Mar 3rd

Elearning firm gives 12 reasons top talent should choose Plymouth

Elearning firm gives 12 reasons top talent should choose Plymouth
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12 reasons top talent should choose Plymouth

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A Plymouth elearning company is spelling out some of the advantages of choosing the city over London as part of an ongoing recruitment campaign.

Award-winning Sponge UK has produced a colourful infographic showing how Plymouth does better than London on a range of factors including housing, travel and leisure.

Louise Pasterfield, Managing Director of Sponge UK.“We are proud to be based in Plymouth and want to highlight the great lifestyle available in the city and surrounding area.

“We recruit a lot of staff locally and around 40% of our employees are Plymouth University graduates but for some roles we have to look further afield.

“London is the biggest jobs market so we came up with the infographic as a fun way of making the case for moving to Plymouth.”

Sponge UK makes bespoke elearning for large organisations such as Tesco, Toyota, Adidas, GlaxoSmithKline and the NHS.

The business has seen its staff more than double in the past 12 months and plans to recruit an…………… continues on Western Morning News

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For Better eLearning, Tell Me A Story
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From the time we’re small children, humans are captivated by stories. They fascinate, horrify, sadden, overwhelm or bring about intense happiness or excitement. They teach us things as we learn from the experience of others, fictionalized or not. Whether it’s your favorite book or movie, you probably rank it number one because of the story. Writers, filmmakers and journalists are heralded for great storytelling abilities.

Storytelling has a place in eLearning, too. Think again about a book or movie you enjoyed. You remember it, right? You took something away from it. This is why storytelling is a powerful information delivery mechanism for eLearning. Stories are memorable.

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Mar 2nd

E-learning essential if India is to cash in on its demographic dividend

E-learning essential if India is to cash in on its demographic dividend
News from Training Journal:

India faces a potential shortage of 250 million skilled workers by 2022 unless young people in the country are educated properly.

That’s according to a new report from the UK India Business Council which explores how India can meet the education challenge through e-learning, and how UK-India collaborations can help.

The study suggests that e-learning looks set for a further boost in India with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration launching the “Digital India” campaign in an effort to bring rural India in to the digital age. The campaign’s targets include providing broadband connectivity to a quarter of a million rural villages by 2019 and making wi-fi connections available in schools. The report finds this expansion in connectivity will allow e-learning to further realise its potential in India.

What’s more, the report finds that these trends present an opportunity for UK e-learning businesses. India is already the second largest market for e-learning opportunities and e-learning content to be deployed in other countries is already being developed in the country.

Realising this opportunity, many foreign and domestic training providers already offer online ed…………… continues on Training Journal

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Blake eLearning
News from New York, NY – Full time – EdSurge:

Blake elearning is a world leader in educational programs for pre K- 6 programs in math and reading. Its programs are used in over 10,000 schools, and millions of students, around the world. Through programs like Reading Eggs and Mathseeds Blake elearning makes learning essential academic skills an enjoyable adventure. We are passionate about keeping students actively engaged while providing a carefully sequenced learning program.

In this newly created role you will be responsible for building a school sales team that will launch our US schools edition of our Mathseeds program for grades K-2. This program has a similar format to our US schools edition of Reading Eggs that is currently used in over 5000 schools (Readings Eggs is distributed by Edmentum in the US and is not part of this role). We expect many of the schools who use Reading Eggs to be very interested in using Mathseeds.

Key tasks of this role include:

- Develop and execute on plans to acquire new schools and districts

- Find great field and inside sales team members, and then mentor and manage them (the sales team will consist of 7-8 members to begin with)

- Manage large customer relationships and participate in closing key opportunities

Desired skills and expertise

You must have good sales management skills

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Feb 27th

Finding the Right Narration Style for an eLearning Course

Finding the Right Narration Style for an eLearning Course
News from Business 2 Community:

Before beginning work on a new eLearning course, there are a number of details to hash out.

  • Who is the intended audience and at what level is their knowledge of the subject matter?
  • What is the learning objective and definition of success? (i.e. What do we want the audience to know, do, or believe after training?)
  • What style and tone is most appropriate for the audience to make the training interesting and engaging?

It’s kind of like a trip to Chipotle – a chicken burrito with beans and onions suits some people, while others think a burrito bowl with brown rice is more palatable.

Stylistic questions often include a discussion of whether or not to include narration, and if so, the best method for the content and the audience.

While there are certainly right and wrong ways to add narration to an eLearning course, it can be helpful to guide the learner through the course, emphasize important points, and even provide a little comedic relief.

Nicole Legault, instructional designer and author of the

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Discover Global generic e-learning courses market 2015-2019
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Global Generic E-learning Courses Market 2015-2019 is a new market research publication announced by Reportstack. E-learning refers to learning facilitated with the help of gadgets such as PCs, notebooks, and tablets.

E-learning is backed by ICT, which enables 24/7 learning for end-users from any access point. The curriculum of e-learning includes archived and real-time information, and there is no single standard e-learning method used in the Education sector.

Differentiation in e-learning is based on the type of content delivered and the mode of instruction, which could be classroom, virtual, or blended learning environment. Generic e-learning courses are standard courses offered by e-learning service providers, educational institutions, and experts.

Generic e-learning is widely adopted by educational institutions, especially for higher education. The following are the major benefits of using e-learning course materials: 
• Cost-effective
• Ease of availability
• Requires minimal internal resources
The analysts forecast the Global Generic E-learning Courses market to grow at a CAGR of 10.47 percent over the period 2014-2019.
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Generic E-learning Courses market during the period 2015-2019. To calculate the market size, the report considers revenue generated thro…………… continues on WhaTech

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Feb 25th

Are elearning startups Nigeria’s best hope for a new wave of innovation?

Are elearning startups Nigeria’s best hope for a new wave of innovation?
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This week, Lagos will host its third annual Social Media Week. Last year, it featured a Battlefield startup competition that was won by educational portal PrepClass. The startup was also named one of the Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Africa for 2014 by FastCompany.

Meanwhile, a few weeks ago one of Nigeria’s major telecoms companies, Airtel, announced the winners of its Catapult A Startup competition. One of them is Pass.ng, an online exams preparatory platform that helps…………… continues on Ventureburn

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New report looks into Global e-learning packaged content market that is …
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This report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global E-learning Packaged Content market during the period 2015-2019.

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Feb 20th

YouTube Kids debuts next week to focus on family entertainment, elearning

YouTube Kids debuts next week to focus on family entertainment, elearning
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With a new app in the pipeline, YouTube is gearing up to tap into the online family entertainment sector, which is reportedly showing four times more growth in viewership than your average YouTube video.

The new Android app called YouTube Kids, to be launched on 23 February, will feature a simple-to-use interface that rids the viewer of trolls a comments section, among other potential distractions.

There will also be a parental-control feature, but instead of just filtering certain content, adults will be able to limit the screen time their kiddies spend with the app. When time runs out, the app asks for a password.

The Google-owned company has been the launchpad for educational platforms like the elearning initiative, Khan Academy, as well as NSFW viral music videos like Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda. Just last week we wrote about the porn found in the repository that has become YouTube.

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eLearning program committed to student success
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After being ranked for the second year in a row for online learning in the U.S. by BestColleges.com, the Texas Tech Worldwide eLearning online and distance-learning program will continue to expand its presence both on and off campus.

The program received the No. 21 ranking by the website, according to a previous article in The Daily Toreador, and Justin Louder, assistant vice provost of Worldwide eLearning, said Tech eLearning was ranked as No. 45 last year.

“It’s a great thing to show how we increased from last year to this year,” he said, “but if you also look at online learning and eLearning here at Texas Tech, you can see we’ve grown quite a bit in the last couple of years.”

To rank and review the higher education online programs, BestColleges.com officials look at a variety of topics, including number of degree programs and how tuition rates compare to other universities, Louder said.

While he does not know the specifics of why Tech moved up in the rankings this year, Louder said it might have to do with the reasonable tuition offered by Tech as well…………… continues on The Daily Toreador (registration)

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Feb 16th

Is eLearning really having an impact?

Is eLearning really having an impact?
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“Better software will revolutionise learning,” write Bill and Melinda Gates in their annual letter published last month. Cheaper devices, rising incomes and growing internet access could see technology revolutionise how we teach, learn and increase literacy.
 
But are existing eLearning programmes really having an impact?
 
Tom Power is a lecturer in international education at the Open University. Last year, he coauthored a report on the effectiveness of educational technology in developing nations. In this audio feature, he discusses the evidence and explains where many programmes are going wrong.
 
But eLearning is not just used for promoting literacy. Rebecca Harrison, CEO of the African Management Initiative, an eLearning platform for aspiring managers, tells how the use of technology may help reach a million managers by 2023.
 
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Feb 15th

First eLearning Day at SFBRHS

First eLearning Day at SFBRHS
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St. Francis Borgia Regional High School was closed last Thursday due to weather, but learning was still taking place for students.

The Catholic co-ed high school implemented its first eLearning Day with teachers posting lessons online for students to complete.

Borgia High is an all-iPad school, meaning all students and teachers are required to use iPads.

With that 1 to 1 technology in place, school officials approved a new policy this year for eLearning Days in lieu of some snow days.

Principal Dr. Kevin Mabie said the reviews were “mixed,” however the majority of comments were very positive.

“While some students were disappointed that we didn’t just call a snow day because we have two built in and haven’t used either of them, I think the majority of them understood that we want to save those in case of a larger storm and the potential to miss a string of days still this winter,” Mabie told The Missourian.

“I think some students recognized that we had this idea in place and wanted to try it, as well,” he said.

Mabie said the only negative feedback came from a few students who felt they were completing busy work.

“Also, I had more than one student tell me that some teachers assigned more work than they ever would have if they had school,” he said…………… continues on The Missourian

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Annual Learning & Talent Management Buyer Study Released by Elearning …
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CORONA, CA–(Marketwired – February 13, 2015) - Elearning! Media Group, publishers of Elearning! Magazine and Government Elearning! Magazine, announced the 7th Annual Learning and Talent Management Systems Buyers Study is now available for purchase. Key highlights from the 2014 research shows planned investments, brand awareness and brand ownership, as well as systems features sought and the purchase process.

“Learning leaders sourcing new talent and learning systems will discover how systems features are evolving, as well as the brands that users prefer. The presence of the LMS in the organization has continued to increase and in some cases, we’ve seen double-digit growth. Likewise, respondents’ use of TMSs in the organization and platforms types (on-site or cloud,) continues to shift as well,” notes Catherine Upton, Group Publisher, Elearning! Media Group.

The 2014 Study highlights which “must have” features learning executives are demanding from LMSs and TMSs.

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Feb 13th

School board approves resolution to pay classified staff for eLearning days

School board approves resolution to pay classified staff for eLearning days
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Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 9:23 pm | Updated: 9:40 pm, Wed Feb 11, 2015.

The Twin Lakes School Board passed a resolution Tuesday to pay out approximately $ 42,000 to classified staff members who lost wages during the six eLearning days that the school corporation has had in the second semester of classes.

According to Dr. Tom Fletcher, though eLearning days have been successful for Twin Lakes’ students, they came with an unforeseen downside, with classified staff members losing pay due to an inability to come in and work.

“I want to discuss one downside to eLearning, and that’s our classified employees lose their pay for that day. And with six eLearning days, we have a group of teacher’s assistants, cafeteria workers, nine-month custodians and secretaries who financially have been negatively impacted by eLearning, especially when you come off the Christmas vacation and they don’t work during the vacation and you take away four days that first week back. I mean, their first paycheck was really not enough to cover their expenses,” Fletcher said.

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IBT, HABA Join Hands For Parent eLearning Training In Hawai’i

IBT, HABA Join Hands For Parent eLearning Training In Hawai’i
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The Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT) and Hawai’i Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) have joined hands to provide IBT’s Parent eLearning training available to parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Hawai’i.

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The Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT) and Hawai’i Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) have joined hands to provide IBT’s Parent eLearning training available to parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Hawai’i.

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“When a child is diagnosed, parents need accurate information and accessible resources. We want to make sure that we can be a part of the solution for families in Hawai’i,” said Cecilia H. Knight, director of IBT in a press release.

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