Learning Light explores the future of e-learning at the Learning Technolgies exhibition

From: Learning Light
Published: Mon Jan 08 2007

The future shape of e-learning delivery is the theme of Learning Light (LL)’s stand at this year’s Learning Technologies exhibition, which is being held at London’s Olympia, on 31st January and 1st February 2007.

On display at the LL stand will be examples of headsets, PlayStation Portable (PSP) and – hopefully - a Wii or two, with which visitors to the LL stand will be able to interact in order to explore how these new technologies can be used to deliver e-learning materials.

"The PSP is a handheld game console released and manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment," explained Mark Pittaway, LL’s CEO. "It was officially unveiled on in May 2004 and the system was released in Japan in December that year.

"The PSP allows users to play video games, watch videos, listen to music, view images, as well as browse the internet – so it is a small step to making these consoles deliver learning materials, especially now that many developers are producing simulations and story-based e-learning materials," he added.

Nintendo’s video game console, the Wii (pronounced ‘we’), was previously known by its project code name of ‘Revolution’ and is the successor to the Nintendo GameCube. In general terms, it competes with other seventh generation games consoles, such as Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3.

"A distinguishing feature of the console is its wireless controller, the Wii Remote, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and can detect motion and rotation in three dimensions," said Pittaway. "Notable among the console's internal features is WiiConnect24, which enables it to receive messages and updates over the internet while consuming little electrical power."

Announced in 2004, the Wii was launched in three markets in December 2006 – although it was soon recalled in the UK because of Nunchuck cables. Pittaway commented: "Hopefully, these technical problems will be overcome and we will be able to have at least one Wii on display – and in use – on our stand at the Learning Technologies show."

Also available on the LL stand will be insights into LL’s systematic review of the e-learning industry, which LL has undertaken in association with a team of researchers from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Information Studies, headed by Dr Miguel Nunes. The research received support from the Skills for Business Network (SfBN) work based e-learning project, which shares a focus on understanding employer demand for e-learning.

Pittaway explained: "The purpose of the systematic review is to map the research that has taken place both in the academic literature, such as journals and databases, as well as the non-academic ‘grey’ literature, including whitepapers, reports and case studies, and then to identify any gaps for future research."

The Systematic Review addresses five questions:
1. What is the extent of use of learning technologies in the workplace?
2. What is the impact/effectiveness of the use of learning technologies in the workplace?
3. What are the measures/criteria for determining the success/effectiveness of the use of learning technologies in the workplace?
4. What are the factors that influence/impact the success/effectiveness of the use of learning technologies in the workplace?
5. What evidence is there that the use of learning technologies has been more successful/ effective than traditional/ face-to-face learning in the workplace?

Visitors to the Learning Technologies exhibition will find LL on stand 115.

Notes for Editors
About Learning Light Ltd
Learning Light is a non-profit organisation that highlights and promotes best practice in the use of learning technologies. It also builds relationships between learning technology researchers, suppliers, buyers and learners providing learner-centric information to encourage the growth of learning technologies. By sharing comprehensive research, highlighting successes and failures, Learning Light helps to promote the learning technologies community.

Learning Light provides bespoke and individual services to help both buyers and suppliers of learning technologies. Its current services include:

Research Services
Providing access to expert insights, advice and guidance built on in-depth research. Helping organisations to effectively implement learning technologies (e-Learning) and integrate them within their workflow processes.

Membership Services
Partnering with leading thinkers in the industry and providing a network for all interested in the field to share information, knowledge, insight, experience and expertise, through utilising online community tools, networking events, conferences and guru seminars.

Professional Services
Learning Light’s highly experienced team offers organisations access to range of competitively priced consultancy services supporting buyers with the effective implementation of their learning technology (e-Learning) requirements. And, for suppliers, helping to provide a range of services to assist market awareness and generate growth.

In addition, Learning Light provides a comprehensive Professional Development programme to help Learning & Development professionals understand the significance of learning technologies in the workplace today and how to effectively implement them within the workflow processes of their organisation.

Sheffield-based Learning Light is supported by Yorkshire Forward, the regional development agency for Yorkshire, and the Humber and Objective 1 South Yorkshire.

Further information from:
Mark Pittaway/ Kay Simpson, Learning Light, +44 (0)114 201 5703
Bob Little, Bob Little Press & PR, +44 (0)1727 860405

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