e-Learning Event: Technology in Higher Education – data analytics, learning experience & MOOCs

On 18th October 2017, the e-learning event: Technology in Higher Education – data analytics, the learning experience and next steps for MOOCs will be held in Central London, UK. This is a CPD Certified higher education event, focused on learning technology. Here is an introduction to the event from the organisers: This seminar will discuss the use of technology in the Higher Education sector, and ways forward for developing its role in enhancing learning and teaching – as well as its role more widely in HEI business processes. Delegates will discuss the role of big data and data analytics for universities, including targeted marketing of prospective students, improving retention and personalising learning experience for individuals. The agenda will also bring out the latest thinking on the use technology in teaching and learning, assessing progress in areas such as flipped and blended learning, and potential uses of virtual reality (VR). Those attending will also consider examples of best practice in developing a culture among the teaching community across all disciplines that supports the full potential use of technology. Further sessions will look at MOOCs, specifically emerging business models and uses including lifelong learning, marketing, pre-sessional support and credit-bearing modules. The organisers expect attendees to include key policymakers and stakeholders from universities, learning technology companies, data analytics software providers, online learning platforms, technology and education consultancies, students’ unions, academics and others with an interest in this area of policy and practice. Guest of Honour is Paul Feldman – Chief Executive of Jisc. Keynote speaker is Mark Lester – Director of Partnerships at FutureLearn. Book your place or learn more about this Technology in Higher...

Learning Technologies 2015 Trends

Last week Learning Technologies took place at the Olympia in London. Learning Technologies sees some of the big names and promising new-comers in the corporate learning sphere showing off their new learning technology, and talking about the methods they use for delivering effective learning in the workplace.
It was my first time at Learning Technologies (LT) after joining Learning Light as a research analyst in October 2014.

Learning Technologies 2015 Review

Learning Technologies is always a busy event and 2015 was no exception. With an expanded Learning Technologies (LTs) presence leading off to the Learning and Skills section you could even say that it was very very busy indeed!
There were several firsts at this event: the debut of Leo, the undoubted new market leader in content forged from Epic and Line; Filtered, a content provider with an interesting angle; and kokm, a new Drupal- based next generation LMS. KPMG appeared in strength this year, while Deloitte did not.

BETT 2015 a review

Another BETT and another review from Learning Light of one of the world’s largest exhibitions for educators.
BETT 2015 was as big and as busy at Dockland Excel centre as ever, but in our view slightly less ostentatious. Stands were if anything a little smaller amongst the big players in the industry, with fewer ‘castles in the sky’.

BETT 2014

The BETT event held in January 2014 was one of the busiest BETT events we have attended and one of the most interesting. Like the smaller corporate e-learning event Learning Technologies BETT gave off the aura of fast growing excitement and interest in how technology can support learning and development. A principle difference is BETT is about 3 times bigger than Learning Technologies with a much different focus. While in recent years BETT has added a workplace learning offer and we have in the past pointed to similarities and cross overs (education could indeed learn from the corporate market and vice –versa) this year BETT was more about supporting the teacher than ever before. A cynic would say Learning Technologies is about “disintermediating the trainer” and BETT is about bringing many teachers up to date with how technology can “keep them relevant” in the eyes of the increasingly tech savvy student! BETT more than LTs seems prone to adopt great themes…in years gone past it has focused on Personalisation or in 2012 it was dominated by 3d content and TVs in 2013 it was all about Apps and the Cloud with a strong focus on student management systems. However BETT 2014 saw a much greater fusion or joining up of these themes with teachers and learning content and technologies to support teachers to the fore. BETT is still a show-ring for the battle for global dominance of education providers….it is Google and team versus Microsoft and team versus the ever present but not participating Apple. It is a shame that the opening address from Michael Gove gave so much...

BETT 2014….all about the teacher

The BETT event held in January 2014 was one of the busiest BETT events we have attended and one of the most interesting. Like the smaller corporate e-learning event Learning Technologies BETT gave off the aura of fast growing excitement and interest in how technology can support learning and development. A principle difference is BETT is about 3 times bigger than Learning Technologies with a much different focus. While in recent years BETT has added a workplace learning offer and we have in the past pointed to similarities and cross overs (education could indeed learn from the corporate market and vice –versa) this year BETT was more about supporting the teacher than ever before. A cynic would say Learning Technologies is about “disintermediating the trainer” and BETT is about bringing many teachers up to date with how technology can “keep them relevant” in the eyes of the increasingly tech savvy student! BETT more than LTs seems prone to adopt great themes…in years gone past it has focused on Personalisation or in 2012 it was dominated by 3d content and TVs in 2013 it was all about Apps and the Cloud with a strong focus on student management systems. However BETT 2014 saw a much greater fusion or joining up of these themes with teachers and learning content and technologies to support teachers to the fore. BETT is still a show-ring for the battle for global dominance of education providers….it is Google and team versus Microsoft and team versus the ever present but not participating Apple. It is a shame that the opening address from Michael Gove gave so much...

Hong Kong Learning and Teaching expo 2014

This is or reflections on the second part of our BESA led trade mission to the ASEAN market. In our previous Blog we wrote of the BES Asia event in Kula Lumpur, and unlike that event Hong Kong’s Learning and Teaching expo was not a UK company exclusive event and was really quite a different event in feel and flavour. This event – a Thursday to Saturday event was held in the hugely impressive Hong Kong convention centre on the harbour front opposite Kowloon in Wan Chi. The convention centre is on a massive scale, but the expo itself is about 30% to 40% of the size of Learning Technologies event held annually in London, or 20% of the BETT show with exhibitors much more aligned to the BETT market than the corporate Learning Technologies market. The event was dominated by large Hong Kong or Chinese shiny technology vendors, the big international players such as Microsoft, Google or Pearson were not present, unlike BETT. The UK party was excellently managed by BESA and well supported by UKTI having a defined presence at the event. UKTI had a dedicated business meeting zone with complementary refreshment and a buffet lunch on one day for exhibitors and potential customers which was very popular and very well done indeed. As noted the majority of vendors exhibiting were Chinese or Hong Kong Chinese companies. There was a diverse range of companies, with  a high emphasis on hardware and a reasonable number offering edtech software but very few exhibitors offering e-learning content. The UKTI market brief delivered on the evening prior to the exhibition opening...

BES Asia

BES Asia 2013 was held in December in Kuala Lumpur’s impressive convention centre close to the world famous Petronas Towers. It is very ably and competently organised and coordinated by BESA and exceptionally well supported by UKTI. UKTI have a new focus on delivering help and support to the UK’s Education Industry, as noted in a previous blog piece on the UK’s education strategy for international markets and all the evidence and experience is that they are making a significant effort to very good effect. The event is designed exclusively for UK education and training providers to showcase their products and services to the ASEAN market. This market really does hold UK education and training in very high esteem. There were more than 50 companies exhibiting, and you can look at the show guide here . The nature of exhibitors ranged widely withe-learning and edtech companies making up about 45% of the exhibitors. BES Asia can be seen as a smaller and more compact version of BETT, but with crucially a strong linkage to BETT as many of the delegates attending  BES Asia are interested in attending BETT in 2014 with the support of UKTI ….which is very welcome indeed. BES Asia was well attended and therefore obviously well marketed. Delegates ranged from Ministerial level to teachers. Delegates came from not just all over Malaysia but many were form Indonesia Vietnam and beyond, often hosted by UKTI. Exhibitors were given the opportunity to deliver seminars to delegates. The seminars were in rooms close to the exhibition hall. Only the opening ceremony was held in the main hall. The seminars...

ALT 2013 – MOOCs and More.

Taking the temperature at ALT 2013 was an interesting day out, and an enjoyable one as well. ALT is both very friendly and very informative even in just 1 day. The event was very well organised and the ALT ethos of sharing best practise was very enjoyable. However the overwhelming topic that attracted most interest and intrigue was the M word….MOOCs! The MOOC momentum in HE is now very common currency and the awaited launch of FutureLearn and the UK Governments simultaneous publication of its literature review on MOOCs were hot topics. The review of MOOCs – imaginatively titles the “Maturing of the MOOCs” led  by Stephen Haggard even attracted the attention of Private Eye. The announcement of edX and Google’s role in that MOOC certainly added fuel to the conversational fires. Where next for Google, Course builder, edX and the global war for the education market While there were many views, it was the view of many of my unscientific sampling (and of Stephen Downes the closing key-noter (more later)) that MOOCs were over-hyped, failing to learn from the past and are more than likely going in the wrong direction. The collective wisdom of 20 years of Alt it was felt was not always being listened to by policy makers and decision makers in institutions and in the higher echelons of the education establishment. To be fair, one can see the fear of the UK education establishment and UK Government of the latest US orientated MOOC revolution. Given the recent publication of the UK’s education strategy highlighting the importance of Higher Education in particular to UK PLC it...

edtech Europe: Industry, Innovation and Investors in e-learning and edtech

As the title of the event says “Industry, innovation and investors in one place for one day” this event indeed delivered, and IBIS Capital and Edxus Group deserved to be congratulated for this event that indeed brought all these parties together for an informative day. The delegates represented the industry….innovators in the world of edtech and e-learning, making up roughly a third of the delegates, with well know UK companies such as Virtual College, Line, Epic, Caspian,  Desq, Kaplan and Brightwave attending, along with a number of emerging players such as Twig and Soundbite,  as well as established European companies such as Alison, Infomentor and SIVECO, and exciting newer European companies such  Sofatutor, iversity, and Serious Games Interactive. The investor side was well represented, with delegates from Index Ventures, Sovereign Capital, Ironbridge Capital, Summit partners, Providence equity, Phoenix equity partners, DFJ Esprit, RJD Partners and Leaf as well as IBIS Capital and Edxus, and more. The presence of the publishing industry in one room was a notable feature, with Pearson, McGraw Hill, Macmillan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mendeley (now part of Reed Elsevier), D C Thomson, Holtzbrinck and Microsoft…not quite a publisher but a serious player in education none the less. This mix proved that there is huge interest in the edtech and e-learning market, as publishers have taken a growing interest in the innovators, and indeed have been more pro-active in investing and incubating than many of the investor houses to date. Stars in alignment….innovation now needed and investment will follow It was on this point that Charles McIntyre (CEO of IBIS) commenced the opening key note presentation with...