Sep 30th

VectorLearning Acquires eLearning Provider CentreLearn Solutions

VectorLearning Acquires eLearning Provider CentreLearn Solutions
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Global Corporate E-learning market to grow at a CAGR of 5.23 percent over the …
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Global Corporate E-learning market to grow at a CAGR of 5.23 percent over the period 2013-2018. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increased need for effective cost savings. The Global Corporate E-learning market has also been witnessing the deployment of E-learning on tablets.

Key vendors dominating this space are Blackboard Inc., Cornerstone On Demand, Kenexa Corp., Oracle Corp., SumTotal Systems Inc., SAP AG, Saba Software Inc., Skillsoft Corp., StepStone Solutions Inc., and Silk Road Technology Inc.

Other vendors mentioned in the report are 24×7 Learning Pvt. Ltd., ABSC Group Pty. Ltd., AccessPlanIT, Adrenna Inc., Automatic Data Processing Inc., Blackstad Enterprises Inc., and Blatant Media Corp.

Key questions answered in this report:

  • What will the market size be in 2018 and what will the growth rate be?
  • What are the key market trends?
  • What is driving this market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in this market space?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?

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01. Executive Summary

02. List of Abbreviations

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Sep 28th

VectorLearning Acquires eLearning Provider CentreLearn Solutions

VectorLearning Acquires eLearning Provider CentreLearn Solutions
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VectorLearning, a leader in online education and training for a broad range of industries through its RedVector, TargetSolutions, and CiNet-RedVector brands, announced it has acquired Pennsylvania-based CentreLearn Solutions, a pioneer in online education for emergency responders.

By combining CentreLearn with TargetSolutions, VectorLearning has changed the landscape of web-based training management services for public safety agencies. Post transaction, TargetSolutions will serve more than 2,300 organizations, putting it in the unique position as the industry’s unquestioned leader for cutting-edge learning management applications and online continuing education courses.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to merge CentreLearn with TargetSolutions,” said Tom Wallace, CEO of VectorLearning. “By combining these two leaders in web-based training for emergency responders, we will be able to offer even more value to clients. Both of these brands are extremely well respected because of their dedication to delivering exceptional training courses and innovative technology that streamlines training management.”

With the acquisition of CentreLearn, VectorLearning is now offering training solutions to nearly 3,000 organizations in a broad range of industries, including design and construction, industrial operations, and public safety.

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Award nomination for Plymouth elearning firm
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Plymouth e-learning company, Sponge UK, has been shortlisted in two categories at the prestigious Elearning Age Awards 2014.

The awards recognise and reward excellence in elearning and are the leading, independently judged scheme in the industry. Sponge UK has been shortlisted for Elearning development company of the year and Best use of elearning to ensure compliance with external regulations or internal policies.

Sponge UK Managing Director, Louise Pasterfield, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted in both the categories we entered, particularly as they are two of the most fiercely competitive and the standard of all entrants is so high.

“To be shortlisted recognises the incredible hard work and dedication of all the team at Sponge UK, and reflects our commitment to providing first class customer service.”

The awards shortlist comes towards the end of a very successful year for Sponge UK.

The company celebrates its 10th birthday this year and has been expanding its team as a result of exceptional growth rates.

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Sep 23rd

Skillsoft intros e-learning s/w to curb sexual harassment

Skillsoft intros e-learning s/w to curb sexual harassment
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Skillsoft, a provider of cloud based learning solutions, has introduced new portfolio of e-learning software that helps prevent sexual harassment in workplace.

The new software helps organizations sensitize employees about sexual harassment and its prevention, thus creating a more responsible and safer work environment.

The courseware introduces learners to sexual harassment prevention guidelines.  It helps to identify and prevent sexual harassment at the workplace through scenario building and outlining of both corporate and employee personal liabilities arising from any such transgressions.
The training helps employees recognize all actions and acts amounting to sexual harassment through real life situations and examples.

“The Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act of India mandates every organization to define their sexual harassment policies, prevention systems, procedures and service rules for employees. This courseware helps participants identify the various types of sexual harassment and recognize behaviors that may be considered inappropriate,” said Vinay Pradhan, country manager –India, Skillsoft.

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Sep 22nd

MIT Professional Education announces new offerings of Online X professional …

MIT Professional Education announces new offerings of Online X professional …
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MIT Professional Education will offer two new deliveries of the online professional course, “Tackling the Challenges of Big Data,” to a global audience beginning Nov. 4, 2014 and Feb. 3, 2015. Their first course, offered in the spring of 2014, drew approximately 3,500 professionals from 88 countries, and more than 2,000 organizations worldwide. Participants from around the world, many of whom would otherwise lack access to world-renowned MIT educational resources, benefitted from this comprehensive online course, which addressed a priority-learning need of working professionals.

“The success of our first offering on big data proved there is a real value and robust appetite to offer this online course to a broad span of industry players once again. And based on feedback received from the first offering, we have integrated several enhancements into the new version,” said Bhaskar Pant, executive director of MIT Professional Education. 

The six-week online course, aimed at technical professionals and executives, tackles state-of-the-art topics in big data — ranging from data collection, storage, and processing to analytics and visualization — and also addresses a range of real-world applications. A record 12 faculty experts from MIT’s Com…………… continues on MIT News

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Online Options Expanding in Higher Education Landscape
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As online options become more prevalent among universities, they are earning a reputation as an alternative, but not less prestigious, route.

Christine Shakespeare, assistant vice president of continuing and professional education at Pace University, and her colleagues frequently describe the interrupted educational paths of their adult student population like this: “Life gets in the way.” By enrolling in online courses, however, students are able to reintegrate higher education into their lives without their studies getting in the way of their work or family commitments.

“We are dealing with an adult audience; many have started and stopped,” she says.

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Sep 21st

Business leaders hope online university can boost Hispanic education

Business leaders hope online university can boost Hispanic education
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While more jobs in Texas require college degrees, the state’s fastest-growing population group has struggled more than any other to make it to graduation.

The situation creates a growing skills gap that has business leaders looking to boost the number of Hispanic college graduates.

Just 17 percent of Hispanic adults in Texas have a four- or six-year college degree, according to the Lumina Foundation, a private organization that aims to expand access and success beyond high school. The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, the state’s Hispanic chamber, is looking for ways to increase that number.

The association is partnering with Western Governors University, an online institution created by a coalition of governors several years ago. Its 3-year-old Texas wing has seen staggering growth.

WGU generally caters to adults who don’t have time to go to a physical university. The chamber is hoping its model will be ideal for adult Hispanic workers who want to earn a degree while working.

“There’s such a void and such a need, as far as educational attainment for Hispanics,” said J.R. Gonzalez, executive vice chair of the Hispanic chamber association. “Unfortunately, the Hispanic community is pretty much at the bottom rung of the ladder. So as we’re looking at that, and our growing population … there’s a recognition tha…………… continues on Houston Chronicle

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Opinion: Online education ignores importance of teachers
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In LSU’s Fall 2014 Distance Learning Programs Guide, there’s a picture of a young, supposed “GEOG 1001 student,” with a quote that says, “Excellent course! I enjoyed the flexibility of DL [Distance Learning] courses but still learned as much as if I was physically attending class!”

Distance learning usually means the course is taken online. There are also print-based options which involve submitting work through the mail, but either way, attending in a physical classroom or interacting with an instructor face-to-face isn’t part of the equation.

Distance learning is praised for its outreach to a wider range of students and the enticing amount of flexibility it can offer. It usually comes at the expense of replacing a human with a computer screen.

What’s the big deal? Teachers are boring and replaceable, right?

Clearly, “GEOG 1001 student” was excited to share his thoughts on his DL course. The exclamation points say it all.

Here’s what the Distance Learning Programs Guide is trying to say: taking a distance learning course is equally beneficial as attending class in a physical classroom with a human being who’s paid to share their knowledge and interact with you.

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Sep 21st

2nd year of eLearning kicks off at Maconaquah

2nd year of eLearning kicks off at Maconaquah
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Maconaquah Middle and High Schools were strangely empty Wednesday, but school wasn’t canceled. Learning took place from students’ homes, signaling the start of eLearning days at Maconaquah School Corporation for a second year.

Eighth grader Britney Smitley, seventh grader Brianna Smitley, and seventh grader K’mia Bontrager were completing their school work from the Smitley’s home Wednesday.

The Smitley sisters took part in eLearning days last year, and both said they enjoy them.

“You can learn at your own pace,” Britney said. “I like it because … I understand it better if I teach myself,” Brianna said.

Britney woke up early and finished her work by mid-morning. She completed an interactive social studies project, and she answered a few questions regarding a recent dam project in which students learned about the mechanics of dams that operate local reservoirs such as Mississinewa and Salamonie.

Brianna was working on a map for her social studies class and also wrote about recycling for her writing class.

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eLearning: saving charities time and money
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On Wednesday 1st October, the Charity Learning Consortium is holding a free seminar between 9am-1pm to show how eLearning can help third sector organisations save time and money and boost overall productivity.

The seminar will be held at the NCVO headquarters in London and is open to all third sector organisations that want to do more with their L&D budgets.

Stella O’Neill, L&D Special Projects Manager at the charity CRI said: “I think the Charity Learning Consortium is excellent value for money. Not only do you get a whole suite of eLearning courses – more than you could afford to pay for out of your learning and development budget – it’s the support as well that you get. If you have any problems, there’s a team of people that you can go to.

“I find the members meetings and member support invaluable… There’s a sense of community, you get to interact with other charities that are having the same problems that you’re having in the eLearning World.”

Click here to book your place.

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Sep 18th

Online Education by Discipline: a Graduate Student’s Guide

Online Education by Discipline: a Graduate Student’s Guide
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Law programs have been slower to turn to online education, though there are some master’s and certificate programs out there, experts say.

The transition into the digital age has led to the rise of distance learning. When it comes to graduate online degree programs, however, experts say some academic disciplines are adopting this new form of education more quickly than others.

When considering whether an online graduate degree is the right step for your career path, it’s important to understand the opportunities available in your field, especially as online education becomes more prevalent.

“Employers’ perceptions of online degrees is improving,” says Meg Benke, an expert in distance and online education and a professor at

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Online Education Initiative brings change
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Community college students all over California might have the option of taking online classes from any CCC campus. Though this process is still in the works, eights colleges have been selected to participate in the Online Education Initiative.

The selected campuses are Mt. San Jacinto College, Butte College, Coastline Community College, Foothill College, Shasta College, Fresno City College, and Ventura College. The project will take place from Fall 2014 to Spring 2016.

Schools participating in the program were chosen for multiple reasons, such as their accreditation and the quality of their online degree programs. The OEI also announced an online associate degree for transfer in several different programs such as criminal justice, psychology, anthropology and many more.

There has been a dream to have an online campus since the late ’90s, according to Pat James, the new executive director of the CCC Online Education Initiative. The online world of education has been around for more than 20 years. In 2013 and 2014 there were only 41,000 online courses available to 620,000 students statewide.

The rate of online education remains low. Supporters of the OEI hope that by bringing in more advances to technology, there will be better online student success rates.

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Sep 14th

Should online education be a worry for teachers?

Should online education be a worry for teachers?
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Sep 14th

Paul Foster Heads Creation of Online eLearning Ecosystem

Paul Foster Heads Creation of Online eLearning Ecosystem
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Paul Foster Heads Creation of Online eLearning Ecosystem

Director of eLearning and adjunct professor, Paul Foster leads creation of Canopy and looks toward the future for improvements to a continuously evolving eLearning ecosystem.

Date: 9/9/2014
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Paul Foster, UCIT eLearning Center director, didn’t know what he was in for when initially tasked to update Blackboard to the most current version of the system about a year ago.

“Blackboard upgrades had been put off because UCIT did not have the staffing or resources,” Foster said. “When we understood the need for it, UCIT tapped into people already working in eLearning in various colleges, then we realized we weren’t really just upgrading, we were rebuilding the entire system.”

This is when Foster earned the title of Canopy project team manager, assembled a team of about fifty eLearning leaders and IT experts from across campuses and played a prominent role in creating UC’s new, collaborative and student-centric eLearning ecosystem online.

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SCC focuses on eLearning through its QEP
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Stanly Community College is accredited through a regional association called the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). 

Accreditation through SACSCOC affirms that SCC is providing a quality learning experience for all students. This year, SCC is undergoing its reaccreditation process. As required by this process and as proof that we are focused on student learning and success, we have developed a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). This new improvement plan focuses on eLearning (electronic).  

The reason that an improvement strategy for eLearning, or online learning, is so critical is because the vast majority of students who are currently enrolled at SCC receive all or part of their instruction through an Internet component. And, that Internet component must provide quality instruction as well as vast opportunities for faculty/student interaction in order for learning to occur.  

In fact, more than 85 percent of SCC students took an online class or used an online component in their class during the 2013-14 school year.  Our data illustrates that in 2003 we had 1,757 students utilizing eLearning; by 2013, that number had grown to over 17,000.  

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Sep 12th

EN adds eLearning days to school calendar

EN adds eLearning days to school calendar
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KENDALLVILLE — East Noble will have two eLearning Days under an amended 2014-2015 school calendar, and may use eLearning for snow makeup days.

On Wednesday, the East Noble School Corporation Board of Trustees approved an amended 2014-2015 school calendar that has Friday, Oct. 31, as an eLearning Day for all students and Monday, May 4, as an eLearning Day for high school students only.

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eLearning for the Maritime Industry
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A growing number of organizations are turning to eLearning courses to ensure employees are properly trained to perform duties safely and efficiently. Marine Testing Solutions (MTS) said its eLearning initiative is helping more key staff members become empowered to make the maritime industry safer and more efficient.

In previous years, many owners and operators within the industry were reluctant to introduce formalized training schemes, MTS said, explaining that employees were often given only the most basic information in order to fulfill their role. Now, increasingly strict regulations are entering force within the industry, making that model a thing of the past.

MTS said its five eLearning courses – fire safety training, asbestos awareness, legionella awareness, food safety and manual handling – are affordable, professional and simple to understand. Employees from all sectors within the industry can take part in training and educational sessions at their own pace and be safe in the knowledge that they are equipped to carry out their role safely.

All MTS courses are compliant with relevant regulations and are approved by the relevant governing body.

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