Mobile learning. It was supposed to be the “next big thing”, at least judging from the trade press articles and the headlines in major news outlets.
Nowadays though, you don’t hear about it as much. Is it still a thing, or was it just a fad?
Read on to find out.
The rest of the professional world might have embraced “continuous professional development” a decade or so ago, but it has always been a necessity for the medical professionals.
Billions are spend every year in lectures, seminars, conferences, training programs and related materials for keeping doctors and hospital staff up to date with the latest developments and technologies.
Those are not just for career advancement, as is often the case in other industries, but are demanded by law as a means for medical professionals to maintain their clinical competence.
There’s a saying in French that the shoe-maker often has the worst shoes ― meaning that we often neglect our own needs even in the areas that we specialize in. This fits an enterprise IT department quite well, as programers, despite creating cutting edge technology are not very quick to adopt it in their job.
Languages like C and C++ still prevail, decades after their introduction and despite their warts. Millions of coders forgo modern development environments for 40 years old text editors. And, which brings us to today’s topic, IT departments are not among the first to adopt eLearning tools and technologies, that have taken the rest of the enterprise by storm.
If you read the technical press you might have chanced upon an all too frequent meme that “software is eating the world”, in the sense that it takes out traditional industries: websites versus newspapers, music stores vs record sales, Netflix vs Blockbuster, the list goes on.
When it comes to eLearning, though, it doesn’t seem to be an either-or proposition.
With its tremendous growth the last decade, it’s no secret that eLearning is taking the world of education by storm. This might have gotten you a little worried if you are running a traditional educational institution, but it really shouldn’t.
The role of eLearning is not to replace traditional classroom based education. Its role is to supplement it, by providing educational opportunities for those cases and people where traditional learning is not possible, either due to time and location constraints or due to cost.
While tons of businesses and organizations of all kinds and stripes have embraced e-learning as the way forward for training their staff, there are still niche fields that have yet to join the revolution (except for a few pioneers). Local government is one of them.
Local government, that is public administration within a given state — prefectures, municipalities, communities and so on, is no easy task. It has to co-ordinate thousands of employees, in lots of different departments and functions, and often has to do it on a shoe-string budget.
As with any successful recipe, there are several key ingredients we use in creating our software here at Epignosis HQ: a passion for creating things; an understanding of the e-learning market and our customers needs; hard work and long hours; hard-core programming chops; ketchup (just kidding).
By now it should be well established that e-learning is no fad. If it has taken the world by storm, it is because it caters to a very real demand for fast, asynchronous, cost-effective and scalable education that has emerged in our fast-paced, inter-connected and trans-national world.
Marketing needs better marketing.
I mean, we always hear about the heroic entrepreneurs or inventors that created some new product or service (e.g. Jobs, Zuckerberg, Larry Page and the rest), but we seldom hear about the marketing departments and agencies that helped make it a success after it was created.
Maybe that’s because most people think that marketing is superfluous, and that “if you build it, they will come”.
The Maintenance section is perhaps the less well known eFrontPro administration page, but it really shouldn’t be.
In it you’ll find some tools to help you keep your eFrontPro installation in top notch condition, as well as a few very helpful diagnostic tools for when things go wrong.
If you’re an eFrontPro administrator it sure pays to familiarize yourself with what’s on offer there, and this post will attempt to help you do just that.