The eLearning Alliance is pleased to announce that John Connell will be giving a keynote speech at this years Learning Essentials event on 31st October.

In John Connell, we have an educationist with wide experience across all education sectors, and founder of the ‘I Am Learner’ international education consultancy. He counts UNESCO, European Schoolnet, Promethean, the Maitri Trust, Skills Development Scotland and Pearson amongst his recent clients.

Many of you may know John from when he led the design, procurement and initial implementation of the Scottish Schools Digital Network project, now known as Glow.  Following this project, John was an education business strategist for Cisco, working across Emerging Markets, including Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Russia.  He's advised governments, universities, NGOs and other bodies on the potential of networked learning in education.

At Learning Essentials, John will speak about the conjunction of education and technology, sharing his views on how new technologies are impacting our learning environment, and how the reality of the learning revolution is that it is happening slowly, piecemeal, sometimes imperceptibly, around us, but its ultimate repercussions are likely to be deeper, broader and more thoroughgoing than even many of the enthusiasts are anticipating.

John will share how the critical factor in this slow but deep revolution is the fact that technology is changing education from the inside out. While the tools and platforms and systems being externally imposed on schools, colleges, universities and workplaces all play their parts in the 'revolution', the most profound effects are really arising out of the changes that digital and networking technologies have wrought in the way that people can now learn, in the re-shaping of traditional relationships between teacher and learner, and in the shifting of the locus of control over learning from the institution and the teacher to the learner.

John will use his experience of education across the world to provoke some thinking on the nature of this gradual and global revolution in learning.

Learning Essentials 2014 takes place at West Lothian College on 31st October.  The cost for Alliance Members to attend the days event is only £99.


eLearning provider Learning Nexus and its partner, awarding body AIM Awards, have launched two qualifications that are delivered and assessed entirely online.

The qualifications are the Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (QCF), which meets EU Food Safety legislative requirements, and the Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF), which covers fundamental health and safety principles and legislation for the modern workplace.

These two qualifications include cost effective, high quality learning materials, and are delivered online to provide maximum learning flexibility. A person can complete a series of interactive learning sessions that are mapped to each qualification and that are followed by an online, multi-choice assessment.

Learning Nexus and AIM Awards have been working together to develop a range of qualifications and to allocate Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points to Learning Nexus eLearning Courses.

Martin, from Voluntary Action Leicestershire (VAL), is one of the first people to access the new online qualifications. He said: “As a recognised AIM Awards approved centre, we have previously used AIM Awards products for training. These new qualifications delivered via online learning offer our organisation the fantastic benefit of flexibility; and also saves time, without compromising the quality factor. We are pleased to be one of the first organisations to be offering these new qualifications to voluntary organisations in Leicester and Leicestershire”.

The Learning Nexus Managing Director, Peter Howell, said; “We are pleased to announce the launch of the first two qualifications from the exciting partnership with AIM Awards. We have many more qualifications and other exciting, related developments planned. Watch this space!”

The two new qualifications are available to directly purchase through AIM Awards. If you would like to find out more, please telephone 01332 861999 or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aurion Learning announced that it has been named as a finalist for two E-Learning Age Awards this year.

The online learning and development company was selected from hundreds of entrants globally, to be shortlisted for:

  • E-Learning Development Company of the Year
  • Best E-Learning Project (Public Sector) in partnership with HSELanD

HSELanD was configured and developed in partnership with Aurion Learning andthe Health Service Executive Ireland to provide a central source of online learning and development.

The E-Learning Awards recognise and reward excellence in E-Learning and are the leading, independently judged scheme in the industry.

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for these prestigious industry awards, in particular for E-Learning Development Company of the Year” Said Dr. Maureen Murphy, Managing Director at Aurion Learning. “We are incredibly honoured that our collaborative work is being considered alongside the outstanding projects that have been submitted by all the nominees.”

The recent award nominations add to a growing list of accolades for Aurion Learning who won a prestigious Gold Brandon Hall Award in 2013 for Best in Learning Technology Implementations with HSELanD.

Winners will be announced at the E-Learning Awards on 6 November 2014 in London. For further information about the E-Learning Awards visit

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Alliance Members, Safety4Business, the Health & Safety Division of eLearning publisher Learning Nexus and its recently announced preferred Scottish partner, eLearning consultancy, MediaCorp will be co-exhibiting at this year’s RoSPA Scotland Congress.

Now in its 20th year, the congress seeks to celebrate the innovation, partnership working and best practice behind Scotland’s health and safety achievements.

Mediacorp will be showcasing the popular S4B Health & Safety range, consisting of 23 online courses, which received RoSPA approval earlier in the year, as well as some of the other very popular certified IOSH courses and the soon to be released NEBOSH National General Certificate.

Both MediaCorp and Learning Nexus are established eLearning firms which have amassed a wealth of experience in the eLearning industry, and this partnership will grow Mediacorp’s already large portfolio of Scottish customers and provide a springboard to becoming a leading H&S eLearning solutions provider in Scotland.

James Marshall, Managing Director of MediaCorp, expressed his pleasure at the prospect: ‘Attending this RoPSA event is a first for us, however we are delighted to be attending and entering into the Scottish H&S markets with one of the UK’s largest H&S online content providers.’

There’s still time to book your space at this prestigious event, which is being held at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow. To book, please visit the RoSPA website.

Alliance Member, eCom Scotland, have announced plans to double it's staff numbers to 40, with an expectation that this will raise turnover to £1.6 million, up from £800,000 in the 2013 financial year.

The move is supported by a £100,000 loan from Royal Bank of Scotland through the government-backed Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme.

Managing director Wendy Edie said new staff usually spend three months in training before taking on client-facing work, creating a lag between the costs of hiring these people and the revenues they generate. The loan will allow eCom to bridge that gap.

She added that the additional working capital would not only allow eCom to hire new people, but also “put them through the specialised training process which is essential with a business like ours”.

Steven Hunter, relationship manager at RBS, said: “ECom is a growth focused business. When you combine this with their strong reputation in the market, excellent client base and the ongoing rise in the use of e-learning across the corporate community you have a business with real scope for development and further success.”

Full story at The Scotsman.

The Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women's Employment Angela Constance has today announced the appointment of new non-executive members to the Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Board, which is being further strengthened with two co-opted members.

Donald Boyd, Willie Mackie, Seonag Mackinnon and Grahame Smith have all joined the SDS board and Christine Pollock and Fiona Sasan have also signed up as co-opted members.

Welcoming the appointments, Ms Constance said:

“I am delighted with these appointments that bring a breadth of relevant experience to the expanded board of Skills Development Scotland. to help guide it in its pivotal role to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s Economic and Skills Strategies.

“I also welcome the efforts being made by SDS to strengthen its board further with the co-option of two additional participants, whose senior-level experience in the education and legal sectors respectively will complement the skills of new and existing members. These two new associates strengthen female representation at SDS and their expertise will support SDS’s efforts across all its skills interventions, including the work it will do to support implementation of the young workforce recommendations”.