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 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...

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 bring learning and development programs into the workflows of the job in ways that better address performance issues, and are less intrusive to work environments. I look forward to helping organizations embrace this opportunity to break through the traditions of what learning and performance has been, and leverage technology to open the doors to what is possible. Check out David Kelly’s...

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, and we encourage you to follow those links and see the original sources first hand. Check out: Enterprise Learning...

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 management systems and created custom elearning for corporate clients, Ellen escaped to the non-profit world where she led her trade association into online learning. Under her guidance, the association was able to offer its first asynchronous Web-delivered course, and its first synchronous Webinar. Visit aLearning...

The real future of e-learning and edtech is tied to analytics and assessment.

There is a huge amount of noise and numerous newsletters about MOOCs at present and we are seeing considerable interest and equally considerable investment being made into MOOCs. The MOOC list we keep is growing longer and longer, and in a previous blog we predicted the emergence of the corporate MOOC, and we now have a few of them on our list as well. SAP having launched their MOOC earlier this year for example. While we continue to watch MOOCs, and understand the issues and the fear and fascination they are generating across Higher Education and indeed into government policy, MOOCs are not the only exciting development on our radar at present. A report by IBIS Capital into which Learning Light contributed highlights a fundamental issue. The research firstly is showing significant levels of growth are predicted  in expenditure across the global education market, and this includes accelerating growth in edtech and e-learning, while also crucially highlighting the accelerating cost of education in the US and European markets. While educationalists debate the pedagogical values of MOOCs, investors are weighing up the financial opportunities of MOOCs it is important to understand the views of the future student market:  the financial cost to them of education, and this it is this that politicians are addressing at present. Our first observation is that MOOCs are not the only game in town to address the rising cost of education. It is with this in mind that the recent White House announcement addressing the cost of education and putting forward effective ways of reducing costs to Middle America is so interesting. The Obama initiative...

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, which commenced in 2001 and rolled out in 2008 and it provides almost the whole of the NHS with an integrated human resources, learning management and payroll system, providing data on the 1.4 million employees in the NHS. HSJ reports that this Oracle based system is providing major savings to the NHS in automation of staff transfers, dealings and a wide range of self service functions including: managing leave and absence reporting and recording to the setting up of e-learning courses. In addition there are functions to support and streamline pre-employability checks, appraisals and development and registration status. The HSJ reports how the learning and talent management functionality gives managers the ability to record an appraisal and personnel development plans that can be used to plot competence gaps in individuals and departments. “if an organisation then identifies training courses for its staff, staff can be enrolled on the classes through self- service” explains a senior manager for ESR to HSJ. “Then through learner management and e-learning an organisation could agree a suite of courses they want staff to go on, create a learning path and enrol staff”. Indeed the ESR Employee self- service functionality allows staff to look at the catalogue of learning available and decide or apply for a specific course. This in itself is not unusual LMS functionality, but what is exceptional is the growth in...

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...

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...