New Towards Maturity Workshops for 2010

by | Jan 27, 2010 | Articles

Towards Maturity have teamed up with Clive Shepherd to launch new workshops to help organisations realise the true potential of learning technologies

First Steps and Next Steps workshops will address e-learning skills gap in the UK

Independent research by Towards Maturity in 2009 clearly identified the extent to which a lack of awareness and skills among the learning and development community is holding back growth in the use of new learning technologies. In the current tough economic climate, UK organisations are looking for learning interventions which can address needs quickly, flexibly and effectively. Only by using new learning technologies can these demands be met.

The free resources and research on this site have been developed to help organisations on their journey with e-learning but over the past 12 months, we have had a number of enquiries for help in applying the lessons learned. As a result, we have teamed up with Clive Shepherd to create 2 interactive workshops.
The first two workshops support organisations on their journey with learning technologies, focusing on tangible business outputs. They draw on Towards Maturity’s strong research base and established Towards Maturity Model for improving the impact of e-learning in the workplace.

First steps – increasing awareness of the whole L&D team

The First Steps workshop is aimed at raising the awareness of the whole L&D team. It explains what e-learning now has to offer, the benefits that UK organisations are reporting, and the skills that trainers will need in order to engage productively with the new learning technologies. It builds on the highly-successful booklet, What every l&d professional needs to know about e-learning, published in 2009.

Next Steps Workshop – building and effective e-learning strategy

The Next Steps workshop is a blended solution aimed at the supporting the development of an effective learning strategy and engaging the key stakeholders with change. Using the Towards Maturity  model as a framework, this workshop helps organisations to identify a practical action plan to ensure that their investment in learning technologies delivers results, avoids costly mistakes and realises the full potential of learning technologies.
The aim is to provide independent advice on how to move forward with learning technologies, based on sound experience rather than abstract theories or over-hyped new fads. These workshops will play a key role in meeting this need and accelerate progress at a time when organisations are having to respond to unprecedented pressures.

Clive explains what drove their design: “These workshops are intended to be run primarily on an in-company basis and, as such, they are highly-customised change interventions rather than training courses, modelling the best in collaborative learning and working. They will work best when all key stakeholders participate fully and experience for themselves how learning technologies can improve the way that they learn and work together.”

Accellerating stakeholder engagement

Lincolnshire County Council were among the first to introduce the Next Steps Workshop to support the development of their ‘New ways of learning’ strategy. Over 40 stakeholders were involved in the programme to contribute to the strategy moving forward. Andy Brookes, Head of Organisational Change at Lincolnshire County Council says ‘Working with Towards Maturity really kick started our ‘New Ways of Learning strategy’. The Towards Maturity Model was a proven framework that would move our strategy forward and the supporting workshop has helped accelerate stakeholder engagement and buy in. We achieved in a 6 week blended programme what would have taken us 6-9 months without Towards Maturity’s support.’

Special offer


To celebrate the launch of the new workshops, Towards Maturity Enterprises are offering a 20% discount for the first 10 workshops booked by 31st March 2010.

The full press release is below, together with a case study about the work with Lincolnshire County Council.

You can also find out about Towards Maturity Enterprises and how this work supports the ongoing activity of this site at www.towardsmaturityenterprises.com.

 

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