Stead G.,Tribal Group
CEUR Workshop Proceedings | Year: 2012
Much of the current discourse in the emerging field of 'mobile learning' looks at traditional learning, happening in existing educational institutions. A parallel (and less well understood) tribe of mobile learners are adults at work, using their own, personal technology to access critical information at their moment of need for 'just in time' and 'as and when necessary' training (Wishart and Green, 2009). As smartphones become more and more ubiquitous, and the boundary between work and leisure becomes more and more blurred, the expectations of devices and what they can do are higher than they have ever been. Users are tending to use their devices for all aspects of their lives: work, personal organisation, leisure activities, communication, recording etc, and make less distinction between these different activities than before. And as Traxler says, "mobile devices demolish the need to tie the particular activities to particular places or particular times" (Traxler 2011). This blend between "work" and "play", and increased expectations that any learning apps accessed on your private phone should "perform" as well as any other app, places an impossibly high expectation on educators, learning technologists and mobile developers interested in supporting mobile learning. How to craft a mobile app experience that rivals the best commercial apps available, yet offers rich and pedagogically sound access to resources in a cost effective manner? To do this requires a new methodology that allows mlearning content to "travel well" between platforms, and device types, and provides solutions to a broad range of technology challenges, some of which are unique to mlearning. As part of their work on the US Government funded Mobile Learning Environment (MoLE) project, the author and his technology team have been wrestling with many of these challenges, whilst creating a suite of mobile content, performance support tools, and job aids designed to be used across many nations, languages and devices. Their software is currently in use in over 20 nations, preparing emergency workers for disaster situations. Their findings, and technical solutions are already the basis of an open framework for defining and building mobile learning content. This paper describes some of the technical challenges and shares a possible foundation for open sharing and reuse of mobile learning content.
Tribal Group | Date: 2006-11-02
News Article | March 6, 2014
Tribal Group, a publicly UK-listed company, has acquired Victoria-based Sky Software, a provider of cloud-based education solutions to the tertiary and private education markets, for AU$21 million. The acquisition will see Sky Software remain in Geelong, while it expands its global operations to Southeast Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East by leveraging Tribal's international footprint in the UK and Singapore. Sky Software CEO and co-founder Nick Stanley said the acquisition is proof of the company's strength. "We have the right skills, infrastructure, and people for an IT software company to compete and expand globally," he said. "We continue to remain committed to Geelong and our global expansion with Tribal will allow us to continue creating and maintaining jobs in Victoria over the coming years." When combined, Tribal and Sky Software will have over 500 customers in 60 countries and 1,400 staff members in 17 offices across five continents. Tribal Group chief executive Keith Evans said the acquisition will help increase its speed to market for software and service developments, as well as strengthen its offers with greater in-market support, representation, and domain expertise. "Our strategic priority is to provide our customers with evidence-based systems and solutions that will support the ongoing improvement of their educational outcomes," he said. "Sky Software's products fit well with Tribal's product strategy as a cloud-based smaller education provider solution." Some of Sky Software's existing customers include the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities, RMIT University, Manukau Institute of Technology, Waiariki Institute of Technology, University of Canterbury, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, and Otago University.
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Tribal Group | Date: 2007-08-02
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