Apr 25th

Too few UK firms using e-learning

Too few UK firms using e-learning
News from Virtual College – Virtual College:

Not enough businesses in the UK are making the most of the opportunities available to them through online training.

This is according to new research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which found while almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of firms currently use e-learning, just 15 per cent feel it is among their most effective educational practices.

However, the CIPD/Cornerstone OnDemand Learning and Talent Development Survey 2013 said if British companies are to stay on top of the impact of globalisation and capitalise on improved connectivity and flexibility, this gap will need to be closed.

Organisations’ perceptions of online learning has improved in the past five years, but it seems there is still a lot to be done before they recognise it is equally as valuable as face-to-face training.

Dr John McGurk, learning and development advisor at CIPD and author of the report, said online education in the workplace needs to be embraced and seen as essential to developing talent and capability.

“Disappointing completion rates highlight that organisations need to do more to encourage their employees to take-up and finish existing e-learning courses,” he added.

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Apr 24th

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E-learning scheme welcomed by Welsh education minister
News from Virtual College – Virtual College:

A scheme seeking to integrate digital technology into teaching practices and learning experiences across Wales has been praised by Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews.

The Lifelong Intergenerational Furthering Education (LIFE) programme, which has been developed by headteacher of Casllwchwr Primary School Simon Pridham, is turning to online training as a way of improving standards and performance.

According to Mr Andrews, LIFE draws together themes that are relevant to educators across the nation, such as family engagement, the transformation of the lives of children with additional needs and the development of skills which industry in Wales requires.

He added: “The programme’s focus is very much inline with my own priorities for education in Wales: supporting and improving literacy and numeracy and reducing the effects of poverty on learner attainment.”

A LIFE Learning Lounge has also been set up, which equips pupils, teachers and teaching assistants with tablets, laptops and plasma screens so they can improve their IT skills. This is sure to make for a more captivating and imaginative educational experience that some more traditional methods of teaching fail to offer.

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Apr 22nd

eLearning Brothers Join Lectora for Complimentary Webinar

eLearning Brothers Join Lectora for Complimentary Webinar
News from Albany Times Union:

eLearning Brothers Will Show How To Use Custom HTML5 and Adobe Edge with Lectora

CINCINNATI (PRWEB) April 15, 2013

e-Learning developers can join this free e-Learning webinar on Wednesday, April 17, to learn how to create and import HTML5 content into Lectora® V11 e-Learning software. This session will show attendees how to use tools and products, including games from the eLearning Brothers Library and Adobe Edge, to make mobile training exciting and engaging.

“Lectora V11 makes it easy to develop and import HTML 5 content right into a Lectora e-Learning course,” said Peter Bray, Chief Marketing Officer. “Attendees of this webinar will not only discover the unique tools that the eLearning Brothers offer but how to utilize these tools to make their content more…………… continues on Albany Times Union

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Apr 17th

Africa’s e-Learning revenues to hit $512.7m by 2016

Africa’s e-Learning revenues to hit $ 512.7m by 2016
News from The Punch:

Self-paced electronic learning revenues may hit $ 512.7m by 2016, according to the latest forecast.

The continent is said to be experiencing a sharp upturn, as e-Learning Africa forum says Africa is no more just an end user of new products from the western world and others.

The engines driving the growth were also powering industry and innovation as well as supporting African businesses, it said

The forum added, “With fewer than 1,000 days left to the target date for the Millennium Development Goals, such African-born initiatives are also helping to accelerate the worldwide action against poverty.

“Africa is experiencing a technological surge and it is having a dramatic effect on education throughout the continent. Tech hubs are blossoming; new mobile devices and apps are being designed and produced in Africa, by Africans, and Africa’s e-Learning market is now the fastest-growing in the world.”

Currently, a record number of proposals had been submitted and more attendees are expected, than ever before, at the e-Learning Africa 2013 forum, which the organisers said was an effect of the technology boom.

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Apr 13th

Amref Tanzania Enhances Nurses’ Elearning Course

Amref Tanzania Enhances Nurses’ Elearning Course
News from AllAfrica.com:

AMREF Tanzania has launched eLearning course to upgrade enrolled certificate nurses to diploma level. The programme is aimed at improving capacity development of the nursing workforce in Tanzania that will at the beginning involve 96 nurses drawn from four pilot schools, namely Muheza (30), Ndanda (27) Mirembe (15) and Mbeya (24).

Speaking in Dar es Salaam, AMREF Tanzania country Director Dr Festus Ilako said the training involves work-study and cost-effective model, envisaged to increase nurses’ access to continuous education and lifelong learning.

“This is a high level forum with officials from ministries of health, communication, education and vocational training among others to give the programme the necessary implementation impetus and momentum”, he said. He added that the forum will also provide the opportunity to increase the knowledge of AMREF partners on the eLearning nurse upgrading programme.

The forum will also have representation from private sector, faith based institutions and the donor community. Speaking during the launch, Chief Medical Officer Dr Donard Mmbando said health sector in Tanzania faces a serious human resource crisis that is negatively affecting its ability to deliver quality and equitable health services.

“The shortage affects all levels of care and more so in rural and remote areas. Nurses and midwives being t…………… continues on AllAfrica.com

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African Education Week focuses on eLearning and technology at schools
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The African Education Week Convention and Learning Expo is the meeting and trading platform for everyone who is passionate about improving the standard of education in Africa. Now in its seventh year, it’s reported to be the leading educational resources and training event, attracting more education professionals than any other event, and takes place from 19-22 June 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“E” will be big!

“‘E’ will be big this year in South African education!” says educational technology expert and head of e-Learning at Mustek, Kobus van Wyk. “Although e-Learning is already happening in isolated schools, it still has to get going at a much broader level. e-Learning can make a huge contribution towards alleviating the bad state of education in South Africa.”

He continues: “the National Department of Basic Education (DBE) is putting large emphasis on the use of technology in education, or e-education as they call it. In its document, Action Plan to 2014, Chapter 7 is entitled The importance of e-education, with some ambitious goals set for 2013 and 2014. This adds impetus to the implementation of e-learning initiatives in the different provinces.”

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According to van Wyk, who is a regular speaker at African Education Week, it became very apparent during 2012 “that the use of table…………… continues on Bizcommunity.com

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Apr 11th

E-learning solution for Maths

E-learning solution for Maths
News from Hindu Business Line:

Hyderabad, April 10:  

Hyderabad-based Next Education has launched an e-learning product for maths.

Christened MathsLab, the platform will allow students to learn maths through a host of virtual activities and simulations with or without the aid of a teacher.

“Complying with guidelines of different education agencies like National Council for Education Research and Training (NECRT), MathsLab will be helpful to students from kindergarten to class X,’’ Rakesh Kumar, Head – Sales, Next Education, said.

The company has tied up with over 500 schools for its products such as TeachNext and LearnNext. The cost of MathsLab,would depend on the number of students and applications.

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Apr 8th

Onwards e-learning firm lands €4m deal

Onwards e-learning firm lands €4m deal
News from Irish Independent:

Education firm Onwards Learning has signed deals that give it major access to 30 million English language learners in China.

The digital-learning newbie has won contracts with two Chinese distributors that link to the Chinese Ministry of Education’s CERNET – an academic network of 2,000 education institutions and around 30 million adult learners of English at third-level and in business and professions.

“The deals are conservatively worth €4m in revenue to the company over the next three years,” said founding partner Carlo Crighton.

The six-month-old company runs LearnOnEnglish.com, an online portal that brings together English learning services from big colleges, public bodies and corporates for adult learners. China is its first market, with plans to expand into three new Asia territories before 2015. The portal will launch in the next six weeks.

China is a top buyer of digital English-language learning products, with around 30,000 organisations and companies offering private English classes in a market worth close to €2.5bn.

Onwards Learning has offices in Dublin and in Beijing, with 30 staff attached.

“We’re talking to investors here and in Asia, seeking to raise first-phase funding of €300,000,” said Mr Crighton.

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Apr 6th

Enovation develops e-learning portal for GAA

Enovation develops e-learning portal for GAA
News from TechCentral.ie:

Open source e-learning systems integrator Enovation is to provide the GAA with a community portal to publish multimedia e-learning content and resources from the Association’s coach, referee, player and administrator development programmes, as well as providing an opportunity for registered users to share and learn from one another.

Using the Moodle e-learning software, the portal will be used to publicise local events and information relevant to the GAA’s development programmes by presenting calendars and news to members based on their club registration.

Uachtar?n CLG, Liam ? N?ill said: “This development… will allow individuals to learn at their own pace, from home or school, and in tandem with the great work of our Coach, Referee and Comhairle (Administrator) Programme Tutors on the ground we aim to provide a ‘blended learning’ solution in tune with best practice in education in the 21st Century.”

Enovation project manager Paul Bachy said: “Enovation were delighted to be awarded the contract to develop this key resource which provides learning opportunities for the GAA membership as well as the public at large… Leveraging our deep e-learning expertise and IT delivery capability, we provided an integrated solution comprising proven open source technology which meets the needs of the GAA.”

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Apr 3rd

‘eLearning Olympics’ Encourages Using Interactive Online Programs

‘eLearning Olympics’ Encourages Using Interactive Online Programs
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A community organization is trying to increase interest in a Jefferson County Public Schools initiative to help students struggling in class.

The program developed by Louisville Central Community Centers is being called eLearn Olympics.

LCCC President Sam Watkins says it’s an extension of the school district’s Every 1 Learns initiative, which has partnered JCPS with several community sites to provide two online programs called Success Maker and Study Island. 

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