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Using Elgg behind the firewall

I'm interested in exploring the pros / cons of using Elgg behind the firewall where I work. Is this the best tool? What are the alternatives? Where can I get advice on intalling and running this? Have other people got experiences they would be willing to share?

I know already there are some good resources within the 'Learning and Skills Group' - which will be a great help.


Added by Jonathan Kirby on November 16, 2009 at 10:09 — No Comments

Digital Britain: A vital move in the right direction

Digital Britain: A vital move in the right direction

On 16 June the government published its Digital Britain Final Report which outlined plans to improve the UK’s digital infrastructure and equip the population with essential digital life skills.

Over the past decade learndirect has used technology to become one of the biggest contributors to the government’s skills agenda, delivering some 7 million learndirect courses to more than 2.65 million learners. We have proved… Continue

Added by Kirstie Donnelly on June 17, 2009 at 12:30 — No Comments

Looking forward to tomorrow

As this will be my first Learning and Skills Group I'm looking forward to meeting you all and participating in some lively debate. If any of you have a particular interest in the following areas, do try and search me out for a chat:

- Reducing the cost of induction and accelerating time to full competence for new joiners

- Impact of neuroscience/cognitive psychology on learning design practices

- AGILE development of e-learning (rapid authoring does not on its… Continue

Added by Lars Hyland on June 8, 2009 at 13:47 — No Comments

Great to join such a vibrant community

I feel a little late to the party, but it's nice to see so many familiar faces. I certainly look forward to taking contributing what I can to the various debates and discussions going on. That said, my first opportunity will be in June as I'm going to be away in Spain for a couple of weeks well earned rest. This will be my view....…


Added by Lars Hyland on May 18, 2009 at 16:55 — No Comments

Bob's Blog

Follow my blog at the National Learning Institute

Added by Bob Selden on February 27, 2009 at 13:12 — No Comments

New technology - the threat to corporate information

I've expressed my frustration at the 'what if inaccurate information gets posted' in a presentation here.

Added by Norman Lamont on February 24, 2009 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Congratulations Julie and Cheshire ICT Service

Congratulations to LSG member Julie Wedgwood and Cheshire ICT, who won not one but two gold awards at the IITT Awards last night (Feb 5th).

At the IT training industry's annual glitzy knees up at Dorchester Hotel, Julie and the team picked up the Gold Award for the Internal Training Project of the Year and the Training Department of the Year (public sector).

Making the short list is a great achievement. Winning a category is marvellous. Winning two?… Continue

Added by Donald H Taylor on February 6, 2009 at 10:36 — 2 Comments

Arrrrrggggghhhhh! Learning - an unwanted luxury?!

Had a meeting with a trainer today who told straight to my face:
"Learning?!! We do not have the time or luxury to ensure that! We're happy as long as our "students" know that the matter is difficult and that they need to investigate further at a later stage..."

Added by Runar Asly on February 5, 2009 at 17:14 — 2 Comments

Closing keynote and closing the training department

The February issue of Chief Learning Officer magazine, out today, features a column I wrote that parallels my opening message in our final session at Learning Technologies.

An excerpt:

As networks continue to subvert hierarchy, successful organizations will embrace respect for the individual, flexibility and adaptation, openness and transparency, sharing and…

Added by Jay Cross on February 1, 2009 at 11:26 — 1 Comment

Is less more?

The Economist ran an interesting article recently on technology in the recession, called 'Less is Moore'. It questions the continuing relevance of Moore's Law, which boils down to the following:

The cost of a given amount of computing power falls by half roughly every 18 months; so the amount of computing power available at a particular price doubles over the same period.

The trend… Continue

Added by Clive Shepherd on January 24, 2009 at 18:37 — No Comments

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2008

I compiled this list from the contributions of 223 learning professionals (from both education and workplace learning) who shared their Top 10 Tools for Learning both for their own personal learning/productivity and for creating learning solutions for others. [See the individual contributions here - If you would like to contribute to the 2009 list, let me know - - and I will contact you when I open fot…


Added by Jane Hart on January 23, 2009 at 18:30 — No Comments

The future of the classroom

I was in a meeting yesterday where the IDC predictions - that the classroom will die - was laughed at yet again. IDC's been saying it since the 1980s and it hasn't happened yet! Well I must say I've changed my position and now, I'm with IDC! Here's my Strategic Planning Assumption - by 2010, when we expect to come out of this recession, the level of adult learning in the classroom will have dropped to 50% of 2008 levels. So here's a thought - do you believe it'll be higher than 50% or… Continue

Added by Alan Bellinger on January 22, 2009 at 12:17 — 6 Comments

Preview of my talk

If you want to get a preview of what I'll be talking about next week, take a look on my main blog at the post "To open source or not".

The talk will be based around these 5 rules - but with further examples.

Added by Mark Berthelemy on January 21, 2009 at 15:28 — 2 Comments

Jay's travel plans for the coming two weeks

I arrive in London mid-morning on Monday the 26th, take a brief stroll, and sleep off jet-lag. Maybe spend a few hours at the Victoria and Albert.

Tuesday the 27th I figure out what I intend to speak on at the conference and practice saying the words to the mirror. That evening I'll be at the Speaker Reception but plan to minimize carousing for the sake of my audience the following day.

I give presentations Wednesday and Thursday but intend to go to many presentations… Continue

Added by Jay Cross on January 18, 2009 at 22:13 — 2 Comments

Conferece pre-taster

Well I'm glad to be invited to speak at this conference.
Please find a preview of my talk at:

I look forward to the debate on rapid eLearning and the
work based learning approach I support.

Please email me at with any questions.

Added by Dr. Anthony 'Skip' Basiel on January 18, 2009 at 11:08 — 2 Comments

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