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Royalty publicly backs e-learning

It’s not every day that Central Government and royalty combine to endorse and promote e-learning but that it what has happened in Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has stressed that e-learning plays a fundamental part in his plans to restructure and modernise his country’s education system. To that end, the Saudi Arabian Ministry [...]

By | July 31st, 2009|Categories: Business, Learning Technologies|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Equal employment opportunities – even for zombies

HR magazine has reported that The London Dungeon has recruited two new zombies to embark on a £30,000 per year career of scaring visitors. There were over 200 applicants for the role and around 60 were auditioned. Louie McKenna and Jeremiah Barnes were selected as the two best suited to take on the role of [...]

By | July 30th, 2009|Categories: Business|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Plato meets science fiction

People are being introduced to the key concepts of philosophy through science fiction in a course run by London-based philosopher Peter Worley. The course, run in London on six evenings in September and October, under the auspices of The Philosophy Shop, explores philosophical questions and themes behind much modern science fiction literature, films and television [...]

By | July 29th, 2009|Categories: Philosophy and Religion|Tags: , |0 Comments

Motivation matters

Farnham Castle, the Surrey based corporate events venue, has urged companies to take staff motivation seriously during the recession.   “A positive and motivated team is always going to out-perform competitors which have a negative staff attitude,” said Farnham Castle’s Jeff Toms.  “Focusing on staff motivation during the downturn is a cost effective way to [...]

By | July 28th, 2009|Categories: Business, Lifestyle|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

E-learning may not be e-learning any more

Speaking at the recent eLN meeting in London, Stuart Chadwick, of e-learning developers Kineo, commented that e-learning materials and programs could as easily be used for advertising as for ‘pure’ learning purposes.   Comment: He is right in the sense that what we call ‘e-learning’ is really only the application of technologies to produce some [...]

By | July 10th, 2009|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: |0 Comments

Plumbing e-learning’s linguistic depths

Recently, I received a ‘promotional’ email, which began: ‘Towards Maturity, the government (sic) funded organisation targeted at improving technology at work, are (sic) currently hosting a white paper by ourselves (sic) on the future of the L&D profession and the drive towards online learning… The Digital Learning Company is a business which focuses on supporting [...]

By | June 17th, 2009|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Culture and ethics

Cultural expert Richard Lewis, of Richard Lewis Communications, made a good point recently when he wrote: ‘Our values can make a difference to what we believe is the right thing to do. And values, or the priority we give them, can be different across cultures. What do we believe is more important: the truth, or [...]

By | June 12th, 2009|Categories: Business, Philosophy and Religion|Tags: , , |0 Comments

OutStart – now the yak herders’ choice

The US-based LCMS vendor OutStart has merged with Hot Lava Software, a company producing applications for mobile phone subscribers. The newly combined companies will conduct business as OutStart. Massood Zarrabian continues as CEO and president of OutStart, while Bob Sanregret, CEO of Hot Lava Software, becomes vice president of the OutStart Hot Lava Mobile business [...]

By | June 8th, 2009|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: , , |0 Comments

E-learning initiative for anaesthetists

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (, the professional body representing anaesthesia in the UK, is introducing an interactive e-learning resource to support training and professional development in anaesthesia. The programme is being launched by the President of the College, Dr Judith Hulf, at its annual College Tutors conference on 11th June. ‘e-Learning Anaesthesia’ (e-LA) ( [...]

By | May 28th, 2009|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: , , |0 Comments

So, Encarta is no more….

Microsoft's once-mighty multimedia encyclopaedia, Encarta, is about to be no more – yet, a mere 15 years ago, its CD-enclosed pages provided access not just to all sorts of obscure and not-so-obscure facts but also to illustrations with which technology-literate children enlivened their homework. Recently, Microsoft announced that it is finishing the Encarta product, in [...]

By | May 28th, 2009|Categories: Business Technology, Learning Technologies, Lifestyle|Tags: , |0 Comments