Designed to help educators create quality online courses, open-source freeware Moodle CMS is used by universities, schools, companies and independent teachers.
Scaleable from a single-teacher site to a university with 200,000 students, Moodle is currently registered to nearly 36000 sites from over 200 countries.
Britain’s Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of the Arts in London are using Multi-Port with Moodle to enable employees of supermarket giant Tesco Stores, looking to develop careers in retail management, study for the new Foundation Degree in Retailing.
The Foundation Degree has been developed for Foundation Degree Forward by MyKnowledgeMap and is mapped against the Skillsmart Retail Foundation degree framework.
Geographically dispersed tutors and learners can set, respond to and discuss assignments, and collect and assess evidence of their competences via a single online portal using Multi-Port.
Students access the programme in the workplace using a combination of e-learning materials, residential delivery and online support.
The programme draws upon the workplace to structure and inform the development of learning materials and integrates work-based learning and academic study through work-based projects and assignments.
The projects and assignments are managed online using Multi-Port, whose reflective log and portfolio allows learners to look back on their course learning as and when it is relevant to their work.
Multi-Port can be extended to provide cohort management and tutor support, with the future possibility of spreading off the web with support for mobile assessment.
MyKnowledgeMap anticipates future growth in collective learning by educators.
“The move towards offering more work-based learning will drive increasing need for educational institutions to work together and engage with the larger national employers,“ says managing director, Rob Arntsen.
“Instead of one institution teaching many different learners using a single learning environment, multiple universities will be delivering to learners via a single employer, as in the case of Tesco Stores, using Moodle-integrated e-learning such as Multi-Port.”
Founded in 2000, MyKnowledgeMap (often known as MKM) is a dynamic company delivering web-based knowledge systems designed by individuals for individuals.
Operating in the corporate, public and education sectors, MKM's range of products and services includes:
• Academies: MKM is the UK's leading supplier of infrastructure systems for national skill academies, including those in the UK for food & drink manufacturing, sport & active leisure, care, and retail. MKM's e-academy infrastructure helps learners and people with a stake in a particular skill to progress from entry to degree level. Working with the UK's national Sector Skills Councils (MKM's clients include Skillsmart Retail, Improve and SkillsActive), MKM has pioneered online academies that can help people with everything from day-to-day productivity to discovering and achieving relevant qualifications. MKM also offers e-academies tailored to the needs of organisations in the private and local government sectors.
• Skills diagnostics: MKM's Skills Diagnostic suite allows clients to build their own system of skills diagnosis and training regimens. Its sophisticated software tools are designed to meet clients' specific needs, and to facilitate, not impose, the required solutions.
• Learning: MKM's e-learning solutions, including e-learning content, delivery systems and teaching aids, are used by a worldwide and growing range of organisations from Lloyds TSB to the RSPB; from manufacturing to retailing; from the police to local authorities; from the University of York to colleges in Delhi, Bahrain and Nairobi. MKM produces inventive and versatile applications that are can be shaped and contextualised by their users to meet the rapidly-changing needs of contemporary work and training, either for use within an e-Academy environment or as stand-alone products.
Further Information from: Rob Arntsen / Tom Holland, MyKnowledgeMap +44 (0) 1904 659465