Using Learning Locker CDSM Thinqi were able to raise the standards and attainment in all phases of education across Egypt.
Powered by CDSM’s Thinqi Learning Platform, the Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB) for Schools is an educational project designed to provide life-changing opportunities to Egypt’s children and young people by enabling them access to the world’s best learning technologies and resources.
With an estimated user base of 20 million teachers and learners across Egypt, CDSM designed their nextgeneration learning system with Learning Locker® at the foundation, to track, measure and report on learner interactions with the rich depth of xAPI. And since the project began, CDSM has been able to provide the following key deliverables:
1. Providing access to a range of teaching/learning tools/services offered by the Ministry of Education
2. The introduction of a unified platform for the collation and curation of content from some of the world’s most prestigious education publishers
3. Cross-platform access (mobile/desktop/tablet) to a first-class multilingual LMS built using contemporary technology founded on decades of teaching and learning experience
CDSM leads the way in delivering sustainable, learner-centred solutions in partnership with education and training ministries across the globe.
For this particular project, their strategic outcome was to raise the standards and attainment in all phases of education across Egypt. To do this, CDSM and EKB for Schools together needed to create engaging and meaningful learning experiences for students of all backgrounds. But to understand what learners need/want, they required consequential learning data in order to make informed, data-driven decisions about their future learning design.
An additional challenge was planning effectively to scale the project and maintain high levels of performance and functionality. Due to geographic limitations, a connection to the internet was neither reliable nor high-speed, and many users would be subject to a low bandwidth when accessing the platform.
As 20 million Egyptian teachers and learners will use Thinqi whilst subject to these web connection constraints, CDSM needed to consider how the platform could be continually refined to perform in a reliable way.
The interoperability, flexibility and ease of implementation of Learning Locker® suited the needs and specific vision for the EKB project.
With most modern LMS’s lacking the administrative and reporting capabilities associated with the LRS, Learning Locker®’s reporting tools were utilized to help inform policy teams in Egyptian Government of the data trends that hadn’t previously been anticipated.
As the project develops, the EKB for Schools development roadmap will look to leverage the activity, engagement, assessment and performance data collected in Learning Locker® and surface insight to teachers and learners that will ensure successful behaviour patterns are encouraged.
None of this would have been possible without the ‘digital body language’ and detailed assessment reporting that Learning Locker® provides.
The use of xAPI and Learning Locker® has become an essential component in realizing this vision and has been invaluable to their development team when designing and prioritizing the future roadmap of their software.
Through the integration of Learning Locker®, Thinqi for EKB has been able to provide the following features for teaching/learning in Egypt:
Smart personalisation tools ensure new, engaging and the most personally relevant content is delivered directly to the user’s workspace on a daily basis.
Content relevance can be determined by age, group membership, personal preference and a range of other factors that ensure the user never misses out on the content they need most.
The rich analytics afforded by xAPI also enable detailed management of the content lifecycle. Core areas that benefit from this depth of analysis include:
Administrator Reports: These offer valuable insights into resources that are most accessed and used, and that content which is due for review.
Content Usage: The ability to segment content usage across multiple axes, such as region, group membership, demographic, user role, age taxonomy or curriculum area.
Content Gaps: Identifying areas of the repository where content is weak or missing. Helping guide content procurement and ensure that users have what they need to succeed.
The potential for insight developed by this project to develop truly effective strategies for educational and digital transformation is staggering.
The project will set the blueprint for how a 21st century digital learning ecosystem can offer seamless integration across 3rd party services, and value to learning communities beyond the sum of its component parts.
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