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Blackboard bought

It appears that Blackboard, a well known provider of learning management system (LMS) software to the higher education market, has accepted a $45-a-share cash takeover bid from a group led by Providence Equity Partners – a company founded in 1989 which manages some $23bn of assets and focuses on media, communications, information and education investments. [...]

IMS Global Learning Consortium does the right thing this time

eXact learning solutions and Link2ICT, a division of Service Birmingham, a partnership between Birmingham City Council and the Capita Group, won a Learning Impact Leadership Award (LIA) at this year’s IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS) LIA ceremony, which was held in Long Beach, California.   The LIA related to the Birmingham City Learning Platform  an [...]

Success Factors share slide begins to Plateau, maybe

Wall Street analysts have been ‘talking up’ HR software firm SuccessFactors Inc., citing ‘confusion’ that may have led to a sharp 22 per cent decline in its shares over the past three months. During this period, Success Factors has acquired software provider Plateau Systems.   Canaccord Genuity analyst Richard Davis has upgraded his rating on [...]

Conflicting signals in e-learning

According to a report by virtual learning worlds and serious games’ specialists Ambient, there is a general slow down in spend on self-paced e-learning due to three market factors: The commoditisation of platforms and tools, which reduces market price Pricing pressures in the corporate e-learning sector caused by the slow economic recovery The growing tendency [...]

By | June 21st, 2011|Categories: Business, Learning Technologies|Tags: , , |0 Comments

ISMM encourages compliance training relating to the new Bribery Act

On 1st July 2011 the UK Bribery Act comes into effect – creating a new raft of criminal offences. Under the new act, corporate failure to prevent bribery on the part of any employee - including third party agents - will be punishable by significant fines and, potentially, jail sentences for directors and others.   [...]

By | June 20th, 2011|Categories: Business, Public Relations, Marketing and Sales|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Law firm champions the virtues of mobile learning

Mobile learning has found a champion in the global law firm Eversheds. According to Eversheds’ learning and development specialist, Tim Drewitt, who was speaking at a seminar held at BMA House, Tavistock Square, in London on 15th June and organised by LMMatters, Eversheds’ staff are using their previously unproductive ‘waiting time’ to carry out CPD [...]

By | June 17th, 2011|Categories: Learning Technologies|Tags: , |4 Comments

Leadership development leads the way for learning technologies

According to a recently published study by Towards Maturity’s Laura Overton and Dr Genny Dixon, leadership and management development skills is the business area that will see the greatest increase in e-learning materials over the next two years.   The study, which included the views of over 180 organisations, encompassing over 35,000 managers, concluded that [...]

E-learning – actually

It seems that Laura Overton - head of Towards Maturity, the organisation that collects a great deal of learning technologies benchmarking data and industry trends - has started her own industry trend.   Speaking at a seminar held at BMA House, Tavistock Square, in London on 15th June and organised by Towards Maturity ‘ambassador’ LMMatters, [...]

Why can’t the English teach their children how to speak?

In the popular musical, ‘My Fair Lady’, the phonetics teacher, Professor Higgins, laments, ‘Why can’t the English teach their children how to speak?’ Were he a real character and alive today, Professor Higgins would probably be lamenting even louder that this trend has not only continued but has taken on an international context. Apparently, these [...]

By | June 14th, 2011|Categories: Business, Learning Technologies|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Reputation, reputation, reputation: the key to PR agency success

When members of Linkedin were asked recently: ‘When you’re going to employ a PR agency, what is the most important factor in making that purchasing decision?’ the PR agency’s reputation emerged as, by far and away, the most popular key factor – attracting 50 per cent of the votes cast.   While no one chose [...]

By | June 10th, 2011|Categories: Public Relations, Marketing and Sales|Tags: , , , |1 Comment