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 most difficult to measure. Learning Light has since 2007 published market value figures for the UK, and since 2010 market figures for much of the EU as well and in 2014 published its first view of the Chinese e-learning market. While Learning Light is able to use a well evolved forecasting model to value the UK and European markets based on building a model of each countries overall training markets and applying a series of estimations of the propensities to train using e-learning per industry sector and underpinning the valuation by using data from OJEU as to e-learning procurements by national governments, this mode of analysis was not possible for the Chinese market. Instead Learning Light used a range of secondary information sources and publications as well as a series of interviews with organisations in the market to build a picture of the Chinese market which, while quite detailed is still evolving. We believe our picture to be an accurate reflection of the markets size and potential and crucially the market dynamics, but we are unable to give the level of granularity we can provide for the UK and EU. Our observations on the market are as follows: e-learning is not new; it would be a mistake for organisations to consider China as an emerging market. China has been delivering what it...

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 video to learn. Video learning has also proven to be a powerful accelerator of the learning process. Increased watching of Video also lends itself nicely to the increased growth of sales of mobile devices and in particular to the increased sales of Tablets, because mobile devices are ideal to watch video and again according to the stats on YouTube – Mobile makes up almost 40% of YouTube’s global watch time. We are seeing a plethora of tablets coming in to the market place at various prices and we are seeing tablets being increasingly used in businesses.  Businesses are increasingly becoming mobile. The flexibility of cloud hosted applications is attractive to many businesses of all sizes and the mobile business needs mobile device solutions. The solution however should not really restrict itself to focusing on just business processes, the solution should look to address all business needs and especially training. With training budgets diminishing rapidly the training of employees at all levels has to be delivered smarter to be effective. The new learner demands a much more sophisticated delivery and the employer is seeking to provide training at a much more flexible point of delivery. The days of training courses that took employees away from their job for days or even weeks are like the training budget, rapidly diminishing. E-learning is now coming to...

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, critical how-tos, and many of the misconceptions that surround the virtual classroom. And to make sure students have the right information from the right people, Affordable Colleges Foundation interviewed experts at The Sloan Consortium, The Open University, and more than a dozen other distinguished institutions. Anyone interested in distance learning can access, download, and print our free guide at the following location: Online Colleges and E-Learning Best Practices...

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 190 interactions such as games, simulations, brainteasers, interactive diagrams and virtual worlds – and can be used to create a stand-alone piece of learning content or import that file into another tool, such as Captivate, Articulate or Lectora. The latest version of this tool boasts a number of major advances in online learning development, via a ‘re-energised user interface (UI)’ which, according to Harbinger Group, is the result of its continual commitment to collaborate with customers and take their feedback and wish lists into account. As a result, Raptivity’s latest manifestation includes a redesigned screen layout which – in-keeping with every new version of every piece of software – is intended to be more intuitive for users and enables them to reduce the number of mouse clicks needed to get to where they want to go. Raptivity now keeps track of how users have used the tool – enabling users to return quickly to where they left off working, via the ‘Frequently Used Interactions’ button. In addition, the ‘Select Interaction Model’ screen opens from the stage where the user closed it. Furthermore, the tool’s new, dynamic ‘move and resize feature’ in the customization panel gives users more control over how they see and use the program and interactions. The tool’s ‘welcome’ screen now provides access to all Raptivity updates – including help videos, community discussions, blogs and Evolve updates – and users...

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...

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 UCL’s E-Learning Environments team...

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