Apr 17th

African education successes in focus at eLearning Africa conference

African education successes in focus at eLearning Africa conference
News from Biztech Africa:

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By BiztechAfricaApril 14, 2014, 6:21 p.m.

For Asia Kamukama, innovation means a four-by-four with solar panels strapped to the roof, the boot containing all the equipment needed for a fully-functional ICT classroom. She is Executive Director of the Maendeleo Foundation, an organisation that makes computers available in areas of Uganda where there is no electricity or broadband Internet.

While infrastructure in the equatorial region is underdeveloped, it does have a key advantage: plentiful, reliable sunlight. Mobile solar classrooms, an ever more common sight trundling along the potholed roads of rural Africa, show that the creative use of an abundant resource can overcome disadvantages.

In this way the Maendeleo Foundation has reached 37,000 people in East Africa – 80% students, but also teachers and out-of-school groups: youth, women, farmers and local business people.

For Asia Kamukama, the solar school is not a stop-gap solution, but a complement to the education system and a vital technology for future…………… continues on Biztech Africa

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2014: The year of e-learning?
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Employees now use high quality technology – smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks or netbooks – in their everyday lives and also expect to be able to use them at work. Many HR departments have begun to embrace this shift, but many are still catching up – training, learning and development need to reflect the trend to online and mobile not simply because it is the ‘next big thing’ but because it can have genuine and measurable benefits.

For example, e-learning provides organisations with a great opportunity to develop their employees, whilst giving them the flexibility to learn at their own pace. This not only benefits employees but also the organisation as a whole, ensuring members of staff have more of an opportunity to develop their talents, review the learning and apply it. However, it is not as simple as replacing existing training techniques with e-learning. Instead, employers need to understand how e-learning can support the organisation and its employees, and communicate with them to ensure that they are overcoming any barriers and using e-learning to its full potential.

Understanding your workforce

When introducing an e-learning programme, L&D professionals need to take into account the differing technical experience of their employees. Most organisations have a mix of skills and understanding, which means there’s not a ‘one size fits all’…………… continues on Civil Service World

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Apr 15th

A.D.A.M. and iSpring to Present Mobile e-Learning Technology Solutions at …

A.D.A.M. and iSpring to Present Mobile e-Learning Technology Solutions at …
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ATLANTA, Apr 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) –

Ebix, Inc. /quotes/zigman/89059/delayed/quotes/nls/ebix EBIX +0.37% , a leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance and healthcare industries, today announced that A.D.A.M., a business unit of Ebix, Inc., will showcase mobile-compatible e-Learning technology solutions with iSpring Solutions, Inc. during a presentation at the ASTD 2014 International Conference and Exposition on Monday, May 5, 2014, 3:00-4:15 p.m. in Washington, D.C.

The Solution Session presentation will encourage participants to learn alongside presenters in creating an innovative solution to bring their training solutions to new heights with mobile-compatible e-Learning programs. Best practices and information documents about creating HTML5 learning programs will be shared t…………… continues on MarketWatch

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Apr 13th

eLearning Africa Conference kicks-off end of May, to focus on innovation

eLearning Africa Conference kicks-off end of May, to focus on innovation
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In an effort to unite developers, researchers, techies and teachers, the eLearning Africa Conference will be taking place from 28 to 30 May in Kampala, Uganda.

An annual event, this year the conference will run with the theme of Opening Frontiers to the Future to focus on some of the incredible innovations happening in the field of education and learning on the African continent.

Some of these innovations we’ve come across in recent years, and include startups such as Daptio and Serio.me or social projects such as the Maendeleo Foundation’s solar-powered ICT class rooms.

The same organisation behind the event, eLearning Africa Group, is also responsible for an annual report that found interesting and crucial stats, such as 30% of students use tablets in elearning and that 40% of practitioners create local content.

The event will feature sixty sessions that plan to highlight the diversity of technology and education and their impact in Africa. A selection of workshops will also be presented on 28 May where participants get the opportunity to learn hands-on skills for blogging, digital video authorship and digital entrepreneurship.

Keynote speakers including leading entrepreneur…………… continues on Ventureburn

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Product Development Associate, eLearning
News from Yeshiva University – EdSurge:

Edtech coordinator – School – Full timeNew York, NY

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Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University (YU) has a strong tradition of combining Jewish scholarship with academic excellence and achievement in the liberal arts, sciences, medicine, law, business, social work, Jewish studies, education, psychology, and more.

We are a leading global educational institution that employs over 4,500 people across our various campus locations — Wilf Campus, Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, Resnick Campus in the Bronx, the Gruss Institute in Jerusalem, the Boys High School in Manhattan and the Girls High School in Queens. From the distinguished faculty who teach here, to the dedicated staff, we work to fulfill our mission: to “bring wisdom to life” through all that we teach, by all that we do and for all those we serve.  We seek to attract and retain engaged and committed individuals who contribute to an exciting working environment, where there is a sense of community and belonging, balanced with a significant cross section of people from diverse backgrounds working and studying together.

The University offers an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefit plans, includ…………… continues on Yeshiva University – EdSurge

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Apr 8th

eLearning polymath Saul Carliner wins top international teaching award

eLearning polymath Saul Carliner wins top international teaching award
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Marketing Your eLearning Initiative: Finding Your Champions
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Increasing engagement in your elearning program takes more than an email every now and then. Just as a consumer must have 5-7 touch points with a brand to consider purchasing, your employees need frequent reminders on the value of online training. Earlier this month, I shared how establishing a set of objectives for your elearning program will help employees understand the benefits and impact of training on their jobs. In this second post from our ongoing series on how to market your elearning initiative, I will discuss the importance of champions, as well as ways to involve them in your internal marketing.

The Value of Champions

The workplace at times is not unlike high school. Employees tend to dress alike, form groups based on similar interests or job roles, and ultimately try to fit in. And, just like high school, there are also a few employees who are identifi…………… continues on Business 2 Community

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Apr 7th

BJP 2014 Manifesto: Focus on eLearning, eHealth, SMEs, govt processes; FDI

BJP 2014 Manifesto: Focus on eLearning, eHealth, SMEs, govt processes; FDI
News from MediaNama.com:

The manifesto of the BJP, which leads the National Democratic Alliance that lost power to the current UPA government 10 years ago, has a lot to offer to the digital industry, but remains remarkably silent on a few key issues such as Aadhaar, CMS, and fixing IT Laws. Importantly, the BJP has taken a strong stand against FDI in multi brand retail, which means that there probably isn’t a single political party in the country which supports a nationwide implementation of FDI in multi-brand retail. There is no mention of e-commerce, but not allowing FDI in e-commerce would most likely be a part of not allowing FDI in multi-brand retail.

The manifesto is occasionally vague on implementation plans, but it covers a vast range of issues, from digitization, participatory governance using technology, and we’re particularly hopeful about the initiatives around Digital Health and Education, overhauling laws and mandating digitization of government processes. Some things, especially around e-governance and NOFN, relate to work that is already being done or has been initiated by the UPA government that has been in power for 10 years.

MediaNama’s broad take on this manifesto is that, apart from e-commerce, it is significantly positive from a digital industry perspective. However, we are vary of how implement…………… continues on MediaNama.com

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Tips for Designing E-Learning to Meet CPE Standards
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The perception among organizations, including prospective clients, is often that e-learning modules can be developed quickly, easily, and inexpensively with little need for testing or early consultation with subject matter experts (SMEs) and other critical partners.

However, when preparing e-learning for a regulated environment, there are certain challenges. The April 2014 issue of Infoline, “Basics of E-Learning Revisited,” offers the following tips when preparing e-learning for continuing professional education (CPE) credits.

  • Ensure that you include the appropriate number of knowledge checks and assessment questions as called for by CPE standards.
  • Work with the CPE sponsor to ensure you have the correct paperwork prepared to submit along with course material.
  • Make sure qualifications of SMEs align with expectations specified by CPE standards.
  • Ensure that course materials are updated and revised to meet current CPE standards.
  • Confirm that you are using the right authoring software that allows for technical requirements, such as searchable glossaries that may be required to make e-learning programs CPE compliant.

These tips were adapted from the April 2014 Infoline, “Basics of E-Learning Revisited.” For more information, go to

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Apr 2nd

E-Learning Is No House of Cards

E-Learning Is No House of Cards
News from T+D:

Interface Design for Learning: Design Strategies for Learning Experiences
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“Strange as it sounds,” writes Peters, “the future of education is now as much in the hands of digital designers and programmers as it is in the hands of teachers.” But how can designers build digital environments that support both the cognitive and emotional sides of learning experiences?

Peters, founder of the eLearning Network of Australasia and director of online strategy at the University of Sydney, offers readers evidence-based methods to design educational games, apps, and multimedia interfaces that improve learning outcomes. Although the book focuses mainly on designing the digital architecture and resources that support e-learning, it also covers strategies for designing the learning content itself.

The book opens with a discussion on the latest research on how we learn, and then takes readers on a future-oriented tour of the e-learning landscape—a comprehensive, enlightening chapter that’s worth reading in itself. Chapter 4 is a crash course in all things interface design, in which Peters masterfully guides readers through the most salient concepts for designing learning interfaces.

Chapters 5 through 10 show readers how to construct the scaffolding for effe…………… continues on T+D

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Mar 30th

Vubiz Elearning Launches Video for Award Winning Company

Vubiz Elearning Launches Video for Award Winning Company
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Vubiz created a video for McDougall Energy Inc. in Canada for brand marketing use in various multi-media platforms including web, POS and print. Vubiz video division Vertical Line Media showcased the key benefits of McDougall Energy’s commercial fuel delivery system in the new video.

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Mar 27th

Zionsville uses e-learning to make up snow days

Zionsville uses e-learning to make up snow days
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Mar 25th

Uganda to Host E-Learning Meeting for Africa

Uganda to Host E-Learning Meeting for Africa
News from AllAfrica.com:

Kampala — Uganda will host the 9th E -Learning African conferences on information and communication Technology for the development, Education and training.

The meeting which is scheduled to commence on the 28th – 30th May in Kampala, Uganda at the common wealth resort Speke Hotel Munyonyo on the shores of Lake Victoria, will explore how technology revolutionizing learning and training across the continent can led to the improvement in the trainings being conducted by the various training institutions in Africa , the eLearning Africa 2014 will bring together policy experts, educational professionals and business leaders to tackle this and other topics.

Hosted by the Republic of Uganda, the conference’s wide-ranging plenaries, sessions and exhibitions will showcase the inspiring stories, innovations and research that make up today’s complex picture of ICT for development, education and training in Africa.

The E-Learning conference will run under the theme “Opening Frontiers to the Future” the meeting is predictable to bring together about 1500 ICT technologist and Educational specialists across the continent

. “Many African countries are seeking to spread their economies and stimulate sectors such as tourism and finance, but skills shortages are preventing them E-Learning will allow more and more African countries to easily train the next gene…………… continues on AllAfrica.com

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Rotorua’s students to benefit from e-learning community
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Mar 22nd

IIM-A facing ‘disruptive’ competition from foreign universities & e-learning …

IIM-A facing ‘disruptive’ competition from foreign universities & e-learning …
News from Financial Express:

Ashish Nanda also pointed out certain areas where IIMA could improve. PTI

SummaryAshish Nanda also lists out areas where IIM-Ahmedabad could improve.

The director of Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A), Ashish Nanda said that the country’s premier B-school was facing “new and disruptive” competition from foreign universities, e-learning platforms and offshore educational offerings.

“In addition to intense competition from established Indian management institutions, new and disruptive competition is emerging in the form of Indian operations of foreign universities, e-learning platforms and offshore educational offerings,” Nanda said while addressing the graduating students at the institute’s convocation ceremony on Saturday.

“We welcome vigorous competition. It energises the field of management education and keeps us dynamic. And we wish not only to respond to competition, but also to become a significant global presence, competitive with the best management schools in the world,” he added.

Nanda also pointed out certain areas where IIMA could improve. “We could improve in some areas that drive institutional health. Our research output could be more impactful. One of our traditional sources of strength, development of high quality cases, has become less of a differentiator as other manageme…………… continues on Financial Express
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EACS embraces eLearning plan
News from Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:

– Despite at least one board member’s concern, East Allen County Schools officials approved an eLearning plan Tuesday to help make up for some of the district’s missed instructional time.

School board members also approved a plan to continue adding 30 minutes to each school day through May 8.

EACS students have missed 14 days because of snow and ice but have been in the process of making up for missed time by extending each school day.

Each full week of extended days allows the district to make up three hours, and by May 8, students will have made up 25 hours of instruction, Superintendent Ken Folks said.

The Indiana Department of Education recognizes elementary school days as five hours and a secondary school day as six hours.

With the current plan, elementary school students will make up five days and middle and high school students will make up four days and one hour, Folks explained.

To avoid a situation in which older students would be required to go an extra day, district officials approved an eLearning plan to help middle and high school students make up an additional five hours.

Folks said the district will likely select a Saturday in April for the eLearning day but will meet next week to discuss the exact date.

Students across the district will have access to comput…………… continues on Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

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