Derry 2.0 - Learning Pool launches new project

Well-established as one of the UK’s leading online learning companies, Clarendon Street’s own Learning Pool have unveiled their newest product this week.

Costing £25 for a year’s subscription, the new service, called My Learning Pool, provides a suite of online learning courses designed for community and voluntary groups, small charities, social enterprises and anyone involved in civil society.

Learning Pool’s co-founder Mary McKenna noted, “The importance of capacity building in the third sector is centre stage right now but training solutions need to be cost-effective. Good training doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg or take you out of the office for a day or even more. We’re really pleased to be able to offer My Learning Pool subscriptions for just £25 or less if you buy more for your colleagues.”

If you haven’t encountered Learning Pool or online learning yet, then now’s a perfect opportunity to get introduced. Online learning is simply the idea of taking training that would traditionally be delivered in a classroom setting (think induction days or health and safety training within companies and the public sector) and delivering it online. The benefits of lower costs and the ability to reach learners wherever they are fit nicely with today’s budget conscious buyers. Not surprising then that Learning Pool have become of the largest online learning companies in the UK, just a few short years after launching.

More info at www.learningpool.com and www.mylearningpool.com

“The Internet of People” with Ben Hammersley

Have you ever thought about how the internet “can unite people, bridge cultures, destroy our minds, bring a new enlightenment, and break the world as we know it”? Possibly not. But one man who certainly has is Ben Hammersley, a journalist, broadcaster, entrepreneur, technologist and ‘editor at large’ of WIRED magazine - one of my personal fave reads. He’s also the guy credited with coining the term ‘podcasting’ and - more to the point - will be in Derry on March 23rd as the keynote speaker in this year’s British Council Annual Lecture.

The event kicks off at 5.30pm at the Playhouse with light refreshments, followed by Ben and then a Q&A panel session with himself and a few others - including yours truly. This event is ticket only but you can grab yours by emailing belfast.event@britishcouncil.org

Digital Derry goes Canadian

I was privileged to be invited to speak at last week’s Laurentic Conference in Buncrana in front of the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, no less. The Laurentic Conference focuses on building ties with Canada, and its eastern-most provinces in particular. Indeed, it turns out we’ve a long and deep relationship with them already. And the trans-atlantic link is considerably strengthened by Project Kelvin. The U.S. of A. might be an obvious target for export-minded digital media companies but based on the people I met last week, you’d do well to take a peek at Canada too.

Very last chance to bag a spot on Digital Derry’s trip to SxSW

If you are reading this before noon on Friday, Feb 4th, then you have a few hours left to apply for one of two bursary slots (worth up to £1250 each) as part of Digital Derry’s trip to SxSWi - the world’s largest digital media event. More info at digitalderry.org or http://bit.ly/e3lbOi

Magee’s Imagine Create Festival launching soon

Here’s another few dates for your diary. March 30th - April 2nd sees the second edition of the Imagine Create Festival, a bi-annual digital arts and industry festival, organised by the School of Creative Arts at Magee.

They’re pulling together a truly world-class line-up of leading minds and talents representing art, design, new media, software development, web, game development, music, film, animation and research to discuss creativity, art, technology, society and innovation. One not to miss.

Check out www.imaginecreate.info for more.

Mark Nagurski is Derry’s Digital Champion based at the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce. You can contact him via email to digitalderry@gmail.com