Web 2.0 trend to revolutionize corporate training in the coming decade

    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - Rip, mix and burn your training. Do some of
these words sound familiar?
    It's how most people today are sharing and listening to their music. You
create your music, rip or copy it, mix the songs to create new tunes and then
burn it to a CD.
    Corporate training departments in all industries will soon be using this
approach to build their training material and procedures. The Beacon Group, a
leading organizational development advising firm, is at the forefront of this
emerging trend and has been tracking the growing importance of
open-collaboration systems in workplaces across the nation.
    Richard Baraniuk, Professor at Rice University, operates a website called
Connexions (www.cnx.org), which is a free stockroom of publications and other
courseware. Users can take material from any book posted on the website to
copy it and mix it with some content that the user themselves has created. The
system acts as a customization tool for learning content. Workplace educators
and other HR professionals looking to build training programs for employees
can dip into this material on-demand to find precisely the content they
require. The Beacon Group is working with a number of clients to advise on the
importance of this and other Web 2.0 tools in the workplace.
    "Imagine supervisors, managers and other employees accessing a database
of standard materials and adapting them for their needs within a department,"
said Michael Sitayeb, Director of Product Development & Marketing at The
Beacon Group.
    "Employees who have access to this material would further contribute to
the process by removing content that wasn't effective and adding more useful
information. Supervisors would update the content instantly as policies and
procedures change," he added.
    "This is definitely the wave of the future for fast, practical and
targeted training."

    The Beacon Group is an authority and global pioneer in the field of
organizational development. Hundreds of companies across various industries
have used the firm's assessment products and advising services to leverage
their investment in Human Capital. With a strong focus on innovation, The
Beacon Group delivers cutting edge perspectives to corporations facing a range
of organizational challenges. Clients including Mercedes-Benz, McDonald's,
Scotiabank, Air Miles, CTV Globemedia and Manulife Financial have used The
Beacon Group's services to grow their thriving businesses. For more
information visit www.thebeacongroup.ca

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