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e-Learning News and Views Archive – 2009 to 2015

Whether it’s the latest e-learning software, views or just our opinions on the state of the nation, you can find it all here. This section is growing all the time, so make sure you come back frequently. If you have any comments, would like to contribute to the site, or have any thoughts about would you’d like to see here, please get in touch with us. We’d love to hear your views.

A Review of Kokm

Kokm is more than an LMS. Kokm provides an online business solution: an intranet, an extranet, a resource library and an LMS. This means that Kokm is a slightly different product to the stand-alone LMS which we usually review.
The services which Kokm provides constitute a unified platform which, through the integration and unification of its services facilitates communication, connection and learning within a business. These three features are all features of a good LMS, and so the holistic Kokm package may not be as far from a traditional LMS as we think. In short this is an LMS aimed at that once mythical concept of the Learning Organisation.

A Review of scormLMS

scormLMS made its debut at Learning Technologies with one of the most straight forward branding messages and we quickly signed up for a “self drive demonstration”.
I cannot recall how many LMS we have looked at over the years but this one was a pleasure to use.

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’.

Adaptive Learning

Adaptive learning is the term for e-learning which adapts to its user’s needs. The idea is that learning becomes personalised, so that what you are taught and how you are taught it is relevant to you.
Rather than having a rigid course in which every learner is taught the same thing with the aim of reaching a specific learning goal, the needs of each learner are picked up by the system and the content of the course is adapted appropriately for each learner to reach that goal.

Reflections on Elliot Masie’s Learning Trends video call 2014

Let me begin by saying I am an Elliot Masie fan, I love going to Learning in Orlando in the Autumn, Masie’s Learning still the best produced event on the learning circuit, it’s just a shame I don’t get to go every year.
As part of the pre-publicity Elliot usually does a call to gently promote the event but also to share his and his colleagues take on the latest learning trends and the 1 hour recording is well worth watching.

The FELTAG response and e-learning

In our most recent publication “A review of the e-learning markets in the UK, EU and China” we highlighted the significance of the UK Governments department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) response to the FELTAG recommendations.
The Further Education Learning Technology Action Group to give it the full name has certainly created some action from the UK government that must be warmly welcomed by the e-learning and learning technologies industries.

Skills policy announcement means a major boost to UK e-learning

It seemed like a revelation to someone who works in the e-learning sector to see the government’s response to the recommendations from the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG), published in June 2014, and I hope it will prove to be a hugely significant development for the e-learning industry.
It has been apparent for many years that there are certain inhibitors to the UK’s FE system that are now proving detrimental to the digital future of learners.

What now for e-learning and on-line learning after the blockbuster purchase of Skillsoft by Charterhouse Capital.

The purchase of Skillsoft for over $2.3bn by Charterhouse Capital has attracted considerable attention across both the worlds of finance and learning and development.
For those of us who attended the IBIS Capital Edtech Europe event last year and listened closely or read the accompanying report e-learning lessons for the future , it was very obvious the edtech and e-learning industry was attracting very real interest from investors.

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...

David Kelly

I am passionate about progressive education and performance support in the workplace. Technologies such as social media have advanced to the point that they can now support social learning, instead of being a barrier to it. I believe in leveraging this technology to...

Enterprise Learning Blog

Welcome to the Elearning and Government Elearning group blog. We post the latest professional news and reviews that we have seen, heard, or read related to enterprise learning. In doing so we will always cite, and where possible provide a link to, the original source,...

aLearning Blog

The alearning Blog is the brainchild of Ellen Behrens, who has been working in online education for seven years, association learning for more than a couple, and adult learning for more than twenty years. After working for a Web company that developed learning...

e-learning: a major NHS Success story

A HSJ (Health Service Journal) supplement published recently looking at the Electronic Staff Records (ESR) roll out provided some stunningly encouraging information as how the NHS is using e-learning. The NHS’s ESR project is the world’s biggest programme of its kind,...

Kallidus

Company news from LMS and Talent management vendor Kallidus, along with some useful hints and tips to improve e-learning and learning technologies in the organisation. Check out the Kallidus Blog here.

Rustici's SCORM Blog

All the news and advice about SCORM, the Experience API - Tin Can from the team at Rustici. You can ask them anything about SCORM and the Tin Can - Experience API and they are a really friendly and helpful bunch. Take a look at the Rustici SCORM Blog.

The Rapid eLearning Blog

This blog has loads of incredibly practical and helpful tips on developing your own e-learning courses using Articulate powerpoint and other easy tools. I've used some of the tips over and over again. Follow Tom on Twitter @tomkuhlmann

The eLearn Blog

The elearn blog from  elearn magazine, in the USA is largely discussion of content in the magazine but does cover other things such as conferences and the occasional expert.

The Mobile Learning Revolution Blog

A newish Blog with a focus on Mobile learning delivering weekly Podcasts on the topic of Mobile Learning, from RJ Jacquez, Former Adobe Evangelist.

Phil Green

The very knowledgeable Phil Green, well worth a read, but a relaxed collection of musings so fairly ecletic in subject matter and often very personal.

Nigel Paine

Have a look at the occasional thoughts of Nigel Paine . Only updated once every two or three months but usually worth a read - well-written and individual. Follow him on Twitter @ebase

Making change

Cathy Moore's blog has a range of practical, common-sense posts on all aspects of e-learning and instructional design. What is refreshing is her mission to do away with the soul-destroying, text-laden, formal e-learning courseware which has rightly given some online...

Learning with 'e's

Steve Wheeler's blog is very learner-centred and he ranges over subjects as diverse as Wikipedia, game-based learning, usability and sympathetic content development. I found his approach very appealing and his range of interests exciting, interesting and informative....

Jane Hart's eLearning Pick of the Day

Jane Hart's e-learning pick of the day is literally that - a practical tip on a tool or technology worth your while having a look at. Could save you hours of looking.  Jane is one of the most well respected people in her field so you can follow her tips with...

Internet Time

Visit Jay's blog at internettime.com to read about his latest conference visits, trips and colleagues' goings on.  Gossipy, anecdotal but fun like all the best blogs.  Follow Jay on Twitter@jaycross

Hot Milky Drink

Fascinating blog which both reviews new games and explores their potential as learning tools. Derek Robertson really knows his stuff - he is an inspirational speaker who always focuses on the practical applications of games in classrooms and the reactions of the...

games based learning

Read Paul Ladley's very well informed blog on games based learning, it is of use to both educationalists and those interested in the politics of education. This is well worth a read if you are interested in the potential for games based learning and the politics...

eLearning Roadtrip

Entertaining and engagingly written blog by Ellen Wagner on all aspects of learning and learning technologies. Not just focused on US but also European endeavours in e-learning. Follow Ellen on Twitter @edwsonoma Not a high frequency blogger, but the posts are...

e-Learning Vision Blog

Started in 2012, e-Learning Vision is an international e-learning blog that looks the latest industry developments. With a view of both the education and business sectors, there is a particular focus on technology companies and developments. International events are...

eFolio in the UK and Europe

e-Portfolios are coming. But how much do teachers really understand about e-Portfolios? How will it change Teaching and Learning? How will it affect working conditions? Do parents have a say in all of this? And what do students think? Take a look at the future of...

E-Learning 24/7 blog

A very informative blog from Craig Weiss who offers his opinions around the wide range of e-learning and learning technology products but with an excellent focus on the LMS market and authoring tools. Not much gets past Craig's eagle eye in the LMS world, and he is...

Donald Clark

Controversial, lively and provocative views on the role of e-learning and learning technologies in Higher Education and the workplace from a man who knows his stuff - a must read!  Check out Donald's latest views visit his blog Plan B and follow him on...

Clive on Learning

Clive on Learning, its exactly that and covers a huge range of issues from new developments in learning platforms to the latest awards in e-learning. Follow him on Twitter:  @cliveshepherd as well.

Cathy Moore

Cathy Moore "Lets save the world from boring e-learning," On this site, you'll get ideas that will help you develop action-packed learning materials for working adults. It's written not surprisingly by Cathy Moore. You can see what the site covers in this neat...

Cammy Bean’s Learning Vision

Musings on eLearning and instructional design from Kineo's VP of Learning Design. Always worth a read. Follow her on Twitter:  @cammybean as well.

Bob’s Blog

Bob Little is one of the most knowledgeable individuals in the e-learning industry, and so he should be as he is the doyenne of PR for the industry, and keeps a well informed blog as well as a very informative e- book Perspectives on Learning Technologies detailing...