Launched some four years ago (on 16th March) Learning Light originally had a nationwide – and international - remit to provide bespoke and individual services to help both buyers and suppliers of learning technologies. While still remaining true to the spirit of this remit, Learning Light has now adopted a number of operational changes in emphasis, in the light of developments in the UK’s corporate e-learning sector as well as recent developments in the British and global economies.
David Patterson, of Learning Light, explained: “Learning Light’s new approach is summarised by the mnemonic ‘COMPeL’. This means that we aim to foster Collaboration;
To help it with this approach, Learning Light has instigated a steering group comprising key figures from the e-learning sector in the Yorkshire and Humberside region. These include representatives from the e-learning companies Peakdean Interactive (of Sheffield), MyKnowledgeMap (York), I am learning (Doncaster) and PTK Learning (Sheffield).
The steering group is chaired by Dr Maggie McPherson, senior lecturer in ICT in education at Leeds University – and she is also deputy chair of the Board of Learning Light. Other members of the steering group include Steve Knowles, formerly chair of the governors at Sheffield College, and Richard Lukey.
“We have a strong steering group which provides helpful leadership and an on-going relationship with Yorkshire Forward,” said Dr McPherson. “We’re now collaborating with key companies, not just in Yorkshire but around the UK – and this is helping us not only to facilitate business connections for e-learning companies around the UK but also in Europe and, in some cases, the USA too.
“Our aim is to be a force for good not only by promoting e-learning and e-learning technologies but also by crusading to allow these products and technologies to enable ‘hard to reach’ people – such as prisoners and unemployed young adults – to learn skills which will help them to develop worthwhile careers,” she added.
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About Learning Light Ltd
Sheffield-based Learning Light is a centre of excellence in the use of e-learning and learning technologies in the workplace. Its knowledge base contains over 400 papers offering insights and advice on how to use e-learning & learning technologies.
Learning Light works closely with the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield, and has undertaken a Systematic Literature Review of the available papers on the effective use of e-learning in conjunction with the University of Sheffield.
Learning Light, which is supported by Yorkshire Forward, the regional development agency for Yorkshire and the Humber, operates www.e-learningcentre.co.uk one of the leading resources on e-learning in the UK.
Learning Light occupies a unique space in the e-learning and learning technology sector networking with:
• Suppliers of e-learning and learning technologies to support the growth of the sector
• Buyers seeking out learning technology solutions to improve the effectiveness of their business or organisation
• Leading organisations worldwide who provide it with market knowledge from around the globe
• Provides unbiased and impartial advice to both suppliers and buyers
• Hosts events and workshops that provide the platforms to impart and gain knowledge by encouraging collaboration and sharing of best practice
• Acts as a conduit between suppliers and buyers to forge successful business partnerships
• Provides market intelligence and benchmarking information gained from its many contacts and networking partners
• Provides access to research materials from leading learning technology professionals
Further information from:
David Patterson/ Gill Broadhead, Learning Light, +44 (0)114 223 2442
Bob Little, Bob Little Press & PR, +44 (0)1727 860405