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Our News picks
New guest blog piece from Scott Hewitt:
How Can You Use Game Based Learning?
In his first guest blog Scott Hewitt discusses how to use Game Based Learning.
This is a very well informed and prescient piece from Scott as interest in games based learning continues to grow and grow, and grasping the best way to make it work for your organisation is key.
ePIC 2013, the 11th ePortfolio and Identity Conference London 8-9-10 July.
Organiser Serge Ravet continues to explore the issues around open learning, open content and open personal data, and has some great speakers lined up, including MyKnowledgeMap’s Rob Arnsten and City and Guild’s Kirsty Donnelly.
To reflect the need to address those issues, the tittle of ePIC 2013 is Open Me!
Open ePortfolios, Open Badges and Open Identities will be among the key discussions.
The 11th ePortfolio and Identity Conference intends to explore further the concept of ‘openness’ in relation to the themes traditionally addressed by the conference. In particular, as ePortfolio and Open Badges are containers of personal data, what is their place in what some predict as the next big revolution: open personal data?
Top 20 European EdTech e-Learning Companies to be Announced at EdTech Europe on June 14th 2013
To reserve your seat at the event go to:
The European EdTech 20 will include those e-Learning companies who have shown the most significant innovation and growth over the last year and whose businesses are primarily based within Europe. Inclusion in the European EdTech 20 will be determined by our panel by reference to a number of factors including revenue growth, scale, innovation and market impact.
Learning Light to speak and Compere Totem Learning and e-learning Studios Buzzword Clinic -
Learning Light’s David Patterson is speaking and acting as the Compere at the Totem learning Buzzword clinic in Coventry on the 24th April.
Are you confused about learning tech jargon? Or want to know how to make technology work for your business?
Totem Learning and e-Learning Studios are putting on an event where we tackle all those confusing terms. We will clear up the LMS from the CMS, VLE from a MLE, a MOOC from an online course. Come and see examples of how technology can reduce costs, increase productivity and sales giving you that competitive edge.
With special guest speaker and compere David Patterson, from Learning Light, discussing trends in the learning industry, our team of experts will be on hand to address any questions you might have.
Book to attend http://bit.ly/XCuE4x
UNESCO Publish Mobile Learning Policy Paper
UNESCO have recently published a comprehensive paper entitled Policy Guidelines for Mobile Learning.
This is a very well researched paper offering guidelines based on real practical examples from all over the world.
The actual Policy Guidelines are useful and more can be read on our Blog on this site, and is well worth reading, as the effects on the edtech industry are possibly quite profound.
Dream up your own MOOC
Dream up your own Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and make it come true with a 25,000 Euro fellowship from the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and iversity. Applications for the contest are due before 30 April 2013.
MOOCs are certainly hot topics now.
The MOOC Production Fellowship Contest is currently looking for ten innovative concepts for massive open online courses (MOOCs). The fellowship will be awarded by Stifterverband and iversity to ten instructors (or teams) that show potential for raising awareness of the tremendous potential of digital technology in education. Fellows who successfully present innovative and creative projects will receive 25,000 Euros in funding as well as assistance with course production.
The aim is to have at least five courses online in the fall of 2013, and five more in the spring of 2014. The courses will run on the iversity platform and will be available to the public free of charge.
Application stage: March 11, 2013 – April 30, 2013
Info session in Berlin: April 5, 2013
Voting stage: May 1, 2013 – May 23, 2013
Jury decision: until June 10, 2013
Announcing of fellows and workshop: June 20 and 21, 2013
More information here.
A Summit to address the current industry and investment trends in Education Technology and e-Learning
IBIS Capital and Edxus Group are announcing the launch of EdTech Europe, an exclusive one day summit to be hosted in its inaugural year at the London Business School on 14th June 2013.
The Education sector is worth $4.4 trillion a year globally with e-Learning representing $91 billion growing at 17% p.a. until 2017
The industry is highly fragmented with more than 3,000 e-Learning companies in Europe, ripe for consolidation and growth capital investment
The conference will include the Launch of EdTech Europe 20, the top 20 most innovative and fastest growing e-learning companies in Europe.
The event will address the current industry and investment trends in Education Technology and e-Learning for both the academic and professional learning sectors. The event will bring together in one place: senior executives from established professional learning and education players, innovators disrupting the established market order and leading European institutional investors.
The summit will explore the business of educating and address questions such as: “Can the traditional publishers respond quickly enough?”; “Is there a business case for Massive Online Open Courses “MOOCs?”; “What is the role of big data?”; and “Why is there a shortage of investment in European e-Learning?”
Charles McIntyre , CEO of IBIS Capital says:
“Education and training has been one of the least innovated areas in modern life despite the fact it attracts over $4.4 trillion a year in spending. We now have the technology infrastructure and software to make the next 10 years bear witness to more change in education than has occurred in the last 100 years. With change comes disruption, new business models and changes to the old order. The EdTech Europe event will be at the very heart of this process and we are proud to help support this new event.”
Ed Tech Europe will also unveil the European EdTech 20: the top 20 most innovative and fastest growing e-Learning companies in Europe.
Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet , CEO & co-founder of Edxus Group adds:
“The disruption observed in the Education sector is global, technology driven and has the potential to redefine durably the competitive advantages of our economies. There are more than 3,000 e-learning companies in Europe. More than 10% of them have both truly talented management teams and innovative products. For them to scale and compete globally, they will need to consolidate and to access growth capital from leading institutional and strategic investors. EdTech Europe is created to bring together the ecosystem of innovators and capital; and Edxus Group aims to be a catalyst of the consolidation and investment in the sector.”
IBIS Capital is a London based specialist media investment and advisory firm. (http://www.ibiscapital.co.uk)
Edxus Group is a London based Education Technology company recently formed to develop and acquire e-Learning businesses across Europe. (http://www.edxusgroup.com)
SOURCE IBIS Capital and Edxus Group
For the record, Learning Light has worked closely with IBIS Capital in preparing the research into the e-learning market……e-learning lessons for the future, which is available from Learning Light.
XBLOCK SOURCE CODE, AND THE NEXT GENERATION OF ONLINE AND BLENDED COURSES from EdX.
In a significant development for the MOOC market, EdX, has released its XBlock SDK to the general public under the Affero GPL open source license. XBlock is the underlying architecture supporting the rich, interactive
course content found in edX courses. With XBlock, educational institutions are able to go far beyond simple text and videos to deliver interactive learning built specifically for the Internet environment. The release of the XBlock source code marks the first step toward edX’s vision of creating an open online learning platform that mirrors the collaborative philosophy of MOOCs
themselves and is an invitation to the global community of developers to work with edX to deliver the world’s best and most accessible online learning experience.
XBlock is a component architecture that enables developers to create independent course components, or XBlocks, that are able to work seamlessly with other components in the construction and presentation of an online course. Course authors are able to combine XBlocks from a variety of sources – from text and video to sophisticated wiki-based collaborative learning environments and online laboratories – to create rich engaging online courses. The XBlock architecture will enable the easy integration of next generation
education tools like the circuit simulator in edX’s popular Circuits and Electronics course (6.002x) and the molecular manipulator in the new Introduction to Biology – The Secret of Life course (7.00x) taught by Eric Lander, one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project.
XBlock is not limited to just delivering courses. A complete educational ecosystem will make use of a number of web applications, all of which require access to course content and data. XBlocks provide the structure and APIs needed to build components for use by those applications. edX will be working with independent developers to continue to extend the functionality of XBlock through the XBlock SDK and future open source initiatives.
“From its beginning, edX has been committed to developing the world’s best learning platform and tapping our global community to help us get there,” said Rob Rubin, edX Vice President of Engineering. “We look forward to working with the world’s developers, educators and researchers to help evolve the platform and ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to the world-class education that edX provides.”
Learning Light launches e-learning Questions and Answers videos
e-learning experts Learning Light have just released 15 videos answering some of the most topical issues facing the e-learning buyer today.
With Gill Broadhead and David Patterson discussing how to choose an LMS, what to look for in rapid authoring tools, and what you need to consider in deploying e-learning, those interested in e-learning should get plenty of insight into the issues to consider.
In other videos David Patterson interviews e-learning development expert Rupert Abel, and discuss topics such as HTML5, converting legacy e-learning to Apps, how you track learners when delivering e-learning apps, the Tin Can API and its impact on mobile learning, web based e-learning authoring tools vs system based tools, and cloud based e-learning solutions and more.
You can learn more at Learning Lights e-learning Q and A’s page.
Learning Light launches e-learning video collection.
From el:talking, comes 20 scenario-based videos around the subject of ‘difficult conversations’ with employees. These cover informal performance discussions; managing change; managing difficult behaviour, and ‘more formal discussions’.
David Patterson, a director of Learning Light, commented: “These short videos are British-made and relate to the UK culture and workplace. With our “spring special introductory” license price from just £695 for all 20 videos fully streamed directly into your company, these could form a cost-effective part of an in-house training department’s armoury.”
Learning Light is also making available several hundred mobile-friendly online learning videos from eJ4. Known as the ‘e-learning video campus’, these short videos cover a wide range of topics, notably focusing on increasing sales and improving performance (especially via supervisory skills).
Cloud-based and available on a 14-day free trial, the videos are priced on the basis of the number of learners involved and courses required. A three year licence for 100 users taking 25 courses could work out at under £30 per user per year.
“Topics from eJ4 include business grammar, communication styles, communications, customer service, health and wellness, key account selling, leadership, negotiating, presentation skills, professional productivity, retail excellence, selling skills and supervision skills,” said David Paterson. “There are also videos on IT skills including Windows7, Microsoft office 2010, Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office 2003.”
“We are pleased to see that research by Towards Maturity has noted a considerable increase in the number of organisations using e-learning video content from outside of their organisation”, commented Patterson going on to say. “According to their research: 37% of organisations used video in this way in 2011; 42% in 2012; with a predicted rise to 65% in 2013”. (Towards Maturity, 2012-13 benchmark: Bridging the Gap, Integrating learning & work) “and Learning Light’s own research fully concurs with this, as does several other thought leaders, including Elliot Masie”, added David Patterson.
He added: “Learning Light’s consultancy activities give it a unique position – and perspective – from which to access and evaluate an increasingly wide range of generic online learning content. In our view, the el:talking and eJ4 learning materials, along with the other learning materials Learning Light recommends, are of a high quality and are ‘affordable’, representing value for money; engaging for learners, and – importantly – effective.”
Demonstration versions of these learning materials are available on http://www.learninglight.com/elearningvideos
Learning Light collaborates with IBIS Capital to produce a detailed e-learning market report
IBIS Capital Limited, a specialist investment bank focused on the Media sector, has produced a 101 page report on the e-Learning sector – with market information and analysis from Learning Light, a consultancy with an in-depth knowledge and experience of the e-Learning marketplace and how to use e-Learning materials effectively.
Entitled, the ‘Global e-Learning Investment Review’, the report examines, among other things:
- Education trends and technology innovation
- Analysis of the structure of the industry (Content, Management Systems and Distribution)
- Valuation metrics along with a review of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity
- Overview of investor and strategic interest in the sector
The report sets out IBIS Capital’s ‘Lessons for the Future’ for would-be investors in this sector. These include:
- The rise in peer-to-peer platforms will result in large amounts of educational content becoming freely available. Business models will focus on delivering chargeable premium bespoke and ancillary services.
- Learning will become increasingly personalised with e-Learning harnessing big data analytics to provide interactive learning that is tailored to the meet the individual’s learning patterns and aptitude
- With the rise of mobile and tablet penetration, students will increasingly access content “anytime, anywhere”. The classroom will become the arena for face-to-face tutoring of individual requirements and open discussion.
- The need to improve skills, meet regulatory requirements and manage training costs will result in e-Learning becoming part of the fabric of virtually every business.
- As the range of e-Learning offerings expand, the need for qualifications and standards to be recognised will become increasingly important. The accreditation will become unified over time and educational brands will reduce to a small number of global players.
- The education process will continue throughout an individual’s life. Individuals will maintain a live log of their learning experiences from the time they start their studies and then on through their working lives.
The report also sets out 47 significant Education M&A transactions, where 75% of these have been in the e-learning sector over the past two years, amounting to approximately $3.8bn by transaction value.
David Patterson, a director of Learning Light, commented: “We’ve been delighted to put our market knowledge at IBIS Capital’s disposal – to help put into context some of the events in the e-learning world over the past couple of years.
“While any company that wants to acquire companies in this sector – or which wants to be acquired – will be anxious to read this IBIS report, Learning Light would stress the need for taking expert professional consultancy advice when performing such tasks as ‘due diligence’ in the run-up to any further deals.”
Charles McIntyre, of IBIS Capital, said: “The e-learning sector has reached a tipping point where we now have the digital infrastructure, the mobile and tablet penetration, the software platforms and most importantly the consumer demand to see education innovation in the digital age become an integral part of teaching and corporate training.
“The IBIS report will provide a window onto this world for anybody seeking to invest or build businesses in the e-Learning sector.”
The IBIS Capital report, ‘Global e-Learning Investment Review’, is available, from Learning Light’s website, http://www.
Learning Light launches new site
Learning Light, our sister company has launched a new website that offers a host of new e-learning services.
Learning Light now offers content development services and re-sells carefully selected e-learning courses, as well as offering their market leading consultancy services.
A really exciting development is that Learning Light now offers workshops for organisations seeking to learn more about e-learning, and take charge of their own e-learning projects. Learning Light’s philosophy has always been to show people how to succeed with e-learning!
These workshops are broken down into 3 components Define and Determine, Design and Developand Deploy. Interestingly Learning Light are also launching workshop training programmes to advise on how to start an e-learning business!
Take a look at new Learning Light!
Global e-learning market forecast to grow by 23% (CAGR) to 2017
In a posting published by edtech Digest, of research conducted by GSV Advisors the size of the global education market is studied.The report offers a summary of overall Global Education Expenditure, and this is broken down into a series of catagories including e-learning at K-12, Higher post secondary and Corporate, and this is repeated for the US market.The figures are very interesting, in showing likely market size in 2015 and gives a market size in 2017 and the Compound annual growth rate (CAGR).So what do they tell us in global terms….. Well the global spend on education is estimated at $4450.9bn and is slated to grow at 7%, with K-12 growing at 6%, Post secondary at 8% and corporate and government also at 8%. E-learning is however slated to grow at 23%. You can read more of our analysis of the e-learning market and this research.
Just in case you are wondering what Andy means by Digital Learning: “Digital Learning is a revolution that is already changing how individuals, organizations and institutions around the world learn, develop and evolve. Digital learning has wide-ranging applications and implications for creating cost-effective, just-in-time learning and development opportunities and solutions for anyone, anywhere at any time. Described as the “democratization of learning”, this revolution has multiple uses and applications across every type of business and every individual. It’s exciting, immersive and meets the needs of today’s “screen savvy” generations.”
One of the best “white papers” we have read on Mobile learning from eNyota Learning
If you are looking to understand the issues and opportunities around Mobile Learning, the debate around flash and HTML5. There is an excellent section about trends toward these devices and some very good samples of work developed for mobile and tablet devices.
The Cross Platform and browser tests are really useful, and we are very impressed by the work undertaken by eNyota to help us all understand the “issues and opportunities” around mobile learning. A visit to eNyota is well worth while.
Mobile Learning for Teachers
An excellent document published by UNESCO, and sponsored by Nokia which looks into the real issues and opportunities for the use of mobile devices for teaching world wide. http://bit.ly/KogzNQ
The research by Mark West is thorough and of great use, as we see mobile learning (mlearning) moving mainstream at a very rapid pace, and this research paper provides excellent advice in the context of a worldwide shortage of teachers how technology, and mobile technology in particular can play a role…..To quote “In summary, the world needs to accomplish two very difficult tasks simultaneously in order to seriously address the global teacher crisis: it must raise both the quantity and the quality of the global teacher workforce. This needs to be done as quickly as possible, especially in poor communities where the crisis is most pronounced. As the papers in this Series make clear,mobile technology can help move countries closer to both of these goals. While not a panacea, mobile devices, often functioning in concert with other technologies, have a track record of improving educational efficiency and helping novice and experienced teachers alike acquire complex skills and complete meaningful work in classrooms. The ‘Mobile Learning for Teachers’ papers examine this record and describe some of the myriad ways mobile technologies are being used to support and train teachers in different regions and contexts around the world.”
How to choose an LMS: 5 very informative videos from ADL
Not sure where to begin in choosing an LMS, well ADL has come to the rescue with this excellent informative series of videos. Video 1 looks at the benefits of using an LMS, Video 2 at the specific steps to take in choosing an LMS, Video 3 explains the differences between an LMS, LCMS, CrMS and a VLE, Video 4 looks at the common features and issues of an LMS and Video 5 as how the ADL (Advanced Distributed Learning) initiative may be able to help, which is great if you are in the USA, however if you are in the UK – you can always ask us here at e-learning centre and we would be happy to help.
Study Guides and Strategies – a wonderful e-learning resource since 1996
Our thanks to Joe Landsberger, (Joe is the founder, creator and curator of Study Guides and Strategies) for sharing with us this wonderful e-learning site. Study Guides and Strategies founded in 1996 has delivered great learning materials on a wide range of topics to over 10 million learners in 2011 alone, and supports 39 languages! Joe anticipates 12 million learners for 2012! We are always interested in Open Content and this is yet another great example.
elearningpapers 2012 Special edition, including: Avatar the course!
It is well worth visiting elearningpapers.eu and downloading the 2012 Special edition. Made up of 11 papers we are particularly taken with the “From the field” section which has “Avatar the Course”, “Art based learning interventions” and “Serious Games and formal and informal learning.”
West Yorkshire probation launches e-learning programme
The Step Change Programme is taking the imaginative step of using e-learning to train offenders for jobs in the Waste Management and Recycling Industries. The e-learning courses “Learning for work” are provided by Learning Light and delivered by West Yorkshire Probation Service in one of the most imaginative projects designed to reduce re-offending and meet the challenge of the WEEE directive in handling the ever growing amounts of e-waste. This really is e-learning for the environment.
Take a look at Snapguide – A free tool to build step by step guides for i-phone
This really is rather neat, in that you download the free App, build your guide and share it with the community. You take pictures, videos and add voice to create your own “How to Guide”. You can then share on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus. This brings a whole new dimension to Knowledge Sharing! Take a look at Snapguide, it is very good!
BLOOMS Taxonomy updated for i-pad
This is a really useful site Education Technology and Mobile Learning, put together by Med Kharbach, based in Halifax, Canada. You must take a look at his Blooms Taxonomy for the 21st century – outstanding in its discussion on Blooms taxonomy for i-pads! This site is full of useful information assembled by Med, and includes TED Talks, learning tools and so much more.
New Webinars partnership programme with CrossKnowledge
e-Learning centre is pleased to announce that we have partnered with CrossKnowledge to provide a series of webinars aimed at learning and development professionals .
CrossKnowledge is one of Europe’s leading e-learning and blended learning providers, and we have been very impressed with the webinars to date, so are delighted that we can now share these with visitors to this site.
DITA L&T specialisation gives greater flexibility to instructional designers, giving them the ability to import and re-use product based documentation from different corporate departments and organise learning materials into smaller and more focused topics, tasks and references. It also allows the reuse and sharing of documentation sources within organisations. DITA optimises all this by means of new XML features such as dynamic linking; supporting both ‘push’ and ‘pull’ in terms of object orientated XML chunks, as well as their specialisation for different subject domains.Fabrizio tells me that leading organisations within the banking, manufacturing, medical and automotive industries are now adding compliance to the new DITA L&T standard in their published requests for proposals – along with the existing AICC and SCORM standards which they have included up to now.Check out Fabrizio’s slides from Learning Technologies 2012 where he outlines the story of DITA to date, sets a parallel benchmark with SCORM and highlights the new features of the SCORM to DITA bridging capabilities of the new eXact LCMS solution.
More on Learning Technologies 2012
Wisdom of the crowds downloads?
….what presentations are being viewed from Learning Technologies Conference in January 2012, we thought we would do some totally unscientific download crowd analysis.
If you visit http://dpcloud.co/v3/enterprise/learningtech/ you can see the many excellent presentations delivered. However, one cannot help wondering why some presentations proved so much more popular for people to download/ view than others. Is there something about the Wisdom of Crowds here?
Steve Wheeler – an associate professor and prolific tweeter (@ timbuckteeth) leads in the popularity stakes by a huge order of magnitude, with over 1200 downloads at present – he also has 11,000 followers on twitter – some co-incidence? His presentation addresses “Digital Learning Futures.”
In second place is another Professor….Stephen Heppell, some mere 800 views behind Steve Wheeler, addressing “Third Millennium Learning”, other popular titles for downloads also focus on the future….in third place Ray Kurzweil another futurist with – “The Web within us – when minds and machines become one!” and Jaron Lanier’s “Are we at the beginning of the rise of post human machine intelligence”.
From this we must conclude our crowd of viewers undoubtedly are interested in the future, and they like to be challenged and stimulated with views of the future. Can we conclude they are more interested in listening to and learning from an academics and futurists than to narrow examples of good practise!
Our unscientific “download crowd analysis” indicates terms such as L&D and HR in the title of the video appear to be a turn-off to the event viewers – why should this be we wonder?
The videos of presentations addressing mobile learning do not appear to be hugely popular, which is quite surprising indeed, given the emphasis on this form of learning at present. It was perhaps not that surprising that there were only 3 presentations addressing this hot topic, as take up is still quite low, indeed we must complement those brave presenters pioneering this path and being prepared to share what they have learnt …..do take a look.
Social learning was likewise in short supply, as a download not surprisingly as this is still very new, but not appearing in high demand from our download crowd is very surprising…or not!
Our favourites “Engaging the un-willing learner” by Mark Berthelemy from Capita, and “The Current Position of e-learning across Europe” by Antoine Solom of IPSOS and CrossKnowledge. If you wish to know more see our report on the European e-learning market 2010-11
e-ruralnet “E-LEARNING IN THE RURAL CONTEXT:
INNOVATION, INCLUSION AND THE ROLE OF THE MARKET”
A very interesting report recently published looking at the role e-learning can play in the rural economy, not an area that has been given much attention recently, or indeed at all. You can download the report or visit the e-ruralnet site. This report was an EU funded by the LLP Transversal Programme.
A review of Learning Technologies 2012
Another busy, well attended show with lots of delegates provided with a wide range of exhibitors all combining to create a real buzz.
The event (as ever) was well organised with a large number of visitors over both days, and exhibitors reporting that the show was generating good quality leads, and visitors we spoke with found the show useful and informative. The Training Press Releases sponsored post event “party” was certainly very much appreciated by the exhibitors after a very busy Wednesday.
The 2012 Learning Technologies show was interesting for a variety of reasons, and one particularly interesting reason was that this show was not dominated by the next big thing…..! Indeed, with some notable exceptions 2012 was more of the same from previous years!
Confidence, certainty and coalescence…….in the Cloud
While more of the same may sound a little dull, our view is now we have an industry that is maturing rapidly, and to the buyer this is a very good thing. We too see this as an encouraging trend, as it offers the buyer continuity and certainty, and indicates that the “hype waves” that have so dominated this industry are slowing. This we believe will give buyers greater confidence in the longevity of both the vendors and the technology offers being made.
Our view is further reinforced by what we saw and heard from the exhibitors and speakers. There was no doubt that they were doing a very good job in explaining what e-learning and learning technologies are about and what impact they have. Our evidence is based both on our conversations with vendors and observing the presentations made in the exhibition seminar areas.
The presentations we listened to were generally informative and advisory, indicating a new maturity of both presenter and delegate. We were particularly impressed with the presentations from Onlignment and eXact- Learning. This provision of advice and information was well supported by Towards Maturity. We were interested in the newly launching “Corporate Learning Consortium” led by Martin Baker of the Charity Learning consortium. The excellent “European e-learning barometer” published by CrossKnowledge also impressed us greatly. We strongly advise that you get a copy!
In short, continuity of message, coalescence of technologies and a new mature confidence in the industry and its abilities would sum up Learning Technologies 2012. This we believe is increasingly reflected in the attitude of the e-learning and learning technologies buyers. The challenge for our industry now is to “break out” beyond the already committed and confident buyers and win new converts in mid-sized corporates and the SME market.
We know the opportunity is very real having spent a significant amount of time interviewing many buyers of learning development across the UK for our 2012 research. Organisations with the right products and business proposition will be well placed to prosper as the market expands.
So what were the themes we saw at Learning Technologies 2012:
Review of BETT 2012
A review of BETT 2012 and the five themes we took away and our favourite” top” exhibitors:
BETT In a word or three, busy, busy, busy, – there was no doubt that the two halls of London’s Olympia were thronging with delegates and buzzing with noise and atmosphere. Will BETT be able to fit in here in future years? Well no as BETT is on the move to The Excel Arena next year.
With an impressive range of exhibitors, many with even more impressive stands, BETT really is the event for ICT and education. The throng indicates a vibrant and very competitive market, seeing it all in 1 day is too tiring, we here at e-learning centre would recommend two 2/3 days to give you time to see everything without tiring yourself out!
Here at e-learningcentre.co.uk we have advised many companies on how to select the right e-learning and learning technologies, and since we started hosting the BECTA collection on our site we have had an increasing number of education establishments approach us. So we are interested in looking at how the corporate and education e-learning and learning technologies markets compare and contrast, and to offer our independent and impartial expertise to schools and educational establishments.
So what are the 5 themes that stood out for us at BETT 2012 read more here
Predictions for 2012……
Here at e-learning centre we are continuing our tradition of looking through the predictions made for e-learning 2012, and adding a few of our own, and a little commentary. We start with Tony Bates and Craig Weiss so far……
Take a look at the thoughts of Tony Bates at on-line learning and distance education resources, it is a brave person who makes these predictions, but these look pretty much on the money to us, but we felt the need to add a couple of ours and one from our good friend Craig Weiss.
1) The Year of the Tablet – 99% probable
2) Learning analytics – 90% probable
3) Growth of open education – 70% probable
4) Disruption in the LMS Market – 60% probable
5) Integration of social media into formal learning – 66% probable
6) The digital university – 10% probability
7) Watch India!
8) The great unknown – 10% probability
9) Serious gaming and simulation comes of age…..we have all talked this up for 5 years or more, but finally we think it will go mainstream especially in the corporate market
10) We will move beyond rapid e-learning to rapid re-use of e-learning assets, take a look at ZebraZapps to see what we mean.
For full details of predictions 1-8 see on-line learning and distance education resources
Research from Craig Weiss into the “online learning market” is well worth reading at his site e-learning 24/7, and illustrates the progress that is happening in online education in the UK and US and we get this bold prediction from Craig:
11) “Toss in the cost savings to all learners, emerging markets, financial gains for the schools themselves and yes, even government funding (from whichever country you are located) and online learning is set to surpass its classroom cousin, who has the education system to thank for its long usage.” We wonder when this is likely to happen? 2012, doubt it.
12) Web 3.0 – Fact or fiction! See the excellent article by David Coleman in ELearning magazine. Perhaps the most interesting information is about web 2.0 usage and the provision and usage levels of different devices – 71% of organisations surveyed in 2011 by ELearning Magazine provided a Laptop (Notebook), 58% Smart Phone, 32% non Smart mobile phone and 21% ipad or tablet to their employees! Perhaps it is worth highlighting that many of us have all 3 devices (laptop, smartphone and tablet), and we would welcome a study into how (and why) learners use these differing devices, is it second screen learning, of different devices for differing genres of learning?
The interesting other finding from David Coleman is “Which Web 2.0 solutions are used for learning?” – Social networks coming top with 72% of learners surveyed, down to 3% for Augmented reality – so much for our 2011 prediction for Augmented reality!
This is a great resource from the company behind Scorm.com, – we would urge all content developers and LMS developers to register on eLearning Atlas.
ELIG Report on the European e-learning market
Learning Light were delighted to contribute to ELIGs report “A Snapshot of the e-learning industry in 2011” This is an exceptionally well researched document and includes contributions from Learning Light Ltd (operators of this site), Toward Maturity, Outsell and MMB. In addition ELIG’s Lin Squires interviewed several industry players and put together this excellent report.
Take a look at our Showcase to see e-learning can be fun with Bob’s Business
If you wonder how e-learning can address a dry old topic like Business Information Security and achieve high levels of learner retention take a look at Bob’s Business in our latest showcase review
New Industry Insights
See our new “Industry Insights” feature from our latest contributors, Talent management experts Halogen Software, looking at “Practical Ways to Ensure Training Investments are Effective”.
Free e-learning courses and how to find them!
Take a look at this great tool if you are looking for free e-learning courses or what is known as “Open Courseware” this search tool will certainly help identify courses from universities developed by statestats,
DevLearn 2011 – a review
Devlearn 2011 was great. This event effectively brought together learning and training practitioners, vendors of e-learning and learning technologies and thought leaders into a vibrant and well organised event, well done to the e-learning guild for putting together such a worthy event.
The themes of the conference were broad, with a massive amount of choice of presentations to see from both practitioners, vendors and thought leaders, it was easy to select an event of interest or follow a specific theme. The highlighted themes being The Cloud, Emerging tech, Management Xchange, Strategic buyers and Virtual learning, each theme being hosted by an expert in that area.
We followed where possible The Cloud theme and where keen to see what the future of e-learning is looking like!
The Buzz or DevLearn in a paragraph!
A quick synopsis and buzz words in one sentence would be: Change and lots of it!
In one paragraph:
Driven by “The Cloud”, “Self- organised networks” and “social business”, learning and training will change in how it is designed, delivered and recorded –it will now be built around “activity streams” (forming the basis of beyond SCORM standards) utilising “CaaS” (content as a service), moving to a world beyond rapid authoring to “rapid reuse” . Learning communities will be “mediated through technology”, content and knowledge will be “curated” and intelligently suggested by and to members of the networked community. The learning experience will become “frictionless”, thanks in part to “XML” all leading to the next generation of learning and performance in how it is recorded, as learning and reporting of learning is separated leading to new community developed or organisationally developed “analytics” as, it is wise to remember the cloud never forgets!
Live online Learning - a facilitators guide
Take a look at our review of this super guide aimed at facilitators produced by industry experts onlignment and available from them free of charge (Creative Commons license).
Learning Light speaks at elearning Network event in Sheffield
Learning Light’s Gill Broadhead spoke at the eLN’s recent event held in Sheffield. Gill spoke about the work Learning Light does with hard to reach learners. Learning Light has been working to re-skill offenders by using e-learning. Take a look at the presentation engaging with hard to reach learners with e-learning
Online College Classes
We often find ourselves talking about “Open Content” when we here at Learning Light are invited to speak at events, and people often ask “what do you mean?” and we talk about Google and the internet, but take a look at Online College Classes which describes itself as “A free compendium of educational multimedia content from around the web” and you will really see what is meant by open content, and how learning is changing.
The student who brought this to our attention enthuses: “The project is a website that meshes everything from podcasts, ebooks, online classes, and OpenCourseWare. It’s meant to be complementary to a student’s learning experience to help push them above and beyond.” We thank you and do take a look its listed in our favourite resources list
Learning Light to speak at Enable Conference – Krakow, Poland: September 6th
The Enable project, an EU funded Leonardo Transfer of Innovation project has announced its conference is to be held in Krakov, Poland on 6th September 2011. For more details visit the Enable site.
Along with Learning Light speakers will come from Romania’s IFES, as well as Asset-tec, based in Athens, Greece, Efficio, based in Poland, Fondazione Luigi CLerici of Italy, The Workshop, based in Sheffield UK and the MRS Consultancy also based in the UK.
The project has developed a unique methodology that uses both a “digital engagement tool” – Page Designer and a learner led engagement methodology to engage hard to reach learners across the 5 different countries. In the UK the project focused on the Somali community which has proved to be very rewarding. Piloting of the methodology and engagement tool has produced some very encouraging results indeed.
It is the projects aspiration to make Page Designer available under a Creative Commons License to be used for all those interested in the tool and the methodology to engage with hard to reach learners.
Learning Light is already well known for its pioneering work with hard to reach learners in the UK, having developed innovative e-learning programmes for use by hard to reach groups such as offenders and the long term unemployed. We believe that the Enable methodology and engagement tool are significant developments in this field.