales Offset by Tight Home Supply Next: The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago 278 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern?last_img read more

Mc Gowan seeking more roads funding for Stranorlar Electorl Area

Mc Gowan seeking more roads funding for Stranorlar Electorl Area

first_img PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal By News Highland – January 30, 2013 Mc Gowan seeking more roads funding for Stranorlar Electorl Area HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry A Finn Valley Councillor says he is going to go above Donegal County Council in an effort to get more of Donegal’s regional and local road funding spent in his area.As it stands, Donegal’s allocation is spent upgrading and repairing local and regional roads based on mileage.Councillor Patrick McGowan claims this means that spending of roads in the Stranorlar Electoral Area as been well below what is needed.He has welcomed a suggestion from the council that a survey of roads be carried out to determine which roads are in greatest need of spending.But Councillor McGowan says he is still to take the issue to government to make sure his area gets its fair share:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/00patram.mp3[/podcast] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Twitter Google+center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook WhatsApp News Previous articleDonegal seeking alliance with Monaghan to push for A5 upgradeNext articleMan dies in hospital after Dungloe fall News Highland Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republiclast_img read more

Arranmore & Tory remain virus free

Arranmore & Tory remain virus free

first_img Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – April 17, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two islands off Donegal are part of a small group of places globally which currently have no confirmed cases of Covid-19. Arranmore and Tory along with other offshore islands on the coast are among a select group of areas which remain coronavirus free.The islands depend heavily on tourism as a main source of income each year and Arranmore Island Spokesperson Jerry Early says residents have resigned to the fact that 2020 could be a write off.However says while the island will without a doubt suffer economically, the community spirit remains unbroken:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/jerfdgdfgdfgry.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleGlenties & Fintown Covid-19 Response group here to helpNext articleMembers to vote at Special Congress today News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebookcenter_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Arranmore & Tory remain virus free Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Ballybofey operations not affected by Tyrone plans – Mulrines

Ballybofey operations not affected by Tyrone plans – Mulrines

first_img Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – July 2, 2020 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebookcenter_img Mulrines have issued a statement this afternoon saying that while they are looking at expansion opportunities in Tyrone, their ballybofey site will continue operations as normal.There’s been speculation that the company is set to announce a development at the old Herdmans plant in Sion Mills as part of its response to Brexit.The company has confirmed there are three sites under consideration in Co Tyrone, and they aim to move towards a final agreement in the coming weeks.They say it follows growth over the last number of years, at their headquarters in Ballybofey site, the establishment of the Orchards in Kildare, and the addition of the Deeside manufacturing plant in England. Homepage BannerNews Google+ Ballybofey operations not affected by Tyrone plans – Mulrines WhatsApp Previous articleDoherty back as SF Finance Spokesperson, MacLochlainn is whipNext articleNews, Sport, Farming News and Obituaries on Thursday July 2nd News Highland Pinterest Twitter Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

E-learning is not all about adding value

E-learning is not all about adding value

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article We are all aware of the e-commerce frenzy which, true to form for the IT industry, over-promises and under-delivers. Remember, the paperless office promise years ago. Worse still, Amazon.com is losing hundreds of millions of dollars, yet the markets still refuse to acknowledge that the number of “hits” on a web site does not necessarily lead to profits. Falling share prices indicate that confidence is shaken but the steam has not gone out of this revolution yet. The same frenzied activity is spilling over into “e-learning”. Interestingly, it is called e-learning not e-training. We all know that the emphasis should be on learning and not the number of training days. But what value, exactly, does the “e” bring to learning? You might try looking for the answer in a report by the Campaign for Learning, the DTI, DfEE and the Further Education Development Agency entitled The Future of Corporate Learning. According to this the future is corporate universities and e-learning or, that is what the 12 case study organisations are doing. If you are thinking of following suit, it suggests that a key issue to consider is “how does the structure you have in mind directly add value to your business strategy?” This is the question all training and development – sorry, “learning” departments – should be asking. So how well do the organisations cited answer this question? We need to look at their “impact” measures which – Motorola delivered “77,000 days of training”, BT generated “lots of enquiries”, BA managed to “rationalise the number of courses offered” and M&G saw “4,200 user sessions and 113,000 page views from 500 people in eight months”.As someone who has had to produce hard, business case proposals for on-line delivery of training, I know there is no automatic assumption that e-learning delivers any outputs. Even a case for delivering inputs more efficiently is not as easily proven as you might think. In fact the “e” itself has very little to do with learning. Effective individual and organisational learning demands a lot more thought, time and attention than the e-revolution offers. Getting the context right for on-line learning is the key, and stupid measures only drive stupid behaviour.The overall impression of this document is to leave you with a serious question about what constitutes best practice. Included is Xerox’s “New Learning Imperative” and I ask myself is this the same Xerox that is carrying an $18bn debt, and in danger of filing for bankruptcy? Actually, there are two clear lessons here – be very careful who you choose to learn from and make sure whatever you learn really adds value. By Paul Kearns, Senior partner at Personnel WorksFor a copy of Paul Kearn’s book, Maximising your ROI in Training, go to www.business-minds.com E-learning is not all about adding valueOn 7 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more