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Elearning! February / March 2015 13 Gaming Not the Be-All-End-All to AR and VR, Tech Experts Contend An expert panel has predicted that, while gaming is currently the main vehicle bringing virtual reality to e-learning, it is not the end of virtual reality, and the dynamic will shift as more content becomes available pushing the technology toward telepresence and video. When asked how augmented and virtual reality can both grow in the marketplace, the panelists agreed that the technology is already in place, but more content is needed. Palmer Luckey, founder/CEO of Oculus VR said, "The frst step is making a device that can make you believe you're in a different place." The panel featured Luckey, Jaunt CEO Jens Christensen, Technical Illusions co- founder Jeri Ellsworth and Razorfsh's global CTO Ray Velez. The discussion took place at January's International Computer Electronics Show. Plaza Home Mortgage has selected MORF MEDIA, a developer of gamifed enterprise training on mobile devices and desktops. Morf e-learning uses its smart data engine to automatically simulate and customize specifc scenarios based on employee responses to help employees master whatever business problem they need to resolve. Plaza wanted to take its customer education programs to the next level with a cost-effective and scalable solution. TOWERS WATSON'S TALENT REWARD, a software-as-a-service HR technology solution, will now offer ICIMS's suite of talent acquisition technology, which enables companies to market, recruit and onboard the best talent for their organizations. The partnership now offers a comprehensive suite of technology that features innovative social, mobile and video capabilities. THE AMERICAN SAFETY COUNCIL (ASC) has acquired the ONLINE TRAFFIC SCHOOL, headquartered in Camarillo, Calif., which provides 45 driver safety and driver improvement courses in 28 states. ASC, based in Orlando, Fla., provides e-learning and training services for transportation, workplace safety, testing, medical continuing education and other groups. Last year, LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES GROUP (LTG) acquired LINE COMMUNICATIONS, merging it with its main business Epic to form Leo Learning (LEO), creating a U.K. market leader in e-learning custom content. LTG also acquired Preloaded, extending the company's expertise into innovative learning games. The Carinthian Academy of Administration in Austria is now electronically implementing written tests that are routinely administered to candidates for Austrian citizenship. It's using the IMC Learning Suite, which offers numerous benefts for both the test participants and the testers. As a result, the academy is seeing substantially greater effciency in terms of the work and cost associated with the citizenship tests. Optimization of the entire testing and administration process results in a signifcant time saving on preparation, implementation and evaluation of the test. DOCEBO, the disruptive Cloud e-learning solutions provider, and CEZANNE HR have formed a partnership to provide an integrated human resources management system (HRMS) and e-learning/ learning management system (LMS) solution to companies worldwide. Both Docebo and Cezanne provide international, confgurable and scalable solutions that are quick to deploy, easy to manage and exceptionally cost-effective, whatever the size or location of the customers. The two companies have not only designed their systems from the ground up to be international, but have harnessed Cloud technologies to reduce cost and complexity without sacrifcing sophistication or security. The POYNTER INSTITUTE, a global leader in journalism education, will partner with the Gannett Company, the nation's largest news publisher, to train thousands of Gannett's U.S. Community Publishing journalists. The training supports a strategic transformation in Gannett's newsrooms. Each news organization — and each job — has been reshaped and revitalized to serve readers better. Poynter will help develop training designed for more than a dozen job-specifc programs that will include new courses developed specifcally for Gannett's newsroom transformation. The training program will use Poynter's full and part-time faculty, and its e-learning platform, NewsU. Deals Trendlines Tablet Use Explodes Both in the U.S. and Worldwide More than 1 billion people worldwide will use a tablet in 2015, nearly 15% of the global population and more than double the number three years ago. By 2018, the number of tablet users in the world will reach 1.43 billion. But growth by percentage of users is slowing Trends: >> Tablets are still perceived as luxury items, both from a per- spective of share-of-wallet and share-of-time spent with media. >> Tablets face increased competition from smartphones and a widening array of connected devices, including phablets, wearables, connected TVs and dedicated gaming devices, particularly in late-adopting countries like Japan and South Korea. >> The use case for tablets is not always clear, particularly in markets where smartphone and phablet usage is robust. >> By 2018, nearly 20% of the world population will use tablets regularly. —More info: www. emarketer.com/Article/ Tablet-Users-Surpass- 1-Billion-Worldwide- 2015/1011806/1#sthash. Jr9lEH1U.dpuf 54 million: U.S. employees involved in some form of remote work —Source: Gartner Research

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