Actors Perform Scenes from “Respect in the Workplace” Training Program, Live on LearningWeek Webcast

September 18, 2001

New York – September 19, 2001 – This week’s episode of LearningWeek Live – the first interactive weekly webcast featuring stories about the people, technology and business of learning today – will feature Art Feinglass, Founder and President of Access Communications. Feinglass will appear – along with two actors – on LearningWeek Live at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 19th.

Access Communications is a corporate training firm that uses professional actors to present on-site training and, more recently, online actor-based e-Learning modules. Interactive programs are designed to cover important topics through the acting of scenarios that can be encountered in the workplace.

The drama of theater-based training will be demonstrated live on this week’s show with actors performing scenes from Access Communications “Respect in the Workplace” program. Live online participants will be encouraged to participate in and respond to the live scenarios, and to discuss the role that theater-based learning can play in face-to-face as well as e-learning training programs.

Feinglass is the co-author of several books. He is also a commentator on Fox Television and is on the business faculty of Dowling College.

LearningWeek Live (LWL) airs every Wednesday at 1:00 pm EDT at Each show features a dialogue on a learning news story, the LearningWeek Business Report, and a special guest interview.

Guests and show topics are drawn from the worlds of primary, secondary, and higher education, corporate training, publishing, web-based instruction –- anywhere concerted teaching and learning efforts are taking place.

The show concludes with the selection of the “LearningWeek Site of the Week”, recognizing achievement in providing access to quality learning in a connected world. LWL is produced by Jonathan Finkelstein and John Walber, recognized experts in the learning and technology fields.

“There has been a wonderfully positive response to the program and format,” said Finkelstein. “Live human interaction is a basic ingredient for creating effective learning experiences, and we think it’s important to bring this approach to the discussion of learning issues themselves, live on the Internet.”

The format of the live video-based webcast, which runs 30 minutes, allows participants to offer their perspectives, ask questions of the featured guest, and recommend topics for future shows.

Previous guests have included: Richard Katz of EDUCAUSE, Bobbi Kurshan of bigchalk, Denis Gilhooly of the UN Development Programme, Kristin Hirst of, Bill Evans of Cal-State Chico, Bernard Percy of Converge magazine, Gene Smarte of eLearning magazine, and Donavan Vicha of the American Library Association. Upcoming live episodes of LearningWeek will include visits by Casey Green of the Campus Computing Project, George Cigale of, and Matthew Pittinsky of Blackboard, Inc., among others.

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