How do you make it possible for different parts of an organisation to access some, but not all, of a Learning Management System (LMS)? The answer: a multi-tenancy LMS.

But everyone has different needs for sharing, and different parts of a system and content that need to be kept separated.

In this free webinar from Synergy Learning on 26th March at 12pm -1pm, we draw on real life examples using Totara LMS to achieve multi-tenancy, exploring how to allow different organisations and departments within a large enterprise to have their own identity in the LMS.

Through the webinar, we’ll explore;

  • different interpretations of multi-tenancy
  • common issues around user management, branding, reporting, and ongoing maintenance
  • multi-tenancy with themes for the user and organisations for the administration
  • sustaining future upgrades
  • typical solutions Synergy Learning have developed to meet multi-tenancy requirements

You can register for the webinar, here

World of Learning 2015 has announced its 'call for speakers' for its 2015 Conference in Birmingham this September - traditionally one of Europe's most influential annual L&D events. Speakers are being sought from the across the L&D sector.

This year’s World of Learning event will be held at Birmingham’s NEC on the 29th & 30th September and is set to be one of the biggest and best yet.

Event organisers, Venture Marketing Group, are currently seeking conference speakers from across the Learning & Development industry.  Those who can provide valuable insights and knowledge to a very receptive audience and would like to speak at this year’s event should contact Tracy Shah (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Presentations need to be case study-led, for example, using data or research based on outcomes from a project which was successful (or lessons learnt from an unsuccessful project).  The World of Learning audience want to see new ideas and practical solutions that they can apply within their organisations.

Learning & Development professionals who feel they can provide new knowledge, insight and perspective to an audience of L&D professionals should contact Tracy Shah (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for consideration as a speaker at World of Learning 2015.

The first report from the ALT Annual Survey, launched in December 2014, has been published.

The survey was primarily for ALT members but open for anyone to respond. The purpose of this survey was to:

  • Help map the ALT strategy to practice within our community in order to better meet and represent our members’ needs;
  • Show how Learning Technology is used across sectors;
  • Understand current and future practice.

Analysis of the survey responses indicates a number of areas ALT should continue to support and develop.

Priorities for the membership are ‘Intelligent use of learning technology’ and ‘Research and practice’, while ‘Online/blended delivery’ and ‘Course design’ remain to be key areas of work.

The survey also reveals a number of emerging areas including ‘Data and Analytics’ and ‘Open Education’ and as such our community may benefit from development opportunities ALT can provide.

The survey is also a reminder that ALT has an essential role in enabling members to develop research and practice in areas which might be considered as less of a priority by the majority of respondents.

Maren Deepwell, Chief Executive of ALT said:
"The findings highlight the breadth of Learning Technology across sectors and amongst ALT’s membership. As use of technology for learning, teaching and assessment grows, so do the needs of senior managers, teachers, researchers and learners. Areas of practice that may have been niche interests in the past have become more commonplace as learner expectations and employers requirements are shaped by the rapid evolution of digital technologies."

"As learning technology and its effective implementation at scale become a greater strategic priority in Higher and Further Education but also in other learning landscapes, the role of the Association bringing together the expertise and experience of its 1400+ members, becomes more important also."

The findings of this new Annual Survey will have a direct impact on the work of the Association representing and serving its members in the coming year.

Both this report and the anonymised survey data have been released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Licence and are available to download from

Quality Scotland's aim is to make excellence a national characteristic of Scotland. 

We are committed to continuous improvement and to ensuring that our products and services meet your needs.

We highly value your feedback and would appreciate it if you could complete our 2015 Quality Scotland Customer Survey before 10th March 2015. It should take you no more than 15 minutes to complete.

If you have any issues opening the link or would like the survey in another format then please contact 0131 225 5765 or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Following the addition of new projects, digital learning specialists, Aurion Learning has announced the appointment of Ciarán Friel as Instructional Designer.

Ciarán joins the Aurion learning services team from NHS, Liverpool Community Health Trust, where he held the position of eLearning Systems Developer. Ciarán has also held a number of positions within the educational and training sector over the past 12 years.

In his role as Instructional Designer, Ciarán will be responsible for working closely with Aurion client Subject Matter Experts and the in-house e-learning development team in the design and production of online and work-based learning materials for a range of programmes.

Aurion Learning’s Director, Ciaran O’Hare said, “Ciarán brings a wealth of technical and educational experience to our team and we are really pleased and excited to have him on board to strengthen and enhance our service offering to our growing client base.”


Bookings are now open for the second Opening Educational Practices in Scotland Advisory forum on Thursday 19th March 2015 at the Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA.

Highlights of this free one day face to face event include a keynote by Laura Czerniewicz, an update on OEPS project progress and a series of interactive workshops during the afternoon. The forum will enable you to explore the latest developments in open educational practice and pedagogy, discover how the OEPS project can help your organisation and how you can get involved. It will also help you build your network of open educational practitioners.

Professor Laura Czerniwicz is the founder and Director of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town and has worked in the field of educational technology at UCT for over a decade. She will be joining us via Video Conference.

Please book your place on Eventbrite.

9:30 am     Registration, networking with coffee/tea
10:00 am     Welcome and update from the OEPS project team
11:00 am     Keynote address and questions: An international perspective on opening educational practices by Professor Laura Czerniewicz
12:15 pm     Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm     Parallel workshops 1:
    1a. Exploring Openness
    1b. Open, collaborative and sharing practices in Scottish Further Education Colleges
    1c. The Scottish Open Education Declaration
    1d. Open Education – does it work in practice?
2:00 -2:15 pm     Coffee/Tea/changeover between workshops
2:15 – 3:15 pm     Parallel workshops 2
    2a. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    b, c and d repeated
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm     Interactive plenary session

Further details about the sessions from OEPS website.

14th & 15th April 2015

This year’s Open Education Conference (OER15) will take place at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

OER15 is one of a series of annual International conferences which discuss research and practice in the adoption of Open Education in all sectors of Education and Training.

Registration is still open so don’t forget to book your place.

Provisional Programme Timetable

The main conference focus will be ‘Mainstreaming Open Education’ along with six sub themes:

  • Impact Research
  • Open Education across Languages and Cultures
  • Learners and Other Communities
  • Open Educational Practice (OEP) and Policy
  • Open Courses
  • Open Education in Colleges and Schools