Interesting news from the world of learning platforms courtesy of The Assignment Report. Microsoft's free Windows Live infrastructure - which includes Live@edu email and SkyDrive online storage for learners and teachers - is being made available through UniServity, the UK learning platfrom provider that claims to have captured 40 per cent of all local authority framework agreements.

Meanwhile, the Etech Group, the company that supplies the Studywiz learning platform (and access to free Google Apps and email for schools), is partnering with Serco to provide a bi-lingual service for all primaries and secondaries in Ireland.

The updates are from the latest issue of The Assignment Report, an online subscription news service that bills itself as "the only source of independent information about the UK education industry written specifically for corporate decision makers". The July edition says of UniServity's deal with Microsoft: "The second stage of the partnership will be to develop a '21st century educational ecosystem' that will address the learning needs of the classroom and the home".

Too late for the deadline of The Assignment report comes the news that UK learning platform and managed services supplier Ramesys has announced a three-year growth plan which, according to boss Mark Chambers, will strengthen its position in the Buildling Schools for the Future and Academies Programme.

“We are on track in 2009 for revenue growth of 27 per cent and a further 35 per cent in 2010”, he said. “We have already recruited 54 staff in 2009, growing headcount 20 per cent to meet our summer demands and we will begin recruiting again later this year to meet the next set of delivery commitments from our £170 million order book.”

Ramesys says it will start new services for 16 schools and academies in September from 24 scheduled for 2009 -  with 45 more planned for 2010. The company says that the number of students attending schools with Ramesys BSF ICT managed services will rise to 18,590 by September.

More information

The Assignment Report
UniServity press announcement
Serco
Etech Group/Studywiz
Ramesys


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