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Swedish Minister of Secondary School Education criticizing “influencer” education

eLearningworld News Thoren Innovation School, a secondary school in Sweden, will in its Aesthetics programme offer a course to improve competence in content marketing and communication within the field of digital influencing e.g. on YouTube. This has generated heavy criticism from the Swedish Minister of Secondary School Education, Anna Ekström: ”The very thought of this becoming a job of the future for a great number of youngsters is as unrealistic as it is ridiculous.” These… Continue reading

Belarus building for the Digital Age

eLearningworld News Three Belarusian universities have signed an agreement to develop a new tech-cluster with focus on edtech, science and production. With the joint experiences and mobility between the universities, the aim is to boost innovation within research and development within the fields mentioned above. The cluster will focus on fundamental- and applied research, joint bachelor- and master programmes, as well as support for patents and funding among other things. The cluster consists of the… Continue reading

Where would you like to work? The game of attracting tech talent

This year’s State of European tech-report from Atomico shows that the competition to attract the most talented developers in Europe increases. This despite the fact that there are about 5.5 million software developers in Europe, a number that continually growing. But as hiring the most talented in comparison to the average often is the difference between scaling up to a multi-billion-business or stay small the war on talent intensifies. A background to this development, takes… Continue reading

Mobile Technology forms the equalizing bridge – but how to help people cross that bridge

eLearningworld News Mobile technology can be an equalizer of educational- and other social opportunities in developing countries. However, to make this develop into a true success story, human centric learning design and digital literacy training is crucial for the development. This is the main conclusion of Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) that are working with three different social enterprises in Kenya, Nigeria, and the Philippines that are using mobile technology in their local communities.… Continue reading

Industry 4.0 with eyes on the future

In France it is termed “Industrie du Futur”, in Japan “Society 5.0 and Connected Industries”, while in Canada it is called “Innovation and Skills Plan”, and the European Union launched in 2016 “Digitising European Industry – Reaping the full benefits of a Digital Single Market”, but the most commonly used term globally is the German “Industrie 4.0”. However, the different approaches to this development give indications on the complexity of the phenomenon. Basically it is… Continue reading

Mission to accelerate innovation by Small- and Medium-sized Business

eLearningworld News SMEs’ are identified as today’s and even more the future’s main engines of the economy. But a bottleneck in this development is that SMEs’ not have the same capability as big companies to prepare and perform research and development project. Especially in the beginning of a project when there is a lot of risk involved. In this perspective the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is launching the initiative “Innovative SMEs”.… Continue reading

Lifelong Learning required! Research shows promising results

eLearningworld New Adult Education Survey is conducted since 2007 and has during this time shown a massive increase in people between the age 18 to 64 that takes on new educational challenges. In Germany last year, 50 percent of the Germans have taken part in some form of training. Most active in these lifelong training efforts are the group between 18-50 years, but the group aged 50-64 continually increases their engagement in learning during the… Continue reading

Edtech putting learning in an Entrepreneurial mode in France and Nigeria

How do you keep up the skills- and knowledge development in one of the fastest growing countries in the world? Especially since the country, like the rest of the African continent is known for its low amount of book reading. Nigeria’s answer to continually boost the growth by developing the skills- and knowledge-base is eLearning. This is a way of growth hacking with low distribution-costs for all and putting the development in an entrepreneurial mode… Continue reading

The Nordic-Baltic region collaborative strategy to take digitization to the next level

eLearningworld News The Nordic- and Baltic Countries has today a close co-operation in the digital development of the society. At a meeting April 25 they decided to take next big step in this integration of the region. The ministers in charge of digital development from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Ice­land, Faroe Islands, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania decided on a three-point program to improve the prospects of remaining a digital front-runner and make the region an experimental… Continue reading

EDTech and Renewable Energy to growth hack Africa

eLearningworld News 17 million of 128 million children (13%) in the school-age in Africa will never go to school because of lack of access and/or the fact that the format of traditional education does not suit their living conditions. In addition, the average age of the African population is 19.5 years, which means that it is a very young continent where 60 percent live in rural areas often far from educational centres. This is the foundation… Continue reading