Oct 31st

Amazon buys e-learning company to boost Kindle business

Amazon buys e-learning company to boost Kindle business
News from The Seattle Times:

Originally published October 10, 2013 at 1:47 PM | Page modified October 10, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Amazon acquired online math instruction company, TenMarks, for an undisclosed amount Thursday, as the company moves to push its Kindle Fire tablets into schools.

Burlingame, Calif., based TenMarks offers personalized math instruction for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Amazon said the company’s programs are used by “tens of thousands” of schools.

“Together, Amazon and TenMarks intend to develop rich educational content and applications, across multiple platforms, that we think teachers, parents and students will love.” Dave Limp, Amazon Kindle vice president, said in a statement.

The fact that Amazon’s Kindle unit is handling the acquisition suggests the deal is designed to make the tablet more attractive to elementary, middle and high schools. That’s a business where Apple’s iPad has a huge lead

It’s an attractive market because once kids start using a device for school, they’re more likely to continue using it as they get older. And they’re likely to bring it home, where other family members might use it as well.

Jay Greene: 206-464-2231 or jgreene@seattletimes.com. Twitter: iamjaygreene

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Oct 25th

JLG wins e-learning award

JLG wins e-learning award
News from KHL Group:

Written by Sarah Ann McCay – 25 Oct 2013

JLG Industries has won the SolutionFest Best Mobile Solution award from The eLearning Guild for its Introduction to JLG Scissor Lifts course.

Developed by Florida-based Artisan E-Learning, the Introduction to JLG Scissor Lifts course describes scissor lifts manufactured by JLG, the history of scissor lifts, their typical applications and the basic types of scissor lifts available. The 25-minute course is designed for all levels of scissor lift users, from sales and service to operators and parts personnel, and can be used on the sales floor, in the maintenance area and at client sites.

“The eLearning Guild is an industry organisation that’s well known in the training world, so winning one of their awards is a very coveted achievement,” said Rick Smith, JLG Industries’ senior director of product training. “Our innovative solution can be used on computers and mobile devices by hundreds of sales and maintenan…………… continues on KHL Group

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Oct 23rd

Empowering the Disabled Through Elearning

Empowering the Disabled Through Elearning
News from AllAfrica.com:

Gladys Rotich’s remarkable story serves as an inspiration to disabled students in Africa. Blind since the age of four following an illness, her path to university meant overcoming adversity. Now at the age of 28, Rotich is a lecturer and administrator at Mount Kenya University’s Eldoret Campus and pursuing her PhD. But things were by no means easy as a blind student, Gladys told The Star. Lecturers often handed out assignments on ordinary textbooks without considering her special learning needs. And there were no embossing machines – “the available one was used for examinations only,” she recalls – which meant she had to incur extra costs hiring someone to convert the texts into Braille. It was an expense that definitely paid off.

The link between disability and poverty is, in the words of the World Bank, “strong, and goes in both directions”. Many people with disabilities struggle to survive every day in the wake of conflicts and wars, which swell their numbers. This exacerbates the delivery of basic services hitting the disabled, especially women, even harder. Stigma and exclusion from education often prevail. Thus simply accessing the fundamental right to education becomes precarious.

Yet educating a child with learning disabilities is a sound, long-term investment. Not only does education reduce welfare costs and reliance on household members…………… continues on AllAfrica.com

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Customized Communications Expands to Offer eLearning Courses to Expectant …
News from Sacramento Bee:

/PRNewswire/ — Customized Communications, Inc., a leading medical publishing company, is pleased to announce that they have partnered with several major healthcare providers serving the United States to provide newly pregnant mothers access to their online pregnancy and childbirth education programs.

“We received a positive response from this program working with these providers in their markets, providing literature samples and a preview of our online childbirth education program.  These providers began ordering several of our printed publications, and soon after, contacted us with interest in eLearning,” states principal author Dianne Moran, RN, LCCE, ICD of Customized Communications, Inc.

President Mike McWithey adds: “Our healthcare partner’s utilize these programs to reach the thousands of expectant members who are in their maternity education and incentive program.  These programs provide an excellent outlet for Patient Engagement. “

With a passion for patient education, Customized Communications has made it their mission to constantly strive for excellence in health education and marketing materials, providing a level of service and quality that exceeds client expectations. CCI produces a variety of product lines, from childbirth education to radiology. Regula…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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Oct 20th

eLearning offers new security course

eLearning offers new security course
News from Northern Iowan:

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013

Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 15:10

A new course has popped up on the eLearning website. According to Ken Connelly, associate director of security and systems, “October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, … meaning there is an attempt to improve awareness of noncomputer professionals about cyber security things.”
Connelly said the course, Securing the Human, is open to students, staff and faculty.

“This course is an attempt to share some things that will help to protect university people from falling victim to problems,” he said.

“We have faculty and staff, as well as students, that use computers every day. They use it for coursework, they use it for social networking, they use it for entertainment,” Connelly said.

System Administration, Networking and Security Institute licenses this course and many more, Connelly said.

According to the SANS website, the institute has educated more than 12,000 people internationally, and their goal is “t…………… continues on Northern Iowan

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Coursmos Is A Bite-Sized E-learning Platform For The Twitter Generation
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“When you’re pitching Dave McClure — or any other seed investor — you have to start with any kind of traction.”

So begins one of the lessons on Coursmos, an iOS app designed for our attention-strapped times.

The Russian startup behind the app reckons it’s spotted a soundbite-sized gap in the e-learning delivery space. Unlike the long-form commitment (of at least weeks) required to take a typical MOOC, its online courses are broken down into “smaller, more manageable chunks” — basically minutes-long video lessons that can be gobbled down on your phone on…………… continues on TechCrunch

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Oct 16th

More e-learning, but low interest

More e-learning, but low interest
News from Minnesota Daily:

Students and faculty are divided about the value of e-learning, despite the University of Minnesota’s goal to expand learning opportunities by creating more fully and partially online courses.

While online course enrollment has steadily increased in recent years, only about 13 percent of students and about 7 percent of faculty members said they prefer online classes to traditional ones, according to a 2012 survey from the University’s Office of Information Technology.

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson said the University is expanding its online course offerings because they benefit students by adapting to different learning styles and allowing more scheduling flexibility.

“If we develop more robust learning, we can improve student understanding,” she said. “They can go back over something a professor has already gone over.”

Students said they dislike online courses because it’s difficult to learn the material when they can’t interact with their professor face-to-face.

“I dropped one this year because it was confusing,” bachelor of individualized studies senior Rachel Herme said. “Our teacher didn’t tell us what was expected.”

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K-12 continues to Dominate the US E-learning Market: Ken Research
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The increasing adoption of e-learning in schools and rise of blended learning and virtual classrooms has facilitated the growth of e-learning in K-12 in the country.

The US E-learning market has considerably evolved and is currently witnessing emergence of various new technologies. The technological innovations in e-learning have restructured the education and corporate sector in the US. Recession tainted the learning landscape both in the education and corporate sector. The financial crisis compelled the corporates as well as the schools to integrate their classroom or instructor led traini…………… continues on WhaTech

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Oct 10th

Penn State launches free Microsoft IT Academy for eLearning, certification

Penn State launches free Microsoft IT Academy for eLearning, certification
News from Penn State News:

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State has recently teamed up with Microsoft IT Academy to provide free eLearning courses to all University faculty, staff and students. The new online training service also enables faculty and staff across the University to obtain free vouchers to test for Microsoft certification.

“In a time when professional development budgets are a very real concern for many groups across the University, this resource — which allows faculty and staff to take online courses and test for widely-recognized Microsoft certification for free — is extremely valuable,” said Chris Lucas, director of ITS Training Services.

ITS Training Services has a strong history of providing the Penn State community with online technology learning opportunities. The unit offers hundreds of training workshops each year, many of which are hosted online via Meeting@PennState powered by Adobe Connect. Many class recordings and video tutorials on Penn State tools can be accessed directly from the ITS Training Services website for users who are unable to attend sessions live online. Four years ago, Training Services led the University in negotiati…………… continues on Penn State News

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‘Understand your company’ to make e-learning work
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Making e-learning work is down to understanding a company’s goals, getting to grips with the demographics of employees and focusing on results.

This is according to Krissie Owen, a learning and development partner at insurance body RSA, who was speaking at this year’s World of Learning Conference in Birmingham, Personnel Today reports.

She said these techniques have worked for her firm and are helping it to close all skills gaps among staff.

The expert said it is particularly important to know your workforce, as it could consist of a number of different groups, with RSA’s made up of both female employees with an average tenure of one year and men in their 50s.

As a result, the organisation has had to work out how to appeal to and engage with each demographic, rebranding its educational opportunities accordingly through a “user-chooser” approach.

Ms Owen explained: “We had to make our learning offering different so that colleagues can select what is right for them. We keep our learning short, succinct and to the point. We also keep it fun and light-hearted so that people engage with it.”

This is crucial to bear in mind when developing online learning resources for workers, as you don’t want to overwhelm them with huge amounts of material that wi…………… continues on Virtual College

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Oct 8th

E-learning key to educational development

E-learning key to educational development
News from Trade Arabia:

Riyadh, 21 hours, 37 minutes ago

Embedding e-learning in schools and universities will be the next major education challenge for Saudi Arabia, as it realises its long-term goals of improving literacy and school attendance rates, said an expert.

The kingdom has achieved improvements in education over recent years, with literacy hitting an all-time high of 96 per cent, and 99 per cent of school age children now attending school, he said.

Education experts are now looking to e-learning as the next focus of Saudi Arabia’s education policy.

Education institutions have undergone major changes in recent year, with digital learning tools such as e-texts and online learning systems becoming increasing common in universities throughout the kingdom.

Saudi’s e-learning capability was the focus of a recent conference hosted by the Saudi National Centre for E-Learning and Distance Learning and King Khalid University.

The theme of the conference was ‘Development and Shareability in E-Learning’ and brought together e-learning deans from universities across Saudi Arabia and around the world.

Leading international experts in education technology discussed the latest innovations in digital education, and how they can be leveraged to improve the learning outcomes of Saudi tertiary students.

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InterCall Virtual Environment Named Best-in-Class by Elearning! and …
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CHICAGO, Oct 07, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — InterCall, a subsidiary of West Corporation and the world’s largest conferencing and collaboration services provider, announced today that InterCall Virtual Environment was named Best Virtual Learning Environment by Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines in the Best of Elearning! 2013 awards program.

In its ninth year, the Best of Elearning! Awards program is the exclusive users’ choice awards in the learning and HR technology marketplace. More than 3,900 nominations were received by learning and HR professionals across 25 product categories to honor best-in-class solutions. Best of Elearning! winners were announced at the Enterprise Learning! Conference and Expo on August 26-28 in Anaheim, Calif., and will be published in the December editions of Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines.

InterCall’s Virtual Environment Platform allows clients to create and manage branded, interactive, web-based learning centers to engage and connect with any number of learners – anytime and from anywhere around the globe.

“InterCall should be honored that our readers and users acknowledged its platform as the best virtual learning environment in the industry,” said Catherine Upton, Publisher of Elearning! Magazine. “In…………… continues on MarketWatch

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Oct 5th

WSCC offers intro to e-learning course

WSCC offers intro to e-learning course
News from Marietta Times:

Washington State Community College is providing an opportunity starting this month for people to dip their toes into the waters of e-learning.

Online courses are an area of growth at the college, with 78 courses, two degrees and one certificate being offered completely online. To give prospective students a chance to see if e-learning is a good fit for them, a free, five-day course will be offered starting on Oct. 14.

“We’re going to offer it on a weekly basis,” said Ziad Akir, director of e-learning at Washington State. “It’s a form of making sure they are ready before taking online (classes).”

Students need to be comfortable with typing, using a computer and common computer programs, Akir said. The course touches on the skills needed, which also include time management and study skills.

People can sign up by going to elearning.wscc.edu/registration.html.

Online courses offer more flexibility for students, especially non-traditional ones, Akir said. But that also presents additional challenges.

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Covers tools, time management, study skills and other topics relevant to e-learning while allowing prospective students to see how such…………… continues on Marietta Times

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Mindsy Wants To Be The Netflix Of E-Learning
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Launched publicly last month, Mindsy is a new UK startup that’s building a Netflix-style service for consuming e-learning content, specifically online video courses. Instead of selling individual courses as per sites like Udemy and Skillshare, the company is repackaging some of the same premium video content in a subscription ‘all you can eat’ model, costing $ 29 per month.

Mindsy also recently raised a small amount of funding: An ?80,000 seed round from Mark Pearson of Markco Media and MyVoucherCodes fame.

“We’re trying to build a platform for e-learning/video learning across all topics,” explains co-founder and CEO Christian Owens. “Instead of focusing on creating our own original content we partner with existing instructors and experts who have already put together high quality, engaging e-learning content.”

To that end, Mindsy already boasts over 5,000 video lessons (although discrete instructors/courses number in the hundreds), ranging from computer programming to learning the piano — all for a single monthly subscription with no limits on the number of videos that can be consumed. How much e-learning a user could properly work through in a month will vary, of course, but certainly a subscription model seem…………… continues on TechCrunch

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