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The E-Learning Industry With the cost of implementing e-learning tools falling, more governments, businesses, and schools have added online courses and other forms of distance learning to their organizations. By keeping an eye on the top trends in e-learning, meeting some of the most influential experts in the e-learning field, and asking critical questions about your own strategy, you can make important decisions about how you use e-learning tools in your own life and at your own organization. Top Ten Trends in E-Learning
I got a lot of positive feedback on my “ Advice for Small Schools on the LMS Selection Process ” post, so I’m going to continue the occasional series. You can find all the posts in the series at any time by going to the “small school LMS selection” tag on my site. To recap, these posts may apply to your school if at least three of the following are true: You work at a small school of 3,500 students or less. You have a couple of dozen faculty “heroes” who are using the LMS heavily, a bunch more who just stick their syllabus in it, and a substantial number who don’t use it at all. You offer a small number of distance learning and/or blended courses, but you don’t have any online degree programs or similar systematic collections of online classes.
SEATTLE--( BUSINESS WIRE )-- Livemocha , the world’s largest online language learning community, announced today that it has surpassed 3 million members in just 20 months of existence. Livemocha also unveiled free language courses in 12 additional languages, each translated and verified entirely by Livemocha members. With a thriving community from over 220 countries, Livemocha is also emerging as a powerful platform for leading language publishers around the world. Earlier this year, Livemocha and Pearson had announced an agreement to co-develop a new, direct-to-consumer, conversational English-language learning experience on Livemocha’s online platform. “Livemocha has grown quickly by expanding the concept of social network technology to tap into a global market opportunity”
Livemocha, which bills itself as the world’s largest online community of language learners, this week announced a strategic partnership with Pearson, a major international textbook publisher. In the first of what it plans as a series of partnerships with other content producers, Livemocha will bring Pearson's English-learning content to its language training and learning site. Livemocha is a community-based language-learning destination that came into existence in September 2007, founded in Bellevue, Washington by a gaggle of former Microserfs.
Company Exceeds Revenue and Earnings Guidance --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 30, 2009-- (NYSE:RST), a leading provider of technology-based language learning solutions, today announced financial results for the company’s fiscal second quarter ended . Total revenue for the second quarter was , an increase of 18%, compared to in the prior year period.
In today’s world, it is easier than ever to reach across boundaries. The global environment offers infinite opportunities—but only to those who have the right skills. Berlitz helps individuals and businesses, governments and non-profit organizations develop the language, cross-cultural and leadership skills necessary for success.
Frustrated trying to learn German through traditional methods of repetition and rote grammar memorization, Allen Stoltzfus spent a year as a college student studying economics at a university in Germany. It worked. And Stoltzfus returned to the United States convinced full immersion was the fastest and most effective way to learn a foreign tongue. That was his inspiration for a firm that would become Rosetta Stone, which last month made its debut as a public company on the New York Stock Exchange. KEVIN CLARK/WASHINGTON POST Tom Adams, chief executive of language software maker Rosetta Stone, said the company intends to keep expanding.
Last week, language instruction company Rosetta Stone went public on the New York Stock Exchange, issuing 6,250,000 shares at US$18 and raising US$112.50 million in its initial public offering. On the day of the IPO, the stock closed at US$25.12, and, as of this posting, was trading at US$27.25. The company is a bright spot in an otherwise dismal market for public offerings (and stock markets in general). Rosetta Stone joins New Oriental , a Chinese language learning company that IPO'd on the NYSE in 2006. Rosetta Stone was founded in the early 1990s by a professor at James Madison University and an entrepreneur.
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The world's largest directory of online education, World Wide Learn offers you 18 categories of online language courses, lessons, classes, tutorials and learning resources. Language Courses For travel or for business, learning a new language has never been easier. Learning a new foreign language or expanding your current language skills can open many doors for you, whether you are doing business internationally, you want improved customer service in your business or even if you are just traveling to another country. In fact, knowing a few phrases in the local language can improve your travel experience immeasurably. What's Online Learning Like?
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(13 November 2007) Enrollments in Languages Other Than English in United States Institutions of Higher Education, FAll 2006 . By Nelly Furman, David Goldberg, and Natalie Lusin. Web publication, 13 November 2007. .
Full Report Press Release The microdata available here report enrollments by state, by language, and by institution. Users will probably find it helpful to consult the aggregated data and analysis available in the full report before turning to the detailed tables. Fall 2006 Language Enrollments: Organized by Language, State, and Institution
The following are some of the factual elements that describe the rapid growth of distance learning and its applications. USDLA defines distance learning as the acquisition of knowledge and skills through mediated information and instruction. Distance learning encompasses all technologies and supports the pursuit of life long learning for all.