learning industry


e-Learning Expo 2012

28 September 2012

The only expo, specialised in e-learning, in Greece is going to take place, for the fourth year, in Eugenides Foundation on 6th & 7th of October. It offers to the attendants the unique possibility  to meet the potentials and the trends of e-learning.

The expo will include presentations of current and future technological solutions, open discussions, trials of educational software, expositions of e-learning approaches, educational games and electronic learning equipment


Exhibitors will include companies from industries such as, ΙΤ, e-learning, education, edition e.t.c. and will offer to the visitors new technological solutions, which keep up with the contemporary needs of the e-learning market.


The expo participants- parents, teachers, students, training consultants,human resource executives, developers and other stakeholders -reach every year  3000 to 4000 persons. They have the opportunity to meet  the major topics and the new trends of technologically supported education and training, to get to know how they could use it for their own benefit in their organisation and to share expertise, with peers

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ELIG 2012 Annual Meeting. 10th Anniversary of ELIG - Towards the Next Decade of Innovation for Learning and Knowledge

08 August 2012

This event will bring together a group of participants from across the Learning Industry and include input and perspectives from Social Networks, European Government and Venture Capitalists. Together we will use this decennial meeting to reflect briefly on all that the last 10 years of eLearning have brought and then to bring into focus the opportunities that lie ahead.

A preliminary agenda is attached which includes a session from European Government representatives

A European Government view - reflections & perspectives for the next decade

  • Liina Munari, Inclusion, Skills and Youth, DG connect

  • André Richier, Employment Related Skills/ eSkills DG Enterprise

  • Markku Markkula, European Committee of the Regions

And a tour of the Intel Factory, Maynooth


ELIG's new Executive Committee represents a diverse learning industry

28 April 2011

Newly elected ELIG Executive Committee has been extended to include new members and roles

The drive to continually raise the profile of learning on the European political and commercial agendas has been given greater impetus with a newly expanded Executive Committee for the European Learning Industry Group (ELIG). The ELIG is an open industry group with members representing the full value chain of 21st century services, products and solutions in support of knowledge and learning advancement. The Executive Committee, which is elected on a biennial cycle, oversees the strategy for the group, identifies key areas to target and provides guidance on issues relating to policy initiatives.


The new ELIG Executive Committee, chaired once again by Fabrizio Cardinali, VP of Global Business Development at eXact Learning Solutions, the new market name of Giunti labs after the Company underwent a MBO in 2010, has been extended to include new roles and new members. These include Martti Raevaara of Aalto University, Finland, an example of the new public private partnerships in academia; Fadi A Khalek, McGraw-Hill, a globalised learning content provider and Rolf Granow of On Campus, Germany, a small and medium enterprise. Paul Hunter, Director of the Corporate Learning Network, IMD, takes on the newly created role of Vice Chair for the Group.


Fabrizio Cardinali comments: "We welcome the additional members to the Executive Committee because of the increased diversity they bring, representing as they do these key areas of SME's who continue to represent the largest business group in Europe and for whom workplace development is always a challenge. Public private partnerships are emerging as a new model within the education sector and global content development is increasingly commonplace."


"The breadth of the new Executive Committee reflects the growing importance being placed on learning - especially technology-enhanced learning - in the workplace. As rapid technology development learning becomes pervasive, and an increasingly competitive factor for organisations to relentlessly increase productivity and drive innovation, thus ELIG has a strategically critical role to raise awareness and enable high level discussion with key opinion formers and regulatory bodies." He continues.


Richard Straub, Secretary General of ELIG, adds: "The re-election of Fabrizio Cardinali as Chair of the Executive Committee provides continued stability for ELIG, while the new members bring a dynamic perspective and reflect the organisation's strengthened role as a voice of the learning solutions industry."



About ELIG

The European Learning Industry Group (ELIG), founded in 2002, seeks to promote innovation in technology enhanced delivery of learning and knowledge creation throughout Europe. ELIG provides community and sharing activities for its members, targeted actions and projects as well as communication and updates about trends and tendencies in the learning solutions industry.

ELIG's mission is targeted towards providing policy input at a European level and as appropriate at country/region level, acting as a communication channel to the marketplace, representing the position of the industry, constituting a platform for cooperation, sharing and concerted action for its members and being a pragmatic thought leader - by leveraging the 'collective intelligence' of the ELIG membership. www.elig.org


The ELIG Executive Committee:

Eric Baber, Innovations Director, Cambridge University Press Fabrizio Cardinali, VP of Global Business Development, eXact Learning Solutions (ELIG Chair) Peter R Hamilton, Director Intel Performance Learning Solutions Rolf Granow, Managing Director, oncampus GmbH Diem Ho, Manager of University Relations for IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Richard Horton, Senior Director of Education Strategy, Blackboard International Paul Hunter, Director of Corporate Learning Network, IMD (ELIG Vice Chair) Fadi A Khalek, Vice President - Educational Services at The McGraw Hill Companies Martti Raevaara, Vice President of Academic Affairs (Education) at Aalto University Sabine Schumann, Vice Managing Director, Director Projects and Departments, p.a.u. Education.


For more information, contact:

Matty Smith. ELIG Programme Director. matty.smith@elig.org

learning industry

ELIG 2011 Annual Meeting

21 April 2011

Sustainability is highly relevant to the current learning industry – especially the sector within the industry that draws extensively on digital and communication technology for learning delivery and support.  Technology itself is subject to a great deal of hype – we have all experienced ‘must have’ gizmos and software that have faded away in the face of the next ‘big thing’. The learning industry can not be sustained on hype - there is a pressing need to distinguish the hype from plausible trends.

The ELIG Annual Meeting will address the question of sustainability for learning markets as a three dimensional one:

  • Is the learning industry itself at a sustainable level? Is it now fully matured - is it emergent still or has it already peaked and become subsumed by the wider, more traditional academic and training sector? What is the impact of its current level; has it changed the established academic and training sector and has elearning been over-hyped or under-valued?
  • Is the market for learning sustainable? Is there enough passion for learning; is it a commitment to continual access to learning opportunities or has the economic crisis driven learning off the agenda in a quick cost-cutting exercise? We see both Governments and Corporates across Europe, targeting learning as a major area for disposable costs - rather than an essential investment in people to ensure the suitability of future workforces and to address social inequalities. How will this impact on the overall markets for learning products and services.
  • Is the technology sustainable? Given the breakneck speed of change, can anything to do with technology ever be considered sustainable or will it always be transient? Has the shift to mobile and handheld devices really been accommodated within the current learning models in a valuable and sustainable way? How can the learning industry on one hand fund research and development into emerging technologies whilst at the same time be required to deliver the ‘same old, same old’ by clients grounded in learning models of the last century? Is our ability to absorb technological change into societies’ structures for learning itself running slower than the rate of technology development?


Confirmed speakers include:

Anne Morrison, Director BBC Academy; Dirk Burkamp, Learning Technology Head, PwC Germany; Professor Teemu Leinonen, Aalto University, an expert on open source learning tools and platforms; Professor & Head of Design Factory, Kalevi Ekman, on the innovative learning approaches adopted by the Aalto Design Factory; Riitta Vanska, Senior Manager of Mobile and Learning Solutions, Nokia; Martin Dougimas, founder of Moodle

Contributors to the discussion session include:

Laura Overton, Director, Towards Maturity, on workplace learning trends; Piers Lea, CEO LINE Communications, on engaging with senior leadership taems on the elearning value proposition and Liina Munari, from the European Commission DG Information Society.

The draft agenda looks like this:

6th October:

1200 Registration opens followed by Networking lunch sponsored by McGraw-Hill

1400 Meeting opens

1430 The learning industry: a users perspective (Keynote addesses)

1615 Experiencing an alternative: The Aalto Design Factory

1900 Drinks Reception followed by Dinner 

7th October

0900  Parallel Sessions:(a)Marketplace Trends & Challenges (b) Public Policy, Innovation & Research

1045 Mapping out future marketplaces: open debate

1215 Closing Session followed by Networking lunch sponsored by McGraw-Hill

1400 - 1600 ELIG Working Groups in session (optional)

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