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Public Sector Informant : PSI
32 THE PUBLIC SECTOR INFORMANT [MAY 2010] TRAINING&DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS 10-05297 ADVERTISING FEATURE Award-winning, purpose built conference centres Conference: MGSM have the experience and the environments to ensure your next meeting will be a success. MACQUARIE Graduate School of Management (MGSM) in Syd- ney provides two exciting con- ference centres which are ideal for training, business meetings and events. The residential Macquarie Park Conference Centre offers customers a memorable meet- ing experience through first class customer service, creative food and beverage options, executive style accommodation and superior meeting facilities, all at affordable prices. Nestled among the tree-filled Macquarie University campus, less than 20 minutes from the city, MGSM's Macquarie Park Conference Centre is close to public transport and major high- ways. With its first-class meeting facilities and unparalleled sup- port services, MGSM leads the way in delivering on its commit- ment to a meeting experience. MGSM's Macquarie Park Con- ference Centre, a multi--award winning, purpose built blended learning environment, is certi- fied by the International Associ- ation of Conference Centres, wireless internet access is free, data projectors are free, off street parking is free, and first class service is free, and their complete meetings package en- sures that you know your costs and can set your budget up front and be confident of meeting it. The non-residential MGSM CBD Campus is located in Pitt Street close to Circular Quay, loads of hotels and easy access to transport. Built by educators for educators, this Sydney central business district conference cen- tre was designed to bring a unique edge to the traditional meeting experience by in- corporating a full service confer- ence centre within a first class education environment. MGSM CBD Campus hosts some 600 not-for-profit, govern- ment and corporate sector groups annually at its central Sydney location, where a con- tinuing commitment to practical conference planning, sensitive to modern business needs remains an integral part of their objectives. Designed to the standards of the International Association of Conference Centres, this learn- ing environment in the heart of the city provides state-of-the-art technologies including free wireless access throughout, per- fect for training sessions, meet- ings, team-building seminars, and educational classes. Many decisions go into cre- ating a successful meeting but they don't get any easier than choosing MGSM. Not just confer- ence centres -- MGSM are par- tners that can help drive the success of your conference, training session or meeting. They have the experience and the environments to ensure your next meeting will be a success. Blended learning solutions: a growing trend Fun: Blended or mixed mode learning is becoming increasingly popular. BLENDED or mixed mode learning is becoming increasingly popular as learners and client organisations alike seek to har- ness the benefits of different learning modes, while reducing their disadvantages. MTS finds that, to date, their clients and learners prefer blend- ed learning programs with: A face-to-face component for learning new specialist skills, especially where complex skills are involved, and for the benefits of interaction with the facilitator and between learners; Recognition mode for those subject areas where people are seeking to formalise their existing knowledge and skills; and Distance or eLearning for the simpler, more routine types of subject matter. Blended learning solutions can capture the benefits of each mode when optimally applied to the subject matter, situation, organ- isational and learner needs. For departments and agencies, mixed mode supports easier budgeting and control of expenditure through its targeted exposure to eLearning, especially given its high 'sunk costs' of development and maintenance. Currently, MTS considers that: There is no single optimal mode of delivering training because each learner is different, as is the context in which they are under- taking their studies. Careful consideration is requi- red before settling on a training delivery mode, and indeed a mix of modes may be the most viable option for some individuals and large groups in general. Low and medium levels of in- teractivity in current eLearning are well suited to simpler concepts, routine or repetitive tasks. Evolution of eLearning tools is accelerating their ability to pro- vide high levels of interactivity and mitigating costs. The next few years will see a growing place for blended learning solutions includ- ing eLearning components. To discuss how your department or agency can access blended learn- ing solutions to its development needs, call Matthew McNeill on 6162 0327.
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