Mar 25th

eLearning 2015 to focus on ICT for education in rural Africa

eLearning 2015 to focus on ICT for education in rural Africa
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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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High-level presentations at eLearning Africa, Africa’s leading conference on technology for development and education, will focus on the role ICTs are playing in transforming the continent’s rural economies by improving access to information and training.

Reports indicate that over 70 per cent of African workers are employed in farming and the role ICTs can play in boosting agricultural growth has been identified by the African Union as a key factor in making a reality of its 2063 Vision of a “transformed continent.”

The subject has been described as “critical” by African political leaders and will be one of the matters under discussion at a roundtable meeting for education and technology ministers at the conference.

The 10th eLearning Africa Conference is the key networking event for ICT enhanced education and training in Africa. As the largest annual conference of its kind, the three-day event is a must for those wanting to develop multinational and cross-industry partnerships and contacts whilst enhancing their knowledge, expertise and abilities.

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India e-learning market outlook to fy’2018
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Mar 23rd

20 Facts About the Impact of E-Learning [#Infographic]

20 Facts About the Impact of E-Learning [#Infographic]
News from EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education:

Online learning has become one of the fastest-growing industries in education technology, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon.

The availability of mobile devices on campuses has drastically changed the playing field for e-learning. By 2020, the global mobile-learning market is on track to reach $ 37.8 billion, according to a new infographic from TalentLMS, a learning management system. By 2019, half of all college students will be enrolled in online courses.

“This means that the development costs of eLearning courses will diminish with time, boiling down to only the cost of the student. With the cheaper rates at which mobile broadband data is available, 74 percent of eLearners will be mobile learners,” according to a March 2 blog post from TalentLMS.

Online learning is also changing the culture of learning itself.

An introductory course in computer science at Harvard College, Computer Science 50, broke course registration records in the fal…………… continues on EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education

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MG varsity budget plans online evaluation, e-learning
News from The Hindu:

The annual budget of Mahatma Gandhi University for 2015-16 shows an expenditure of Rs. 562.42 crore against a revenue of Rs. 419.07 crore, denoting a deficit of Rs.143.35 crore.

The budget document presented by C.I. Abdul Rahiman, convener, syndicate sub-committee on finance on Saturday envisages the preparation to evolve an action plan named Vision 2030, through participatory process to position the institution into a new generation university equipping it with state-of-the-art ICT tools, which include platforms for e-learning, e-content delivery and online evaluation.

In addition, the budget proposes to make the service delivery mechanism proactive and student-friendly. Special attention is also given to address the access issues of the differently abled students.

The university will negotiate with industrial giants like Intel to make rapid strides with appropriate e-initiatives. A dedicated e-learning portal with 4 terra byte capacity and connectivity extending to all affiliating colleges. All learning contents with text, audio, video, Virtual lab and simulations will be made accessible online. The students will be able to access the lessons anywhere anytime using a user name and password. Wi-fi network will be ensured on the campus. Video conferencing facility will also be installed.

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Mar 21st

Educomp Solutions launches new eLearning product; aims 1 million students to …

Educomp Solutions launches new eLearning product; aims 1 million students to …
News from Economic Times:

NEW DELHI: e-Learning firm Educomp Solutions today launched its new product ‘SmartclassOnline’, which will allow students and parents to access course material, s…………… continues on Economic Times

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Plymouth Schools to make up snow days with eLearning on Saturdays
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What would your child think about having school on Saturday?

Believe it or not, Plymouth students are happy to do it because it means not having to make up snow days at the end of their school year.

Students will be doing online eLearning curriculum on three Saturdays: April 11, April 18 and May 16.

Last year was a test year for Plymouth high schoolers. They had eLearning classes from home for one Saturday.

“It was just like school,” says Angel Ulloa, a junior. “Wake up, do your normal routine, and do your homework.”

It went well, so the corporation decided to do the same thing this year for all grades.

The corporation says this is possible because every single one of their students is given a computer. Grades 2 through 12 have laptops, kindergartners and first graders have iPads.

While they know not everyone is a fan of school on Saturdays, assistant superintendent Andy Hartley says it’s better than the alternative.

“Adding onto the end of the year makes it rough, so the more we can keep things in line with the typical school year calendar, the better,” Hartley explains.

Hartley says homework won’t be due until the following Tuesday. Plymouth High School will be open for those who need Internet access, and teachers will be available to h…………… continues on WSBT-TV

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Mar 17th

Gayaza Leads the Way for E-Learning

Gayaza Leads the Way for E-Learning
News from The Observer:

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For six years after he lost his wife, Martin Ssemanda has cherished being a single father.

He has since provided everything that his two beautiful daughters have ever wanted – most importantly – an education. Having missed a chance to go to school, Ssemanda, a dealer in women’s handbags in downtown Kampala, knows the pain that comes with illiteracy.

By choosing to take his daughters to Gayaza junior school and later to Gayaza high school, he thought his job would be to pay the school dues in time and the teachers would do the rest. The 38-year-old resident of Kawempe was mistaken.

“My daughter joined senior one in 2014 but I have to confess it was a hell of a year. She would come back home with homework that we had to get from the internet, things I never thought I’d be involved in,” he says.

In such a scenario, Ssemanda either had to allow his 12-year-old daughter to always visit an internet caf? or buy her a computer and an internet dongle to do her work from home.

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“They give us no option. All homework is on the internet. Man, I had to incur the cost of buying her a laptop and also avail her with internet,” he says.

Without much knowledge about the internet, Ssemanda thought of hiring a home teacher…………… continues on The Observer

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E-Learning Infographics
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Are you tired of infographics yet? We aren’t either. Tidy, compact, visually appealing—the best infographics combine text, numbers, and images to make data digestible and far easier to retain. In fact, the use of images makes it up to six times easier to recall information than text alone. As a learning tool, infographics really shine.

So if you’re looking for more resources to help you build your professional knowledge, check out eLearning Infographics. This website, created by eLearning Industry, has infographics on almost any trending education topic you could imagine: e-learning, blended learning, mobile learning, instructional design, gamification, social learning, massive open
online communities, and more.

The infographics can be submitted by anyone, and undergo a vetting process before they are published on the site. Each infographic links to its original source, and even carries an embed code so you can post the infographic to your own website or blog.

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Not all the infographics are sleek and beautiful, but what they lack in design quality, they make up for in information. For example, if you’re curious about gamification and you want to browse the infographics on this topic, you’ll find the “

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Mar 10th

ELearning Backpacker Uses Innovative Tool Suite to Engage Students

ELearning Backpacker Uses Innovative Tool Suite to Engage Students
News from University of Cincinnati:

ELearning Backpacker Uses Innovative Tool Suite to Engage Students

College of Allied Health Sciences professor Gary Dick learns new ways to create an interactive and engaging learning environment for his students using eLearning technology through the eLearning Backpack Project.

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When Gary Dick, a professor in the College of Allied Health Sciences, applied to be an eLearning Backpacker he said, “I’m at a point where I would like to start the journey.”

The Backpack project, started by the Center for Excellence in eLearning, provides UC professors with innovative tools to help them create and deliver course information and engage with students.

Ten professors from six different colleges within UC were selected and given a backpack full of tools to enhance their teaching methods. The tools included: an Apple TV, iPad Air 32GB, a wireless USB mic, Swivl and Camtasia Studio Software. 

Dick has over 30 years of teaching experience but was inspired to a…………… continues on University of Cincinnati

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Launch of eLearning platform hailed
News from Jamaica Gleaner (subscription):

From four students under a tree to more than 300 students today in classrooms, Ricardo Allen on Tuesday took the next step in education by launching a four-course eLearning platform called “MyLocker”.

Speaking during the launch of One-on-One’s online platform on Tuesday at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew, Allen said since students who have participated in its traditional programme thus far have been so successful, he decided to move the courses from the classroom to the World Wide Web.

“Thankfully our students have been doing well. One hundred and five students who sat mathematics (last sitting) all passed the exam,” said Allen, who is the company’s managing director.

He continued: “Given our successes in the classroom we have decided to leverage what we have been doing in the classroom, to go online. We want to ensure that all Jamaicans can get that 100 per cent in all the four courses we have developed so far.”

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites, who was in attendance at the launch of the platform, lauded the efforts of Allen, saying that the use of information communication technologies (ICTs) like the new eLearning platform is an important endeavour and welcome move.

“The ministry is supportive of the use of ICTs to aid teaching and learning. The launch of the platform i…………… continues on Jamaica Gleaner (subscription)

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Mar 8th

CourseAvenue announces Vision-Studio: Integrated eLearning authoring …

CourseAvenue announces Vision-Studio: Integrated eLearning authoring …
News from GroundReport:

1888 PressRelease – VISION-Studio brings an integrated eLearning development platform to companies applying a systematic approach to training (SAT), commonly found in high consequence training environments. VISON-Studio extends the VISION Developer product to directly build and associated learning content with objectives.

Chicago, IL – CourseAvenue is pleased to announce the launch of Vision-Studio – an integrated eLearning authoring solution for use with VISION software from Focus Learning. Vision-Studio enables users of the VISION software to build, manage and deploy eLearning modules that are tied directly to objective hierarchy.

“VISION software from Focus Learning is a de-factor standard for managing training objectives in high consequence environments and we are pleased to integrate our eLearning development platform with VISION.” Says Joe Gorup, CEO of CourseAvenue.

Gorup continues, “For those that work in high consequence training environments, such as energy production and transmission, healthcare and national security, having learners simply ‘launch a course’ is often inadequate. In highly regulated industries, training compliance is critical and le…………… continues on GroundReport

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Umm Al-Qura wins eLearning prizes
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Umm Al-Qura University represented by the Deanship for eLearning and Distance Learning has won the first place and the excellence gold shield for the best training program in eLearning being carried out by Saudi universities.

It also won the third place and bronze excellence shield in the field of digital courses. The prizes were presented during the Fourth International Conference for eLearning and Distance Learning held in Riyadh recently.

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Mar 7th

CourseAvenue announces Vision-Studio: Integrated eLearning authoring …

CourseAvenue announces Vision-Studio: Integrated eLearning authoring …
News from Packet Online:

1888 PressRelease – VISION-Studio brings an integrated eLearning development platform to companies applying a systematic approach to training (SAT), commonly found in high consequence training environments. VISON-Studio extends the VISION Developer product to directly build and associated learning content with objectives.

Chicago, IL – CourseAvenue is pleased to announce the launch of Vision-Studio – an integrated eLearning authoring solution for use with VISION software from Focus Learning. Vision-Studio enables users of the VISION software to build, manage and deploy eLearning modules that are tied directly to objective hierarchy.

“VISION software from Focus Learning is a de-factor standard for managing training objectives in high consequence environments and we are pleased to integrate our eLearning development platform with VISION.” Says Joe Gorup, CEO of CourseAvenue.

Gorup continues, “For those that work in high consequence training environments, such as energy production and transmission, healthcare and national security, having learners simply ‘launch a course’ is often inadequate. In highly regulated industries, training compliance is critical and learning needs to be directly tied to very specific objectives. These objectives need to be strictly managed and are almost always subject to audits and significant regulations.”

Prior to Vision-Studi…………… continues on Packet Online

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Fostering Motivation & Self-Sufficiency With Ongoing eLearning
News from Business 2 Community:

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Learning doesn’t stop when training ends. One-and-done training isn’t effective. Learning needs to be continuous in order to successfully impart knowledge on an audience and achieve desired behavioral change.

And, if that wasn’t enough, there additional benefits to an ongoing eLearning program. It fosters the kind of environment that employees want to work in.

Motivation: If employees feel supported, if there are opportunities for them to get better at their job, they’ll want to work for the organization. It’s reciprocal. Just like anything, you get out of it what you put into it.

Self-Sufficiency: Ongoing learning and performance support helps employees complete their jobs with a sense of independence and satisfaction. No longer will there be hesitation or concern about asking questions. Errors and missed steps will happen less frequently as there are resources to help guide them to success.

Let’s talk about ways you can keep learning going after the initial training is complete.

  • Post-training check-ins – Don’t assume that your audience got everything they needed from one course, whether it’s delivered online or in a face-to-face classroom setting. Check in with them via email or even SMS messaging to cond…………… continues on Business 2 Community

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Mar 3rd

Elearning firm gives 12 reasons top talent should choose Plymouth

Elearning firm gives 12 reasons top talent should choose Plymouth
News from Western Morning News:

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.

The Science of Stories

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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

You must have proven sales skills and be ab…………… continues on New York, NY – Full time – EdSurge

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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
News from WhaTech:

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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