During the last 18 months we have been working in partnership with Universities and businesses across the EU on research funded by the European Union under the Erasmus+ programme. The project is called Destiny.
The project has a focus on developing employability skills through innovative education using “MOOC’s” – Massive Open Online Courses- for youth. Bitjam’s role has ranged from gathering and analysing Mooc data, developing the web platform and recently developing the Destiny Mooc learning management system, with a launch date soon to be announced.
So who would benefit from such a wealth of learning resources, available at their fingertips and free to access? We believe that Destiny will be extremely useful to those who want to hone in on particular skills, allowing them to build upon their existing knowledge of certain subjects, industries or areas in order to further their careers. The end user may currently be unemployed, and wants to learn new skills that will give them the confidence to pursue careers above and beyond what they feel they could currently aim for. Students who have graduated with a degree in a broad subject, and want to further their education from home to help them land their dream job. Somebody who wants to further their hobbies and interests in to a career, or perhaps start on a completely new career path to the one they’re currently following.
A Personalised Learning Environment
The Destiny Mooc learning management system is based on the popular Moodle with a key focus on mobile accessibility. In case you missed it, Moodle is a learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments. Bitjam worked with Universities and businesses in Greece, Spain, Slovenia and the UK in the requirements-gathering and development phases. For a number of partners this was the first time they had developed virtual learning courses, therefore it was important to work with them through the stages of preparing the course material as well as building the courses within the platform. There was a lot to get through in a short space of time!
Further work will be carried out on the platforms based on user testing and feedback.