e-Learning Websites We Like

Here are intros to some of the best e-learning websites, currently listed in alphabetical order. Click on the title to read our review and visit the site. If you would like to recommend an e-learning or learning technologies website, please get in touch with us. We may well be tempted to review and list it!

Centre for Learning and Performance

Jane Hart’s wonderful site, Centre for Learning and Performance (C4LPT), is full of useful stuff such as the excellent learning tools directory where she regularly assesses and ranks top elearning software, websites and resources. There is the Learning Tools Directory (a completely updated version of the Directory that was begun in 2006) listing over 2,000 tools useful for both formal and informal learning, as well as the Top 200 Tools – a focus on the leading resources. The Social Learning Academy is the place to find out more about social media and its use for different types of learning. Jane also runs other websites that include Modern Workplace Learning and 30 Day Learning Challenges, which are signposted from...

LMS Survey – Only 58% of Users Satisfied

Virtual College recently sent out an LMS market survey in late 2016, where they asked organisations how they felt about their current Learning Management Systems. The results highlighted a mix of opinions that people feel towards their current LMS.   Perhaps most strikingly was that only 58 per cent of people rated their LMS as above average, meaning that 42 per cent of respondents felt unsatisfied with their platform. This was highlighted further by the fact that 38 per cent of those who had used their LMS for over 2 years disliked it. There were a number of different reasons that people chose to explain how they felt about their LMS. 62 per cent of people stated the main reason that they liked their LMS was because it was easy to use, closely followed by 44 per cent who said it was affordable.  This contrasted with 56 per cent of respondents saying they disliked their provider because it lacked the features it needed, as well as 37 per cent claiming that it was difficult to use. These results highlight just how important usability is for user satisfaction. One final statistic to come out of the survey was that only 38 per cent of people are using a well-known LMS, meaning that 62 per cent are using a system that is not widely accessed. This emphasises the idea that there is no system currently available that is enjoyed by a majority of the market. Check out the LMS Survey Infographic produced by Virtual...

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 My Showcase

My Showcase: the next generation of e-portfolio technologies. E-portfolios have been in use for a number of years but beyond the narrow remit of education they have not broken into the mainstream of learning and development. As with SCORM, the standards of e-portfolios are becoming too restrictive because the technology is not portable and not learner centric. My Showcase changes the landscape of how learners collect, organise and share their learning and achievements, firmly putting them in charge. Putting the Learner in control My Showcase is a new generation of platforms designed to Collect, Organise and Share learning achievements in an environment that is managed and controlled by the learner, not the institution or employer. This change of emphasis to letting the learner manage the access to their learning achievements and records is hugely significant and addresses the perceived failings of e-portfolio, which was always felt to belong to the institution not the individual. Ease of Use The ease of using My Showcase is impressive indeed and it is designed to make the recording of activities exceptionally easy. Users can set up automated feeds to ensure activities such as blogging are automatically recorded, and what better way to reflect on your learning than writing a blog? Widgets are used to allow for other activity feeds to be captured in to My Showcase as well. Organisation It is at the ‘organise’ stage that the real utility of My Showcase comes alive as a dynamic environment that can work for both individuals and teams, which is quite unique. Individual users can tag activities (and assign the activity to teams for joint...

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.

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.

A Review of the e-learning markets of the UK, EU and China 2014

The 4th report in our series into the e-learning market, including a new section on “what the buyer wants”, defined national market sizes for the UK, EU and our first look at the Chinese e-learning market. In addition to looking at the state of the corporate online learning industry, this report seeks to take account of wider economic influences –particularly as they affect the industries that buy online learning technologies (both in terms of learning content and systems). Below is the list of the table of contents: A Review of the e-learning markets of the UK, EU and China 2014 Table of Contents About this report Aim Sources Authors About e-learning E-learning components E-learning, e-publishing and learning tools How e-learning is flowering Glossary The Learning Light forecasting model Percentage of training budgets devoted to e-learning Levels of usage by companies Executive Summary The UK Europe Summary table: The size of the E-learning Market, the Top 20 Countries in Europe China The United Kingdom E-learning Market The early years: 2007 – 2008 Doom and gloom: 20093 The recent past: 2010 – 2014 Corporate sector Public sector Local authorities’ aggregation of procurement The NHS Major new frameworks The Civil Service Learning Framework Education A lot has happened, but has a lot changed? Trends overview from 2010 to 2014 Predictions for beyond 2014 Industry interviews: E-learning….what the buyer wants Top 10 corporate learning and development requirements Top 10 small and medium sized enterprises’ learning and development requirements Key results Industry interviews: Specific industry sectors’ views of e-learning Construction Engineering Financial services sector Hotel and Catering Industry Legal Services Local Government Media Membership-based...

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.