Giunti Labs, a leading learning and mobile content management solution provider, is represented at no less than four of the presentations that form the Online Educa Berlin (OEB) conference – the largest global e-learning conference for the corporate, education and public service sectors.
Within the OEB conference, Giunti Labs’ CEO, Fabrizio Cardinali, explores the theme of ‘building digital content repositories and marketplaces for the Knowledge Society’.
He explained: “Increasing globalisation is putting pressure on Educational Organisations to invest in better educational materials and in more effective ways to distribute and reuse educational materials, such as e-learning courseware, textbooks and ebooks.”
Cardinali believes that, in addition to the increased use of mobile and location-based content delivery and the need for personalised learning experiences, there is an emerging trend for informal access to learning via portals and software-as-a-service (SaaS) systems.
This will generate new digital marketplaces for education, revolutionising the way we deal with learning resources online.
“It means that the learning content can be customised by the learner rather than the developer or producer,” said Cardinali. “Learners download and use the material or even use it ‘on the fly’ using new devices such as Apple’s iPod Touch or iPhone and Amazon’s Kindle.”
Giunti Labs’ Carin Martell joins Pascal Debordes of Cegos, the €194m, France-based e-learning content producer, to outline the results of Cegos’ 2007 cross-Europe learning survey.
According to Debordes: “We found that the biggest budgets for corporate training occur in France but much of this money is spent on administration rather than on training.
Sophie Touzé, of France’s Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Lyon, along with Amiel Kaplan, of Giunti Labs, France, showcase content federation via Giunti Labs’ HarvestRoad Hive digital repository and WebTV.
Finally, Paul Landers of Ericsson, the world leader in telecommunications, outlines a case study of ‘mobile learning for Africa’.
Ericsson is partnering with The Earth Institute, Millennium Promise and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in The Millennium Villages project, which is designed to bring mobile communication and the internet to some 400,000 people in ten African countries where the project is working.
The first mobile pilot in this project uses Giunti Labs’ technology to deliver just-in-time snippets of learning to train the aid and healthcare workers who help the mothers of newly born children in Rwanda.