Jun 28th

digiSchool raises €3 million to revolutionize eLearning

digiSchool raises €3 million to revolutionize eLearning
News from The Rude Baguette:

Born in 2011 out of the merger of Anthony Kuntz’s Kreactive and Thierry Debarnot’s Media Etudiant, e-learning startup digiSchool announced this week that they raised €3 million with Turenne Capital and Alto Invest. This new round of funding will enable them to reinforce their position in France via both organic and acquisition fueled growth. As mobile devices become a key part of the learning experience, Kuntz and Debarnot hope the new funding as well as their solid success in France thus far will enable them to fully capitalize on this trend and head-off global competitors.

digiSchool offers various learning tools for each educational stage from primary school through to postbaccalaureate, with the majority of their users in the 15-25 year old range. They were one of the first e-learning outfits to anticipate the eventual dominance of mobile in the learning space amongst younger generations, and seamlessly made the transition to mobile earlier on. With solid finances (€3.3 million in revenues and already profitable), 3.3 million members and the top educat…………… continues on The Rude Baguette

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Custom e-learning courses ‘deliver flexibility’
News from Virtual College:

Companies are increasingly looking at addressing their education and training requirements by taking advantage of the possibilities offered by online learning courses.

A particularly popular means of delivering this is through custom e-learning course developments.

This involves the creation and conversion of existing instructor-led course content into an electronic format.

Some of the benefits of this option include significant cost reductions on delivering professional training, as teams of trainers and administrators will not have to be employed in order to teach current members of staff.

Instead, the older training processes are replaced with a newer alternative that is much more progressive and modern – and it could be argued that e-learning has become the key to broader business development.

As the resources are digitally-based, they can be updated at any time so as to ensure they are up to date with the demands of staff, as well as wider changes in knowledge and generational trends.

Needless to say, this is a highly flexible solution that is able to cater for the needs of businesses that require large-scale training resources.

This has significant implications for firms that deliver repetitive training interventions s…………… continues on Virtual College

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Jun 27th

It’s Finally Time for Something New

It’s Finally Time for Something New
News from Wired:

It’s been 10 years since eLearning emerged as a new category, and the market is now massive and growing: ASTD estimates that U.S. organizations spent approximately $ 156.2 billion on employee learning and development in 2011. And Certifyme.net estimates that eLearning is a $ 56.2 billion business — roughly 30% of the total L&D market.

Since Jay Cross of Internet Time Group coined the term eLearning in 2004, it’s undergone a rapid evolution. Many businesses and institutions rushed to migrate their classroom training online, while others created entirely new content suited to eLearning. I remember the first online learning course I had to take – wow! I could do it on my own time, as long as I got it done within the week. And when I hadn’t watched the video by Wednesday I got a reminder. Fantastic! It seemed like a no-brainer to me.

Putting content online and making it accessible outside a classroom was a fresh idea a decade ago. But ten years later the reality of how we learn, and how other media have become integral to the fabric of our lives, have exposed the fact that most eLearning solutions simply replicated the problems mass employee training has always faced. Content is boring. Attention s…………… continues on Wired

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Brainshark Updates Sales, E-Learning Solutions for Mobile, Faster Content Access
News from CMSWire:

Brainshark, whose name implies killer intelligence, has updated its Rapid Learning solution and its recently announced Sales Enablement Portal. 

The updates include a smartphone-optimized interface for the Sales Portal, so that mobile sales reps can more easily find, view and share content, and, for the learning application, a redesigned interface that improves search capabilities and content access.

iPhone and Android

The Sales Enablement Portal, announced in April, had been designed for use by desktops and tablets. Enhancements for iPhone and Android smartphone users now include landing page shortcuts to access featured presentations, one’s own content or favorite content, as well as the ability to search for content via text queries.

Smartphone users can also now navigate to any point in a video presentation, and answer questions that have been embedded in surveys, polls or tests. Attachments connected with presentations can now be viewed and opened by smartphone users, and shared via email through “click to share.”

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Jun 27th

It’s Finally Time for Something New

It’s Finally Time for Something New
News from Wired:

It’s been 10 years since eLearning emerged as a new category, and the market is now massive and growing: ASTD estimates that U.S. organizations spent approximately $ 156.2 billion on employee learning and development in 2011. And Certifyme.net estimates that eLearning is a $ 56.2 billion business — roughly 30% of the total L&D market.

Since Jay Cross of Internet Time Group coined the term eLearning in 2004, it’s undergone a rapid evolution. Many businesses and institutions rushed to migrate their classroom training online, while others created entirely new content suited to eLearning. I remember the first online learning course I had to take – wow! I could do it on my own time, as long as I got it done within the week. And when I hadn’t watched the video by Wednesday I got a reminder. Fantastic! It seemed like a no-brainer to me.

Putting content online and making it accessible outside a classroom was a fresh idea a decade ago. But ten years later the reality of how we learn, and how other media have become integral to the fabric of our lives, have exposed the fact that most eLearning solutions simply replicated the problems mass employee training has always faced. Content is boring. Attention s…………… continues on Wired

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Brainshark Updates Sales, E-Learning Solutions for Mobile, Faster Content Access
News from CMSWire:

Brainshark, whose name implies killer intelligence, has updated its Rapid Learning solution and its recently announced Sales Enablement Portal. 

The updates include a smartphone-optimized interface for the Sales Portal, so that mobile sales reps can more easily find, view and share content, and, for the learning application, a redesigned interface that improves search capabilities and content access.

iPhone and Android

The Sales Enablement Portal, announced in April, had been designed for use by desktops and tablets. Enhancements for iPhone and Android smartphone users now include landing page shortcuts to access featured presentations, one’s own content or favorite content, as well as the ability to search for content via text queries.

Smartphone users can also now navigate to any point in a video presentation, and answer questions that have been embedded in surveys, polls or tests. Attachments connected with presentations can now be viewed and opened by smartphone users, and shared via email through “click to share.”

The redesigned interface in the…………… continues on CMSWire

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Jun 22nd

Custom eLearning drives education in commerce

Custom eLearning drives education in commerce
News from Biztech Africa:

COMPUTING

By BiztechAfricaJune 19, 2013, 8:44 a.m.

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Education specialists at iLearn, a provider of ONSITE instructor-led and ONLINE elearning training methodologies, say custom eLearning has emerged as a successful and increasingly popular methodology to education and training requirements.

Custom eLearning course development is the term applied to the process of creating and converting of existing instructor-led course content into an electronic learning format.

There is significance to this, particularly for companies that deliver repetitive training interventions such as inductions, and, policies & procedures, for example, says Richard Rayne, Managing Director, iLearn.

The service provider has a comprehensive portfolio of online learning solutions that address elearning requirements of the corporate market, across all sectors of business. This includes Learner Management System, Generic course content such as IT & Business Skills and custom course development.

Custom eLearning forms part of its services offering, one that addresses many of the issues experienced by businesses in training delivery strategies a…………… continues on Biztech Africa

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Training Retention: 4 Ways to Make Your eLearning Stick
News from Business 2 Community:

Are you doing enough to increase your team’s training retention?

When it comes to training, most organizations have pretty straightforward goals: increase value and reduce costs. That’s a big reason why so many companies have incorporated eLearning into their strategies – and why on-demand video has become a preferred format for online training content.

Studies show that audiences retain information at a much higher rate when they can see and hear it. In fact, Forrester Research reports that when it comes to training retention, one minute of video is equal to about 1.8 million written words (or roughly one-quarter of a George R.R. Martin novel).

But while video content can do wonders for training retention, there are still other th…………… continues on Business 2 Community

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Jun 21st

Custom eLearning drives education in commerce

Custom eLearning drives education in commerce
News from Biztech Africa:

COMPUTING

By BiztechAfricaJune 19, 2013, 8:44 a.m.

Image: By BiztechAfrica

Education specialists at iLearn, a provider of ONSITE instructor-led and ONLINE elearning training methodologies, say custom eLearning has emerged as a successful and increasingly popular methodology to education and training requirements.

Custom eLearning course development is the term applied to the process of creating and converting of existing instructor-led course content into an electronic learning format.

There is significance to this, particularly for companies that deliver repetitive training interventions such as inductions, and, policies & procedures, for example, says Richard Rayne, Managing Director, iLearn.

The service provider has a comprehensive portfolio of online learning solutions that address elearning requirements of the corporate market, across all sectors of business. This includes Learner Management System, Generic course content such as IT & Business Skills and custom course development.

Custom eLearning forms part of its services offering, one that addresses many of the issues experienced by businesses in training delivery strategies a…………… continues on Biztech Africa

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Africa: The Elearning Africa Debate 2013
News from an Invocation to Innovation – AllAfrica.com:

As the 8th edition of eLearning Africa drew to a close on Friday evening, delegates gathered together for one last time for a spirited show of wit, cunning and intellectual gymnastics, as experts squared up to each other at the yearly eLearning Africa Debate.

The provocative motion of this year’s debate was: “This House believes that sustainability is more important than innovation for education in Africa” and throwing the proverbial punches in favour were Dr Maggy Beukes-Amiss, Head of Department and a Lecturer in the Department of Information and Communication Studies at the University of Namibia, and Donald Clark, an agitative blogger and writer from the UK. Leading the opposition were Dr Adele Botha, principal researcher at CSIR Meraka, and Angelo Gitonga, Deputy Head of ICT for Education Unit in the Kenya’s Ministry of Education.

Starting in 2009, over 4,000 people have now taken part in the yearly eLearning Africa Debate. This year, each speaker had an opportunity to take to the microphone and lay down their persuasive, if not always sincerely held, arguments under the watchful eyes of the Namibian Deputy Minister of Education, Silvia Makgone, and Dr Harold Elletson, initiator and seasoned chairperson of the eLearning Africa Debate series. In amongst the high-spirits of the occasion there were serious arguments posed by both sides and the a…………… continues on an Invocation to Innovation – AllAfrica.com

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Jun 20th

Africa: ‘eLearning Africa Has Torch-Lit the ICT & Innovation Capability in Me’

Africa: ‘eLearning Africa Has Torch-Lit the ICT & Innovation Capability in Me’
News from AllAfrica.com:

eLearning Africa brings together 1,500 education and training professionals from all over the Continent and across all sectors. Every participant has their own story to tell of how they came to be involved in the world of technology-enhanced education and ultimately the eLearning Africa conference itself. In this edition of the newsletter we present the experiences of a first-time participant and speaker at eLearning Africa, Menesia Muinjo, in her own words.

The 8th annual eLearning Africa Conference in Windhoek made me aware of my own direct ICT involvement. Since the Conference, I have made a personal decision to make eLearning part and parcel of my daily life and share its benefits with the rest of anyone close to me, at work and in Namibian Society in general.

I have been doing my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) for over two years now, using virtual classes on my laptop, text, audio and video for my tutorials, presentations and assignments, going online to access my study time table/schedule, tuition fees status, study progress and to link up with lecturers and fellow students. My lecturers are in Germany, Israel and Hungary, to mention but a few countries, and fellow students in India, Ukraine and Namibia. Yet we are able to have live classes, with fellow students listening and giving their input. All I need is my laptop, headphones…………… continues on AllAfrica.com

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Redware Limited: eLearning Leaders Epic And Redware Announce New …
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Market leading learning technology companies Epic and Redware have today announced a landmark partnership which will see the integration of two highly acclaimed mobile learning products, changing the way mobile content is delivered for good.

The partnership between the two companies will provide an end-to-end solution for organisations looking to create powerful learning journeys. Using the GoMo Learning authoring tool (http://epiclearninggroup.com/uk/platforms/gomo-learning-authoring-tool/), organisations can create meaningful multi-device and mobile…………… continues on Broadway World

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Jun 15th

Dragon’s Den-inspired e-learning programme to launch

Dragon’s Den-inspired e-learning programme to launch
News from Virtual College:

A new e-learning initiative based on the popular TV show Dragons’ Den has been commissioned by the BBC.

The Dragons’ Den Online Educational Programme is made up of a modular e-academy where business-minded young people can learn relevant skills and put their knowledge to the test, Is4Profit reports.

As well as take part in role play scenarios, participants can also watch and make notes on video clips of pitches taken from the format itself, before being asked various questions about how they would assess them in terms of risk and finances.

The aim of the online training is to equip the younger generation with transferable business skills they can take with them into the world of work, plus all individuals who take part will earn a certificate of completion following an e-academy exam.

Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire came up with the idea for the programme and Nigel Culkin, professor of enterprise and entrepreneurial development at the institution, said he is extremely supportive of the revolutionary new approach to experiential learning.

He added: “To date, more than 15,000 people have experienced this unique role-playing simulation, which I would sum up as increasing a person’s self-confidence in taking decisions that once seemed beyond them.” continues on Virtual College

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Jun 14th

iPad-based e-learning platform TabTor raises $1 million in funding

iPad-based e-learning platform TabTor raises $ 1 million in funding
News from Tech2:

TabTor, an educational technology platform for tablet computers, has raised $ 1 million in seed round funding. PrazAs, the company behind the platform, plans to use the raised amount for product development as well as expansion into the consumer space.

What kind of education does TabTor deal with? The platform is an interactive iPad-based programme that offers individualised math-based lessons by using digital worksheets and video tutorials. A big asset that TabTor brings to the table for users is providing access to real life math tutors who look over the user’s work and give weekly feedback to parents about the progress being made.

In terms of content, the TabTor system works on the Common Core system that all the schools in the USA adhere to as well the Singapore Math program, which is also a well respected math program.

TabTor, an e-learning tablet based platform, raises $ 1 million in funding (image credit: TabTor)

 

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Jun 13th

Ground-breaking eLearning project – ‘Vidunena’ launched

Ground-breaking eLearning project – ‘Vidunena’ launched
News from The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka:

Mobitel partners with Felidae and the Ministry of Education to provide new-age educational support

‘Vidunena’ an eLearning initiative conceptualized and developed by the National Mobile Service Provider, Mobitel along with Felidae, a leading provider of eLearning products and services in Sri Lanka, guided by the Ministry of Education was launched in the presence of Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Education, Tuesday (11).

 

Speaking at the launch of this initiative Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Education said, “In the 21st century, educators need to be sure that learners are well-prepared to face the challenges of a more complex, interconnected and transparent world. Vidunena is an excellent example of how technology can be used to enhance non IT subject knowledge amongst the teacher and student community to foster multi-media skills in a non-commercial way, which would benefit the local drive towards computer-assisted teaching and learning.”

 

Furthermore the Minister stated that continuous technologica…………… continues on The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka

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Jun 11th

10 Effective eLearning Options for Entrepreneurs

10 Effective eLearning Options for Entrepreneurs
News from Small Business Trends:

The constant evolution of entrepreneurship is one of the attributes that makes the career path so exciting: A fluid and flexible job description, expansive industry boundaries and technological innovations that repeatedly make business better. The unpredictability of the pendulum profession can be very detrimental, but equally rewarding as well.

Which is why it’s so important to keep up with all the countless changes. And education, like every other aspect of the entrepreneurship backend, needs to be effective in both time and cost.

We asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invitation-only organization comprised of the country’s most promising young entrepreneurs, the following question to find out what’s on their virtual curriculum:

“With so many great (and cost effective) eLearning programs available on the Web on sites like Udemy and Skillshare, what are some classes that you would recommend that new Internet entrepreneurs invest their money in?”

Here’s what YEC community members had to say:

1. Steve Blank’s “How to Build a Startup”

“I encourage every entrepreneur to go through Steve Blank’s “How to Build a Startup” course on Udacity. It’s really the best tool out there to help you effectively learn how to use customer discover…………… continues on Small Business Trends

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Virtual College a top 20 e-learning innovator
News from Virtual College:

Education technology company Edxus Group and IBIS Capital, a specialist media investment and advisory firm, has named Virtual College in their top 20 e-learning companies in Europe. The panel of judges have determined results based on innovation, scale, market impact and revenue growth.

Organisations featured in the top 20 have highlighted a number of key trends in the education technology space, including new generation software as a service (SaaS) instructional platforms, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), the gamification of content and analytics enabling adaptive learning and testing.

“We have been impressed by the range of innovation from right across Europe in both the academic and corporate learning sectors. While the 3 year revenue growth rates delivered show that the ed tech boom in Europe is a reality, the huge number of applications received and the modest size of these businesses also demonstrate just how fragmented the European market is. Consolidation in the sector is both necessary and inevitable to foster the emergence of a handful of European ed tech champions able to compete pan-regionally and globally,” commented Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet, Edxus Group’s CEO and co-founder.

Vedrenne-Cloquet continued to site proactive government attitudes, the encouraging attitude of educators to be early a…………… continues on Virtual College

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