November 28, 2008 | 2 comment
The organisers of iLearning Forum 2009 have pleasure in inviting policy-makers, human resource managers, learning practitioners, researchers and suppliers of learning technology solutions to participate in the 4th international iLearning Forum.
The theme of this year’s event is “Integrated learning: embedding learning technologies for individual and organisational development”.
When : 19-20 January 2009
Where : France, Paris Palais des congrès
More : www.ilearnforum.eu/
November 28, 2008 | 1 comment
Global e-learning conference for the corporate, education and public service sectors, is the key annual networking event for the international e-learning and technology-supported learning and training industry, attracting and bringing together experts in the vanguard of technology-enhanced learning.
Over 2000 delegates from more than 95 countries and every continent attend the conference to discuss the latest developments in the field.
Where : Berlin - Germany
When : december 3-5, 2008
More : www.online-educa.com/en
October 28, 2008 | 2 comment
Ultra-portable PCs, also known as “Notebooks”, are the latest trend in technology and the new students in our schools. These new laptop PCs are mobile, flexible and reliable and enable users to set up a multimedia space in a school setting in a matter of seconds.
What exactly is an ultra-portable PC or Notebook?
The main characteristic of Notebook PCs is their very small size: they are flat and lightweight - a nine-inch model can weigh under a kilo. They have all the technical features of an ordinary laptop and can run under Linux or Windows.
Deployment in schools
Ultra-portables come in a special computer case that is used for transporting, protecting and powering them. They can be set up instantly in a classroom and connect to the Internet via an integrated Wifi terminal.
All this means that you no longer have to have a special room dedicated exclusively to the teaching of information and communications technologies. Everything you need is provided: a Wifi terminal, an extension cord, a headset, a pre-installed e-learning software programme, a USB key…The training software is provided on a CD-Rom and loaded onto the teachers’ computers, enabling them to monitor their students’ progress, choose the appropriate content, and share their resources with others.
The advantages of this “all-in-one” solution
Thanks to this new increasingly mobile equipment, it is now possible to computerize schools at a very low cost. The equipment can be easily shared within any given school.
In France, this new turnkey PC solution, which is available at a price accessible to the vast majority of local school authorities, means that student progress can be measured at the end of each cycle of the B2I programme (Internet and Computer Science certificate).
October 28, 2008 | Leave a comment
Temporary work and job placement agencies, major companies and small / medium-sized businesses all face the same challenge when they recruit new talents for their teams: that of matching up the right person with the right job.
When you evaluate office-related computer skills, you must take into account a number of factors so that you can implement an effective long-term skills assessment strategy. E-learning is a solution that is particularly well adapted to developing an assessment strategy of this kind. However, in order to make an informed decision concerning the choice an e-learning service provider, you must start by asking yourself several questions.
Will the staff testing and training programmes take place in a given geographical location or will they be deployed on numerous sites?
In the latter case, an e-learning programme support system is requisite for success: the training of relay tutors, the creation of e-learning courses to facilitate the adoption of the tool. In addition, the IT department must be an active partner in the project.
About the support itself: should it be in the form of a CD-Rom or a full web solution?
A training programme deployed via an online platform offers many advantages: it is easier to up-date, and allows you to avoid problems of incompatibility between heterogeneous technology platforms. The catalogue includes modular programmes that can be adapted to the level of the audience to be tested. Furthermore, the results are objective and are immediately available.
What is the best solution for e-learning programmes involving office-related computer skills: testing in a real environment or in a simulated environment?
Testing in a real environment means that it can be performed on office software, under real working conditions, even if the software is not installed on the computer itself. The tests to be carried out can be deployed on all the workstations, even those that do have maximal office configuration. The real environment method allows you to avoid the frustrations inherent to software in a simulated environment, which does not offer the full set of options. With e-learning in a real environment, users can choose how they reply – nothing is imposed on them. In addition, all of the software features are taken into consideration.
October 28, 2008 | 1 comment
LMS is an e-learning software tool that enables users to manage online training programmes remotely. There are two types of LMS platforms: LMS and LCMS. Both are essential to the deployment and management of e-learning programmes. LMS platforms are installed on Internet or Intranet networks and are used for either distant or presential online training.
What is the difference between a LMS and LCMS platform?
A LMS platform, or Learning Management System, offers numerous features. The tool is installed on a server and provides students with a website from which they can access the e-learning programmes set up by their teachers. In turn, LMS platforms offer teachers the opportunity to monitor the results of their students and manage courses of study online.
A LCMS platform, or Learning Content Management System, offers users not only the features mentioned above, but also the possibility of creating and managing content for e-learning programmes. Right now, most LCMS must be installed on the programme creator’s workstation as well as on the server. In spite of growing bandwidths, full web production remains problematical.
Technical configuration; ergonomics; website user rights and access management.
Programme and cursus management:
The platform enables the teachers to distribute their programmes online, assign different courses to their students and to track performance via the retrieval of scores.
Virtual classroom management:
Virtual classrooms permit teachers to organize learners into different groups according to their level and to schedule and lead classes online. The tool is offered as an option on LMS e-learning platforms.
Communication tools management:
Forum: Organisation of online discussions between learners and teachers
Library: Online resources provided by teachers, which can then be accessed by learners
Collaborative space: The posting and revision of resources by teachers and learners
E-mail: Sending/receiving of electronic mail
Agenda: Organisation of the e-learning programme schedules
The AICC and SCORM Standards
LMS platforms operate under AICC and SCORM standards, which enable e-learning systems to store learners’ actions. As a result, they offer teachers very rich data about their students: time spent per e-learning unit, number of visits, date of the last visit, reports on their progress. The standards most frequently used are SCORM 1.2, AICC 3.5 and SCORM 2004 (in descending order).
September 12, 2008 | Leave a comment
Staff managers need to have a global vision of the market in services and innovative products in the human resources sector.
When : 8-9 October 2008
Where : Geneva Palexpo - Switzerland
More information : http://www.salon-rh.ch/content/index_eng.html
September 12, 2008 | Leave a comment
The seminar objective is to make a survey of the educational manners based on e-learning tools.
When : 1, 2, 3 October
Where : Charleroi / Belgium
More information : http://www.efodlseminars.eu/charleroi/index.php?lang=en
September 12, 2008 | Leave a comment
This event gathers HR professionals around workshops, conferences and trade show.
When : 28, 29, 30 September 2008
Where : Quebec Congress Hall
More informations : http://www.orhri.org/congres/2008/www/
September 9, 2008 | 1 comment
What is the Microsoft Office Certification Credential?
It is a globally recognized standard that validates office-related computer skills.
The credential validates the level of skills with using the Microsoft Office pack: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook.
The training program permits users to acquire, develop as well as to enhance their skills on any or all of these applications.
A more efficient use of the software enables the optimization of performance, reducing the time involved in carrying out business-related tasks and, as a result, significantly boosts productivity. Certification validates the level of user skills and is internationally recognized.
It enables management to boost the productivity of software tools by matching the level of skills with the jobs that employees are called upon to perform. For service providers and suppliers, it demonstrates the company’s committment to training its employees, and serves as a guarantee of the quality of the services offered.
The credential is globally recognized and enables employees to validate their skills, as well as their level of understanding and expertise in using the Micosoft Office software tools. The training program is DIF-qualified (French goverment measure to encourage continuing vocational training).
Two ways of preparing for the test
- Self-training, with Microsoft-approved training packs
o Online learning with the possibility of e-tutoring in asynchronous mode (e-mail, for example)
- At a certified Microsoft training center, by a teacher who is also Microsoft-approved.
The 4 steps
1) Test your current level of skills with using the applications to find the training program that fits your needs.
For your information:
For Microsoft Office 2007 applications: one level only
For Microsoft Office 2003, 2002 and 2000 applications: two levels, basic skills and Expert
2) Prepare yourself thoroughly for the certification exam
3) Purchase an exam coupon and set up a rendevous in a certified center
4) Take the test in a certified exam center.
To test your skills and find out more: www.testoffice.com
July 21, 2008 | 1 comment
More and more companies are seeking to offer their employees the benefits of training programmes known as “e-learning”. However, with so many offers out there how do you go about zeroing in on the right one? What technical features are needed to guarantee that the solution meets your teams’ requirements and fits in with your company’s e-learning strategy?
There are three main categories of e-learning solutions:
- “Off-the-shelf” solutions
- Customised solutions
- Internal solutions.
In general, Off-the-shelf e-learning solutions are designed for office automation, foreign language and computer training. The solutions are standardized and can be used by learners on their own or with the help of a trainer, either in a presential mode or at a distance.
Customised e-learning solutions are accompanied by a services offer intended to ensure the success of the distance learning project.
A customised e-learning solution provider should be able to provide support in the following areas:
- Development of the communications plan
- Drafting of the e-tutoring plan
- Development of a customised e-learning programme
- Implementation of the graphical and technical aspects of the e-learning content
- Creation of detailed teaching and financial reporting systems
- Support in the integration of the e-learning module in the LMS platform
Internal e-learning solutions now come with authoring tools that enable users to create e-learning content internally. These types of solutions are well adapted to long-term e-learning strategies and require an in-house staff with the skills needed for scripting the interactive modules.
Hosting the solution
- External hosting by a service provider, in ASP (Application Service Provider) mode.
- Internally, on the corporate Intranet, for example.
The e-learning solution selected should include an e-learning module management platform, commonly called a LMS (Learning Management System) platform. These platforms are particularly well suited for training programmes that involve sensitive or confidential data. When you integrate a LMS platform, pay special attention to the standards (AICC, IMS or SCORM ) used; these determine the format in which the content will be updated and the data transferred from one LMS platform to another.
E-learning market players:
- Consulting, integration and implementation of the overall solution, platform and content
- Platform providers only
- Content providers: standardized or customised content
- Providers of content creation tools: e-learning programmes or for evaluation purposes
However, a number of providers combine several of these features in their offer and provide a wide range of services (educational and technical engineering), along with flexible and robust software solutions.