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  • 21 Sep 2016 1:34 PM | ADMIN . (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Robert Martellacci, President and founder of  Mindshare Learning Technology, from the CeLEA community. Robert is a Director of CeLEA and devotes many hours to promoting the Canadian eLearning industry. We appreciate all your work Robert!

    MindShare Learning Technology — Canada’s leading EdTech strategy, news & events company was named the recipient of the Special Chair’s Global Best Partnership Award 2016 in Oslo, Norway.

    The announcement was released by the Conference Board of Canada and the International Education Business Partnership Network (IPN). The award recognizes MindShare Learning Technology and its strategic partner 21st Century Learning Associates for its innovative approach to bringing key partnership stakeholders together. This approach achieves meaningful learning impacts on a national and international scale with the creation of C21 Canada–Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation.
  • 19 Sep 2016 6:49 PM | ADMIN . (Administrator)

    Event in Toronto on October 6, 2016

    McDonaldization: Fast Food Meets Rapid ELearning Tools

    To register:

    There is no charge for this event.


    David Langlotz is a Certified Training and Development Professional  with almost 25 years’ experience in education and training.  In addition to the CTDP, he holds a Masters’ Degree in Applied Social Psychology (University of Guelph) and certificates in Adult Learning (Humber College) and e-Learning Design (Association for Talent Development).  An entertaining and thought-provoking presenter, David has facilitated sessions across Canada, as well as in England, Germany, Taiwan and China.

    Location:  Young Room, 28th Floor, TD Tower, 66 Wellington St. West Toronto

    Time: 5PM to 7 PM; Presentation begins at 5:20PM

    This event is presented by eLated, an informal group of professionals (managers, designers, writers, IT ) interested in keeping up with what is new in the eLearning industry and networking with others in the industry. ELated has been in existence for about 10 years.

    Register early because there are only 31 seats available.

  • 06 Sep 2016 5:22 PM | ADMIN . (Administrator)

    Sessions for decision-makers and executives in the book publishing,
    film, television, interactive digital media, magazine and music

    OMDC Digital Dialogue Breakfasts:
    Session 3: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    Session 4: TBD


    Register Now <>

    SESSION 3 - How Big is Your Data? Using Analytics to Understand Your

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

    Registration and light breakfast: 8:30 am to 9:00 am
    Panel: 9:00 am to 10:00 am

    789 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto ON, M4W 2G8

    Leaders in content creation from across the film, TV, interactive
    digital, music, book and magazine publishing industries as well as key
    creative financiers, venture capitalists, media buyers, and technology

  • 10 Aug 2016 12:04 PM | Mollie O'Neill (Administrator)

    People in the elearning / online sector appreciate news from CeLEA. Over 40% open the emails and about 20% click-through the links for more information. The average click-through rate on websites is less than 1%.

    Recent emails blasts included notice of a job posting, a link to a leadership mentorship program, a reminder that the list of eLearning conferences around the world had been updated and a link to university courses for designing online assets.

    Sign-up for the emails by clicking on the Membership tab and select the option that best fits your needs. Some options are free but only the paid memberships provide links to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) that CeLEA receives.

  • 09 Jun 2016 12:36 PM | Mollie O'Neill (Administrator)

    There is a growing science around how people interact with content presented online. Will the user follow a link? How much content will the user read? Where do users look to find information - on the left, right, top, or bottom of the screen? This area of study is called 'user interface' (UI) and 'user experience'  UX. Colleges and universities offer courses on UI and UX to educate eLearning developers and website designers on factors to consider in their designs.

    One such course is offered by OCAD University (formerly the Ontario College of Art and Design). You can take the course either online or in class.

    Title: Introduction to User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) Design

    Description: This course introduces UI and UX, the essential tools required to create compelling user experiences for desktop, tablet, and mobile users. Students will learn to plan and design effective user interfaces based on aesthetic, psychological, scientific, and technological considerations. Topics include user-centred design, identifying requirements, and information architecture. Students will build mock-ups and create wireframes to test the user experience. This course qualifies for the Certificate in Web Design and Development Skills and the Certificate in Digital Media Skills.

    Length of Time: 6 weeks, 3 hours each class (18 hours in total)

    Delivery Format: Choice between all In-class or all online

    Cost: $395 + HST

    Links for registration:

    June 29 start:

    July 9 start:

    July 27 start (online):

    OCAD U also has an intermediate section of UI UX, which will be offered in the fall.

  • 19 Jun 2015 8:35 AM | Anonymous

    Dear friends,

    Last Thursday, Robert Martellacci shared his expertise and experience about expanding K12 market.

    For those who could not attend or if you want to review it, here is the link to the recording of the webinar:


  • 23 Mar 2015 8:18 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        March 23, 2015

    Monday, March 23, 2015: On behalf of the CeLEA board of directors and its membership, it is with deep sadness that we mourn the sudden passing of our friend and colleague, Barry Nicolle.

    Barry was the founding co-chair of CeLEA (Canadian eLearning Enterprise Alliance), who shared a vision to lead Canada into a 21st century eLearning powerhouse. “Barry was much more than a colleague; he was a friend, a confident and a partner in crime. It was with him that over 12 years ago, we planned to create a Canada-wide association for eLearning producers that became CeLEA. Though good times, rough times and even through health issues, Barry remained dedicated through the cause online learning in Canada,” says Dr. Claude Martel, founding CeLEA Co-chairman and professor at Concordia University.

    As an independent consultant with more than 25 years experience, Barry provided professional services in the field of human resource development, with a focus on workforce development and on the development and marketing of technology-based training products and services for work place learning. Most recently, Barry was the head of marketing and business development at Pixelyard Productions.

    I had the good fortune of collaborating with Barry for the past decade through CeLEA. He was a mentor and friend, who leaves an indelible mark on the eLearning industry in Canada and beyond,” says Robert Martellacci, CeLEA Co-Chairman.

    Barry’s academic credentials were impressive. He was a graduate of the Ivey School of Business with an MBA in Marketing and held a BSc in Biochemistry at Dalhousie University.   

    Click hear to see Barry Nicolle Obituary

    About  CeLEA

    CeLEA is a not-for-profit organization, incorporated under the laws of Canada. The organization is governed by a nine member Board of Directors, drawn from the full spectrum of companies that make up the elearning industry in Canada.

    For further information,
    Contact: Robert Martellacci,
    Co-Chairman, CeLEA

  • 22 Mar 2015 12:34 PM | Anonymous

    Hello everybody in the eLearning community,

    It is with great sadness and sorrow that I hare heard the passing our friend Barry Nicolle.

    Barry was much more then a colleague, he was a friend, a confident and a partner in crime. It was with him that over 12 years ago, we planned to create a Canada-wide association for eLearning producers that became CeLEA.  Though good times, rough times and even through health issues, Barry remain dedicate through the cause online learning in Canada.  When I was the chairman, he was always my loyal friend and I hope through his passage as Chairman, I was the same for him.

    He never faltered and always believed that we are here to create a better place for everybody.   He was our rock, our moderator and the patient wise friend that through all the discussions and passionate point of views, reminded us that we need to focus on our dreams.

    In all the sense of the word, Barry was a true pioneer, as he never needed the spotlight and did things because he thought they needed to be done.
    I will miss you Barry.

    All our thoughts go to his wife Eunice  and his family.

    Claude Martel, Ph.D
    Professor of Educational Technology
    At Concordia University
    & President of EduConsillium
    Emails:         Phone:  (514) 804-0706

  • 22 Feb 2015 1:31 PM | Anonymous

    WHEN - Wednesday, March 11, 2015  12:00PM EST

    In the last decade, we have seen the emergence of many digital learning technologies in both training and education.  Many practitioners and researchers are saying that we are at the tipping point where the use of educational technologies with accelerate.  To talk to us about this phenomenon, we will have a discussion from 3 distinguish researchers and practitioners that are monitoring this market:

    • Mr. Gary Stairs is the CEO of the First Mobile Education initiative and will talk about the implication of mobile technologies in our Canadian education system
    • Dr. Claude Martel is a Professor in Educational Technology at Concordia University and will explain how new models of education and training are changing the learning landscape all over the world.
    • Mr. David Smith is a Trade Commissioner for Canadian Consulate General in Denver and he will bring the Canadian perspective and how Canadian companies and institutions should prepare to compete in the new global market of education and training.

    Mr. Robert Martellacci, President & Publisher MindShare Learning will moderate the discussion.  

    To register, please go to: 

  • 04 Feb 2015 8:35 PM | Anonymous

    For Immediate Release  

    E-Learning's Bright Future in the Middle East

    Innovation Arabia 8

    [UAE, 04 February, 2015]
    As the Middle East grows, so does the need for a well-trained, globally competitive workforce ready for tomorrow’s challenges. As many experts believe, e-Learning will be increasingly essential to address skills shortages and ensure the Middle East continues to grow and innovate.

    The e-Learning industry in the Middle East is experiencing high demand for new educational technologies, and is expected to reach revenue heights of $560 million by 2016. With millions more beginning to use these technologies, big data piques the interest of corporations and institutions who can use the information, for better or worse.

    Prof. Abtar Darshan Singh, Dean of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University’s School of e-Education and Chair of the e-Learning Excellence track at Innovation Arabia 8, believes the global understanding of big data still hasn’t reached its peak; nevertheless, the better established e-Learning regions will be quickest to take up new technologies as they hit the market.

    “Due to the dynamic growth in online learning and technology improvements in schools, the rate of acceptance and implementation of big data technologies will be far easier in the MENA region,” says Prof. Darshan Singh.

    Rather than being relevant only to children and tertiary students, Prof. Darshan Singh cites e-Learning as the “a way of life” that is permeating all sectors internationally, including the healthcare, architectural and agricultural industries. Though for e-Learning programs to be successful, a tailored design approach that considers culture, content and expectations is essential – only by studying the audience can the program deliver results.

    The Innovation Arabia 8 track e-Learning Excellence will explore the current and next-stage trends in eLearning, from blended learning to flipped classrooms, and experimental smart learning to innovation in curriculum design. Keynote speaker for the track Dr. Alan Bruce, CEO & Director of Universal Learning Systems and Vice President of EDEN, will share knowledge and experience in the open education sector with participants at Innovation Arabia 8 in Dubai.

    Through workshops, presentations and extensive networking opportunities, the conference will provide an overview of how e-Learning innovations are transforming the Middle East and beyond.

    Note for Editors:
    Innovation Arabia 8 will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University.

    The theme of this year’s conference is “Innovate, Collaborate, and Differentiate: Honouring the Past, Treasuring the Present, and Shaping the Future”. This theme reflects the belief that innovation is the path towards growth, progress and a better tomorrow for the Arab World.

    Innovation Arabia 8 will feature four tracks: Quality and Business Management, e-Learning Excellence, Health and Environment, and Islamic Banking and Finance. Innovation Arabia will help to unleash the economic opportunities waiting within the region.

    When: 16-18 February, 2015

    Where: The Address Dubai Mall, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University – The first Smart University in the UAE - and the organizer of Innovation Arabia 8 – was established in 2002 as a response to the aspirations of a new Arab generation, with an emphasis on e-Learning as the future of education and empowerment in the region.

    For more information:

    Twitter: #InnovArabia8

    Press Contact:
    Andrea Ricciarelli
    Tel.:+4930 310 18 18 – 43


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