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Planners' Institute launches 'online learning zone'

A commentary 'blog', that aims to keep planners up-to-date with latest developments in town planning law, has been launched on the Royal Town Planners' Institute (RTPI) web site at

The blog is one of a number of new features on the site, which the RTPI describe as an 'online learning zone'.

The RTPI have partnered with Echelon Publishing to provide members with access to Echelon's learning materials. These include self-development modules, action lists and essays, and are underpinned by Echelon's learning management system.

"The RTPI site combines Echelon generic learning materials dealing with business and 'soft' skills with a great deal of information specific to town planning professionals," said managing director of Echelon Publishing, David Hill. "This new blog enables complex but vital information to be conveyed as simply and quickly as possible to all who need the information."

The website provides subscribers with interactive self assessments and gives them the opportunity to set up an electronic learning log to monitor and record continued professional development.

Echelon has appointed Alistair Morrison to consult on promoting the site to RTPI members.

Morrison commented: "Increasingly, professionalism is based on and reinforced by adhering to nationally accepted standards. Technology can play a valuable part in disseminating the information and learning materials vital in enabling professional development.

"The planning site is a prime example of what can be done to promote, encourage and cement professionalism."

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