A Conversation About Instructional Design
Our next Discussion & Networking Meeting takes place on 30th March at The Melting Pot in Edinburgh from 2 till 4pm.
This is an opportunity to get together with other e-learning practitioners to discuss the latest news and projects from across our communities.
At our last couple of Discussion & Networking Meetings, we have covered a number of topics around creating "good e-learning", and one topic which came up regularly was Instructional Design. So to bring this topic to the fore, we are setting some time aside to cover the topic specifically.
During the conversation, we will discuss the instructional methodologies we use, the issues we have identified in using them and how we are looking to evolve our processes, especially taking into account new technologies which are becoming available to us, and ask:
"How do traditional instructional models fit into a world of chunks, learner produced content and content curation?"
This meeting is free for eLearning Alliance Members to attend. There is a £35 charge for non-Members.
The Moodle Users Association announce that they are now accepting memberships that will be used to help drive the Moodle project.
The Association is a not-for-profit organisation, separate from the main Moodle company, where monies raised via membership subscriptions will be used to fund development projects voted on by the Members.
There are four levels of membership, starting at 100 AUS dollars (approx £49) for individuals going up to a Gold organisation membership of 10,000 + AUS dollars.
In taking out a membership, you are buying voting points, where each dollar of membership provides you with 1 voting point - so the higher your membership level, the greater your voting power.
The core business of the Association is to propose projects, develop specifications and to decide (by vote) which projects, membership funds will be used to develop, before handing the projects to Moodle HQ for development.
We're viewing the Association as an attempt by Moodle to raise additional funds without the need of going to the market to seek private equity or commercial revenue so they can remain independant as an open source community project.
3rd & 4th February 2016
Europe's most important conference programme for learning and development professionals
- over 70 of the learning industry's foremost speakers, thinkers, visionaries and practitioners
- learn about the application of new learning technologies and the major issues affecting the L&D professional today.
- network with over 500 conference delegates representing many of the leading private and public sector organisations.
- free membership to the Learning and Skills Group - giving you a set of online resources, collaborative tools and knowledge sharing opportunities throughout the year
- free entry to the Learning Technologies 2016 and Learning and Skills 2016 exhibitions also taking place at Olympia
- free fortnightly webinars covering every aspect of organisational learning and learning technologies
- access to over 200 videos and speaker presentations from past Learning Technologies conferences
- instant access to a wealth of resources including articles, white papers, case studies, research and much more
- receive free digital copies of ‘Inside Learning Technologies & Skills’ magazine
- complimentary place at the unique one-day follow up event at Olympia in June 2016 (LSG Conference and Learning Technologies Summer Forum).
Further details from LT2016 website.
28th January 2016
Grosvenor Hotel, Edinburgh
Working with SQA and looking at the practical issues of selecting, implementing and using e-Assessment and related technologies and techniques. This year the conference will focus on the role and use of learning technologies and related developments in Developing the Young Workforce
The role of schools, colleges and training providers will be pivotal in implementing the Developing the Young Workforce strategy.
Scotland has been at the forefront of developing and implementing learning that is assessed using the latest IT and ICT techniques and technologies. The conference speakers will, through a range of presentations and case studies, look at opportunities for digitising the assessment process new approaches to assessment and how technology can be used to help design more effective and reliable assessment.
It is confirmed that this years programme will include the following sessions:
The Strategic Importance of “Developing the Young Workforce”
- SQA Keynote Address - Dr Gill Stewart, Director of Qualifications Development, SQA
- Derek Hawthorne, Skills Development Scotland
- Prof Phil John, Scholar, Heriot Watt University
Technology as a key element of the assessment process – its value beyond the qualification
- Tim Burnett and Ian Brumfitt, BTL
- Denis Saunders, Calibrand
- Margaret Marshall,EPICT & Susan Gearing, e-com Scotland
- David Crosbie & Terri McComiskey, CCEA
Good Practice and Experience - Case Studies and Projects from Scottish Education
- Celeste McLaughlin, Jisc Scotland
- Douglas Morrison, City of Glasgow College
- Wendy Reith, The Royal High School in Edinburgh
Traffic Signals - The future Landscape and Impact of Technology in Scotland
- Jim Fanning, Education Scotland
- Jeff Heywood, University of Edinburgh
The New Year is now upon us, bringing with it the biggest shake-up of public sector procurement in Scotland in recent memory. With the implementation of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, 2016 will see a focus on simplifying processes and championing SME’s, along with encouraging sustainability and socially responsible purchasing.
Key changes include:
• Reduced timescales for tenders
• New contract procedures
• Increased likelihood of contracts being divided into lots
GET TENDER READY!
Public Contracts Scotland publishes the contract opportunities, and the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) is here to help you maximise your chance of bidding and hopefully winning some of the £8 billion annual spend by the Scottish Public Sector.
SDP offers free bid writing workshops for SME’s in Scotland to help you compete for and win public sector contracts. SDP will be running training sessions throughout Scotland in 2016 to help you navigate the changes and improve your skills when tendering. So if you have only just started to consider about tendering or want to improve your bidding skills then SDP has a full range of courses to suit all levels.
Use the SDP’s website to access useful resources with hints and tips to bid better. Access the interactive Events Calendar which to view the full range of courses available over the next 6 months- book early as places are limited! Can’t leave the office? SDP offer a series of live webinars letting you enjoy training via your own PC.
WHO CAN JOIN?
The resources on the SDP website are free for anyone to use, but our workshops are only available to Scottish SME’s. To be eligible, you must have less than 250 employees and a turnover of less than 50 million Euros. You must also have commercial premises in Scotland (includes home office for micro businesses).
Forthcoming events are listed below:
12/01/2016 2.1. Understanding framework agreements – Glasgow
20/01/2016 0.1. Introduction to working with the public sector – Perth
21/01/2016 1.1. Is the Public Sector for You? – Fife
25/01/2016 Glasgow & Clyde Valley City Deal Supplier Event – Glasgow
27/01/2016 3.2. Expanding your marketplace – Lothian
27/01/2016 2.3. What the Buyer looks for in your tender - Scottish Borders
Events in February & March:
09/02/2016 3.3. Keeping the contract, the importance of Contract Relationship Management – Edinburgh
16/02/2016 2.1. Understanding framework agreements - Dumfries & Galloway
17/02/2016 1.2. Using Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) & other portals – Fife
17/02/2016 1.3. Winning work through the supply chain – Falkirk
24/02/2016 1.1. Is the Public Sector for You? - Argyll & Bute
08/03/2016 0.1 Introduction to working with the public sector – Edinburgh
15/03/2016 1.3. Winning work through the supply chain – Fife
16/03/2016 1.2. Using Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) & other portals – Dundee
22/03/2016 1.2. Using Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) & other portals - Argyll & Bute
23/03/2016 2.2. Completing a PQQ (Pre-Qualification Questionnaire) - Dumfries & Galloway
23/03/2016 2.1. Understanding framework agreements – Alloa
More information on these events can be found on the Public Contracts Scotland website.
eCom Scotland will launch eNetAuthor, its new cloud-based authoring tool for eLearning teams, at Learning Technologies 2016. This innovative new tool is designed to help companies manage the creation of eLearning projects from the initial concept right through to delivery.
With the complete eLearning process from storyboarding, to authoring and reviewing in one tool, eNetAuthor helps eLearning teams work more effectively.
As all resources are held in the cloud it is easier for team members in different locations to work together and to work on projects simultaneously.
eNetAuthor allows those without any specialist knowledge to quickly create interactive, feature-rich content to engage learners.
There is a range of advanced features for technical users – Designers and Developers – which give complete control of the content design and styling.
eNetAuthor enables the management and control of all parts of eLearning projects, including arranging meetings, sending messages and scheduling tasks.
From the customisable dashboard you can track progress, analyse activity and quickly produce management reports.
The real-time insight helps to deliver projects on-time and on-budget.
Linda Steedman, CEO of eCom Scotland, says that: “We have imbedded our 19 years of experience of delivering workplace eLearning to develop a tool for both those starting out in eLearning and for the experts. We know it works as we are proud to use this tool to deliver our own projects.”
eCom Scotland will be on stand L15 at Learning Technologies 2016 (3rd & 4th Feb) to demonstrate eNetAuthor. Visitors can see the product in action and sign up for a free trial throughout the day and join the eCom team for the launch events at 3.30pm on both days. For more information about eNetAuthor visit enetauthor.com.
The 2015 E-Learning Awards winners were unveiled at the glittering gala ceremony on 25 November.
Over 700 guests gathered at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London to celebrate the strength and depth of successful e-learning that is taking place worldwide. The gala was hosted by Deborah Frances-White and Phill Jupitus.
E-Learning Awards and Learning Technologies organiser Mark Penton from CloserStill, commented: "It was the toughest competition to date and congratulations are in order to all of the winners and everyone that was shortlisted. The Awards programme has been a true recognition of the breadth of e-learning worldwide and we’d like to thank everyone who was involved, particularly our sponsors, partners and judges".
The winners were:
Best e-learning project - not for profit sector
Gold: Red Balloon of the Air - Red Balloon Learner Centre Group
Silver: ARMS PelvicSim
Bronze: NDNA Maths Champions
Best e-learning project - public sector
Gold: OPERATION GRITROCK - British Army and CDS
Silver: Channel 4 and Acteon
Bronze: Transport for London in partnership with Kallidus
Best e-learning project - private sector
Gold: ERR (Engineering Real Results)
Silver: BSH Hausgeräte
Bronze: Travis Perkins in partnership with Kallidus
Excellence in the production of learning content - not for profit sector
Gold: NHS Leadership Academy in association with LEO and the KPMG led consortium
Silver: Channel 4 and Acteon
Bronze: Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising and Preventing FGM - Home Office and Virtual College
Excellence in the production of learning content - private sector
Gold: Grow Mobile - TalkTalk
Silver: Lloyds Banking Group - Take A Second
Bronze: TUI Travel's Multi-Device Retail Solution with City & Guilds Kineo
Best use of mobile learning
Gold: Hair Level - Bespeak
Silver: Vodafone and the Fuse mobile app
Bronze: Eye Education App from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and perceptive, powered by Elucidat
Best use of social and collaborative learning technologies
Gold: Cass Art Training Online - DESQ
Bronze: LAS and BP
Best use of e-learning to ensure compliance with external regulations or internal policies
Gold: pwc and Brightwave - Be smart. Be secure
Silver: UK & Ireland Tesco Property Mobile Enabled Site Safety Inductions - Olive Learning
Most innovative new learning product
Gold: Barclays Digital Driving Licence
Bronze: ERR (Engineering Real Results)
Best learning game
Gold: LAS, OxfordSM and Vodafone
Silver: QuizWiz- Zurich Insurance/Tata Interactive Systems
Best simulation or virtual environment
Gold: ERR (Engineering Real Results)
Silver: DALI Simulation - LIQVID and Philips Lighting Systems
Bronze: BNY Mellon: Managing Risk in Your Team with EmpowerTheUser
Best online distance learning programme
Gold: Learna and University of South Wales
Silver: MyLifetime - Lifetime Training’s Online Personal Training Diploma
Bronze: Academic Offer - The College of Estate Management (CEM)
Best use of blended learning
Gold: Transport for London in partnership with Kallidus and Interact
Silver: ERR (Engineering Real Results)
Bronze: The M&S Way - Atticmedia
Best learning management system implementation
Gold: GAME Learning Zone - GAME Digital and Growth Engineering
Silver: The Future Is Here - How Rentokil Initial moved to the future in 12 weeks
Bronze: NHSBSA in partnership with Kallidus
E-learning designer of the year
Gold: Paul Welch - City & Guilds Kineo
Silver: Joshua Roberts - Kallidus
Bronze: Robert Doyle - KPMG
E-learning team of the year
Gold: Rentokil Initial - Content Development Centre
Silver: The TP Group elearning team
Bronze: E-Learning Support Team, Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering, Headquarters Defence College of Technical Training
E-learning development company of the year
Gold: Virtual College
Silver: Mind Click - Changing the game
Bronze: Learning Pool
Learning Technologies outstanding contribution award
Gold: Rob Hubbard - LAS
Silver: Rod Knox - Virtual College
Bronze: Andrea Miles - Lumesse
e.learning age outstanding learning organisation award
Gold: Sponge UK
Silver: ERR (Engineering Real Results)
Bronze: Virtual College