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 the digital and networked era. Check out DML centrals...

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 checking out Mozilla Open Badges Blog We feel Badges are going to get more and more attention as e-portfolios...

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 digital classrooms. Susan is US based, but hugely informative and clearly very passionate about education....

What role should employers play in skills and education? And what role will e-learning possibly play?

As we have noted in the previous blog post, the UK government is giving increasing prominence to employer led training with now two rounds of “Employer Owned Pilots” – meaning large employers or groups of employers are developing courses to skill up their workforce. The work is being piloted with employers by UK CES and we are seeing an impressive raft of projects emerge, you can see the range of projects here Some of the highlights are offered in summary, but it is a change from a Push model of training to a Pull model of training. A Policy synopsis of sorts! In short employers directly are taking responsibility for delivering training with funding being directly allocated to them, and not to colleges or training providers. Government thinking is quite straightforward, employers have complained for too long that newly recruited workers (students and others) are ill equipped when entering the workplace and the courses pushed at them by colleges and other funded training providers do not meet their specific needs. Consequently the government’s attitude is to turn the problem round on the employer in a very direct way, bypassing Colleges and Sector Skills from the “Push” factor of courses and curriculum. In effect saying OK employer…..you decide; you put the “Pull” on the provider.  These are still pilots but likely to develop beyond the second round it appears. Joint funding The employer is also responsible for funding a significant proportion of the training costs, giving additional incentive to ensure alignment of the training provision to their operational needs. This is designed to move beyond qualification collection to actual impact...

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 Corporate, and this is repeated for the US market. The figures are very interesting, in showing likely growth levels to 2015 and gives a market size in 2017. So what do they tell us in global terms….. Well the global spend on education is estimated at $4450.9bn and is slated to grow at 7%, with K-12 growing at 6%, Post secondary at 8% and corporate and government also at 8%. E-learning is however slated to grow at 23%. This takes the e-learning market…globally from $90bn to $166.5 bn in 2015 and $255 bn in 2017. That is a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 23% between 2012-17. That is impressive. The CAGRin the three areas of e-learning classified vary significantly. K-12 has 33% CAGR, Higher education 25% CAGR and corporate e-learning of only 8% CAGR. Education gaming is forecast to grow by 44% CAGR from $2.0bn to $7.4bn by 2017. So corporate e-learning is forecast to grow at the overall market rate of Corporate and Government learning as a whole and that’s 8% CAGR! This is quite disappointing for the corporate e-learning market and its worse in the USA as this is forecast at 5%, but we must console ourselves that the corporate and government learning market in total is only growing at 4% CAGR 2012-17. Our analysis of the numbers is limited, but one area we would highlight...

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 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. This report is now available as an Executive Summary, or along with the exec summary the UK e-learning market, or the UK and the EU e-learning market or just the e-learning market in China. 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). This 2014 report provides accuracy, insight and analysis into this ill-defined and misunderstood market, including: Updated market size and market growth projections for 20 European countries e-learning markets An indepth review of the UK e-learning market Detailed analysis of “What the buyer wants”. An updated taxonomy and glossary of key e-learning terms An enhnaced synopsis of 20 EU member countries e-learning markets Our first view of the Chinese e-learning market. Global e-learning investment review,  “e-learning, lessons for the future.” This  research was undertaken with IBIS Capital and is available from Learning Light at no charge, though registration required. The UK e-learning market 2010/11 A comprehensive report valuing the financial worth of the UK and European e-learning market. The 2010...

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...

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 a bad name. Follow her on Twitter too,  @CatMoore and for daily, pithy tips on the...

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. You can read Learning with ‘e’s here. It is also worth checking out Steve’s slideshares on this link Follow him on...

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...