Fear of the Internet hinders learning

New research suggests online resources are not being fully exploited by senior executives.

According to the findings, which were explored by the Institute and Centre for Applied Human Resource Research, the majority of UK managers (67 per cent) spend 30 minutes or less using company intranets, the Internet or e-learning materials to solve any one problem. Just half (54 per cent) has made use of online management resources in the past year, while one-in-five has participated in a structured e-learning programme. This is despite an overwhelming proportion (90 per cent) confirming that Internet access is readily available to them.

Jo Causon, director of marketing and corporate affairs at the Chartered Management Institute, said: “It’s particularly worrying to discover what amounts to an ‘Internet phobia’ given the transformation made by the training and educational sectors in recent years.”

The research shows that 47 per cent of respondents claim resistance to e-learning is caused by the ‘loss of the human touch’, but 46 per cent say they have ‘too many distractions’ diverting them from computer-based development.

To address these concerns and provide guidance for managers and leaders, the Chartered Management Institute will run a special session on ‘Technology and Enhanced Learning’ at its National Convention, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, 9-10 October 2008. Focusing on the challenges of building useful technology-driven learning programmes, it will enable participants to understand how to create an enriched and cost-effective learning environment.

Under the theme of ‘Skills and Innovation’, the seminar will form part of a series of 40 workshops at the two-day conference. This year’s national Convention will also host a ‘Question Time’ style debate on the future of management and leadership. Panelists include Sir David Brown, chairman, Motorola, Terry Morgan, chief executive, Tube Lines and Dame Lynne Brindley, chief executive, British Library.

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