Saturday, September 20, 2008

And there down again (Profits, Thirdforce)

Are there any other e-learning stories out there about anyone other than Riverdeep and Thirdforce. Let me know.

This one about losses.

More from a ThirdForce company

10.09.2008 E-learning giant creates 450 Dublin jobs – €350m investment in R&D
E-learning global player Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) – formerly known as Riverdeep – is to create 450 jobs at a new R&D headquarters in Dublin, .....
Courtesy of Silicon Republic

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Profit rockets at ThirdForce

E-learning firm ThirdForce has seen its operating profit soar 160 percent for
2007, while revenue jumped 35 percent.

Full story at

Courtesy of Electric News Network

Saturday, March 15, 2008

SkillSoft sees profits soar in Q4

SkillSoft sees profits soar in Q4 (Courtesy of Electric News)

E-learning firm SkillSoft posted another great set of quarterly results with
revenues up by 34 percent and profits nearly quadrupling.

Full story at

Monday, March 03, 2008

UCD takes first steps as Second Life university

From Silicon Republic

03.03.2008 UCD takes first steps as Second Life university
University College Dublin made history today as the first Irish university ever to hold a lecture in the online virtual world Second Life, with Professor Mary Burke from the school of information and library studies who lectured to students from the virtual James Joyce library. …

Blog Editor's question - an advantage of using IT is that you can avoid doing some of the physical activities required to normally access information (eg. walk to the library). Why would you then go to the trouble of trying to virtually replicate these experiences? Comments below welcome.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Is technology beneficial for children?

The tech attack
The debate surrounding the effects of technology on children is enormous, but what is the reality behind the hype? Roísín Burke reports. …

From Silicon Republic

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Fullbright lecture: “A Radical Vision for Third-Level Education Today: Reconnecting with Community”

This event, “A Radical Vision for Third-Level Education Today: Reconnecting with Community”, will take place on Wednesday, 5th March in the College. Tea and coffee will be available from 4 pm and the lecture will commence at 4:30 pm.

Professor Chip Bruce is Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA. He has a background in computer science and a wealth of experience in working with communities in the local Chicago area. Professor Bruce has been working with the College and the local schools in the Docklands community on a number of new projects aimed at widening participation in higher education.

The ensuing panel discussion, focusing on the implications and application of the Chicago experience to Dublin, will consist of:

Mr Ken Duggan, School Principal, Westland Row CBS
Prof Áine Hyland, former Professor of Education and Vice President (Academic), UCC
Mr Gerry Kelly, Director of Social Regeneration, Dublin Docklands Development Authority
Mr Seanie Lambe, Director, Inner City Renewal Group
Ms Michele Ryan, School of Community Studies, National College of Ireland

Please RSVP by Monday, 25th February to Beatrice Cantalejo, on, or 01 4498695.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Paul Mooney
National College of Ireland

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Minister Hanafin announces almost €100million for Higher Education reform process (SIF2)

Universities and Institutes of Technology across the country are set to receive some €97 million in funding from the Strategic Innovation Fund, Minister for Education and Science Mary Hanafin T.D. announced today. A total of 31 projects have been approved of which 30 are collaborative.

The SIF was introduced by Minister Hanafin to support internal change, enhance collaboration between higher education institutions, improve teaching and learning, as well as promote access and lifelong learning and support the development of fourth level education.


ILTA newsletter experiment

ILTA are currently reviewing how best to distribute a regular newsletter to members. Any suggestions can be sent to me at - In the meantime, I am experimenting with using this blog for that purpose - if you have any snippets of interest to the membership (particularly about your own organisation) please email it to me. In addition, please feel free to comment on postings on the blog. (Select Comment below)

GAA pip IT Sligo for e-learning award

The GAA won the e-learning category of the Digital Media Awards in the Crown Plaza Hotel on the 7th of February. It is believed they pipped IT Sligo School of Engineering. Unfortunately the Digital Media Awards website does not seem to be fully functioning at the moment so further details are not available.