Catching Up With Estonia: CeLEA AGM Highlights Lag in Canadian interactive education
April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013

Catching Up With Estonia: CeLEA AGM Highlights Lag in Canadian interactive education
Interactive education CeLEA AGM Adds digital learning power to "Seven Habits of Highly Intelligent Communities" SUMMIT, Toronto, June 3-4


Claude Martel, Chairman of the Canadian eLearning Enterprise Alliance (CeLEA), said that Canada needs to catch up with the use of digital training tools in fast-developing nations such as Estonia.

"A city like Tallinn in Estonia is a great example of a city that is rapidly expanding digital servives to increase local skills" stated Mr. Martel. "It is offering public access computer sites and training programs for the city's disconnected, while a public-private partnership will extend fast broadband throughout the whole country by 2015. Tallinn has also launched multiple incubators targeting creative services and advanced medical services. The city opened Europe's first gaming accelerator this year, and its Ülemiste City industrial estate has the Baltics' biggest knowledge-based development. Tallinn has strategically moved to offer online skills programs."

Chris Miller, President of Illuminomics, who has spent time in Estonia and the Nordics researching innovation in the region, confirmed the country's rapid digital progression: "Computer literacy is becoming part of the Estonian DNA. From computer programming pilot classes in elementary schools, to social media and on-line collaboration tools being widely used in high schools, to being ranked number two in education, just behind Finland, Estonia is being lauded as an innovative Internet titan.

"Clearly", Miller points out, "the potent combination of some of the fastest broadband speeds in the world, a very progressive, high-tech approach to education, and significant government emphasis on improving the environment for small business and startups, is having a galvanizing impact that is fueling companies like Skype and a new generation of innovative companies. They are leading the way in a lot of areas, I hope we learn some things that can be applied back in Canada and the U.S."

Both Mr. Martel and Mr. Miller are speakers at the i-CANADA SUMMIT. World's largest tablet hand-out a digital springboard

Mr. Martel noted that this kind of fevered adoption of digital learning is transforming other countries:
  • Thailand is distributing 1.7-million tablets to schools in a massive hand-out of educational devices;
  • The Turkish government lunched an aggressive four year plan (project Faith) to put 15 million tablets into the hands of Turkey's school children;
  • In developing countries like Nigeria, India, and Brazil, students are signing up in droves for free massive open online courses (MOOCs)
  • There are now have two mobile devices for every person on the planet (Information and Communications Technology Council);
  • These users have downloaded 50 billion digital applications, at a growth rate that will double todays apps revenues within a year;
  • Two-thirds of employees leverage mobility as a business tool and the same proportion of employers see mobility as a critical business enabler;
  • Globally, the digital learning eLearning market is growing from $90-billion today to $166.5-billion in 2015 and $255 billion in 2017.
"This Growth Rate of 23% between 2012-17 is impressive, but it is just the tip of the iceberg as many developing countries have grown their use of digital learning tool by more then 30%" said Mr. Martel.

Gary Stairs, Principal and Founder of Red Hot Learning and Stellar Learning Strategies, and Vice President, i-CANADA, added that this revolution is why CeLEA is holding its Annual General Meeting at the i-CANADA SUMMIT conference. "We want to join with i-CANADA and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) to promote the use of online and digital instruction to the Public, Private and Academic sectors. I-CANADA is a national movement to create Intelligent Communities across the country; CATA is Canada's largest high-tech alliance." The CeLEA Panel addressing the topic "Can Canada Match Global Use of Digital Learning?" includes
Dr. Gary Woodill, CEO & Senior Analyst, i5Research
Mary Butler, VP College and Community Development, New Brunswick Community College
Dr. William McIver, Researcher, New Brunswick Community College

CeLEA members attending the AGM will get a special rate on the i-CANADA SUMMIT, The Seven Habits of Highly Intelligent Communities (June 3-4, 2013). The SUMMIT is attended by Premiers, Mayors, Economic Development Officers, Academia, CIOs, international leaders, and invited industry and public service representatives. For CeLEA members to register for the AGM and SUMMIT, visit and enter the promotional code CELEA10

For non-CeLEA participants, register for the i-CANADA SUMMIT, which includes a Lac Carling 3.0 session on Mobile Trends and the Public Sector.
Seven Habits of Highly Intelligent Communities

About CeLea
The Canadian eLearning Enterprise Alliance - CeLEA – was founded in December, 2002 as an industry-based organization with the primary objective of enabling Canadian companies to increase their share of revenues from the growing global eLearning market place. Today CeLEA remains the only national organization in Canada focused on the commercial eLearning sector. CeLEA plays a key role in fostering communication between industry, government, and other stakeholders in the eLearning industry in Canada and abroad, with the ultimate goal helping Canadian companies successfully compete in the national and international digital learning market. For further information please visit:

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