I will dispense with any amenities and cut right to the chase. When it comes to corporate learning and training the numbers are truly staggering. Trust me, there's a lot more where this came from meaning there is no shortage of stats and research that speak to the benefits of e-Learning. In a piece last year for PC Magazine, Rob Marvin wrote something that of course struck a chord with me. I say of course because of me being the pop culture savant that I am.
ELMO, an Australian software company that streamlines HR processes, has announced it has acquired e-learning solutions company Techniworks in what was claimed to be a "multi-million dollar deal". While the exact value of the acquisition was not disclosed, ELMO said that its revenues will increase to AU 18 million in the 2017 financial year due to the merger. Founded in 2002, ELMO offers an integrated talent management system that includes solutions for recruitment, onboarding, learning, performance, succession planning, and leave management. The acquisition of Techniworks, which provides pre-built e-learning solutions in line with legislation, compliance and training, and development needs, builds on ELMO's talent management proficiency, which it said will strengthen its ability to deliver end-to-end e-learning to over 2 million users in 500 organisations across Australia and New Zealand. Danny Lessem, CEO of ELMO, said, "The addition of Techniworks is a key part of ELMO's ongoing growth strategy.
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"In the process of learning to code, people learn many other things. They are not just learning to code, they are coding to learn," Mitchel Resnick, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, wrote in an EdSurge article. "In addition to learning mathematical and computational ideas (such as variables and conditionals), they are also learning strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas." Resnick adds that these skills are useful to everyone "regardless of age, background, interests, or occupation."