Corporate Moodle Uncovered 

The popularity of Moodle as an academic learning platform is now migrating into the corporate market too. But built originally for an academic audience and learning model, what’s the reality of Moodle’s usage and suitability for corporate learning? “Insights Into Corporate Moodle,” a new report by Elearnity, exposes the reality of how Moodle is actually being used in corporate organisations, and analyses the implications for corporate adopters. 

Elearnity’s research is based on in-depth discussions with corporate Moodle customers as well reviewing vendors focusing on the corporate Market, and an interview with Moodle creator, Martin Dougiamas. The research from Elearnity, examines the key limitations of Moodle when used as a corporate Learning Management System (LMS) and how it is being adapted by some vendors to address those issues.

“Moodle has been increasingly touted as a corporate LMS” explains Adrian Jones, Principal Analyst of Elearnity. “We feel it’s important to get beyond the hype and help organizations truly understand what Moodle can and can’t do for them in reality.” 

Having been heavily adopted in the academic community, the Moodle user base stands at over 57 million worldwide. But adoption within corporate organizations has been slower, and the research highlights key limitations in a corporate setting as an enterprise-wide solution. Jones continues, “The most common corporate use of Moodle still remains as a low cost platform to launch and track e-learning content, not as a true LMS. There is however a significant potential for it to be extended with more corporate LMS features, leading to the growth of ‘hybrid Moodle’ solutions such as Totara or Joule.” 

Jones explains, “The key drivers for corporate adoption of Moodle are often the lack of budget or time to deploy an enterprise LMS, and the associated perception that because it’s open source, it comes for free. This is not the case however and our research found the costs involved in implementing Moodle are typically higher than expected when you add in corporate functionality and service levels .” 

The research also explores the Moodle supply chain and the challenges involved for end user organizations when implementing it as a solution. In addition, there is an in-depth case study which features the Open University where Moodle is used to support over 200,000 learners. 

The research is available from Elearnity’s website at http://www.elearnity.com/ekcMoodle.html.

Tablet Shipments to Pass Laptops by 2016, Says NPD Report

 

Tablet PCs, such as Apple’s iPad, are expected to be the growth driver for the mobile PC market over the next few years. Tablet shipments will surpass notebook shipments in 2016, according to the latest NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report. Overall mobile PC shipments will grow from 347M units in 2012 to over 809M units by 2017.  

While notebook PC shipments are expected to increase from 208M units in 2012 to 393M units by 2017, tablet PC shipments are expected to grow from 121M units to 416M units in this period, for a compound annual growth rate of 28 percent. A key driver for tablet PC growth is adoption in mature markets (including North America, Japan and Western Europe), which will account for 66 percent of shipments in 2012 and remain in the 60 percent range throughout the forecast period. Tablet PC shipments into mature markets will grow from 80M units in 2012 to 254M units by 2017.  

“Consumer preference for mobile computing devices is shifting from notebook to tablet PCs, particularly in mature markets,” said Richard Shim, senior analyst at NPD DisplaySearch. “While the lines between tablet and notebook PCs are blurring, we expect mature markets to be the primary regions for tablet PC adoption. New entrants are tending to launch their initial products in mature markets. Services and infrastructure needed to create compelling new usage models are often better established in mature markets.” 

Building upon convenience-oriented features including instant-on capability, long battery life and extreme portability, tablet PCs are expected to evolve in form factor and performance, making them a compelling alternative to notebook PCs. Tablet PCs are expected to incorporate multi-core processors, increasingly stable operating systems, growing app libraries and higher resolution displays. 

In addition, notebook PCs are also evolving to meet the challenge from tablet PCs. Thinner form factors, higher resolution displays and touch functionality features are expected to increase. The notebook PC market will remain the largest part of the mobile PC market during the forecast period, accounting for 60 percent of mobile PC shipments in 2012, declining to 49 percent by 2017.  

The DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report covers the entire range of mobile PC products shipped worldwide and regionally. For more information about the report, please go to www.eweek.com. 

Top Internet Trends for 2012 According to VC Firm  

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Venture Capital Firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers has released a great At the All Things Digital conference, a partner at venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers Mary Meeker detailed a report outlines some of the hot trends affecting the Internet. 

This report talks about today’s Internet growth and provides an in-depth look for the following new trends: 1) review of Internet stats and notes that Internet growth remains robust and rapid mobile adoption is still in early stages; 2) run through a number of examples of business models that are being re-imagined and re-invented thanks to mobile and social; 3) highlight mixed economic trends and 4) observe that while there’s a lot to be excited about in technology, there are things to be worried about regarding America’s financial situation. 

A few of the reports highlights include:

  • 2.3B Global Internet Users in 2011, driven by emerging markets
  • 1.1B Global mobile 3G subscribers, 37 percent Growth Q4
  • iPhone adoption ramp even faster than expected
  • Android’s adoption faster than iPhone.
  • Still huge upside for mobile phone adoption (Early days)
  • 29 percent of US adults own a tablet, from 2 percent less than three years ago.
  • Global Mobile Traffic Growing Rapidly to 10 percent of Internet Traffic
  • Mobile @ 8 percent of USA eCommerce & Helping Accelerate Growth
  • Mobile Monetization Growing Rapidly (71 percent Apps, 29 percent Ads)
  • Rapidly Growing Mobile Internet Usage Surpassed More Highly Monetized Desktop Internet Usage in May 2012 in India
  • iTunes App Store Driving 46MM+* downloads per day. 

The report was written by Mary Meeker and Liang Wu. Mary Meeker is partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and joined the firm in January 2011. She focuses on investments in the firm’s digital practice and helps lead KPCB’s Digital Growth Fund, targeting high-growth Internet companies that have achieved rapid adoption and scale. Laing Wu joined Kleiner Perkins in 2011. He is a member of the firm’s digital team, where he focuses on investments in the Digital Growth Fund.   

Gaming Platform to Use Technology for HR

ProGaming Platforms Corp., a developer of a commercial multiplayer online gaming and reward processing software platform, announced today that the company intends to apply its platform to serve additional functions related to the measurement and analysis of human behavior. 

ProGaming's platform automatically and accurately determines game winners from an unlimited pool of players, and automatically pays monetary reward payouts. The platform can be integrated into any existing billing system, can be licensed by any online gaming provider, and can sit on any third-party server. The platform, which is currently used to accurately record the progress and results of real-time, multiplayer online games, can similarly be applied to measure and compare the performance of multiple individuals in a wide variety of real-life simulations. 

Such complex virtual and constructive simulations can be used for training as well as evaluation purposes, particularly in the fields of security and human resources. ProGaming's platform can be applied to analyze the human behavior of simulation participants, and can compare the behaviors of multiple participants across a variety of simulated circumstances and challenges. 

"The ability to apply the proprietary ProGaming platform across multiple industries, including the hi-tech and security sectors has the potential to add tremendous value to our system, and can open doors to numerous business development channels," said Boaz Lowenstein, Chief Executive Officer of ProGaming Platforms. "The system accurately measures human behavior in real-time, and this functionality can have significant commercial applications." 

Facebook, LinkedIn Changing Employee-Recruitment Methods, Says Report  

Social media sites are changing the way businesses look for talent, according to a survey of more than 150 human resources and recruiting executives, directors and managers conducted in March 2012 by Research Now on behalf of social enterprise talent management specialist Jobscience.  

Thirty-six percent of survey respondents said they plan to use social media behemoth Facebook more for recruiting this year than they did in 2011. Facebook placed second, behind LinkedIn, as the most used social networking site for recruiting.  

Prospective employees are also using social media to find the right job, the survey indicated, with 52 percent of U.S. corporations believing that social networks are an important venue for businesses to attract candidates. Study participants believe social media recruiting is here to stay, as 60 percent said reaching a greater number of qualified candidates through social media networks such as LinkedIn and Facebook would be the next "big thing" in recruiting strategies. 

"Using social networks to find candidates for current job openings has become a common strategy for recruiters," Ted Elliott, CEO and founder of Jobscience, said in prepared remarks. "But the real value of social recruiting is when companies continually engage with people through social networking—so when an appropriate job opens up—the person is familiar with the company and has a propensity to want to work there. It's about social sourcing and building pipelines of talent—so your talent pool never runs dry." 

LinkedIn, which caters specifically to people actively employed or seeking employment, still dominates the landscape. Eighty-six percent of respondents said LinkedIn was the social network that matters. Facebook followed, with 51 percent, while rival Google+ trailed in third place, with 26 percent. Perhaps due to the limited amount of information users can post on microblogging site Twitter, that platform ranked as the least important social network for recruiting, mentioned by only 16 percent of respondents.  

"As Facebook becomes the most relevant place on the Web—it is also putting a face on the 'employment brand' of companies," Elliott continued. "Information about a company is no longer solely controlled by recruiters. Candidates and employees are using social media to gather information about companies. If companies want to attract top talent, they need a strategy for their employment brand—which includes monitoring how their brand is perceived on social networks, facilitating a social dialog and giving compelling reasons for people to work at their company."