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Feb 2017

The community has finally come together at Adapt's first meetup


It was billed as the (inaugural) Adapt Meetup hosted and was King's College London. It was nothing short of a love in. A geek fest.  An affirmation of the democracy of Adapt, its power and its positivity. And positive proof for the less technically minded amongst us, that we are never more than a click away from a line of code.  

Phew! The Adapt community is in this together  

On the face of it, this was a gathering of the Adapt community, a chance to put faces to names and those "who communicate with emojis". For many I spoke to it was also a relief to find what they had suspected to be true, that they would not be judged for their trials and errors, for having a go. "You're among friends" was the message here and we will encourage and celebrate each other's investment of time, energy, creativity and, in some cases, self-confessed obsessiveness. 


None more so than Dan Storey, an elearning developer at Travis Perkins, who got hooked on Adapt and within a year had produced his own a suite of components. He showed us how to put one together in real time using the example of how to make his mother in law's chicken curry. It was a top recipe.    


And it was a confirmation of the journey travelled by Adapt personified for me by the authoring tool that brings Adapt to the masses. But it's also a continuing journey with leading lights such as Kineo’s own Tom Taylor, Guy Willis, and Matt Leathes who all contributed with presentations on the day, and are clearly operating at a very high level of knowledge, expertise and application. 

But for many others at the Meetup this was the start of their journey. They were here to find out about, and make up their minds whether to commit to Adapt. And they must have been struck by the examples of what can be achieved, but even more so, encouraged by the supportive vibe and sense of community that can help them get there. 


And perhaps for the first time in my experience, here was a sense that in Adapt, we have a framework that works equally well for academia as it does in the commercial, corporate space. Students and employees alike expect and deserve content delivered in a contemporary way. When it comes to today's technology we all work online in similar ways regardless of whether we're studying, at work, outside work or being social. And Adapt seriously ticks this box by its genuine modernity.       


A shout out here for the art direction and graphics from the Kineo team - it's a key element of the contemporaneity of Kineo product. But the currency of Adapt is also hugely to do with its being mobile, responsive, multi device. And looking ahead, there seemed to be a consensus that there's more work to be done in meeting the expectations of today's learners from a UX/LX point of view


And last and by no means least, Kineo’s own Sven Laux was given a well-deserved round of applause for his part in the Adapt story. The Adapt community has thrived under his leadership and direction, and we wish him all the best as he moves up in his career within the City & Guilds Group.


So when it comes to the Adapt open source project it seems that "All you need is love"…oh, and a line or two of code. Talk to the team about how you can make the most out of Adapt.