Synergy Learning is to introduce Totara Social at the upcoming Learning Technologies exhibition and offer advice to L&D professionals interested in harnessing greater value from social learning in their organisations.

Along with showcasing each of its partner platforms, Totara LMS, Moodle and Mahara, Synergy Learning will be introducing an exciting, new addition to the Totara family: the new social learning platform for enterprises, Totara Social.

Social learning was a hot topic in the elearning industry in 2014, with many debating how social learning can add value and be integrated into an organisation.

“2015 will be a year of social learning implementations,” points out Amy McCourt, Marketing Executive at Synergy Learning. “Synergy Learning is investing in new skills and technologies to help customers to take advantage of new and innovative approaches in learning.

Synergy Learning will be taking visitors through the platform, it’s features and benefits and explaining how L&D professionals can put a case together to effectively implement social learning in an organisation.

In addition to the huge array of fantastic speakers and sessions at this year’s Learning Technologies, Synergy Learning will also be running bite-size, 10-minute presentations on its exhibition stand. Covering a range of workplace issues – including performance management, mobile learning, compliance tracking and talent management – Synergy Learning will show how its platforms can help L&D professionals to deliver powerful, workplace learning for their organisations.

Visitors to Synergy Learning on stand 149, requesting a demo of any of its learning platforms or viewing one of its presentations, will also get the chance to win a Google Nexus tablet.

Synergy Learning


The Scottish Education Awards celebrate the hard work and success which takes place in Scottish education. They recognise the achievements of people who dedicate their lives to children and young people and showcase the valuable work and innovation in Scottish classrooms.

The Scottish Education Awards 2015 have officially launched and once again the event promises to be the highlight of the Scottish education calendar.

Nominations for this year's awards are now open.

Learning Through Technology Award
The Scottish Education Awards recognise schools and centres that have developed a vibrant and progressive culture and climate of continuous innovation.

The culture and ethos should promote respect, ambition and achievement whilst striving for the maximum for every learner.

For your nomination to be considered, you are required to respond to the statement above and in detail to the following questions. This should include practical activities and projects your school has undertaken, detailing the impact these strategies have had on pupils, staff, parents and the community.

    In which of the six areas of the technologies curriculum do you think your establishment is sector leading?
    In what ways are learners using the technologies to develop skills for learning, life and work?
    How is learning supported by the technologies in other curriculum areas?

Describe the outcomes of these approaches in terms of impact on:

    children and young people
    the whole school community
    the wider community

To nominate, browse through the list of nomination categories and criteria and then complete the nomination form. You may also find it helpful as part of the nomination process to read the hints and tips as well as look at an example nomination from a previous year.

View all Nomination Categories

Scotland has a great deal to be proud of in terms of its track record in the ICT and Digital Technology sector with strong growth, increased levels of exporting and a large share of the foreign investment being attracted to the UK.

However, this level of growth and the increasingly global outlook brings with it serious challenges in making sure that firms working in Scotland’s ICT and Digital Technology sector can support the pace of change and development and ensure that they can stay at the forefront of innovation.

Making sure that companies have access to a skills base that allows them to capitalise on the opportunities of today and tomorrow is of fundamental importance with Scottish companies not being immune to the pressures faced by competitors across the world.

Wide range of initiatives
It was against this background that SDS in partnership with our industry partners launched a Skills Investment Plan for Scotland’s ICT and Digital Technology sector in March backed by £6.6million investment in the sector by the Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership.

Based on extensive consultation with employers and industry partners along with research and labour market information, the themes of the Skills Investment Plan are: responding to the immediate need for skills; broadening the future talent pipeline; raising the profile of sector and its careers; and working together to make the education system more responsive to the needs of employers.

Career of choice
SDS is working across all of these themes to implement an action plan featuring a wide range of initiatives which will see SDS working alongside employers, academia and industry stakeholders.

The New Year will also see the launch of a marketing campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of the IT sector and promoting it as a career of choice, giving people a better understanding of the range of opportunities available.

In the first edition of our ICT and Digital Technology Update, you can read about some of the other recent developments and initiatives which SDS and its partners have worked on, and in the coming months we’ll offer further updates on the work being undertaken as it unfolds.

What’s next?
If you would like to know how your company can become involved in this work or would simply like to find out more please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Skills Development Scotland.

Alliance Member, Just Learn, are collecting data to update their Challenges of Implementing eLearning survey.

Just Learn have run the Challenges survey a couple of times previously over the past decade, so it will be interesting to see how the issue we face have changed in that time (or perhaps they haven't changed that much).

It's a straightforward survey, so should only take you a couple of minutes to complete – There are two questions in the survey – what are the challenges you face in implementing eLearning and what are the main reasons for you using eLearning.

Fill in the survey.

Quality Scotland have recently announced their Spring 2015 Webinar Programme. 

This is a benefit that is free to members of Quality Scotland, so please do try these out! 

The webinars include:

  • Using the Excellence Model in Practice
  • Planning a Self-Assessment
  • Managing Improvement Projects, and
  • Committed to Excellence


An outline of each of the webinars and how to register are available in the document.

West Lothian College, an award winning provider of further education since 2001 are hosting their own informative learning journey at their campus on Wednesday 28th January, 2015, 10am until 1.30pm.

The College became a member of Quality Scotland in 2010 and quickly began their very own journey to excellence.  In 2013, the college achieved Recognised for Excellence 3-star in Quality Scotland's Levels of Excellence Programme before raising the bar and achieving 4 -star in 2014 at the Scottish Awards for Business Excellence.

Committed to continuous improvement and development, the college have a strong culture of excellence that filters through the College between students and staff. 

The West Lothian College Learning Journey will describe their journey to 4-star focusing on how they implemented the EFQM Model and RADAR logic to initiate a number of new and innovative improvement projects and streamline services throughout the College as a whole.

Jenny Stalker, Quality Manager will talk about the ongoing improvement strategy of the College and provide more detail on how they became a leading College of Excellence in Scotland.

Booking details for this event is available at Quality Scotland.

The Public Service Reform agenda outlines the need for public, third sector and private organisations to work more effectively in partnership with communities and each other, to deliver better services for patients and the public.

There is also a clear objective of the change agenda to invest in community-based, person-centred and asset-based approaches which prevent ill-health and dependency on public services.

In order to seek views and opinions into cross-sector working, you are invited to complete the following questionnaire:

Working Across Sectors: Views, Experiences and Perceptions

It also aims to review practical examples and educational provision in the area.

Your input is very much appreciated, and completion of the survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

The information will be used to help review and plan cross-sector working.