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8th March 2007
Helping adults gain the Numeracy and Literacy qualifications they
East London e-Learning Ltd (ELeL) selects Giunti Labs' learn eXact
learning content management system (LCMS) and its new Skills and
Portfolio based learning content personalisation modules for providing
UK vocationally related and Skills for Life Qualifications to adults.
A partnership, involving Giunti Labs, East London e-Learning (ELeL) and
Oxford eLearning (OeL), is helping adults to gain much needed GCSE
equivalent qualifications, initially in numeracy and literacy.
The result of this partnership, given the working title of
'Easy2Learn', is a tutor-supported e-learning resource for people from
all backgrounds aged 16 and over.
The target group for these learning programmes comprises low skilled
British adults as well as immigrants, who might have attained a high
level of education in their own country but who still lack basic
UK-based qualifications. However, those taking advantage of these
learning materials are likely to also include former offenders - that
is, those within three months of being released from prison - who will,
thereby, be able to gain qualifications which could help them get jobs
and so reduce the temptation for them to re-offend.
After carrying out an international benchmarking exercise, ELeL
selected Giunti Labs, with its learn eXact LCMS platform, as its
A first prototype, to be released in April, will be used initially by
between 300 and 500 people to help them gain GCSE equivalent
qualifications in numeracy or literacy. In the longer term, this
approach will be expanded to include other qualifications where user
numbers are expected to grow exponentially as soon as new curricular
offerings have been finalised.
According to ELeL, eXact Skills and eXact Portfolio are new modules
extending Giunti Labs' learn eXact LCMS technology along the lines of
skills based content personalisation.
These are the first commercial outputs of Giunti Labs' long-lasting
involvement with the leading learning personalisation projects from the
EU's R&D framework. These include EPICC
http://www.epiccproject.info/ ), Prolix (
www.prolixproject.org ) and TENCompetence (
www.tencompetence.org ), which are among the world's foremost
projects for the development of skills, competency and portfolio based
human talent development and performance support technologies.
The modules are now fully integrated into the learn eXact LCMS suite
and use accepted market standards for learning content profiling, such
as taxonomy based content indexing, competencies and skills based
content profiling, as well as ePortfolio based recording of
Leon Rodin, CEO of ELeL commented: "East London e-Learning chose the
learn eXact LCMS after careful consideration of the e-learning market
because of the interoperability of all of the e-learning tools offered
as an all-in-one solution.
"Working with Giunti Labs has helped us as an organisation to
understand the tools available to us in order to achieve our goals.
Giunti Labs' innovation and willingness to explore new concepts has
accelerated the development of the prototype system we are creating in
order to establish an innovative approach to e-learning in the UK
further education sector that puts e-learning at the heart of learning
delivery rather than just something that sits alongside the main
He added: "With Easy2Learn, we aim to ensure learning using a computer
or electronic device is easy: easy to use, understand and learn. We
provide learners with online - and, sometimes, offline - access to
courses and learning through this platform; tutor support either in
person at one of our outreach centres, at the workplace or online
anywhere that learners have access to an internet connection, as well
as providing online learning tools such as an e-portfolio to support
individuals learning and their attainment of qualifications.
"The range of courses and the qualifications we can offer, either
directly or through one of our partner providers, cover qualifications
in basic skills (Numeracy, Literacy or English Language skills), IT
from basic level through to professional, and a range of vocational or
work-related qualifications such as NVQs or ILM qualifications.
"Easy2Learn is the personalised learning experience designed to help
you achieve the goals you want," he said. "This service is personalised
to each learner, creating individual learning plans suited to each
Jonathan Turner, managing director of OeL, added: "This is a pioneering
project in its use of assessments to tailor the individual's pathway
through the learning material. We see a very strong fit between our
experience in online content and curricula structuring, ELeL's vision
and learner awareness, and Giunti Labs' learning content management and
skills personalisation platform. Ultimately this will enable the
learners to progress much more quickly and efficiently than before by
automatically developing a learning pathway which only covers areas
where further knowledge is required."
About Giunti Labs
Giunti is unique in the international publishing industry.
In 1497, Giunti publishers and typographers in Florence, together with
others in Venice, began modern book manufacturing. Over the years
Giunti has built a 'historical catalogue' of huge dimensions, through a
gradual process of 'fusion' of different publishers, but also through
the creation of new brands, including Giunti Labs. Giunti Editore now
includes 20 companies in the publishing sector.
Giunti Labs, which has its EMEA headquarters in Italy and an office in
Milton Keynes (UK), provides a wide range of services, in response to
any content, learning and knowledge management need, covering:
Technological solutions for content, learning & knowledge management
Architectural and technological solutions for mobile & wireless
Labs provides the learn eXact suite, Europe's leading e-learning and
mobile learning content management technology. This suite is
interoperable with all major vendor-driven and open source LMS and VLE
solutions in the market including Oracle, SumTotal, Saba, WebCT,
Blackboard, Sakai, .LRN and Moodle.
Moreover, Giunti Labs does not just adhere to the international
standards relating to the LMS/LCMS world, it is one of the
organisations that helps to determine and drive these standards:
co-writing and developing them. Giunti Labs plays a key role in most of
the international institutions for the definition of e-learning
specifications (IEEE LTSC, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC36, CEN/ISSS WSLT, AICC, IMS,
ADL-SCORM and OKI).
About Giunti Labs' learn eXact suite
Giunti Labs' learn eXact is a learning content management system (LCMS)
that enables users to create, manage and deliver content based on
learning objects, XML, standards and international specifications. It
delivers learning content to location-based mobile devices, interactive
TV and wearable computer devices.
Further information from:
Angus Turpin, Giunti Labs, +44 (0) 7733 365063
Minna Leikas, Giunti Labs, +39 348939912
Bob Little, Bob Little Press & PR, +44 (0)1727 860405