Dr Mehool Sanghrajka is the Founder and CEO of Learning Possibilities. He has been working at the forefront of education for 20 years.

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I often get asked to talk to EdTech start-ups about how they should approach the market to become successful long term players. I have finally got around to writing the no-nonsense blog on success in EdTech that I promised many of them.

This three part series, will be published over the next few weeks, looking at the different aspects of the education marketplace and the factors that often lead to success.

The Uniqueness of Education

For many decades, EdTech has be touted as the answer in reforming education. For two decades ‘21st Century Skills’ have been paraded as the answer to the growing skills gap between school/college leavers and employers. Yet there are few success stories in EdTech. The problems in education are complex, as are the solutions.

New entrants to the EdTech market often confuse it with the corporate or wider public sector markets and assume good technology will rapidly gain momentum.

Understanding and navigating the nuances (highlighted below) of the education market is the key to finding a viable and adoptable solution.

Think…Slow Down!: everything in Education moves slowly.

I often laugh at the phrase ‘Education is a get rich slow business’, and it’s usually true.

Education around the world is broadly split into fee-paying and (state or central) government institutions. Both have unique characteristics, but the key differential is scale. In almost every country, learners in government institutions far outnumber, by several multiples, those in fee-paying institutions. In addition, governments usually buy for large number of schools where as fee paying institutions are usually alone or grouped in small numbers.

The other EdTech market is the consumer or parent. Studies show that parents engagement helps their children’s academic success. Here the challenges are different; alignment with curriculum and school teaching, marketing strategies to reach target parents, and competing with free products like Khan Academy.

If you want (or need) scale, then understanding government purchasing cycles is the key. These cycles can be multi-year and sometimes be part of a wider national vision to build a knowledge or digital economy. Procurement may involve public tenders or strict funding criteria. Learning to navigate these needs to be an essential part of any EdTech strategy. 

Governments buy, teachers teach and students learn

In the corporate world, purchasing decisions are usually through a purchasing department and often related to a productivity or cost-saving ROI (return on investment) measure. Education is different. Teachers are overworked and therefore saving costs is not their priority. Further asking time-poor teachers to invest time in learning technology solutions is usually difficult when it’s frequently possible to pass exams well without access to specific learning technology. We focus our strategy on meeting government strategies, whilst having firm plans to engage with teachers and drive learning outcomes for learners.

Buying happens only within academic calendar windows 

Unlike the corporate world, schools operate within the boundaries of school terms and holidays. This defines when purchasing activities, pilots and project rollouts can happen. It also determines when related (but separate) items such as devices and connectivity may be bought.

Understanding the rhythm of the education calendar is vital, as is being part of the annual cycle of exhibitions and conferences. We set our annual calendar and plan our sales campaigns and customer pilots around school terms.

Schools don’t like variable costs

Today having a scaleable solution often means some form of cloud service. These are usually ‘pay-as-you-use’ services, which means incurring variable costs, sometimes with little ability to control teacher or learner usage or behaviour. This model is also contraindicative, as good usage means higher cloud consumption costs.

Government customers usually only work on predictable fixed costs, that they can budget. Having strategies to manage variable costs is usually necessary for global reach.

Students change class every year

As all parents know, children change classes every year. This makes student identity management and data security complex, yet critical. Teachers changes classes and schools many times in their education career. Managing this is more complicated than standard corporate implementations where user change or turnover is low.

In the next blog, I will look at how EdTech is the answer to transforming education, but perhaps not as it is currently.

 

 

Learning Possibilities are thrilled to renew their Microsoft Gold Partner certification for Gold Datacentre, Gold Cloud Productivity, Silver ISV and Silver Collaboration and Content.

Learning Possibilities is a co-sell ready global Microsoft Partner working in 5 regions with partners in over 20 countries, working with local partners on a global scale to deliver LP+365, the next generation Learning and Collaboration Platform. Hosted on Azure and proven to drive adoption of all major features of Office 365, the app drives school investment in Office365.

LP+365 is built on LP+ technology and has been used by over one million learners globally, won major national and international awards for its efficacy and is built on our ADOPT Framework, the UK national standard for e-maturity in schools.

Our continued efforts in improving the app have led to the addition of a multilingual interface, auto-provisioning functionality and the LP+ Exam tool.

To learn more about LP+365 click here to download our brochure.

 

 

We are thrilled to be attending Bett UK 2019 showcasing the latest version of our LP+365 app, the new features we have added and what’s to come for the rest of 2019.

Showcasing the LP+365 Multilingual Interface

The LP+365 multilingual interface allows students and teachers to seamlessly switch between languages in the menu bar. The language options are unlimited and supports multiple scripts, for example Arabic and the Indian languages.

Languages can be selected dynamically by the user and the choice of language is determined by the global administrator. Having the right language drives adoption of the platform and the embedding of LP+ technology into daily use.

Managing Learner Identities & Auto-Provisioning Feature

Managing Learner Identities throughout students education career is critical for ensuring security. LP+365 is integrated into Microsoft SDS and many other school administration tools for auto-provisioning.

Introducing…LP+ Exam

Preview the new tool we have been working on, LP+ Exam. The tool is integrated into our platform for school and ministry of education n exams. It boasts a wide range of question types with auto-marking features, monitoring and submission capabilities, question randomisation and auto-save offline functionality. LP+ Exam delivers results through a full analytics and reporting package.

Download our new LP+365 brochure here to learn more about LP+365 & contact us at info@lpplus.com to meet with us at Bett UK 2019.

We look forward to seeing you there.

We are thrilled to announce the new multi-lingual feature on LP+365.

The LP+365 multilingual interface is now available in beta, and allows students and teachers to seamlessly switch between languages in the menu bar. The language options are unlimited and supports multiple scripts, for example Arabic and the Indian languages.

Languages can be selected dynamically by the user and the choice of language is determined by the global administrator. Having the right language drives adoption of the platform and the embedding of LP+ technology into daily use.

The new feature will help students to…

✔ Learn new languages

✔ Improve the fluency of native languages

✔ Be part of the international community

✔ Develop digital skills using their native language

The feature helps teachers to…

✔ Drive usage of the app and improve digital literacy

✔  Improve students adoption of new languages

✔  Help teachers communicate with international students

Check out the multi-lingual promo video to find out more…

 

As always we’d love to hear from you and your thoughts about the new updates. Contact us on Twitter or Facebook to let us know what you think!

 

Why LP+365 is not an LMS?

For many years, the terms Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) have been applied to almost all platforms in schools. We’ve built LP+365 to be different. With over 400m learners having access to #Office365 we believed it was essential to have a learning and collaboration platform that fully exploits the power of Office 365, yet was simple enough to learn within 20 minutes.

LP+365 is not an LMS. Traditional LMS are designed to deliver education courses, or support the teacher in delivering material to students. This usually means the LMS is process driven, often rigid and incompatible with modern pedagogies. Teachers usually require a lot of training and professional development, and many of these platforms are used as little more than glamorised document libraries.

LP+365 is different, it is a Learning and Collaboration Platform (LCP). A simple set of dashboards that presents all the functionality and apps within Office 365 that are proven to have efficacy in an education environment. Usage of these tools has been further simplified by having one-click tiles and an intuitive user interface. With the integration of our ‘one minute’ how-to videos and a full support site to drive adoption, LP+365 is a simple way for teachers to use Office 365 in the classroom thereby developing critical skills in learners.

LP+365 encapsulates a set of tools that are readily available at any time in any context, including the delivery of course material. The platform provides resource management tools, collaboration tools, communication tools, assignments, and analytics and administration tools. These can be used at any time in any context, supporting many pedagogical approaches.

With almost no limit on storage or types of content, the cloud based LP+365 App works on any browser, on any device on and offline.

 

With such a long history of LMS and VLE, why do we need a LCP? Research shows that students or learners who have strong collaboration and communication skills, as well as knowledge of Microsoft Office tools have a greater chance of employability. LP+365 seeks to give learners an experience of the modern working environment, whilst supporting many teaching and learning styles, and minimising the teacher’s training needs.

To experience LP+365 for yourself click here.

The G-Cloud Framework is an agreement to tender for or to be approached for government digital delivery. The services LP provide are broken down into two categories, Cloud Software and Cloud Support.

LP are excited to continue to be listed in the G-Cloud 10 Framework to deliver their LP+365 App to the public sector. LP+365 is the latest development from LP, a learning and collaboration platform built using all the major features of Office 365 along with communication and collaboration tools built on one simple and easy to use dashboard.

With previous opportunities from G-Cloud 9, LP are excited for the continued business ventures moving forward on G-Cloud 10 to provide digital cloud services.

About Learning Possibilities
Learning Possibilities has a Global Alliance with Microsoft and is a Gold certified Partner implementing e-learning solutions with expertise in cloud computing for education and government customers. Our mission at Learning Possibilities is to enhance teaching and learning to help students achieve more. Learning Possibilities’ LP+365 App is developed in partnership with Microsoft, built on our award winning ADOPT Framework and using all major features of Office 365 the App provides the easiest learning and collaboration platform to adopt Microsoft technologies. Find out more at https://lpplus.com/

Learning Possibilities, a Microsoft Global Alliance Partner and aamra, a pioneer in the information and communication technology industry of Bangladesh, will together deliver the LP+365 App to educational establishments throughout Bangladesh.

Learning Possibilities are thrilled to have signed a partnership with aamra, winner of the 2017 Microsoft Country Partner of the year award, to revolutionise learning for students across Bangladesh. aamra are unrivalled in their understanding of the needs of their clients providing them with technology solutions  to maximise product satisfaction. aamra pride themselves on providing the appropriate technology to help organisations thrive delivering only the highest quality products and services. Learning Possibilities and aamra’s new partnership will  deliver the LP+365 solution aiming to improve digital literacy, drive Office 365 usage and provide users with the toolset needed to boost communication, collaboration and creativity in the classroom.

What is LP+365?

LP+365 is the latest learning and collaboration platform by Microsoft Global Partner, Learning Possibilities. Integrated with the latest Microsoft technology on one simple but engaging dashboard the App brings LP+ technology to Office365, providing schools with all the tools they need to share resources, communicate, collaborate and manage assignments. The App encompasses technology enhanced learning complementing flexible pedagogies where teachers and students can explore flipped learning.

The App uses every major Office 365 tool and requires merely 20 minutes of initial teacher training. Improving digital literacy and driving the usage of Microsoft technologies the App enhances digital skills essential for employment. With over 15 years of experience and over 1 million users already benefitting from LP+ technology in the UK, LP are experts in driving the adoption of Office 365 in the classroom to help educators inculcate digital skills in learners through their award winning LP+ Platform.

Contact

 UK

Victoria Flint

Victoria.Flint@lpplus.com

Bangladesh

Abdur Rahman Siddique

rahman.siddique@aamra.com.bd

 

 About Learning Possibilities

Learning Possibilities are a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner implementing e-learning solutions with expertise in cloud computing for education and government customers. The Learning Possibilities’ LP+ platform built on Microsoft technologies is currently available to over 1 million users across the UK. In 2015 the company’s contract to supply the Hwb+ National learning platform (based on the award-winning LP+4 learning platform) to the Welsh Government was extended to 2018.  An independent research done by Lancaster University in 2009 shows that the LP+ learning platform drives educational outcomes. Learning Possibilities has also published the LP+ Adopt e-maturity framework for schools, selected by Becta (UK Department of Education) as the National Learning Platform Adoption Model for England. See more on https://lpplus.com

 About aamra

aamra is an amalgamation of businesses which are focused towards catalysing the modernization of Bangladesh by providing technology driven solutions to their clients in various market segments. aamra’s Strategic Business Units (SBUs) serve their customers with wide range of IT and ITES solutions, i.e. Internet Solutions, International Internet Gateway (IIG), Video Surveillance, Video Conferencing, Payment & FSI Solutions, Enterprise Solutions, Cloud & IOT.  aamra is unrivalled in their understanding of the needs of their clients providing them with today’s technology to maximise product satisfaction and pride themselves on providing the appropriate technology to help organisations thrive. Delivering only the highest quality products and services. https://www.aamra.com.bd/

 Press Contact:

Learning Possibilities
Olivia Belchier
olivia.belchier@lpplus.com
020 8236 1033

Moodle

Open source software (OSS) has gradually entered the field of education to meet the need of affordable and customizable tools. Many countries have paid great attention to the development of open source software for education. However, many problems occurred in its application, which hindered growth, particularly in developing countries. This was especially true for Learning Management Systems (LMS) in Malaysia.

Learning Management System (LMS) or online learning portal has become an electronic learning and communicating ways for many higher education institutions in Malaysia. The use of eLearning has increased in this few years and open source learning management systems have become a popular choice for these higher education institutions in Malaysia. Ensuring the LMS usability is an important factor that can affect the overall acceptance and success of the platforms. The brief report will evaluate the usability factor of LP+365 and the open source Moodle LMS. Learning Management Systems or LMS is a platform that is designed to assist the delivery of online courses. Other than the term LMS is used, other commonly used term for such platform are Course Management Systems (CMS) and Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The LMS used across higher education institutions in Malaysia accounts to Open Sources – 57.7%, Commercial – 34.6%, and In House Development – 15.4%.

Many LMS have been introduced as Open Source Software (OSS) License, this includes Moodle, Sakai, Claroline, Desire2Learn, Edvance360 & etc. The evaluation and selection of inappropriate LMS packages can have and adverse effect on the processes for a given education institute. Further to that, the task of identifying OSS LMS has become increasingly complex given the large number of OSS LMS packages available on the market, the lack of experience and technical knowledge to customize, increased cost of hosting OSS LMS and on-going development in the field of educational information technology.

Educational OSS LMS are not self-sufficient sometimes like commercial products. The most important disadvantage is risk of losing support. As the most users will be interested only to use the software, not to build it, so there is risk of losing support and resources. In that case, educational institutes will face trouble to improve and customize the software. Although the magnitude of development and maintenance related issues could be challenging, it is clear these problems are more severe there, as there is lack of stable and cost effective OSS infrastructure and ecosystem.

More often than not, OSS community does not follow a well defined/ well-documented software process, which raises development problem within the OSS community during product development. Due to the absence of an explicitly defined and documented software development process for OSS development, the drawbacks which arise due to the absence of a process are also not documented elaborately in the literature. However, few specific problems were identified and debated in detail within the OS e-learning development community. The major problems that were identified include software design issues, lack of complete and accessible documentation (technical as well as user documentation), not addressing all user requirements, etc. Since, the OS systems and its features are mainly developed to address the developer’s immediate requirement; it mainly results in less attention being paid to design issues. The poor design and requirement

analysis in-turn leads to factors like, misunderstood features, poor user interface, etc. Also, due to the absence of a defined process, the co-ordination between unknown developers might be difficult and the new comers to OSS development might find it complicated to understand the development process, etc. All these issues significantly affect the OS e-learning system development and thereby the product quality itself as there no guarantees that project will reach completion with desired results. The progress entirely depends on the interest and time of collaborative workforce, lack of resources or funding can derail a project. This in turn could make the institute of higher learning to prefer commercially developed proprietary software products which are much easier to work with. Proprietary LMS learning provider; Learning Possibilities commit resources to product documentation and customer support. The lack of commercial incentives in many open source projects undoubtedly reduces contributors’ enthusiasm. If the support disappears, educational institutions will have trouble improving and customizing open sources projects.

The Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) was used to evaluate and compare the Moodle OSS LMS package with LP+365. Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) is defined as the collective method adopted to compare, rank and identify the appropriate LMS platform for evaluation of LP+365 at Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (Malaysia). Each platform were presented with it’s multiple criteria against the decision matrix.

As is the case in the choice of Learning Management System, there are decisions required to give in the selection of LMS, one of the most important decisions is whether the LMS to be used should be a system that has a license fee and is centrally developed one or an open source system with volunteer developer audience and without any need for license fee. This decision is the one directly affecting the quality of training activities, their cost and success in the organization. The organization, while giving such decision, must evaluate the true capacity of using outsource, its budget, objected training activities and informational capabilities. Although IT managers around the world seem to split into two in the dilemma of open source code and commercial central development, this decision is related to capabilities, budgets and priorities of organizations rather than personal perspectives.

As in each investment to be conducted by organizations, there are important issues to be considered in the decision of LMS investment. These are elements regarding business or informatics such as usefulness of the system, suitability to the needs of institution, total cost of ownership, return on investment. However, the first decision to be given is whether the software to be used will be an open-source or closed-source coded software. If software is open source, this does not always mean it is free, and being free does not always mean the software is open-source.

Institute of Higher Learning should not only analyze the characteristics of LMSs in question but also evaluate e-learning project and organizational capabilities before making the decision of open-source vs commercial options of LMS. With a team, capable and adaptable to new technologies, it is possible to implement powerful but low-cost e-learning projects by using an open source LMS. On the other hand, using an open source LMS with a team lacking enough capability and motivation will lead to failure, total amount of wasted time and resources may be higher than that of selecting a commercial LMS with expert advisors for the project.

Table 1 presents the comparison of Open Source LMS (Moodle) and Commercial LMS (LP+365).

 

No.

 

Criteria

 

Open Source LMS (Moodle)

 

Commercial LMS (LP+ 365)

Fee Nearly all OSS MS products in the market are completely free of charge including Moodle. There are affordable prices for license and license renewal.
Technical Support Technical support takes place in the form of asking questions/receiving answers in user forms, published documents, forums & blog posts. In cases of inadequacy, professional consultant is required. Learning Possibilities offers technical support within the service agreement.
Hardware & Software Scalability LMS is hosted on organization’s own server. There is a need for specialized personnel for server maintenance.

Alternatively, the server can be leased and outsourced.

Within the scope of agreement, LMS will be hosted on Azure Cloud.

 

This leverages the Office 365 cloud solution to aid classroom collaborations and assessments engaging users to ensure a deeper learning experience.

 

The solution fully utilizes the power of Office 365 and will give schools an education focused and effective learning platform delivering the LP+ ADOPT pedagogy, and features and functionality of the LP+4 platform.

Development With the programing language of the LMS, it is possible to make unlimited development as per needs. Community driven.

 

Developed by many independent developers that can complicate the

process of development and customization, management of security patches.

Developments are in software company’s initiative. The company as social enterprise, with a view to keep customer satisfaction high, improves the product by

listening to institution, educators and student needs.

Adoption Moodle implementation varies and learning how to use different implementation is time consuming. Its simplicity. The App is organized in an intuitive manner, which means that both teachers and learners will be able to access their content quickly and easily.

Table 1: Open Source LMS (Moodle) and Commercial LMS (LP+365).

Challenges Faced by Moodle Implementation

  1. Although Moodle can be downloaded for free, someone must be available to install, configure, maintain and update the platform. Because Moodle isn’t a commercial product, you won’t turn the key on an intuitive feature set that’s ready to use. While the breadth of customization options can be attractive, it also generates a lot of extra design choices that must be made by your team. With Moodle, you lose the benefit of having a team of professional experts who have refined features over multiple iterations and tested user- friendly design choices for
  2. You don’t need technical support. Lack of support is a famous Moodle drawback. If you go with Moodle, your team will need to own everything from designing the platform at the highest level to managing all technical issues, breakages and bugs. All future updates and security patches for the platform must be handled by your team. And every time a new version of Moodle is released, all courses, modules and components must be individually updated to stay
  3. You manage sophisticated users and learners with great technical The platform isn’t easy to use. This technical difficulty makes Moodle a poor choice for businesses and associations charged with delivering courses to a range of learners of varying backgrounds and skill-levels. A serious risk of selecting an open source option like Moodle is that learners become distracted from completing their courses by the complexity of the LMS itself, jeopardizing results and completion rates.

Conclusion

A strategic early decision needs to be taken regarding the selection of the appropriate LMS system in any Institute of Higher Learning is deciding of going for open source or commercial LMS systems. Both types of LMS have their advantages and disadvantages. The Commercial LMS such as LP+365 systems have many advantages, including the development by one company with an approach and unified concept of development, LMS are thoroughly tested for bugs and errors, updates can be installed automatically, customization can be done only by the company.

Furthermore, LP+365 LMS systems include the latest tools and modules to support the faculty staff and students on one hand. With LP+365, educators can add announcements, load resources and set assignments at a click of a button, while students can see their daily calendar, assigned homework, previous submissions, their class/subject sites and curriculum material – all neatly organized and easily accessible. This includes instant access to native Office 365 Apps like Word, Class Notebook, PowerPoint etc.

LP+365 on ewis Devices

The LP+365 LMS App on E-W Information Systems (EWIS) devices will aid classroom collaborations, enabling educators and students to create and share in entirely new ways for immersive and inclusive learning experiences.

Colombo Sri Lanka 23 February 2017 – Learning Possibilities, a Microsoft Global Alliance Partner and E W Information Systems Ltd (EWIS), celebrating 30 years in the IT industry, have announced an agreement to roll out the fully featured LP+365 – Learning Management System (LMS), utilizing Microsoft Office 365, on EWIS devices. The roll-out was announced at a media conference attended by Hon. Sagala Ratnayaka – Minister of Law and Order and the Hon. Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Sanjeewa Wickramanayake – Chairman EWIS, Mehool Sanghrajka – CEO Learning Possibilities, Ms. Rani Burchmore – Education Partner Director Asia-Pacific Region Microsoft, and Brian Kealey – Microsoft Country Director Sri Lanka.

The LP+365 App, which is hosted on the Microsoft Azure cloud, provides an intuitive user interface and personalized dashboard– leveraging the Office 365 cloud solution to aid classroom collaborations and assessments, engaging users to ensure a deeper learning.
With LP+365, teachers can add announcements, load resources and set assignments at a click of a button, while students can see their daily calendar, assigned homework, previous submissions, their particular class/subject site and curriculum material – all neatly organized and easily accessible. This includes instant access to favorite Office 365 Apps like Word, Class Notebook, PowerPoint, etc. LP+365 will enable educators and students to create and share in entirely new ways for a more immersive and inclusive learning experience.

EWIS has been a Microsoft Partner since 1997 and a Microsoft Education Partner since 2013, authorizing them to provide education solutions based on their cutting edge technology.

Sanjeewa Wickramanayake, Chairman EWIS said:

“In keeping with our Government’s vision to create a digitally inclusive next generation, we believe that this partnership will be of great value to students and educators, alike. Technology in education is so important now that we hope this platform will support and drive our next generation into digitalization.”

Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO Learning Possibilities, further added that:

“The LP+365 LMS for Office 365 is built on our award-winning technology. Our global partnership with Microsoft will mean that schools in various Asia Pacific markets will be able to use LP+365 to enhance the teaching and learning experience and drive employability skills.”

Ms. Rani Burchmore, Education Partner Director Asia-Pacific Region, Microsoft commented:

“The partnership with Learning Possibilities and E W Information Systems brings proven software and technology with local support to drive educational impact on Office 365 and replicate best practice and results that we have already seen.”

As a local company, one of the key features of E W Information Systems Ltd is education and empowerment of students through technology, knowledge and equipment. For the past three decades, E W Information Systems Ltd has been in the IT Industry and in 2013 opened Sri Lanka’s first Computer manufacturing plant which manufactures computers, desktops and tablet notebooks of international standards.

“With the Government’s vision for a digital transformation in classroom education, this agreement will enable users of our products to avail themselves to subjects such as Maths, Science and English through an easy-to-use app on their own devices,” added Wickramanayake.

About Learning Possibilities
Learning Possibilities are a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner implementing e-learning solutions with expertise in cloud computing for education and government customers. The Learning Possibilities’ LP+ platform built on Microsoft technologies is currently available to over 1 million users across the UK. In 2015 the company’s contract to supply the All Wales National learning platform (based on the award-winning LP+4 learning platform) to the Welsh Government was extended to 2018. An independent research done by Lancaster University in 2009 shows that the LP+ learning platform drives educational outcomes. Learning Possibilities has also published the LP+ Adopt e-maturity framework for schools, selected by Becta (UK Department of Education) as the National Learning Platform Adoption Model for England. See more on www.learningpossibilities.com

About E W Information Systems
E W Information Systems (EWIS) has 25 years of experience in the education sector, and is committed to offering client-oriented services focused on facilitating efficiency, innovation, and creativity through the field of Information Technology (IT). EWIS is a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner.

Press Contacts:
Learning Possibilities | +44 (0) 20 8236 1018 | bansri.mehta@lpplus.com
E W Information Systems | +94 77 7349620 | nirmal@ewisl.net

hwblogo

The Welsh Government published its Learning in Digital Wales Report on October 2016, which took a critical look at its funding of digital infrastructure, devices, platforms and content into schools.

On the LP+ (HWB+) platform, the report commented;

“Hwb+ [LP+] meets the objectives for the VLE which were specified, including a single user log on for all teachers and learners, ability to be accessed anywhere at any time from any device, and tools and content, most notably access to Office365, purchased through a ‘buy once for Wales’ approach. “

“Usage data on Hwb and Hwb+ and evidence from surveys and qualitative feedback seems to indicate that LiDW products and activities (including infrastructure improvements) have had a positive effect on increasing the use of digital resources in schools. Training, support and awareness raising activities also appear to have contributed to increases in the use of digital resources and to improving the confidence and awareness of teachers and school managers.”

The Report also comments on the high adoption of the HWB+ platform, and makes recommendations for future improvements of the programme. You can read the complete report here.