Tata Learning Forum unveils key trends

TATA Interactive Systems – Tata Learning Forum unveils key trends: “Some 150 of Europe’s top exponents of e-learning met in London this month to discuss the industry’s key trends and issues. Organised by global e-learning pioneer TATA Interactive Systems (TIS), attendance at the conference – the Tata Learning Forum – was by invitation only.”

Online Recruitment

Online Recruitment – The magazine for recruitment and HR professionals involved in internet recruitment: “Whitbread’s new e-learning training programmes have won two of the top awards at this year’s Institute of IT Training Awards. The initiatives were praised for delivering innovative web-based training at both brand and corporate level to more than 25,000 staff across more than 2,000 sites in the UK.”

USD23 billion e-learning industry

Dubai springboard for next phase of USD23 billion e-learning industry – AME Info Business News: “There are now about 130 million on-line learners across the world and Dubai will be the springboard for the next phase of development when it hosts the MELT (Middle East Learning Technologies) conference and exhibition in April.”

Revolutionary Networked Learning Environment

Universities and Colleges Embrace Blackboard’s Revolutionary Networked Learning Environment: “Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB – News) announced today that eight new universities will use the complete Blackboard Academic Suite(TM), to foster Networked Learning Environments(TM) for their educators and students. Networked Learning Environments are the future of education and make it possible to connect and integrate courses with libraries, research labs, other institutions, advisors, alumni and many other elements of campus life. Blackboard is the leading provider of software and services enabling these types of expansive, fully integrated solutions in education.”

E-Learning Quality Assurance is of age

Driven Systems Ltd – Buy Now, Don’t Pay Later – Quality Assurance is of age: “Like all embryonic enterprise system markets, the ‘e-Learning’ market, has reached a semi-molten state. Standards and benchmarks are gradually forming, but those that are unable to recognise quality or the need for quality assurance (QA) are still creeping into failure. 60% of UK e-learning implementations have failed to meet objectives and remained in a state of creeping costs or outright system rejection, according to widespread research. Compare that to the 40% of cases that have reported success, and questions relating to quality and what is required to produce successful outcomes certainly commands attention.”

What’s Wrong With School Anyway

What’s Wrong With School Anyway?: “Schools have managed to achieve something that was previously thought to be impossible – a decline in educational standards during a time in which Europe has been enjoying peace and prosperity.

School makes children endure years of boredom and frustration, countless petty indignities and a restriction on personal freedoms and at the end of it has not even provided them with a reasonable education.”

e-Learning key to HR development

e-Learning key to HR development: “RAPID development of human resources, a pre-requisite of the 21st century can be achieved through e-Learning, said Dr Sam Pitroda, CEO C-SAM, in his address on the second day of the E-ducation Without Borders 2005 conference in the capital.

He noted that e-Learning could be employed as a tool to open horizons, harness knowledge and re-engineer decades-old antiquated processes in education, health services, governance and so on.

To succeed e-Learning should focus on five key aspects like access, content, localisation, early adopters and mindset, he said.

‘Each of these aspects require new multi-disciplinary approach to change the educational ecosystem.’

He said proper access would require not only availability of computer hardware, network, bandwidth and so on, but also appropriate legal framework to guarantee right to information.

Content will have to be relevant such that ‘education will have to be entertaining and entertainment will have to be educational.’ “

Belief Engine

Belief Engine (Skeptical Inquirer May 1995): “Despite high confidence on the part of both believers and disbelievers, in most instances, neither side has much — if any — objective evidence to back its position. Some of these beliefs, such as telepathy and astrology, stand in contradiction to the current scientific worldview and are therefore considered by many scientists to be ‘irrational.’ Others are not at all inconsistent with science, and whether or not they are based in fact, no one would consider them to be irrational. “

music services from Napster and Virgin Digital

New York Post Online Edition: business: “New ‘all you can eat’ online music services from Napster and Virgin Digital hope to convince song lovers that renting is better than owning.

If first reactions are any indication, it’ll be a tough fight. Many online critics and blogs are blasting the recently launched Napster To Go, which charges a $15 a month subscription fee. Members are allowed to download as much music as they like to their computer or portable player”

Classroom-style learning or e-learning via the desktop

By The Numbers: “Does your company rely more on traditional classroom-style learning or e-learning via the desktop? Either way you answer, the likely common denominator of that training is rich-media content in all of its digitally expressive forms. And therein lies the challenge for media managers and producers. Clients now want nothing short of the miraculous when it comes to training their employees: Training must be effective, cost-efficient, media-rich, interactive, entertaining, and available 24/7. According to Fairfield Research, U.S. corporations spent about $11.9 billion on employee learning and training of all kinds in 2003. By one estimate, that’s 37 percent higher than the entire motion-picture industry.”