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.

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

West Lothian College has unveiled a brand new selection of online e-learning courses which allow students to study wherever and whenever they choose.

The courses are structured learning packages are secure and they are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, making them accessible and convenient.

At all stages, users are in control of their own learning which increases motivation, engagement and retention of learners. The content provides an engaging interactive multimedia learning experience, with the most up-to-date industry standard. For more information visit the website: elearning.west-lothian.ac.uk.

The courses are wide-ranging covering topics from business to health and safety, housing to healthcare and many more.  Each course contains a series of information screens, video and audio content along with exercises and tests to ensure the learner understands the materials.

The packages are flexible and allow the learner to progress at their own pace, with automatic bookmarking, which allow the user to take a break and return to where they stopped.

The innovative courses are ideal for businesses who want their staff to learn from the office. Reduces the cost of delivering learning - no room hire, trainer or travel expenses.

Online assessments ensure that the content is fully understood and there is a Certificate of Achievement on successful completion, with City & Guilds accredited courses available.

Mhairi Harrington, Principal of West Lothian College commented: "West Lothian College is delighted to have launched this new facility.   E-learning opens the door to a wider audience and provides them with an opportunity to benefit of learning at a time which is convenient to them. The ability to stop and start a package will be particularly useful for people who don't have a lot of spare time.

"I'm sure that businesses will also welcome the opportunity to provide their staff with training opportunities from the workplace."

For more information on the courses available and the costs visit: elearning.west-lothian.ac.uk

 
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.

On 28th May in Queen Anne High, Dunfermline, Education Scotland, in partnership with British Council Scotland launched a new website entitled Learners International.


This is a new and innovative resource developed to promote high quality international engagement across Scotland and beyond.  It was designed to align with the Scottish Government’s International Strategy, Education Scotland’s International Strategy and the British Council Scotland’s approach to supporting international school engagement.


It supports Scottish educational institutions to form productive international partnerships and improve the quality of experiences for learners so young people can develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes to compete effectively in global markets. 


Learners International is a one-stop shop for all matters international, including resources, examples of best practice and a self-evaluation tool to improve practice and outcomes for learners. 


The first phase is now launched and will be tested and evaluated by practitioners across Scotland before the end of the school year.  This close partnership working ensures the site is accessible and meets user requirements.  The second phase of the site will focus on the internationalisation of young people in the senior phase and beyond including colleges and community learning and development. It links closely with the British Council Erasmus+ programme.

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.

The seminar programme for the upcoming Learning Technologies Summer Forum is now available; learning industry experts to present and debate the hottest topics in L&D.

The Learning Technologies Summer Forum seminar programme contains a packed agenda of free seminars during the unique one-day follow-up event to Learning Technologies 2015. There are over 30 seminars in the programme across four theatres in the exhibition hall. It takes place in London and Olympia on June 16.

The full Learning Technologies Summer Forum seminar programme is available online: over 30 seminars including:

    Agile video - learning lessons from TV journalism (12.00 - 12.30 Theatre 4)
    All devices, all the time…responsive and adaptive design in reality (14.15 - 14.45 Theatre 3)
    Benefits of e-learning meets corporate video approach (12.00 - 12.30 Theatre 2)
    Case study: e-learning for behaviour change and service transformation within Transport for London (13.30 - 14.00 Theatre 2)
    Delivering tomorrow’s learning today (12.45 - 13.15 Theatre 1)
    Digital learning: the revolution still waiting to happen (10.30 - 11.00 Theatre 4)
    Engagement and motivation: improving learning outcomes (14.15 - 14.45 Theatre 4)
    Getting started with learning and talent analytics (14.15 - 14.45 Theatre 2)
    Hallmarks of successful training organisations (12.45 - 13.15 Theatre 4)
    How to create networked knowledge and performance platforms (11.15 - 11.45 Theatre 3)
    Is traditional training delivery dead? Are you on board with the new training revolution? (13.30 - 14.00 Theatre 3)
    Love the way you learn – a mobile, social future (11.15 - 11.45 Theatre 1)
    Make your learning a retail experience  (12.45 - 13.15 Theatre 3)
    Press play: how to integrate games into your e-learning (11.15 - 11.45 Theatre 2)
    Simulations: what they are and when to use them (10.30 - 11.00 Theatre 2)
    Smart ways to do multi-device learning (12.00 - 12.30 Theatre 3)
    Supporting informal learning with the right technology (15.00 - 15.30 Theatre 4)
    The role of technology in enabling a values based culture (12.45 - 13.15 Theatre 2)
    Total learning for the future - personal…dynamic…now (13.30 - 14.00 Theatre 1)
    Trade engagement through an extended enterprise LMS (15.00 - 15.30 Theatre 3)
    Using data to personalize online training (10.30 - 11.00 Theatre 3)
    ”We get more feedback on Ebay!” Coaching and feedback in a millennial era (15.00 - 15.30 Theatre 1)

Entry to the event is free and registration for the exhibition and free seminar programme is available online: Learning Technologies Summer Forum.

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