Adapt Multi-device Elearning Tool Short-listed for Award

The Adapt Learning project, co-developed by City & Guilds Kineo, has been shortlisted for ‘Social and Collaborative Learning Solution of the Year’ at the Learning Awards 2014.

The innovative project is a collaborative development programme set up by a group of like-minded organisations: City & Guilds Kineo, Learning Pool and Sponge UK. Its aim is to use the power of open source collaboration to create and support an industry-leading tool for developing elearning that runs on any device.

Most elearning is device specific with separate desktop and mobile versions that increase cost and maintenance. The vision of Adapt is to be able to create one single version of elearning that adapts intelligently to each device. This will save end users both time and money as it will remove the need for multiple versions.

Adapt is an open source project using social tools to develop the best solution for the community.

City & Guilds Kineo has contributed significant amounts of code to the Adapt project, and has developed responsive elearning using Adapt for its clients including The Scouts Association, Network Rail, TUI and Compass.

The founders decided to collaborate to create the best tool for the industry, rather than compete in developing proprietary frameworks. This is:

  • Better for the elearning industry: Using a common best-in-class tool means the partnership concentrates effort on making the tool better, and competing on quality of design and service, not technology
  • Better for organisations: Open source means no licence fee for the Adapt code, unlike other proprietary tools.
  • Better for ongoing tool development: the open source model encourages a large global community of users and developers to work together on the project.

An online community has been built around the development where people can share ideas and get involved in the project. A demo will also be available on this site in the coming weeks, with the code being made available for download for Learning Technologies 2014.

Sven Laux, Technical Director at City & Guilds Kineo said: "Adapt Learning is about bringing people together and achieving something ambitious and of value to the entire learning community. We are very happy with the level of interest and momentum the project has already generated and are enjoying working with great people across organisational boundaries."

The winner will be announced at the Learning Awards ceremony in London on 6 February 2014.

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Notes for editors:

City & Guilds Kineo, Elearning Development Company of the Year 2013, is the leading learning solutions provider. We improve performance through learning solutions for clients includingTesco, Compass, Nikon, BP, Barclays and many other leading organisations.

With offices in the UK, the US, South Africa, China, Australia and New Zealand, we partner with global clients locally. City & Guilds Kineo is also a founder of Totara LMS, the leading open source learning LMS for corporates.

Sponge UK is a leading UK based e-learning company that helps major organisations train their staff by creating customised online courses. We specialise in transforming training into engaging e-learning modules that improve the performance of your people.

Our bespoke e-learning programmes help organisations to better serve their customers, achieve more consistent sales success and protect their company values, culture and profitability.

Learning Pool has been making affordable and accessible learning achievable since its creation in 2006 by Mary McKenna and Paul McElvaney. The company delivers tailored online learning solutions that achieve measurable impact to over one million people in the UK.

Learning Pool is focused on improving organisations and has saved its customers over £50 million to date. Its unique service provides customers with the support and tools to create, share and customise their training quickly and cost-effectively.

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