eLearning Research and Resources

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

The Chinese e-learning market

This is a summary of a short presentation delivered at the UK launch of EdTrin at the Australian High Commission in London on July25th by Learning Light. The Chinese market is one of the most interesting and exciting markets for e-learning at present and one of the...

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.

Video leading the way for mobile learning

Video leading the way for mobile learning According to the YouTube website - Over 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube—that's almost an hour for every person on Earth. That tells you that lots of people enjoy watching video, and enjoy watching...

Online Colleges and E-Learning Best Practices

Online Colleges and E-Learning Best Practices Affordable Colleges Foundation has recently created an e-learning guidebook. The main goal of the guidebook is to help students learn online more effectively. This includes 20 pages dedicated to distance learning basics,...

Raptivity

Product review: New version of Raptivity Harbinger Group’s Raptivity is among the most well-known of the wizard-led interactivity building software tools for the professional learning designer/ developer. It comes with a library of pre-built templates, including over...

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 Environments team blog UCL

We support Staff and Students using technology to enhance teaching & learning. Here you'll find updates on developments at UCL, links & events as well as case studies and personal experiences. Let us know if you have any ideas you want to share! Go to...

eLearning Resources from eFront Blog

eFront is an Open Source LMS we used here at Learning Light to deliver our Enable Project, a Leonardo Transfer of Innovation funded initiative. Check out their blog eLearning Resources from eFront Blog

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...

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.

Virtual College – Rod’s Blog

Rod Knox the CEO of Virtual College has taken to blogging on a wide range of topics connected to e-learning and showcasing some of Virtual College's successes and offering some pithy comment as to what is happening in the e-learning market. Check out Rod's Blog at...

Lectora

Rapid authoring tool vendor Lectora keep an interesting blog of use to the many Lectora fans and others mainly about e-learning design using tools. Check out The Lectora Blog

Synergy Learning

Vendor Synergy Learning we have been creating professional, interactive elearning content for schools, colleges, universities, businesses and private training organisations since 1997 and provide an interesting blog. Check out Synergy Learning blog

ELEARNSPACE Blog

George Siemens blog who is with the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. This is a seriously well informed blog Check out elearnspace

CommLab

CommLab India are a large vendor who keep an interesting blog addressing corporate e-learning, with some useful hints and tips. Check out CommLab India's blog

iLearn Technology EDUBLOG

An informative Blog about integrating technology into the classroom from prolific blogger Kelly Tenkely a former teacher dedicating herself to improving education. iLearn Technology EDUBLOG

DML central blog

This collaborative blog and curated collection of free and open resources is produced by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub, whose mission is to advance research in the service of a more equitable, participatory, and effective ecosystem of learning keyed to...

Mobile Learning blog

Mobile Learning is authored and edited by Leonard Low, Online Campus Manager and Educational Technology Strategist at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) Australia. He is a member of CIT’s Flexible Learning Solutions department, and has been involved with a...

mLearning Trends blog

Business blog of Robert Gadd, co-founder of OnPoint Digital in Savannah, Georgia USA. This vendor specialises in developing mobile and online training solutions for enterprise accounts. Check out Robert Gadd's blog mLearning Trends

Float Mobile Learning

Float Mobile Learning officially formed in 2010, but possesses more than three decades of communications and eLearning expertise. An information rich site from a vendor. Check out the Float Mobile Learning blog

Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

Technology Enhanced Learning Blog David Hopkins is a UK based Learning Technologist practitioner saying "I work alongside students, academics, and administrative staff to understand the uses of technology in Higher Education and to investigate the implications (and...

Mozilla Open Badges Blog

A digital badge is an online representation of a skill you’ve earned.Open Badges take that concept one step further, and allows you to verify your skills, interests and achievements through credible organizations. There you have it.....and you can read about it by...

edudemic

Edudemic is a vibrant and lively site full of advice for students and teachers and those interested in learning. This site covers edtech including hardware, software, social learning and provides guides to teachers as how to use the bamboozling range of edtech as it...

Educational Technology Guy

Free resources for teachers, educational ideas and tips, educational topics, Personal Learning Networks, Project Based Learning, Google, Evernote, Discovery Education and more. In this blog, US based David Andrade (Chief Information Officer for an urban public school...

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners Ideas for efficient and effective tech integration, created by Susan Oxnevad. Check out Susan's blog This is a bright and quite brilliantly illustrated blog, focusing on Glog-ing, Google Docs for learning, learning tools and...

eLearning Learning blog

Training Magazine Network is a platform for social learning and networking for the exchange of ideas and resources among global learning professionals and thought leaders. Check out their blog eLearning Learning blog Vast range of postings on a vibrant site.

Jon Aleckson Managing eLearning

Visit Jon Aleckson's blog Managing eLearning Managing eLearning is written by the Blog team at Web Courseworks which includes Jon Aleckson and Meri Tunison. Ideas and concepts are originated and final copy reviewed by Jon Aleckson. Jon Aleckson has more than 30 years...

UK Publishes an "International Education Strategy"

The UK Government's Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published a Policy paper entitled:International education strategy: global growth and prosperity, with the subtext stating to the paper: "Sets out how government and the education sector will...

The Rise and Rise of Video, and why it works……

I was taken by a recent newsletter from Elliot Masie discussing the phenomenal rise in the use of video for learning in many organisations. Masie reported rises of over 1000% in some organisations. Video for learning really has blindsided many of the industries...

Who are in the European edtech top 20

The eagerly anticipated European edtech top 20 was published yesterday, and it makes interesting reading to see who is on the list in the UK, and from the rest of Europe. There are some very familiar names from UK e-learning companies we know well, Brightwave, Epic...

Opportunities in India for European and US edtech businesses

There is likely to be an explosion of demand for learning and e-learning in India, (and the other BRIC and CIVET economies), but India is unusual for having such an evolved e-learning industry. Indeed we would argue the Indian e-learning industry supports a...

e-learning: India, Europe and the USA

This post on e-learning in India, Europe and the USA was prompted by the publication of interesting research by WizIQ. It was titled e-learning trends in India, Facts, Figures and the Future **, which is well worth reading. India is a powerful player in the global...

New term for e-learning?

With the term edtech growing in usage and currency to describe much of the education technology and the new innovations hitting the learning and education market, (MOOCs and more), and with mobile learning or Mlearning well understood – (having seen off “handheld...

2012-17 e-learning market predictions from GSV Advisors

New e-learning market size analysis published by Edtech Digest, from GSV ADVISORS. 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...

Market Reports

These are the e-learning market research reports from Learning Light, giving value and shape to the UK and international online training and learning technologies industry. View All Reports Available to Buy A Review of the e-learning markets of the UK, EU and China...

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.

PIXELearning

The blog is written by various members of the team at PixeLearning and features different aspects of game-based learning in mainly business and commercial contexts. Well worth checking it out if you want to keep up with the role of simulations and context-based...

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...

DMLcentral

Located at the systemwide University of California Humanities Research Institute and hosted at UC Irvine, all of the Research Hub’s activities -- which include original research, blogs, websites, publications, and an annual conference -- are supported by the John D....

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.

Charles Jennings

Detailed and thoughtful postings on a range of aspects in the learning and training field, from speaking the right language to stakeholders to reviews of the latest books and learning theories - check out Charles Jennings and follow him on Twitter: @charlesjennings...

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...

Ben Betts is Stoatly different

Ben Betts is Managing Director of HT2, creators of innovative Learning Technologies. You can read posts on a number of e-learning topics over on the HT2Labs Blog, which is excellent. Ben is also a Research Engineer at the International Digital Lab of Warwick...

e-Learning Book Reviews

Our book reviews cover many of the areas that online learning techniques and technologies are seeking to address. They range from informal learning to human capital management, talent management and more. We hope they will be of value to you.

Next Learning Unwrapped – Nick van Dam

I have always been a fan of Nick van Dams e-learning Fieldbook, and often refer enquirers to answer the questions posed by Nick to understand what e-learning works best for. I have now completed Nick’s 2011 book, Next Learning Unwrapped, that comes with an...