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Sep 2013

Learning Pool and Sponge join Kineo in open source project


Two leading elearning companies, Learning Pool and Sponge UK, have joined City & Guilds Kineo as founding members of an innovative open source elearning authoring project. City & Guilds Kineo, part of the City & Guilds group, announced plans to make their award winning Adapt responsive elearning tool open source early this summer.

The benefits of giving this code away to the whole industry are immense and the project has gained significant interest and momentum with that many organisations offering wanting to be involved and to contribute. The community site will be launched in the next few weeks and the first open source release will be available in the final quarter of 2013.

Adapt is the responsive elearning design framework developed by City & Guilds Kineo. It enables a single piece of elearning in HTML5 to adapt and run on multiple devices, including desktops, smartphones and tablets. It’s based on the principles of Responsive Elearning Design. It has been already used to great success for a range of Kineo clients including the Scouts Association and Compass.

Following the announcement that City & Guilds Kineo’s responsive elearning framework, Adapt, will be made open source, Kineo hosted a webinar and face to face session for interested parties in July to discuss the project. Several organisations within the learning community indicated a willingness to become core developers and many others have said they want to make a contribution. Learning Pool and Sponge will become part of the founding group, help shape the roadmap for Adapt and become core developers. 

The Adapt open source founding group are carrying out initial tasks to enable the framework to be released as open source software and are developing a community website. This work is well underway with the first open source release planned for the final quarter of 2013.

Kineo Technical Director Sven Laux said: “We’re really excited at the interest and momentum the Adapt open source project is gaining. We’re committed to the open source ethos, and sharing our innovations with the wider elearning community. Having a responsive framework that can deliver elearning for multiple devices is increasingly a must have for organisations. The Adapt open source project makes this more achievable for all.”