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Coracle launches eLearning platform

Coracle, an eLearning specialist with a background in the shipping sector, has launched a new platform called ‘Learning Line’, designed to help students personalise their learning and share their progress.

According to a press release, this platform offers a tagging function which can be used to capture any online content the student has read or viewed, courses they have progressed in and tests they have taken, with the relevant results. There is also a Groups function: learners can share work with their tutors or other content with their peers, and tutors can share content and communicate with students using a comments box. Finally, filtering tools help users search, organise and present their learning data.

“Today’s learners draw on a huge range of resources, beyond their immediate teaching environment, to create context,” notes James Tweed, managing director of Coracle, whose clients include the IMO and the Marine Society.

“More and more content is now optimised for mobile and tablet devices and they can capture all of it easily and securely within our Learning Line. It’s a bit like a 'digital wallet' – helping them make their learning experience as social and open as they want it to be.”

Mark Richardson, Head of SSY Futures at SSY, another client, comments: “Coracle’s knowledge and understanding of the shipping sector, combined with their open and social approach to eLearning, made them an obvious partner when we started to plan our needs. They bring insight, creativity and discipline and have been key to the development of a new programme we aim to launch soon.”

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