The Pensions Management Institute (PMI) has teamed up with Anthony Hodges Consulting to offer web logs and chat rooms as a way of students sharing learning.
It says the concept of web logs and chat rooms have been around a while, but the idea of students being able to learn from each other, online from offices and homes, marks a major development in pension learning.
According to the PMI, it has been widely recognised more learning occurs when students interact with each other, so information not always understandable straight away of ten becomes clearer when discussed.
The organisation claims being busy through the day, handling many of the complex changes faced by schemes, PMI students can find themselves being isolated, so as much as the PMI supports it members, it recognises the benefits of them chatting to and exchanging ideas with other students.
Penny Green, president of the PMI, says everyone recognises the primary importance of motivation in the learning experience, and by providing this means of interaction, the first in a series of developments planned for 2006, the PMI aims to give its students a new level of support.
And Roger Booth, chief executive of the PMI, adds: “The idea is to move with the times and use the interconnectivity provided by the internet to enable our students to discuss issues, learn from one another and share experiences.”
Meanwhile, Tony Hodges, managing director of Anthony Hodges Consulting, says for a mature student motivation and sharing with others is a vital ingredient in the learning experience.
He adds: “having a peer share their successes and failures can put a whole new slant on what you’re trying to learn. The complexities of pensions at this time, together with the fact most people studying for PMI exams do very demanding day jobs, means peer support can make the difference between giving up and going the extra mile.”
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