On July 12th, 2013 in Birmingham, England, the eLearning Network will be holding a day of practical case studies, sharing experiences and debate which will cover how you should procure the technologies to support learning in your organization. There will also be a number of experienced speakers and panel members present who will discuss topics such as: An introduction to open source elearning tools, Open Source LMS – Wouldya? Couldya? Shouldya’ and more.
You will also be able to explore a vast array of LMSs, authoring tools and other technologies including eFront, Exe, Ilias, Moodle, Xerte to name but a few.
The key questions which will be looked at on the day are:
- Are there any examples of open-source software that isn’t designed for geeks?
- When is it a good idea to look at open-source software?
- How can we make open-source software work in our organisation?
- Why would you choose software that doesn’t come with any support?
- What are the objections your IT department may raise about opensource and how to address them?
This workshop will be useful to:
- In-house L&D staff under cost pressure to get more from learning technologies
- L&D practitioners (both in-house and consultants) who want to offer a wider blend of learning than classic self-paced e-learning
- People who are frustrated that the proprietory softwares they use for learning are not flexible enough/customisable to their needs
For further information please go directly to the eLN event page: http://www.elearningnetwork.org/events/open-source
The eLearning Expo was the perfect reason I needed to schedule a trip to Lyon and kill two birds with one stone: to meet Jean-Claude Michel and Michel Lollichon of Distrisoft, our new Partner in France, and to attend the eLearning expo taking place in the city of Lyon (eFront and TalentLMS were presented at the Distrisoft booth).
Lyon is a major centre for banking as well as for the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries. The city also has serious stuff happening in the software industry with a particular focus on video games, and in recent years has fostered a growing local start-up sector. Lyon is ranked 2nd in France as an economic and convention centre with a population of approximately 1,500,000 people.
The trip was too short as I stayed at Lyon for less than 20 hours but it was also condensed in terms of experience gained. It was really interesting not only to see our new partners and discuss their promotion plans for eFront and TalentLMS in the French market, but also to see more than 50-60 vendors that were exhibiting in this eLearning Expo.
Distrisoft, our partner in France, is also the exclusive distributor for Articulate in France and a distributor for Zyncro (www.zyncro.com) a social and collaboration platform developed in Spain. Distrisoft presented the Articulate and Zyncro product line at their booth along with eFront and TalentLMS. What is most interesting and of great importance from a sales and marketing perspective, is that as all these systems are complementary products to each other and the visitors that were visiting Distrisoft’s booth had the chance to have a quick tour to view all of those systems at once. As a result, booth visitors could get the full picture of what comprises a “total elearning solution” for their “etraining” requirements by just visiting Distrisoft’s booth.
Among many other vendors that were also exhibiting at this eLearning Expo were SABA, Cornerstone, TalentSoft HRMS and a few French vendors (unfortunately don’t recall their names!)) etc. I was also surprised to meet Jan Miskovsky and Julia Lampasova from GOPAS, a Czech company specializing in the development and marketing of Microsoft Office eLearning Courses at the exhibition! We had met the first time at Online Educa Berlin last December where we all exhibiting.
The closing event of this very long day took place at “Le Cintra” – a very nice Piano / Restaurant Bar complete with excellent French wine, delicious finger food and the sounds of piano and violin – the perfect end to a long day and cold night in Lyon!
The next early morning I had my return flight back but only after organizing a “rendez-vous” with Jean-Claude and Michel on February 12th-13th at the iLearning Forum in Paris!
El pasado año asistimos a la publicación del libro Experiencias educativas en las aulas del siglo XXI. Educación con TIC, de la que dimos rendida cuenta en una entrada en este blog en una entrada que puedes leer aquí. Ha transcurrido algo más de un año y presentamos un nuevo estudio coordinado por Massimo Pennesi, Diego Sobrino, Azucena Vázquez y quien os escribe, titulado Tendencias emergentes en Educación con TIC.
Los 15 artículos en los que se articula el monográfico ofrecen una amplia visión de conclusiones basadas en investigaciones y puestas en práctica docentes en sus respectivas aulas que generan y promueven el conocimiento de sus alumnos a través del uso de una serie de tecnologías educativas que están en fase emergente y que tienen todavía margen de mejora y camino por recorrer. Así pues, encontrarás artículos que hacen referencia al uso educativo de videojuegos, dispositivos móviles, Realidad Aumentada o uso de los códigos QR.
Destacamos a todos y cada uno de los docentes que se han dado cita en la colaboración con el monográfico, tanto por cuanto aportan al mismo, como por la generosidad a la hora de difusión del conocimiento y estrategias didácticas en una obra bajo licencia Creative Commons de forma desinteresada. A continuación, puedes ver el índice de contenidos y autores de forma detallada:
El prólogo del libro es de Juan Miguel Muñoz, el presidente de la asociación, que describe muy bien las intenciones del proyecto. Puedes leerlo en este enlace, donde también puedes participar en la campaña decrowdfunding y convertirte en coeditor del libro.
No matter how many times I have boarded the plane to discover a new place, every time I am amazed. This time around, the mission was a business trip to Tokyo, Japan. A trip over to the land of the rising sun, to meet local business people, uncover opportunities for partnerships for eFront and hopefully uncover some of Japan’s hidden treasures.
Representing StartTech Ventures as part of the Greek business delegation exhibiting at Tokyo’s CEATEC 2012, Japan’s largest IT and electronics exhibition and conference – I landed at Narita airport on Sunday 30th September. What followed was an intense week full of business meetings, commuting frenzy, cultural epiphanies, politeness, cleanliness and good manners – all in large quantities. Epignosis’ Sales Director, George Kalfas, flew over for a few days too and we attended some very successful meetings together. We also did a short sightseeing tour of Tokyo and had a nice drink on one of the highest buildings in town, with a view over Tokyo by night. Everything is in place in Tokyo. Everything in order. Japan-style.
On the business-side of things, it seems that Japanese people are hard to “win” as partners; once trust is there however, they are loyal. The first trip and meeting with them served the purpose simply to meet in person, get to know each other and start building a personal relationship. You can’t do business in Japan without the personal aspect. Repeated visits are mandatory in order to establish a partnership with a Japanese firm; what’s being negotiated or shared on the meeting table is usually transferred to the lunch table and after a few rounds of sake, the pressure is off and that’s when the Japanese reveal their real thoughts and intentions. Their attention to detail and the decision-making process is unique. “Nemawashi” in Japanese means “laying the groundwork” for a change or a new decision, and successful nemawashi enables changes to be carried out with the consent of all sides. Japanese spend a lot of time evaluating parameters and possible solutions to a case, considerably more time than other cultures. However, once a decision has been made, it is supported by everyone involved. Thus the time lost in decision-making is offset by a quick delivery with everyone involved in the project. For those interested in finding out more, you can also Google “ringi”; then you can absorb what an amazing nation the Japanese people are.
As the saying goes, diligence is the mother of good fortune; and strict discipline is definitely made in Japan. Tokyo is a city of 32.5 M people; millions of them are walking the streets, commuting with public transport, working, living and yet, everything is in perfect order. Never before in my life have I been to a city where absolutely nothing caught my attention as not being in the right place, in the right order, or “not right” by any means. I have never interacted with as overwhelmingly a polite people as the Japanese, never received and said so many “thank you’s” in a single day as I did in Japan, and I’ve never woken up in a city where everything runs like clockwork. This, alone, was a lifetime experience.
By all means, it’s not the perfect city, but whoever is lucky enough to visit it one day, is in for a ride – guaranteed!