The 11th eLearning Africa will bring together decision makers and practitioners from across the education, business and public sectors to debate, share and take action on all themes surrounding access, openness, skills, pedagogy, sustainable development, best practice and more.

Africa is on the move. African economies are growing. Governments and businesses are looking at the future with optimism. The African Union has set out its Vision 2063, a view of what Africa might look like in fifty years. But how can vision be turned into reality? How can Africa be truly transformed? How can education and technology contribute to the transformation? And what role could a transformed Africa play in shaping tomorrow's world?

Theme 2016: Making Vision Reality

eLearning Africa 2016 will look at the role education and technology are playing in achieving the African Union's vision of a "transformed continent". How can we accelerate the pace of change? What needs to be done? What resources are available? How can vision become reality?

The following subthemes are offered as a guide to submitting your proposal. However, we welcome any proposal on ICT for development, education and training that fits under this year's overall theme.

  • Formal education: schools and higher education
  • Strengthening workforce skills
  • Widened horizons: innovative collaborations
  • Sector-specific best practices
  • Real learning taking shape
  • Practice, methods and tools
  • Emerging tech for learning


Contribute your research, stories, thinking, experiences and expertise by submitting your proposal before January 18, 2016. Find out more here ...

The 7th Open Educational Resources Conference, OER16: Open Culture, will be held on the 19th-20th April 2016 at the University of Edinburgh.

The vision for the conference is to focus on the value proposition of embedding open culture in the context of institutional strategies for learning, teaching and research. The conference will be chaired by Melissa Highton, Director of Learning, Teaching and Web Services at the University of Edinburgh, and Lorna Campbell, OER Liaison at the University of Edinburgh and EDINA Digital Education Manager.

OER16 will focus on:

   -    The strategic advantage of open and creating a culture of openness.
   -    Converging and competing cultures of open knowledge, open source, open content, open practice, open data and open access.
   -    Hacking, making and sharing.
   -    The reputational challenges of openwashing.
   -    Openness and public engagement.
   -    Innovative approaches to opening up cultural heritage collections for education.

Follow #oer16 to keep up to date with all conference news.

CALL OPEN: The call for submissions is now open and closes 16th Nov.

Announcing the launch of Captivate 9, Adobe believes it will drive responsive eLearning forward by empowering trainers, educators and instructional designers to rapidly create virtually any kind of eLearning content for both desktops and mobile devices.

Captivate 9 now extends authoring capabilities to mobile devices through the all-new storyboarding app Adobe Captivate Draft*. When used in tandem with Captivate 9, Captivate Draft automates the process of converting ideas into storyboards complete with more complex eLearning elements, such as content and question slides and branching logic. Once done, simply import the storyboard from the app into Captivate 9 and continue building your eLearning course.

Courses created in Captivate 9 can be enhanced using SVG graphics or by selecting content from a new library of more than 25,000 exclusive eLearning assets, such as games, interactions, scenarios, characters and more. To achieve complex outcomes, course designers can incorporate multi-state objects and responsive motion effects, without any programming. Once a course is ready for distribution, users can take advantage of single-click publishing to Captivate Prime, delivering a superior learning experience for learners while maintaining control of the learning environment.

The upgrades price from Captivate 8 is £428.40, whilst a new full license will cost £1,047.60.  Captivate 9 is also available for £22.86 per month as an annual subscription basis.

A free trial of Captiavte 9 is available from the Adobe website.

* Exclusively available for the iPad in the Apple iOS App Store

learning design live is a new free conference specifically for anyone involved in learning tech design, offering in-depth advice and the chance to share ideas with other design specialists at this autumn's new conference at the World of Learning.

Who should attend?

  • Instructional Designers
  • Instructional Development specialists
  • Instructional Design analysts
  • Online Course developers
  • Project Managers
  • Online Instructional technologists
  • E-learning design and support
  • E-learning developers
  • Instructional technologists
  • Learning technologists
  • And anyone else involved in learning tech design


Topics include:

  • Diagnostic assessment, Lucy Hodge, Instructional Design Consultant, Walkgrove
  • Action mapping from process to production, Dr Richard Hyde, CEO, Mindclick
  • Gamify your content, Mike Hawkyard, Managing Director, Amuzo
  • A guide to branching scenarios, Samantha Yates, Instructional Designer, Unicorn Training Group


Venue Details:
Location - World of Learning, Hall 1, NEC Birmingham
Date - 29 & 30 September

learning design live programme available here

 
Moodle have announced MoodleCloud, which offers a cloud-hosting solution for teachers, trainers or anyone to effortlessly deploy Moodle as a learning environment, with zero installation or hosting charges.


MoodleCloud is a free hosting offering allowing anyone to get a Moodle site in seconds. Ideal for individual classrooms and other small learning environments, MoodleCloud offers all the advantages of the latest version of Moodle’s award-winning education technology software, Moodle 2.9.1, complete with integrated web-conferencing delivered on a custom cloud system utilising Amazon Web Services.

“Moodle’s mission has always been to help educators improve learning with open, accessible tools to use as they wish. Our Moodle Partners take care of many thousands of institutions and individuals worldwide with second-to-none services, and through their royalties they continue to fund Moodle in achieving our mission. Today we launch MoodleCloud, for teachers and trainers with small needs and even smaller resources to quickly and easily set up their own learning environment direct from the people making Moodle” said Martin Dougiamas, Moodle Founder and CEO. “Education is the foundation of nearly every important thing we do on this planet, and I’m proud that Moodle is able to offer alternatives for everyone from the largest university to now smallest individual classroom with MoodleCloud”.

MoodleCloud site administrators have the ability to manage multiple courses, add content, enrol users and use Moodle’s famous range of interesting and unique collaborative learning activities within their Moodle learning environment. With automatic updates to the latest Moodle release, MoodleCloud hosting seamlessly gives educators the choice to adopt the open source learning platform for their teaching and training objectives without the need to install, maintain and upgrade software and servers themselves.

Key features of the free MoodleCloud hosting platform include:

  • Free hosting (supported by minimal advertising)
  • Easy, instant signup using your mobile phone.
  • Full version of Moodle with almost no limitations
  • Always has the latest version, currently Moodle 2.9.1
  • Up to 50 users and 200Mb disk space
  • Unlimited courses, unlimited database size
  • Integrated with BigBlueButton for video-conferencing – free!
  • Ability to personalise and customise your Moodle site
  • Available in over 100 languages with multilingual capability
  • Full support enabled for Moodle’s official app – Moodle Mobile.

The open source web conferencing system, BigBlueButton, has been made available within MoodleCloud sites with a seamless integration in the Moodle platform making it simple to open a quick session for up to 6 users with full video, audio, whiteboarding and presentation support. Dougiamas said “I’m really pleased to be working with our good open source friends at BigBlueButton to provide a total package that is second to none.”

For more information, visit MoodleCloud.

Adobe have announced the introduction of Adobe Captivate Prime, a new self-service Learning Management System (LMS) that enables learning professionals to easily and efficiently setup, deliver and track any form of learning.

This new cloud-based offering, complements Adobe’s range of eLearning tools (including Adobe Captivate 9), enables specialists in learning and development, training and corporate human resources departments to take charge of the learning environments they manage and boost impact by developing skill-based learning programs.

“We are aware of the challenges that organizations face today in rolling out learning programs and keeping employees engaged,” said Matt Thompson, executive vice president, Worldwide Field Operations at Adobe. “Captivate Prime is designed to make the learning management process intuitive, quick and easy to roll out, so users no longer feel IT dependent. The learner-first approach helps build a culture where employees don’t dodge learning, but embrace it.”

In addition to providing ease-of-use and end-to-end learning management, Captivate Prime helps organizations:

Offer a stimulating learner experience: The new Fluidic Player provides learners with a unified playback experience for virtually any kind of content, so they can seamlessly play videos and access PDFs, PPTs, DOCX, SCORM and AICC-compliant packages, all without having to download plugins – minimizing latency. Fluidic Player also allows learners to bookmark or add explanatory notes at any point in their content, which they can quickly reference later.

Establish a learning culture and deliver impact with gamification: Enable learners to view their progress within a personal dashboard that indicates courses completed or pending, recommended courses, skills attained, badges received and information on activities that can earn them more badges and points. The dashboard also launches a leaderboard where learners can compare their performance against peers. Additionally, the dashboard recognizes and rewards learners when they exhibit qualities such as initiative and involvement, or when they achieve specific learning milestones.

Deliver mobile learning even when offline: Now learners can resume learning even when they are offline. The Adobe Captivate Prime app downloads learning content onto a tablet, makes it available for offline access and auto syncs when the learner is back online.

Maximize learning impact: Achieve business goals faster by developing new skills and closing skill gaps. Organizations can now get actionable insights by tracking all online, offline and certification training taught to their employees or external partners.

Adobe Captivate Prime is priced at US$48 per year per registered user and is exclusively available in the English language.

Read the full press release from Adobe.

Read a comprehensive product review from Craig Weiss at eLearning24/7.

An article from Forbes Magazine about research carried out by Future Workplace about the use of MOOCS in a corporate learning environment. 

The Future Workplace survey was fielded to 222 heads of Human Resources, Corporate Learning and Talent Management, and they also conducted a number of interviews with senior HR leaders to understand the drivers behind creating a company MOOC, the benefits and barriers, and the long term impact of MOOCs on corporate learning.

Their four findings were:

  • MOOCs offer companies an innovative online learning design for employees plus the ability to externally offer MOOCs to attract potential new hires and new customers.
  • Companies want to go beyond creating MOOCs to also curate a wide range of open learning assets.
  • The top three barriers to experimenting with MOOCs inside companies include a lack of budget, technical and security issues and a lack of skills among corporate learning professionals to design MOOCs.
  • Top resistors to experimenting with the MOOC model were employees in the Corporate Learning Department.


Future Workplace are running a webinar on 24th June to give more detail.