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An e-Learning Update from the U.K.

By Bob Little / May 2010

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Learning Light—as yet the only U.K.-based organization to be brave enough to attempt to nail to the wall of hard facts and figures the corporate Jello that is the U.K.'s e-learning sector—is beginning to update its figures on the size, shape, health, and state of the industry in 2010. This will be the third such report; the others were in 2007 and 2009.

The principal finding of the 2009 report, "The U.K. e-learning market 2009," available as a free download, from www.e-learningcentre.co.uk, is that the annual size of the U.K. e-learning industry in 2009 was between £300 million and £450 million, with growth rates forecast of between 6.7 and 8 percent. Compare that with growth forecasts of some 25 percent in 2007! The Learning Light Report is not just the most comprehensive assessment of the U.K.'s corporate e-learning sector, it's the only such report. Moreover, by the time it publishes its 2010 report, it will have reliable, comparable figures for the industry over the last four years.

As such, these series of Learning Light Reports are essential reading for U.K.-oriented e-learning market analysts and commentators, as well as would-be successful entrepreneurs.

One of the major drawbacks to producing any study of "the e-learning industry" is that it is extremely difficult to define what is and isn't "e-learning" and thus how big the industry really is.

Importantly, Learning Light's 2010 report will be the third report to use the same criteria, so regardless of the actual volumes and value of work, there will be some meaningful moving averages and similar measures for comparing corporate e-learning activity between 2007 and 2010.

Anyone who wants to help identify the size and shape of the corporate e-learning industry in the U.K. (or perhaps less altruistically, anyone who wants his or her e-learning organization featured in the report) should get in touch with David Patterson) at Learning Light as soon as possible.

About the Author
For more than 20 years, Bob Little has specialized in writing about, and commentating on, corporate learning—especially e-learning—and technology-related subjects. His work has been published in the U.K., Europe, the U.S., and Australia. Contact Bob at bob.little@boblittlepr.com.



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  • Wed, 29 Sep 2010
    Post by Leah MacVie

    There are so many things to reflect on in here. First, I think we can look to our own dying cities to see that this is true. My city, Buffalo, is a great example. Agricultural Age: manual labor by individual farmers (8,000 BCE1760) Industrial Age: machine-assisted manual labor in factories (17601949 Information Age: white-collar knowledge work in offices (19492012 Terra Nova: creative collaborative innovation in networks (2012 ) the buffalo area was agricultural through the 1800s, then it morphed into an industrial town, we are presently in the dying information age, and it will be the, what you have coined as, Terra Nova that will help put humpty dumpty back together again, hopefully.

    You cited Pink's 'Drive', but in 'A whole New Mind' he best refers to the Right Brain taking the lead. We can only hope that the future leaders will have an incredible balance between the Right and Left brain. We can't ever forget that they need each other.

    Lastly-I wanted to comment on the evolution of the LMS. We've been having this conversation around the office lately, and I've come to the conclusion that the major players aren't doing enough to adapt to what we need them to be able to do- they aren't adapting for the future. LMSs like Blackboard and eCollege will probably fall to underdogs like Haiku, simply for the fact that Haiku is already accounting for more Web 2.0 applications and DESIGN. I also see Google coming out/perfecting their LMS system in years to come.