e-learning



2013 State of the industry: US training and development [infographic]

Here is an interesting infographic on the US training and development industry. The sector had an important growth in 2013.

http://files.astd.org/Research/Infographics/2013_SOIR_Infographic.pdf

2013 training

2013_SOIR_Infographic

Louis Rhéaume
Editor, Infocom Analysis
louis@infocomintelligence.com



La Télé-université (TELUQ) dévoile sa nouvelle image

La Télé-université (TELUQ) vient de dévoiler sa nouvelle image corporative.

http://www.teluq.ca/devoilement/video.html

 

 

Open University, the long-distance learning U.K. institution gained 1 million new subscribers in just 3 months from iTunes U iPad app

In Great Britain, Open University, the long-distance learning institution, reveals that 52 of its courses have reached 50 million downloads through iTunes U, in just 15 months.  Furthermore, it says that the new iTunes U iPad app has helped entice one million new subscribers to OU courses.

The iTunes U app for the iPad has just been available for three months (it was launched on 19 January 2012).  It appears that there is a huge popularity for Apple’s iTunes apps for education. 

“With more than 50 million downloads to date, we know that students value our high-quality learning materials, and that is really underlined by the speed with which we have reached one million iTunes U app course subscribers,” said vice-chancellor Martin Bean, in a press release.

The Open University makes its content available online to everyone, in multiple formats and as part of routine course production.   All Open University courses are designed to be interactive with students switching between books, DVDs, the web, audio CD, peer groups and associate lecturers.

Open University’s courses are delivered in Apple’s iBook format to the app, where photos, videos and interactive diagrams run alongside the course texts. These courses vary from  ‘Moons: An Introduction’ (which allows you to zoom in and rotate parts of moon rocks) to ‘The New Entrepreneurs’ course, which has attracted more than 100,000 active subscribers via the iTunes U iPad app alone. Open University says that another six courses have managed to reach 300,000 subscribers.

Source: TabTimes

 

Louis Rhéaume

Infocom Intelligence

louis@infocomintelligence.com

Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

The MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) wants to reach the world with online courses

[Published originally on December 20,2011]

The MIT is already offering some free online courses to students worldwide: OpenCourseware.

http://ocw.mit.edu/help/get-started-with-ocw/

MIT today announced the launch of an online learning initiative internally called “MITx.” MITx will offer a portfolio of MIT courses through an online interactive learning platform that will:

-organize and present course material to enable students to learn at their own pace
-feature interactivity, online laboratories and student-to-student communication
-allow for the individual assessment of any student’s work and allow students who demonstrate their mastery of subjects to earn a certificate of completion awarded by MITx
-operate on an open-source, scalable software infrastructure in order to make it continuously improving and readily available to other educational institutions.

Source: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/mitx-education-initiative-1219.html

According to Anant Agarwal, director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), the new tools will be available to whoever needs it.

“Creating an open learning infrastructure will enable other communities of developers to contribute to it, thereby making it self-sustaining … An open infrastructure will facilitate research on learning technologies and also enable learning content to be easily portable to other educational platforms that will develop. In this way the infrastructure will improve continuously as it is used and adapted.”

Online learning obtained respectability with such for-profit institutions like the University of Phoenix. It has now a growing importance to traditional colleges and universities seeking ways to reach beyond their traditional constituencies.

Louis Rhéaume
Infocom Intelligence
louis@infocomintelligence.com
Twitter: @InfocomAnalysis

Les opportunités en formation à distance

[Publié originalement le 29 avril , 2007]

La formation à distance permet aux individus de communautés éloignés, ou encore trop occupé en centre urbain, de bénéficier d’une éducation de qualité.

Le e-learning offre une souplesse aux étudiants en leur permettant d’étudier à leur rhytme, quand bon leur semble. Par exemple, au DESS en Finance pour futur CGA à la Télé-Université, les inscriptions se font en tout temps, venant réduire le temps requis pour être diplômé et ainsi obtenir le titre recherché de CGA.

J’ai des étudiants qui travaillent temporairement aux Îles Vierges, au Koweit ou encore des Sénégalais voulant obtenir le titre comptable canadien.

Le village global de McLuhan se réalise avec des étudiants provenant divers coin de la planète, en autant qu’ils ont accès à Internet.

Une grande opportunité en formation à distance réside dans les logiciels libres et ouverts.
Sakai-Québec est un projet de société qui vise la formation en ligne en logiciels libres et les standards ouverts. Elle offre de nombreux avantages :

  • réduction et partage des coûts de développement et de maintenance;
  • interopérabilité avec d’autres plateformes;
  • pérennité des contenus par l’adoption de standards ouverts;
  • partage des cours et des ressources d’apprentissage;
  • facilité à modifier et à développer ses propres fonctions afin d’adapter la technologie aux besoins de la formation et non le contraire.

La croissance de la demande pour la formation en ligne est une tendance mondiale. Selon l’étude du Sloan-C portant sur la croissance de la demande en formation en ligne (2 200 collèges et universités aux É-U), rapport de novembre 2006: « Institutions of higher education report record online enrollment growth on both a numeric and a percentage basis. Nearly 3.2 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2005 term (…) Online Education is Critical to the Long-Term Strategy of my Institution (Percent Agreeing) : 79.1% (universités de 15 000 étudiants et +). By an increasing margin, most Chief Academic Officers believe that the quality of online instruction is equal to or superior to that of face-to-face learning. » (Source : www.sloan-c.org/publications/survey/index.asp).

Une autre opportunité est le podcast. Il permet de rendre accessible en des lieux et des moments différents du contenu audio de formation, sur demande pour des ordinateurs ou encore des téléphones intelligents comme le Blackberry ou le Treo.

BitiS 2006
Le Bilan TI du Québec pour l’année 2006
Réalisé et publié par l’ITIS
Institut Technologies de l’information et Sociétés
Université Laval
Québec, Canada
Le 13 décembre 2006

Louis Rhéaume

Infocom Intelligence

How to get free training from U.K. Open University and MIT

[Published originally on November 6th, 2006]


U.K. Open University now offers free basic courses at http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/
For more info see:
http://www.silicon.com/publicsector/0,3800010403,39163505,00.htm

The U. K . university is offering free training like The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is offering basic and “intermediate” courses since 2001 at
http://ocw.mit.edu/index.html

The MIT is offering several courses on many topics. Very interesting to know a new sector or a new discipline. The quality of the content vary widely, and some have decent information. However, these courses are free so there are not well developed. There are mainly explaining the basic concepts of a topic. For example, it is good to start learning the basics of a new language or a new technology.

Louis Rhéaume
Infocom Intelligence

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