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article imageNew technology set to change Swedish education

By Tim Sandle     Nov 4, 2017 in Technology
A major contract has been awarded in Sweden to the company Arcusys for its Valamis Learning Experience Platform, which is a digital based approach to learning, training and education. The Valamis platform is used by many businesses.
The contact has been issued by the Swedish National Agency for Education, which is the Government agency in Sweden that oversees the Swedish public school system for children and adults. The Valamis Learning Experience Platform is a digital based mechanism for the training it provides to teachers and principals.
The agreement is between the education authority and the company Arcusys Ltd., in a deal valued at €1.6 million deal.
The developmental aim of the Valamis Learning Experience Platform was to educate and train large corporations. Since then the system has been refined and scaled-up to provide a learning environment for an entire country. The Valamis has been specifically re-designed to meet the requirements for Skolverket, to allow for up to 300,000 users of the platform.
An innovation of the Valamis system is being ‘mobile-friendly’, offering digital-based learning by mobile devices as well as through standard computers and white boards. The mobile platform includes elements of gamification. The mobile experience is accessed via an app and courses that are started can be saved and accessed from different devices. This provides a flexible learning solutions.
As well as providing digital learning the Valamis system also collects data. Skolverket expects that the analytics will help it to assess all users’ learning data. Moreover, the big data crunching will also be used to determine the types of learning materials that are most effective. The system is sufficiently flexible that adaptive changes can be made to improve material.
The data analysis allows interested parties to identify potential information gaps or to rapidly spot learning difficulties among the learners. Such information is useful for business processes, and allows companies (or education establishments) to develop individual learning plans for different personnel.
Commenting on the new partnership, Jussi Hurskainen, who is the Chief Executive at Arcusys said: “This collaboration will strengthen our view on the importance of digitalization for organizations in the future. The market for digital learning is growing by more than 10 percent annually on a global level.”
The company anticipates digitalized learning to grow worldwide. Arcusys has recently opened an international sales office in London. Through a part of the software called ‘lesson localizations’, the system supports multi-languages for users from different countries.
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