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Stifling learning technologies with vested interests

Opinion is growing around the world that the US, Canada and UK dominated ‘old school elite’ of learning technologists now need to recognise learning technologies’ appeal and relevance to the whole world - and so allow their colleagues from the rest of the world to play an equal part in helping to shape the future [...]

By | May 30th, 2011|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: , , |0 Comments

26 years and counting

Apparently – according to Stephen Covey, writing in his blog – 15th March 1985 (just over 26 years ago!) saw the first ‘dot-com’ registration on the internet.   That was before my time in this industry – but I do remember a speaker at a meeting of the Association for Computer Based Training (which eventually [...]

Learning Impact Awards go platinum

This year’s annual IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS) Learning Impact Awards (LIAs) – announced at a ceremony in Long Beach, California, this month – broke with tradition by instituting a new, Platinum award.   This award went to eXact learning solutions and e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH), for the world’s largest and most successful online medical [...]

By | May 27th, 2011|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Buddy, can you spare a Dong?

Back in 2009, when the world’s richest man was Bill Gates, with a personal fortune of $40,000,000,000, every citizen of Zimbabwe knew that, regardless of exchange rates, one of their brand new 100,000,000,000,000 dollar notes was not enough to even buy a loaf of bread. Suddenly, wheelbarrows full of money were valuable not for the [...]

By | May 20th, 2011|Categories: Business|Tags: , |1 Comment

Heart problem misconceptions

The British Heart Foundation ( is 50 years old this year (it began in 1961). This charity aims to bring about the conditions where people no longer die prematurely from heart disease. It plays a leading role in the fight against disease of the heart and circulation, so that it is no longer a major [...]

By | May 19th, 2011|Categories: Lifestyle|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Fitting social media to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

Speaking at a conference for members of Frost & Sullivan's Global community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL), held at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, Andrew Lamb, a Director of Appropedia (a wiki which focuses on sustainability issues – see:, argued that ‘web 2.0’ has encouraged new forms of social interaction and collaboration. He added that [...]

By | May 17th, 2011|Categories: Business Technology, Lifestyle|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Pittaway’s pastures new

'Whatever happened to so and so?’ is a common question when old colleagues get together – and the question is far from rare in the e-learning world.   One person, who established quite a high profile in the industry a few years ago and then seemed to drift away from e-learning was Mark Pittaway. Once [...]

By | May 13th, 2011|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Omniplex delight as Absorb LMS wins another Brandon Hall Gold Award

Omniplex, the e-learning solutions provider which distributes corporate e-learning products in Europe and the Americas, has pronounced itself delighted with the news that the recent Brandon Hall Awards have awarded two further awards - a Gold and a Silver Award - to the Absorb Anywhere learning management system (LMS).   At this year’s Brandon Hall [...]

By | May 12th, 2011|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Ufi’s owner appoints Rothschild to advise on sale

The Ufi has announced ( that Ufi Charitable Trust, the charitable organisation which promotes learning and skills online, has appointed Rothschild to advise on the sale of its Ufi Limited business. Ufi Limited, the company behind the learndirect brand, had turnover of £140m last year and claims to have helped more than 3m people gain [...]

By | May 10th, 2011|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Facilitating a prestige motor manufacturer’s global dealership training

Goodwood-based Rolls-Royce Motor Cars (R-RMC) is using the Absorb learning management system (LMS), supplied by Omniplex, to facilitate its global dealership training.   Staff at the 107 year old prestige car maker’s 84 dealerships around the world – including those in China, Japan, the Middle East and the USA – selling the Rolls-Royce brand, along [...]

By | May 4th, 2011|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: , , |0 Comments