C&G and Kineo Announce Open Source Authoring Tool Project

City & Guilds and Kineo are inviting interested organisations to come together to discuss making Adapt, their award-winning multi-device elearning framework, into an open source project.  

The event will take place Tuesday 2nd July, at the Goldsmiths' Centre, London (UK).

Adapt creates a single version of an elearning module which responds and adapts to screen size. The framework is designed with mobile in mind so all functionality is available across platforms and can be optimised for each device. This means that one piece of elearning content can adapt effectively for any device, enabling more flexible learning which meets the need of the modern, global workplace. The authoring tool won the prestigious 2013 LearnX Impact Platinum Award for Best Learning Design Technology.

City & Guilds and Kineo will be hosting an afternoon event from 2pm-5pm on Tuesday, 2nd July, at Goldsmiths' Centre, 42 Britton Street, London, EC1M 5AD. They will demonstrate the Adapt authoring framework and lead a discussion on turning the product into a collaborative, open source project.

A webinar will be held on Friday 5th July at 3pm BST for those that can't attend the face-to-face discussion. Register here.

The event is open to anyone interested in developing elearning content that works across multiple devices and in being involved with the open source project. City & Guilds and Kineo are encouraging people from across all sectors to attend, including Universities, FE colleges, employers and charities. To register for the free event, contact Alexandra Warren at alexandra.warren@cityandguilds.com.

Kirstie Donnelly, Director of Learning Technologies at City & Guilds commented, “City & Guilds deeply believes in the power of technology to transform learning. We are always looking for ways in which we can innovate and provide value to the learning community. This is an important next which builds on other exciting projects, such as the Content Exchange funded by the Ufi Trust, which helps organisations share and develop content cost-effectively."

We are eager to explore developing Adapt as an open source project and establish a community to develop and reuse this exciting technology,” Kirstie added. “This event is the first step and I strongly encourage anyone who is interested to come along and get involved.”

Steve Rayson, MD of City & Guilds Kineo, commented, “We are great believers in open source software and currently provide our clients with open source learning management systems such as Moodle and Totara.”

Steve continued, “We believe there are major benefits in making software open source, as the community collectively develops a much stronger product which is available to everyone to use. We have built an industry-leading responsive authoring tool framework and are keen to make this freely available to the learning community. We believe in sharing our work with the wider community for everyone’s benefit as part of delivering the charitable purpose of the City & Guilds Group.

Find out more about Responsive Elearning Design and Kineo's Adapt framework here.


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