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Friday, November 24, 2017

How to tailor your e-learning programmes to suit different learning styles | Virtual College

Summary: The type of learning style people respond to can vary dramatically, so companies should be looking to tailor and personalise their approach to e-learning accordingly.

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"When developing an e-learning solution for your business, it's likely that your instinct will be to opt for an approach that broadly caters to the needs of the greatest number of learners, with material that delivers effective learning for the whole organisation" notes Patrick Hebbert, Bid Writer at Virtual College.

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However, you'll quickly realise that this is much easier said than done. In reality, creating a truly universal learning and development programme is complicated by the fact that different people have different approaches to learning, meaning that what works well for one individual won't necessarily lead to the same level of engagement for another.

For compliance and training managers, this can be a challenge to account for, but the flexible nature of e-learning means that it is possible to tailor your strategy to meet everyone's needs. By considering how different personality types absorb information, you produce a bespoke solution that combines a variety of materials - from text-based information to videos, downloadable resources and bitesize content - that can cater to each of these styles.

In doing so, you can ultimately achieve much better results than you would by trying to impose a one-size-fits-all approach.

Active vs passive learning
One of the most significant differences between different types of learner is the division that exists between those who prefer to learn actively, and those who prefer a more passive approach.

Passive learners tend to respond better to being provided with material to read over and process in their own time, or to be briefed on what they need to know in a non-interactive lecture-style format. Activer learners, on the other hand, like to go hands-on with the material, to take part in discussions and illustrative exercises, and to learn through collaboration and conversation.

Most research indicates that active learning methods tend to be more effective for a greater percentage of people, but preferences for both styles do exist and should be accounted for when developing a bespoke solution that meets everyone's needs...

How bespoke e-learning can deliver the best of all worlds 
Trying to account for all of these differences can feel like an impossible task, but by investing in a high-quality bespoke e-learning solution, it is possible to deliver a multifaceted training approach that caters to the needs of every learner.

Source: Virtual College 

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Is e-learning replacing face-to-face training? | BusinessCloud

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Samantha Caine, client services director at Business Linked Teams, says the future is in a blended approach.

E-learning is a valuable tool.
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The question of whether e-learning is replacing face-to-face training is one of the burning questions of the moment in corporate training departments around the world.

Organisations are looking for ways to maximise the effectiveness of their training while reducing costs.

Samantha Caine, client services director at Business Linked Teams, says e-learning can help firms address the challenge of rolling out desired behaviours and skillsets consistently across global workforces.

“Organisations need an approach that can overcome language barriers and cultural differences and help them deliver their global business objectives,” she told BusinessCloud.

“What they don’t need are unproven approaches that lean too heavily on new ideas, or old approaches that are no longer effective in today’s global marketplace.

“It’s possible to train sales teams and future leaders of global organisations with e-learning and the rationale for pursuing this path is clear.

“Firstly, training departments are increasingly challenged by the business to deliver development programmes that are more efficient in terms of both from cost of the training and the cost of the employee time for each training participant.

“Secondly, there is a strong demand from workforces for training that effectively embraces the technology that they have in their hands. The training must reflect the ways in which workforces have become accustomed to using this technology, taking in short, sharp inputs of information in a ‘just in time’ manner.

“Thirdly, online solutions have plenty of appeal for organisations rolling out technical training. It’s true that some processes can be learnt better online, especially where there are only ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways of doing things.”
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Source: BusinessCloud

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Pakistani university offers free education for transgender community | Arab News - World

"A leading university in Pakistan is offering free education for the transgender community, in a bid to promote inclusion and opportunity for the marginalized group" continues Arab News.

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“Our university education system is based on distance learning, so they can get the education without coming to classrooms, and avoid possible taboos attached to them,” Dr. Shahid Siddiqui, vice chancellor of the Islamabad-based Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), told Arab News.

Through this free education program, the AIOU will try to “return their self-respect and dignity.”

The Forum for Dignity Initiatives (FDI), a Pakistani NGO working for the rights of gender and sexual minorities, lauded the decision.

“This is a positive, welcome and much-needed step by the AIOU,” Uzma Yaqoob, founder and executive director of FDI, told Arab News, adding that the transgender community was never given such an opportunity before in Pakistan.

“The transgender community has a great desire to acquire and complete their education. I’m sure they’ll make use of this offer.”
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Source: Arab News

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COLUMN: 'Do you know about the internet?' | Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier - Lifestyles

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"I’m a recently retired community college instructor who taught online for 15 years, helped pioneer computer classrooms for teaching writing and piloted a class showing education students how to integrate technology into their lesson plans" says Cherie Dargan, retired Hawkeye Community College communications professor.

My husband, Mike, managed technology for two public libraries, began using social media almost a decade ago and manages a blog.

But our geek credentials were not apparent when we visited a local store to look for a new office chair. The young man helping us saw we were not happy with the selection.

“We have more models online,” he said. Then he hesitated, looked at me dubiously and said, “Do you know about the internet?”

I took a breath.

“I’m a retired college teacher,” I said. “I manage four websites and a blog. Mike would have gone to Amazon to pick out a chair, but I thought it would be nice to go into a brick-and-mortar store instead. 

So, yes, I DO know about the internet!”

My husband sighed and we left. He ordered a nice chair from Amazon.

I find the major downside of being retired is being seen as “old.” Businesses would do well to encourage young workers to not assume everyone older than 50 is lacking in technology skills.

According to a May Pew internet report, almost 70 percent of seniors use the internet, and half of older Americans have internet access at home. In addition, 40 percent have smartphones. Another 30 percent use an iPad or Android tablet, and almost one in five have an e-reader. Overall, seniors ages 65-69 who are college educated and more affluent are more likely to be technology users.

In fact, many of today’s seniors were pioneers of technology use in the workplace.

Early on, I wrote a grant for my own Gateway laptop and wheeled it from classroom to classroom in a two-wheeled cart. I hooked up cables to a device to switch the image on my laptop to the television in the classroom to show my PowerPoint presentation, announcements or class agendas.

I taught on the Iowa Communications Network, Iowa’s innovative distance learning telecommunications system that connects hundreds of classrooms using fiber optic cable.
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Source: Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

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Samsung to build new lab for machine learning research | Digital Journal - Technology

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"Samsung's announced a new research centre to focus on developing artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company's current AI capabilities are perceived to be behind its rivals, a weakness Samsung is working hard to address" inform James Walker, Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Technology news. 


Samsung made the announcement in a Korean press release this week. The company told Reuters it will be operating the research lab as a joint venture between two of its businesses. Samsung's mobile and consumer electronics arms will both use the facility to help develop new technologies.

Samsung's use of AI was fairly limited until earlier this year. The launch of the company's Bixby digital assistant marked Samsung's intentions to gain a position in consumer AI, an increasingly competitive segment of the technology market. Although Bixby hasn't surpassed rivals such as Siri and Google Assistant, Samsung's set a rapid development pace and is already talking about its ambitions for the platform. 

The new AI research centre will help Samsung to gain expertise in AI as it expands Bixby and its other products. AI's becoming an important component of smartphones that's used to power apps, improve security and boost performance. Some recent handsets have begun to include dedicated AI co-processor chips, a trend Samsung could jump on with next year's Galaxy S9. 

The company's already acknowledged rumours that AI will be a major selling point of its next-generation mobile products. The Galaxy S9 is currently shaping up to be an iterative enhancement of this year's S8, with much of Samsung's development concentrated on a new software experience. Proactive assistance and AI-powered convenience features will account for several of the new capabilities, requiring research that may be undertaken at the lab. 

Source: Digital Journal

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Budget 2017 debrief: what Philip Hammond’s speech means for higher education | Times Higher Education (THE)

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Diana Beech, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Higher Education Policy Institute, on an HE-light Budget that nonetheless has some implications for university staff and students.

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Never has a recent Budget been more anticipated by those in the UK higher education sector than yesterday’s Autumn Budget 2017. After a summer of uncertainty surrounding tuition fees, the sustainability of student loans and the future of UK research funding, it is fair to say that the sector had been looking to chancellor Philip Hammond to provide some clarity on the state of play for UK universities.

Yet, the chancellor failed to deliver. Despite much speculation that we might finally learn the scope and aims of the higher education review promised by prime minister Theresa May at the Conservative Party Conference in October, the Autumn Budget gave only slight nods to our universities and their students.

Mr Hammond began by acknowledging universities and research institutes as being “at the forefront of a technological revolution”. However, the excitement was short-lived. In his speech, he ultimately failed to deliver any “big bang” announcements on future funding for UK research – presumably since the government is making us wait for further developments on its industrial strategy, due to be released over the coming weeks.

The Budget’s accompanying “Red Book” at least contains more information on the government’s long-term support for science and innovation, both in terms of finance and talent. As well as confirming additional spending on research and development over the coming years, taking the total direct spending to £12.5 billion per year by 2021-22, it also provides clarity on the future status of so-called international talent in the UK.

Specifically, the government has pledged to change immigration rules to make it easier for highly skilled international students to apply for work in the UK after completing their degrees and to reduce the red tape in hiring international researchers. This approach would allow the UK’s research councils and other sector bodies to sponsor individual scientists and researchers during the immigration process.

Most notably, the chancellor made no mention of tuition fees or changes to the current student finance system in his Budget speech – something that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn subsequently seized on as being an “injustice”. For now, at least, students will have to make do with the current tuition fee freezes and the higher student loan repayment threshold, both announced in October.

The only beneficiaries of the Budget are those who have already graduated. The chancellor promised young people up to the age of 30 the opportunity to purchase “millennial” railcards and he offered assurances that they would not risk overpaying their student loans. However, the railcard is of use only for off-peak travel, while the latter probably seems like a distant dream to most students. 
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Source: Times Higher Education (THE) (blog)

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For Digital Success, Look Beyond STEM Skills, Computer Scientists Urge | Forbes

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"We want products and solutions and technologies that appeal to the dancer and the linguist, not just the engineer. So we have to bring them in" argues Joe McKendrick, author, independent researcher and speaker exploring innovation, information technology trends and markets.  
It takes many minds to run a digital business.
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Organizations seeking to get ahead in the digital game and fend off disruption will need to be creative with technology – and this is going to require a diversity of skills and viewpoints beyond traditional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) expertise. Even some leading computer engineers state that it's going to take more than technology skills to move things forward.

Some of these computer scientists shared their observations on the digital skills gap at a panel discussion at the recent CA World confab in Las Vegas. Otto Berkes, chief technology officer for CA Technologies and moderator, asked about the skills needed for today's and tomorrow's digital businesses. STEM skills development needs to be introduced and encouraged earlier in children's education, the panelists agreed. However, success in the digital economy requires more than ramping up STEM capabilities -- it requires participation from people with a variety of backgrounds, skillsets, and perspectives. (Note: the panel discussion portion starts at the 60-minute mark in the recording.)

"We over-rotate on finding and developing STEM only as the solution," said Debra Danielson, distinguished engineer and senior VP for CA Technologies. "I think as we evolve, we're going to be bringing in more people who don't need to have that deep analytical coding technologist-type capabilities. Because they're going to be focused on the no-code, low-code on driving AI to solve business problems. We want products and solutions and technologies that appeal to the dancer and the linguist, not just the engineer. So we have to bring them in." 

There's a strong business case to be made for diversity as well. “If you were to try and solve one of your top technical or business challenges you could stick some white middle-aged men with aerospace engineering degrees in a room, and we would definitely find an answer,” said Howard Abrams, distinguished engineer and senior VP of engineering at CA Technologies. “Not necessarily the right one, not necessarily the best one, but we will find an answer quickly.”

Rather than confine innovation the way it has always been, “what you really need to do is get people with diverse opinions in a room with diverse education and skills in a room to brainstorm, and figure out how to best solve the problem and be creative," said Abrams. "If you're gonna get diverse skills and interests and backgrounds that ultimately means diverse people need to be in that room. That's a key challenge.”

Diversity is a real business enabler -- "it's not a fashion statement it's how you get the best outcome,” Berker agreed. “We have to make sure that we're really developing you multidisciplinary cross-disciplinary problem solvers you know for next-generation challenges."

Source: Forbes 

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Smart to focus on ‘digital mindset’ | Khmer Times

"Smart Axiata, the leading mobile telecommunications company in Cambodia, joined forces with other companies of the Axiata Group across Asia, to launch Digital Jam, a programme whose core function is to further employees’ skills with the latest digital tools" writes Chea Vannak - Khmer Times.

Thomas Hundt, CEO of Smart Axiata, speaks to employees during the Digital Jam event.
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The programme is comprised of activity days where all employees come together online to experiment with and experience new digital work tools, games and a variety of other digital learning experiences.

It aims to develop a “digital mindset” and new digital competencies, as well as getting staff familiriased with running new projects that will ultimately improve their ability to meet customers’ needs.

The Digital Jam programme marks a shift in the Group’s training focus, where digital technologies and business capabilities take on more important roles.

With digital competencies becoming a key pillar in its transformation strategy, Smart seeks to create a modern and agile work culture where the newer generations can fit right in.

Thomas Hundt, CEO of Smart Axiata, said the new programme is part of the company’s strategy to prepare for a future where digital technologies are even more pervasive.

“The idea of Digital Jam across all Axiata markets is exactly to activate all employees to come together online, to experiment with and experience new digital work tools as well as obtain more digital learning experiences.

“As our customers become more digital, we need to digitally transform ourselves too and utilise the many cool digital technologies out there that can help us improve agility and efficiency.

“We are moving fast in creating our digital future as part of our vision to become Cambodia’s Digital Champion! We are future-proofing our organisation and creating a common language around digital,” Mr Hundt said during the event.
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Source: Khmer Times

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Bangkok street food goes digital | Bangkok Post

"Thai vendors embrace QR" summarizes Gregory Morrissey, writer. 

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Bangkok's famous street-food vendors have joined the digital revolution. They are embracing payment via Quick Response (QR) barcodes that can be read using smartphones.

Vendors in the capital are offering digital transactions after the Bank of Thailand (BoT) last week gave the green light for five banks, including Bangkok Bank and Siam Commercial Bank, to start using electronic payment systems with QR codes.

"The global trend is towards a 'cashless society.' It's convenient and there is proof of transaction. The QR code system is practical in Thailand because vendors don't have to invest too much," Somsak Khaosuwan, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, told Reuters.

At one Bangkok market, vendors said the QR codes were proving popular. However, some shoppers still prefer to use cash, particularly those who are less tech-savvy.

"I don't need to worry about finding change. But some customers, especially older people, find it a bit of a hassle," said Kitti Khoonphisitwong, 40, a dried-fruit vendor.

Shoppers in their 20s and 30s were more likely to use the system.
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Digital Learning Market Emerging Trends and Technology 2017-2022 | TechnoPOW

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"Global Digital Learning Market Size, Status and Forecast 2022 provides a unique tool for evaluating the market, highlighting opportunities, and supporting strategic and tactical decision-making" reports technopow.

This report recognizes that in this rapidly-evolving and competitive environment, up-to-date marketing information is essential to monitor performance and make critical decisions for growth and profitability. It provides information on trends and developments, and focuses on markets and materials, capacities and technologies, and on the changing structure of the Digital Learning Market.

Leading Manufacturers Analysis in Global Digital Learning Market 2017: K12 Inc, Pearson, White Hat Managemen, Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH & Co. K, Bettermarks, Scoyo, Languagenut, Beness Holding, Inc, New Oriental Education & Technology, XUEDA.

The Global Digital Learning market consists of different international, regional, and local vendors. The market competition is foreseen to grow higher with the rise in technological innovation and M&A activities in the future. Moreover, many local and regional vendors are offering specific application products for varied end-users. The new vendor entrants in the market are finding it hard to compete with the international vendors based on quality, reliability, and innovations in technology.

At the same time, the report gives an overall review of its definition, classification, cost and manufacturing technology and upstream and downstream industry (main suppliers of raw materials and their prices, main equipments and customers).It also analyzes the marketing strategies, supply chain, marketing channel of Digital Learning. In the end, it summarizes the project feasibility and the analysis of the whole industry.
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