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Friday, September 17, 2010

Information, Press Releases and Industry Happenings

A great deal seems to be happening in the e-learning space and I've been getting a number of press releases and information about product, events and other great happenings so I thought I'd share some of that information in this post.

Blog Book Tour for Social Media for Trainers.

Jane Bozarth's latest book, Social Media for Trainers is in the middle of a highly successful blog book tour, check it out. Today's stop: It's What Turns Clark Kent into Superman.

Serious Games Space

Serious Games Design and Technology Company, Caspian Learning--the company behind Thinking Worlds, has shown their support for the Iowa State University’s Game Development Competition by announcing that they will supply ISU students with extended trial licences to their Serious Games Engine and Authoring Tool, Thinking Worlds, for the duration of the competition. The Motorola Foundation, in association with the Innovation Generation program, has awarded a $50,000 grant to Iowa State University to fund a games development competition that encourages students to create video games and educational training applications.

Collaboration Software Space

Microsoft Corp. announced the release of Microsoft Lync, the next generation of Microsoft's unified communications software that enables people to connect in new ways, anytime, anywhere. Lync is the new family brand for the products formerly known as Communications Server, Communications Online and Communicator. crosoft Lync can make every engagement a virtual face-to-face meeting, because any interaction can include video and audio conferencing, application and desktop sharing, instant messaging, and telephony.

Lync has been designed to work with Microsoft Office, SharePoint and Exchange, which reduces end-user adoption hurdles. People can stay connected to others on a wide range of devices while away from the office and manage their communications and calls in new ways, such as easily moving a call from a PC to a mobile device while leaving the office without disrupting the conversation. (Source Microsoft Lync: A New Name for a New Generation of Unified Communications Solutions)

3D Virtual Immersive Environment Space

In relation to the announcement of Microsoft Lync, ProtonMedia announced that its ProtoSphere virtual immersive environment for the high-performance workplace will support the new Microsoft Lync Server 2010. By incorporating ProtoSphere into their Microsoft Lync environments, large enterprises can extend their Microsoft unified-communications investment, while enabling faster and more robust deployment of ProtoSphere for enterprise learning and collaboration applications.

ProtonMedia began development on the integration of ProtoSphere and Lync Server 2010 earlier this year, via its participation in Microsoft’s UC Developer Platform Technology Adoption Program (TAP). Microsoft Lync Server 2010 support will be introduced in a future release of ProtoSphere. (Source)

Best Selling Sales Management Author Skip Miller will present How to Avoid the 3 Worst 4th Quarter Mistakes in the virtual immersive environment software of VenueGen.

Live Event Details:
Duration: 60 minutes, including Q&A
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 10:30 AM PST / 1:30 PM EST
Where: VenueGen at

Registration is here:

If you plan to virtually attend this meeting it is very important that you register now to reserve your seat well in advance to allow enough time for the venue and meeting content to be downloaded to your computer. If this is not the computer you will be using to attend the meeting, please wait and register from the computer you will be using. Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now.

Compliance Training Space

Kaplan EduNeering, a provider of compliance and knowledge management solutions, and the Drug Information Association (DIA), a global professional member association, announced a new strategic alliance to create online educational offerings for biotechnology, pharmaceutical, academic, and regulatory professionals around the world. The DIA addresses solutions to issues and challenges involved in the discovery, development, and lifecycle management of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and related products. DIA members will now have access to Kaplan EduNeering’s online compliance solutions used by over one million individuals in more than 50 countries. (Source)

Peter Rizza, President, Princeton Center for Education Services, Inc. a company that created the ExpressTrain Transformation Suite recently chaired a Compliance Track at the SALT - Society for Applied Learning Technology - conference. The ExpresssTrain Transformation Suite product helps capture, transform, and publish content from a single Microsoft Word template to multiple pieces of collateral media such as job aides, PowerPoint presentations, and web-based training guides.

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1 comment:

Jane Bozarth said...

Thanks, Karl! jb