This year, the Learning 2007 event - widely recognised as the world’s premier learning technologies conference and organised by The Masie Center, headed by e-learning guru Elliott Masie - focuses on ‘Learning Changes’: changing learning content, learners; systems, issues and learning models.
Cardinali, who is also chair of the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG), has recorded a podcast with Elliott Masie on current learning trends. He is also conducting a pre-conference session on ‘blending mobile, location and virtual worlds based learning towards personal ambient learning’.
Cardinali explained: “Since everyone in our society has valuable knowledge, skills and abilities, we shouldn’t ‘write off’ anyone. This means that we need to make learning opportunities available to all in order for them to develop to their fullest capabilities – and this raises accessibility issues where learning is concerned.
“Many of these issues can be addressed through the application of learning technologies, especially through games, simulations and virtual worlds. Innovations in learning such as these should help European organisations to remain competitive in the world economy, despite increasing competition from elsewhere in the world.”
In addition to outlining the trends and recent achievements in EU research and development in the field of learning technologies, Cardinali will discuss mobile learning content management; narrowcasting and ‘Learning Pills’; location based geo-learning, and augmented roaming across mobile and virtual learning worlds.
The following day, Cardinali participates in a panel discussion on ‘Perspectives on learning futures from learning suppliers’ CEOs and CTOs’, moderated by IDC learning industry analyst, Cushing Anderson, and Elliott Masie. Issues addressed in this session include the changes that are taking place in the learning marketplace and what we should expect in evolving products and services.
Later that day, Cardinali will offer a European perspective on mobile, location and virtual worlds content management in the light of Giunti Labs’ position as Europe's leading vendor of e-learning and mobile learning content management solutions.
In addition, Bryan Eldridge, of Giunti Labs North America, is conducting a session at Learning 2007 on how to add a learning content management system (LCMS) and Giunti Labs is also participating – via its international markets manager, Carin Martell - in a ‘standards panel’ during the conference which, among other things, discusses the latest developments in SCORM.
Stephan Thieringer, Giunti Labs’ COO for North America, commented: “The adoption of international standards is vital in order to bring interoperability of systems and software, thus providing common ‘information space’ into which learners could tap.
“Giunti Labs is a strong supporter of standards such as IEEE LTSC, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC36, CEN/ISSS WSLT, AICC, IMS, ADL-SCORM and OKI and invests a great deal of time and effort in ensuring our products’ compliance with these standards. Consequently, we are delighted that Giunti Labs’ learn eXact LCMS suite has just become only the 12th system in the world to be ‘SCORM 2004 certified’.”
He added: “Having established its presence in the North American market earlier this year, Giunti Labs already has clients including: AT Still University; BNA; the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, and the University of Maryland University College. With our leading edge products and their conformance to the latest international standards, we’re seeing increasing interest in our products from customers throughout the USA – and, indeed, the world.”
About Giunti Labs
Giunti is unique in the international publishing industry.
In 1497, Giunti publishers and typographers in Florence, together with others in Venice, began modern book manufacturing. Over the years Giunti has built a ‘historical catalogue’ of huge dimensions, through a gradual process of ‘fusion’ of different publishers, but also through the creation of new brands, including Giunti Labs. Giunti Editore now includes 20 companies in the publishing sector.
Giunti Labs, which has its global headquarters in Italy and offices in London (UK), Frankfurt (Germany) and in Boston (US), provides a wide range of services, in response to any content, learning and knowledge management need, covering:
• Content production
• Research and development
• Technological solutions for content, learning & knowledge management
• Architectural and technological solutions for mobile & wireless
• Training and consulting
Giunti Labs provides the learn eXact® suite, Europe's leading e-learning and mobile learning content management technology. This suite is interoperable with all major vendor-driven and open source LMS and VLE solutions in the market including Plateau, Oracle, SumTotal, Saba, WebCT, Blackboard, Sakai, LRN and Moodle.
Moreover, Giunti Labs does not just adhere to the international standards relating to the LMS/LCMS world, it is one of the organisations that helps to determine and drive these standards: co-writing and developing them. Giunti Labs plays a key role in most of the international institutions for the definition of eLearning specifications (IEEE LTSC, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC36, CEN/ISSS WSLT, AICC, IMS, ADL-SCORM and OKI).
About Giunti Labs’ learn eXact® suite
Giunti Labs’ learn eXact is an e-learning and mobile learning content management system (LCMS) that enables users to create, manage and deliver content based on learning objects, XML, standards and international specifications. It delivers learning content to location-based mobile devices, interactive TV and wearable computer devices. Now the solution with its new eXact VLW plug in also delivers standard learning contents into 3D Virtual Worlds.
Further information from:
Angus Turpin, Giunti Labs, +44 (0) 7733 365063
Minna Leikas, Giunti Labs, +39 3489 399127