Jisc has selected the Open Source Learning Record Store, Learning Locker, as the foundation of a massively scalable Open Learning Analytics service for the UK education sector.
Jisc is a registered charity that champions the use of digital technologies in UK education and research. The Open Learning Analytics project will bring a standardised and scalable service to UK education providers who are starting out their journeys with Learning Analytics.
Learning Pool (formerly HT2 Labs) will work closely with Jisc to ensure that the capabilities of experience API and Learning Locker are effectively embedded into the Open Learning Analytics eco-system.
Dr Ben Betts, CPO of Learning Pool, commented:
“Jisc shares our passion and belief that learning data should be Open, Standard and Student-Centric. The Open Analytics project is a hugely exciting initiative that seeks to provide a one-stop-shop for institutions to use their existing infrastructure as the basis for advanced Learning Analytics. By adopting the xAPI and by using Learning Locker as a foundation of the project, Jisc have given themselves a huge head start in rapidly establishing a basic service that can be built upon for years to come.”
In addition, Learning Pool (formerly HT2 Labs) and Learning Locker partner Webanywhere will be working with Jisc partners to enable a wide range of VLE’s, Library systems and more to adopt the open xAPI standard for sharing learning data.
Conor Gilligan, Webanywhere Head of Workplace says:
“Webanywhere is really excited about partnering with Learning Pool (formerly HT2 Labs) on the Jisc contract. Jisc are truly innovative in their approach to this project, they are really looking to shake up the FE and HE landscape with the Learning Analytics Plan. Given Webanywhere has previous successes with Learning Pool (formerly HT2 Labs) as the only official Moodle and Learning Locker Partner, we are confident we can bring the best possible solution to Jisc.”
Ben serves as CEO for Learning Pool LTD, with responsibility for the commercial, product and people functions based mostly in the UK, reporting to the Group CEO.
Previously, Ben served as Chief Product Officer for Learning Pool where he worked to help define and develop Learning Pool’s next generation of workplace digital learning platforms, with a focus on Learning Experience Platforms and the Learning Analytics space.
Before Learning Pool, Ben helped to build HT2 Labs from humble beginnings into a globally recognized innovator in workplace digital learning. Learning Pool completed an acquisition of HT2 Labs in June 2019.
Ben’s expertise is based in research, having previously completed his PhD researching the impact of gamification on adult social learning, Ben has authored and contributed chapters for many books, has two peer-reviewed academic papers and has presented at conferences around the world, including TEDx.