InstaBook gears up to promote literacy through digital library
The Internet-based InstaBook Corporation (www.instabook.net) has announced a new digital library initiative. It claims that it can promote literacy around the world. In association with the Project Gutenberg Consortia Centre and other organisations, instabook.net says it has created a new service geared to take a wide range of books to libraries and other non-profit organisations. Visitors to the instabook.net website can download for free any of nearly 100,000 titles and have them printed on demand if they have access to an InstaBook Digital Library. Users can install an InstaBook Maker in their premises by paying the manufacturing cost of the equipment.
Yadavpur University bags award from HP
Hewlett Packard has announced that Jadavpur University, Kolkota in India
has been awarded ‘Technology for Teaching’ Grant to transform the way subjects are taught on its campus. The university will receive approximately USD70,000 worth of technology such as HP tablet PCs, external storage and optical drives, wireless networking cards and printers, as well as a stipend for staff to work on the projects, which have to be completed in 15 months. HP will
help Jadavpur University establish a mobile learning (m-learning) centre where students taking M. Tech. course in Distributed and Mobile Computing can access content using hand-held computers. The University already has a digital library, and a content management and development system using an mlearning authoring tool.
Brian League launches an e-Learning tool
Brain League has launched Value intellectual property rights (IPR), an e- Learning tool that helps knowledgedriven organisations in sensitising their entire employee force on various aspects of IP. Brain League is an IP service
company incubated out of the N S Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. The company has tied up with Edutech, a provider of enterprise-wide knowledge solutions, to offer Value IPR. The tool can deliver the IPR e- Learning modules to as many people within the organisation as required.
Reliance ties up with Asianet tooffer m-content
Reliance Communications is partnering with Malayalam satellite television company, Asianet Communications, to offer Asianet’s content on mobile phones. Both streaming content and video clips from Asianet would be available on Reliance Mobile World, the data service platform of Reliance Mobile. The popular Asianet programme Munshi will be available as a video
clip, while news bulletins will be available as streaming content and also as video clips. Reliance users across India can access this new service. Streaming content is currently available only on select Nokia mobile phones, while video clips of news and other programmes are available on all Java-enabled phones. Tarang launches e-learning for CXOs
Tarang, a provider in the enterprise learning space has come up with a programme for the Indian CEOs. The new e- learning programme, ‘Tarang learning for CXOs’, aims to solve business problems of comapany executive officers (CXOs) and enhance performance and productivity in the enterprises.
The programme provides end-to-end learning management system (LMS) and comprises interactive sessions such as understanding and sustaining organisational culture, programme goals, strategies and tactics measurement, and programme management. With a stronghold in Europe and Japan, Tarang is currently getting bullish on the Indian market and looking for new segments such as automobile, IT/ ITeS and financial. Research shows 89% of the CXOs
prefer to take the course in 1-2 weeks. The course is tailor-made keeping in mind the organisation and designation, like, a CIO requires technical acumen whereas a COO requires market and financial perspective.
Harbinger launches Raptivity
Harbinger Knowledge Products have released Raptivity 3.0, which can help users to create interactivity rapidly and add it to their e-learning content. Raptivity is being used for a host of training applications such as employee training, customer education, product knowledge training, IT training, sales force training, IT application rollout, process training, distance learning, regulatory compliance training and many more. Users can continue with their existing authoring tool, LCMS, LMS, CMS and Live Collaboration Systems with Raptivity. The contents published by Raptivity can be easily used in esentations, Websites, documents and help files by users. SkillSoft hosts ‘Beyond Traditional Corporate Learning: New Strategies for Maximising Business Impact’
SkillSoft PLC (http://www.skillsoft. com/), a leading provider of
comprehensive e-learning content and technology products for business and IT professionals within global enterprises, announced that it will host half-day workshops for learning professionals to discuss the challenges associated with the next generation of corporate learning and strategies that can be used to
successfully link learning to the organisation’s human capital and performance management systems. The workshop series, “Beyond Traditional Corporate Learning: New Strategies for Maximising Business Impact,” will take place in 29 cities across the United States and Canada. The series kicks off on September 6,
2006 in Seattle, Washington, and will conclude on December 13, 2006 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
e-Learning @ Hilton varsity makes employees loyal
According to the findings of a recent team member survey in Hilton, part of Hilton Hotels Corporation, being given the opportunity to develop through Hilton University – the group’s online learning platform – encourages mployees to remain loyal. Hilton team members across the globe are able to access a wide range of learning activities through Hilton University. These include: 550
SkillSoft e-Learning courses – covering business, professional and IT skills; Books24x7 Referenceware – featuring best-selling management, business and
technology books and reference materials, online mentoring and virtual classrooms.
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