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September 2006

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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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