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mmb industry report: e-learning companies show robust growth

growth rate was still robust, although, for the first time since 2010, it dropped into the single-digit range. The six biggest providers achieved an above-average growth of 14%.

The growth of the job market was even stronger: The number of regular staff members grew by 17%. The majority of e-learning offers – 74% – are customized products and services. These are results taken from the just published mmb industry report “e-learning industry 2017” with more to be found here.

Digitalisation of German companies: Good, but not excellent

A recent Bitkom survey shows that in all areas, whether in robotics, big data or virtual reality, they see themselves more as laggards than as trailblazers. Concerning the topics of artificial intelligence and 3D-printing, the position of the German economy looks particularly precarious.

However, 36% of the respondents still consider the German economy to be on the right track and to be an international digitalisation leader. The survey covered 505 companies with more than 20 staff members.

Lingua TV and M.I.T e-Solutions establish sales partnership

LinguaTV, a vendor of video-based language trainings, contributes more than 1,000 videos for language training.

M.I.T has developed an interface for its learning management system that allows New Academy users to access the course server of LinguaTV. The training packages cover topics of IT, economics, compliance and language learning as well as safety issues.

Private further education: Nearly every second German uses digital formats

77% and 75% of the users of blended-learning-programmes and mobile learning apps are willing to spend private money on digital trainings. The numbers drop to 22% and 15% for users of desktop learning programmes and online courses.

There is a big interest in private further education: Three of four Germans (76%) make use of trainings, be they offered in classical or digital formats.

Digital technology in universities: Students expect more

Four of five students have the possibility to download lecture materials and scripts, two thirds use an internal learning platform.

The digital organisation of studies with interactive schedules and notifications in the case that lectures are cancelled has still a long way to go. Every fourth student cannot reach his professor by mail or messenger. Only 22% trust academic data protection.

France extends ban on mobile phones in schools

Until now, cell phones were only banned to be used in class. But all middle schools are to establish choirs that today only exist in every fourth school.

In 2015, 80% of French teenagers owned smartphones. In Germany, the federal states regulate the use of mobile phones in schools. Mostly, they leave the decision to the individual schools. In Bavaria, cell phones may only be used for teaching purposes.

Shortage of corporate trainings on digital technologies

72% complain that there is no time for trainings on digital technologies at work, and 59% say that their employer does not offer trainings on these topics. For 39% this is the case, although their company has increased the use of digital technologies.

77% believe that digital know-how will be as important at work as professional expertise and social skills. 76% take part in trainings on a private basis, and 36% would spend 2 or more hours per week for training activities.

tts and Wacker Chemie win Brandon Hall Award

The “Mobile Assistant Tool & E-Learning” application offers real-time personalized product information to 1.500 sales reps in Wacker’s global dealer network. It helps them to advise customers when selling complex specialty chemicals covering lipstick additives as well as engine gaskets.

MATE’s technical foundation is the tt performance suite, for which, since 2015, tts has gained several Brandon Hall awards.

The winnder Jake Ingle Award. Credit: Jake Ingle
KnowledgeFox completes exit to Bonnier

In January, Bonnier had already acquired a majority stake in the start-up, a provider of micro-learning solutions that was founded in 2012.

The Swedish corporation wants to make KnowledgeFox the core of an expansive e-learning strategy and plans to invest in its sales and marketing activities. RSA managing director and KnowledgeFox founder Peter Bruck has sold his shares. KnowledgeFox COO Gregor Cholewa will be the new CEO.

Wikimedia strategy: Pro free knowledge, against fake news

Until 2030, Wikimedia wants to become the “essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge” and will “stand against censorship, control and misinformation”.

This year, 100.000 new articles have been published in the German Wikipedia to date, and 6 mio. of freely reusable photos were uploaded to the media archive Wikimedia Commons.

The German Wikimedia chapter decided to support the strategic direction of the international Wikimedia movement as proposed by the Wikimedia foundation.
JIM report 2017: WhatsApp on top, Facebook fades

Among the social media platforms that are used multiple times per week, Instagram (57%) and Snapchat (49%) rank second and third. Only one fourth of German teenagers are still regular Facebook users, according to the JIM report 2017.

The JIM reports (youth, information, (multi) media) that capture the media usage of German teens have been published yearly since 1998 by the Medienpädagogische Forschungsverbund Südwest in cooperation with Südwestrundfunk.

Cornerstone OnDemand receives $300 mln investment

The company intends to use the proceeds of the investment to fund growth initiatives, repay existing debt und repurchase common shares.

It also plans to leverage its position in global learning to expand its presence in e-learning content. For the last quarter, the company’s revenue was $122 million, a 13% increase compared to last year. The net loss was $14.9 mln.

Private equity firm Silver Lake Partners and Microsoft’s LinkedIn plan to invest $300 million in Cornerstone OnDemand. Credit: Olu Eletu
Private equity firm Silver Lake Partners and Microsoft’s LinkedIn plan to invest $300 million in Cornerstone OnDemand. Credit: Olu Eletu
10 billion euro per year for further education?

But today, nobody can assess with certainty whether eventually, overall, more or less manpower will be needed, since the shortage of qualified employees will increase, says a recently published report of Boston Consulting Group.

It is only certain that new competences will be required. In order to provide those who are affected by the technological change with these competences, yearly expenses of € 10 bln for “lifelong professional training” will be necessary, according to the BCG experts.

According to the BCG experts there will be € 10 bIn for "lifelong professional training". Credit: Markus Spiske
Iversity becomes part of Springer Nature

Chief Book Strategist Niels Peter Thomas points out the benefit to its authors, whose contents can be more widely distributed, as they can now also “be made available as part of the extended portfolio, and in modern learning formats.”

Iversity currently has 750.000 registered users, and there are more than one million course participants. Founder and CEO Hannes Klöpper will leave the company. Springer Nature plans to go public in 2018.

Springer Nature,has acquired the e-learning platform Iversity
Digitalisation of schools requires 2,8 bn. € per year

But the “initiative for a digital pact” of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research only earmarks 1 bn. € yearly for networked classrooms, online learning content and the training of teachers.

20% to 50% of the 2,8 bn. € are already put up by the municipalities. The report asks for continuous federal funding and points out that the contribution of parents to the financing of end devices - 800 mio. € - is an open issue.

Costs of a IT-accoutrement in schools
Costs of a IT-accoutrement in schools
Digitisation of HR processes: Medium-sized companies overestimate their performance

The more surprising is the very optimistice self-assessment of medium-sized companies: According to a survey of Xing and the University of Mannheim, 97% of CEOs and HR leaders believe that their company ranks in the midfield or better, a mathematically impossible result.

84% see great chances in the digitisation of HR processes. But while 67% of HR managers consider this highly relevant, only 35% of the CEOs agree.

Compared with other countries, the level of digitalisation is not top notch.
Compared with other countries, the level of digitalisation is not top notch. Credit: Helloquence
Digital learning at universities: What brings success?

Until March 31, reports and interviews dealing with this issue will be published on the e-teaching-website.

Among the subjects of the contributions published to date are:

  • case simulations and automatic adaptive feedback generated by using methods of artificial intelligence
  • live-online-streaming of realistic surgical procedures
  • academic success prognoses based on learning analytics

topic special e-teaching
Digital games: Almost every second adult German is a gamer

Women are hardly less represented than men, and the number of silver gamers grows: Every eighth person of the generation 65+ is one of them.

The most often used platforms are mobile: Laptops and smartphones have outranked desktops. Another trend is the massively increased awareness of virtual reality: Today, 88% of German citizens have heard or read about it, more than double the number of the previous year.

Almost every second adult German is a gamer
Financing success: Simpleshow rakes in 15 Mio. €

The “global market leader in the production of professional explainer videos”, as the company describes itself, intends to use the success of its fourth investment round to date to accelerate its international growth and advance technical innovations. Two representatives of the investment firm, Katrin Wehr-Seiter and Natalia Sugutina, will become members of the Simpleshow Board.

Simpleshow, which was founded in 2008, has 120 employees working in 10 offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.

The Luxemburg-based investment fund BIP Fund, Sicar deals out more than 15 Mio. € to Simpleshow.
The top 200 tools for learning in 2017

Articulate, Powtoon and Easy Generator top the list of authoring tools, whereas Moodle, Google Classroom and Edmodo – the two latter ones are products for schools – are the frontrunners among LMS.

These are results from the top 200 list of 2017 published by Jane Hart, keynote speaker of LEARNTEC 2017, on behalf of the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies. The most successful newcomers are Unsplash, a photo portal, Grammarly, a website for grammar checks, and Snapchat.

youtube, Google Search and Powerpoint are the most popular tools of learning professionals in the anglophone world
Artificial Intelligence: Enterprises expect high ROIs

For every US-dollar invested they expect an ROI of close to 3 US$. 61% of respondents say they plan to hire a Chief AI officer in the future.

Companies are already starting to drive revenue from AI, mainly in R&D, customer services and supply chain management. But 91% also see barriers to further AI adoption, like the lack of IT infrastructure and in-house talent.

Companies are bullish on artificial intelligence. Credit: Michal Parzuchowski
Qualitus and Malteser: A special customer relationship

In the future, Qualitus will adapt the modules that were produced for Malteser to the products of its own ole+-series and will offer them to other organisations as well.

Malteser will receive a share of the generated revenues and will invest half of it into the production of more online trainings from Qualitus. In this way, Malteser expands its e-learning-portfolio at favorable conditions, and Qualitus makes use of the Malteser expertise.

Relationship between Qualitus and Malteser
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer visits IMC

In the presence of the IMC management she tested virtual reality scenarios with VR glasses and declared herself impressed by the “pioneering entrepreneurship made in Saarland”.

In his contribution to the discussion, chairman of the board Prof. August-Wilhelm Scheer emphasised the paradigm shift from “training focus to performance focus”.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer visits IMC
Bitkom asks for massive investments in artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is a key technology whose significance cannot be overstated.”, declared Bitkom president Achim Berg.

The recently published brochure “Decision support by artificial intelligence” provides a survey about the use of AI in organisations und the problems related to automated decision-making. It is freely downloadable here.

massive investments in artificial intelligence
eLearningCHECK 2018: Survey about customer satisfaction has started

Winners are chosen in the categories learning management systems, authoring tools, standard content IT, standard content business skills, bespoke content and consulting quality.

eLearningCHECK is a joint initiative of CHECKpoint-eLearning, salespotential and the Goethe University Frankfurt. Here is the link to register for participation.

eLearningCHECK 2018: Survey about customer satisfaction has started
OECD education report: mixed results for Germany

But one third of university graduates have studied MINT subjects, more than anywhere else with women being underrepresented, though. Kudos is explicitly given to the dual vocational education.

OECD education report: Education at a Glance 2017
Students want VR technology to be part of regular classes

The students predict an increased learning motivation and bigger individual learning successes. The survey was conducted in connection with the Samsung initiative Rethinking digital education.

Students want VR technology
Austria: digital education becomes a school subject

From grade 5 to 8, it will take up two to four lessons per week and will terminate with a “digi.check”. The new school subject is part of the digitisation strategy “School 4.0” of the Austrian government.

Austria: digital education becomes a school subject - Copyright BKA Wenzel
Austria: digital education becomes a school subject - Copyright BKA Wenzel
Economy goes digital, but employees lack skills

According to a survey among 312 family enterprises with 1.500 employees on average, the limited skills of the employees are the main hurdle on the way into the digital future. Interface issues, lack of IT security and corporate culture come next on the list of problems.

Results of the survey among 312 family enterprises
Results of the survey among 312 family enterprises
Bildungsmonitor 2017 calls for sweeping educational investments

The INSM calls for additional investments of 12 bn. € per year to address issues of digitisation, demographic change and the integration of immigrants.

Bildungsmonitor 2017 calls for sweeping educational investments
Bildungsmonitor 2017 calls for sweeping educational investments
delina: call for entries is underway

The winners In the categories “university”, “corporate and vocational training” and “society and lifelong learning” will be awarded the prize at LEARNTEC on January 31, 2018.

The innovation award for digital education delina
The innovation award for digital education delina

Topic areas of LEARNTEC 2019

Topic area school

Topic area school

How do digital schools work? Which new forms of learning and teaching arise through digital teaching materials and what factors must be taken into account? What form do optimal learning and the teaching of media skills take?

Topic area university

Topic area university

Universities in the digital age – visit our programme of presentations university@LEARNTEC and discover many more different ideas for your university on all three days of the trade fair.

Topic area corporate

Topic area corporate

The growing trend towards digitisation is changing the way in which we live, teach and work – both today and in the future. These days, practical, life-long education is scarcely imaginable without the use of digital media.

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