UK LearnOnline, a consortium of learning content producers which has developed the learning content for the National Learning Network (NLN) and will involve the promotion of the UK learning industry on a global scale, has appointed Learning Light (LL), a non-profit centre of excellence in the use of learning technologies in the workplace, as a trustee of the consortium. In this matter, Learning Light was advised by Peter Rawlinson, partner at Wake Smith, specialists in IT/IP and corporate sector deals.
The UK LearnOnline consortium comprises of some of the UK’s leading e-learning businesses: Epic, the Workshop, Digitalbrain and the National Extension College (NEC).
The learning content’s production value has been estimated at some $29.55m (£15m) by the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta), which has responsibility for ensuring that learning content in the UK is ‘fit for purpose’ and matches the needs of both the learner and the learner’s organisation. The NLN content is over 600 hours long and covers a wide range of topics, from travel & tourism and environmental conversation to performing arts, sports and recreation.
NLN content is intended for a wide range of learners – from 16 year olds through to adults – covering adult and community learning; further and higher education; offender learning, and work-based learning. While the content is freely available in the UK, Learning Light is developing a number of channel partners in order to distribute this material outside the UK, by using its network of international expertise it has built up.
“The increased exposure of the UK learning industry through the activities of Learning Light working with UK LearnOnline will offer significant opportunities – internationally - for both locally-based and national e-learning organisations,” said Mark Pearce, of theWorkshop and the chair of UK LearnOnline.
“In addition, there are plans to extend the UK LearnOnline consortium in order to include more NLN producers – and the learning content that they have produced, Both the UK LearnOnline consortium and Learning Light are keen to work with more UK developers to expand the consortium and promote quality UK e-learning content worldwide,” he added.
“UK LearnOnline offers many exciting prospects for its member organisations,” he continued. “We’re delighted that Learning Light is working with the consortium and is going to be devoting considerable resources and expertise to help the consortium achieve its aims and objectives.”
Jim Farmery, head of innovation at Yorkshire Forward commented: “This is an exciting coup for Learning Light and the Yorkshire and Humber based e-learning industry.
“In its appointment to manage and promote the work of UK LearnOnline, Learning Light has been recognised as a world class provider offering access to world class knowledge, research and learning - the UK’s e-learning offer will now be realised not only within the UK but to a worldwide market.
“The Yorkshire and Humber e-learning industry already holds two of the world’s largest applied e-learning services,” he continued. “It is partnerships such as this that continue to place the region at the heart of the use of learning technologies in the workplace – increasing the skills of our workforce and moving the region forward.”
“Our role within the consortium is to be the consortium’s exclusive representative to manage the marketing, sales licensing and administration of the NLN materials directly and through resellers worldwide – that is, anywhere outside the UK,” commented Mark Pittaway, LL’s CEO.
“In particular, we are looking for partners using established networks in the US and elsewhere to help promote and further develop markets for UK e-learning overseas. This is highly significant for the UK’s e-learning industry and shows Learning Light’s commitment to growing the industry.”
About the National Learning Network and its learning materials
Funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and available free to the post-16 sector, the NLN materials represent one of the most substantial and wide-ranging collections of e-learning materials in the UK.
The NLN Materials are small, flexible 'bite-sized' episodes of learning. They are not whole courses but are designed to support a wide range of subject and topic areas. The materials adopt a range of approaches involving some knowledge acquisition, a chance to practise and absorb, and some form of assessment to check that the learning has been understood and the learning outcome(s) achieved.
The materials give learners things to do and a chance to think for themselves. They are designed to be fun. Learners can make mistakes but can try again. There is plenty of in-built help if they get stuck and opportunities to go back and revise. Many of the materials include games or quizzes. Accessibility options are available on many of the materials to suit learners' individual needs. The materials are also designed to appeal to the different learning styles of students.
About Learning Light Ltd
Learning Light (learninglight.com) 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 the European Regional Development Fund.
Further information from:
Mark Pittaway/ Kay Simpson, Learning Light, +44 (0)114 201 5703