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Thursday, January 8, 2015
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Infographic on Europe’s Mobile Learning Market

Docebo’s recent report, “Learning on the Go--Tips and Trends in M-Learning” examines the mobile learning market in Europe. Its research finds that in 2013 there were 403 million unique mobile subscribers, which is set to increase to 417 million by 2017. Also, there were 24 countries in Europe with a mobile penetration rate above 100 percent, and in Eastern Europe an aggregate growth rate of 14.7 percent. 

For more highlights, check out the infographic below, or download the free report.  


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TrainingIndustry.com Identifies Top 20 Gamification Companies 

TrainingIndustry.com continuously monitors the training marketplace looking for the best providers of gamification services/technologies in support of corporate learning and development. Its first annual Top 20 in Gamification list is designed to help buy-side organizations in their searches for the right gamification training partners. 

Selection to the latest Top 20 Gamification Companies was based on the following criteria: 

  • features and capabilities of the gamification products/services
  • company size and growth potential
  • quality and number of clients/users 
  • geographic reach
  • awards, recognition, and competitive differentiation. 

Due to the diversity of services included, no attempt is made to rank the top companies. Here they are in alphabetical order.  

  • Allen Communication Learning Services
  • Axonify
  • Breakaway Games
  • BTS
  • Custom Learning Designs (CLD)
  • Designing Digitally, Inc.
  • Enspire
  • Gamelearn
  • G-Cube
  • Global Training Solutions, Inc.
  • GP Strategies Content Development
  • Knolscape
  • NIIT Enterprise Learning Solutions
  • Performance Development Group
  • ProfitAbility L&D Services LLP
  • Qstream
  • Raytheon Professional Services
  • Saffron Interactive
  • SweetRush, Inc.
  • Tata Interactive.

To learn more about each company, go to the TrainingIndustry.com website. 

New List of “Movers & Shakers” in E-Learning 

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Now in its sixth year, the latest annual list of the “Top 10” most influential people in the corporate e-learning sector—in the World, North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Asia-Pacific—contains the names of 38 people. Of these, 23 are men and 15 are women.

This year, the top spot on three of the lists has changed hands – for the first time since 2010 for the North America and World lists, with Elliott Masie now slipping one place to second. Each list sees movement in positional terms, but last year’s leaders in Europe and the UK retain their positions. Those whose influence in this field appears to have grown most during 2014 include:

  • Craig Weiss, who has taken over top spot in the World and North America lists
  • Christopher Pappas, rising to number three in both the World and Europe lists
  • Laura Overton, who not only consolidated her position at the top of the UK list but also makes her debut in the Europe and World lists

All the lists have three new entries this year, reflecting changing attitudes among the lists’ judges—drawn from around the world—towards what now constitutes an “influencer.” The current key determining factors for being an influencer in the corporate e-learning field are said to be:

  • willingness to share knowledge (peer-to-peer learning)—not just opinions or selling products—typically via social media, especially LinkedIn and Twitter
  • publishing case studies and research on how to achieve improved outcomes
  • innovation.

According to the judges focusing on the Asia-Pacific sector, talking about “typical e-learning” is no longer good enough. Practitioners are looking for information on innovation, new ways and new technologies in considered, cost-effective, meaningful implementations.
This could manifest itself, throughout 2015 and beyond, via increasingly closer relationships between HR/ learning & development and Internal Communications departments, as more organisations make greater use of enterprise social networks (ESNs) for informal learning.

These “movers and shakers” lists are compiled from a corporate online learning perspective, on the basis of a person’s perceived current influence on the online learning industry—as a practitioner, commentator, facilitator and/or thought leader. In such a subjective area, opinions will always differ—and its guaranteed that the judges’ decisions will not meet with universal acclaim—but these lists represent the views of a number of key people about the personalities who lead the corporate online learning world.

World List

  1. Craig Weiss - an e-learning analyst, expert, author, speaker and thought leader who is CEO of E-Learning 24/7 (Position last year: 2)
  2. Elliott Masie - head of The MASIE Center, a New York think-tank focused on how organisations can support learning and knowledge within the workforce(Position last year: 1)
  3. Christopher Pappas - Greece-based founder and CEO of the eLearning Industry's Network elearningindustry.com (Position last year: 8)
  4. Tom Kuhlmann - one of the world’s best known e-learning designers (Position last year: 3)
  5. Laura Overton - a speaker; member of ELIG, and managing director of Towards Maturity, a not-for-profit company that provides research and online resources to help organisations deliver effective learning interventions at work
  6. Harold Jarche - the Canada-based ‘thought catalyst’, writer and blogger who is also chairman of the Internet Time Alliance (Position last year: 5)
  7. Patti Shank - founder of Learning Peaks, and an internationally recognised expert on, and advocate for, the pragmatics of the design of information and instruction to help people do what they need to do (Position last year: 6)
  8. Rebecca Stromeyer - owner of ICWE, which runs Online Educa, as well as E-Learning Africa (Position last year: 7)
  9. Sahana Chattopadhyay - Consultant and Deputy Head at Tata Interactive Systems and writer of the ID and Other Reflections blog
  10. Sunder Ramachandran - blogger and also head of sales training at Pfizer in Mumbai, with over 11 years’enterprise learning space experience 

North America List

  1. Craig Weiss - an e-learning analyst, expert, author, speaker and thought leader who is CEO of E-Learning 24/7 (Position last year: 2)
  2. Elliott Masie - head of The MASIE Center, a New York think-tank focused on how organisations can support learning and knowledge within the workforce (Position last year: 1)
  3. Tom Kuhlmann - one of the world’s best known e-learning designers (Position last year: 3)
  4. Harold Jarche - the Canada-based ‘thought catalyst’, writer and blogger (Position last year: 5)
  5. Patti Shank - founder of Learning Peaks, and an internationally recognised expert on, and advocate for, the pragmatics of the design of information and instruction to help people do what they need to do (Position last year: 6)
  6. Aaron Silvers - a designer, technologist, and strategist responsible for helping to bring into being learning technologies, notably SCORM and Experience API (otherwise known as ‘Tin Can’). He leads the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee charged with the international industry standardisation of Tin Can
  7. Debbie Richards - Texas-based president of Creative Interactive Ideas, designing, developing and delivering adult learning programs with measureable impact
  8. Cathy Moore - e-learning blogger. (Position last year: 4)
  9. Tony Karrer - CEO and consulting CTO of TechEmpower, based in California, USA
  10. Jay Cross - a writer, commentator and speaker (Position last year: 7)

Europe List

  1. Rebecca Stromeyer - owner of ICWE, which runs Online Educa as well as E-Learning Africa (Position last year: 1)
  2. Richard Straub - the secretary general of the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG), an advisor to the EU on all things to do with e-learning (Position last year: 2)
  3. Christopher Pappas - Greece-based founder and CEO of the eLearning Industry Network
  4. Helge Scherlund - the Denmark-based writer and blogger on e-learning topics (Position last year: 3)
  5. Armin Hopp - founder and president of Speexx and a member of ELIG (Position last year: 4)
  6. Laura Overton - a speaker; member of ELIG, and managing director of Towards Maturity
  7. Thea Payome - editor of the Germany-based CheckPoint eLearning ezine and website (Position last year: 5)
  8. Iva Matasi - CEO at Consulio, Inc., a Croatia-based consultancy, specializing in online learning technologies, connecting EU experts with EU research funds(Position last year: 9)
  9. Dr. Ladislava (‘Vlad’ka’) Knihova - a key champion, user, and publisher of e-learning applications within the corporate and academic sectors in the Czech Republic (Position last year: 8)
  10. Donald H. Taylor - speaker, blogger, and online technologies pundit

Asia-Pacific List

  1. Sahana Chattopadhyay - consultant and Deputy Head at Tata Interactive Systems and writer of the ID and Other Reflections blog (Position last year: 7)
  2. Sunder Ramachandran - blogger and also head of sales training at Pfizer in Mumbai, with over 11 years’enterprise learning space experience
  3. Ryan Tracey - e-learning manager at AMP, Advisory Board member at eLearn Magazine, reviewer at the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, author of magazine articles and writer of the E-Learning Provocateur blog. (Position last year: 6)
  4. Anne Bartlett-Bragg - managing director Asia-Pacific of the Ripple Effect Group, executive director of the Learning Technologies User Group and contributor to the Ripple Effect Group blog (Position last year: 5)
  5. Abhijit Bhaduri - author and also chief learning officer of Wipro; based in Bangalore, India
  6. Amit Garg – co-founder of Upside Learning, m-learning evangelist, international speaker, and contributor to the Upside Learning Blog (Position last year: 1)
  7. Manish Gupta- CEO of G-Cube Solutions, an e-learning products and services company; director of Vivo Collaboration and speaker on performance support, experiential learning, gamification, and just-in-time learning (Position last year: 8)
  8. Joyce Seitzinger - author of the Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers, an international speaker and writer of the Cat’s Pyjamas blog (Position last year: 4)
  9. Manish Mohan - senior vice president at NIIT, a mentor at e3cube and writer of the Learn and Lead blog (Position last year: 2)
  10. Michelle Ockers - Sydney-based organizational learning practitioner, currently working for Coca-Cola Amatil

Lists of additional influences are available at http://www.hotblog.co.uk/boblittlepr/2015/01/02/the-sixth-annual-top-ten-e-learning-movers-and-shakers.

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About the Author

Ryann K. Ellis is an editor for the Association of Talent Development (ATD). She has been covering workplace learning and performance for ATD (formerly the American Society for Training & Development) since 1995. She currently manages ATD's Community of Practice blogs, as well as ATD's government-focused magazine, The Public Manager. Contact her at rellis@td.org. 

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