UniServity have been working in partnership with schools using the UniServity cLc learning platform for 10 years. During this time we have learned a great deal about the nature, style, stages and aspirations of users; ranging from children, through to teachers, leaders, parents and the wider school community.
This learning curve has enabled UniServity to understand how best to support schools in beginning their learning journey towards learning platform adoption, progressing through to embedded practice of using the learning platform to support and extend learning.
There are some schools who find this experience an easy one, and who see the opportunities for creativity and innovation easily. These schools tend to begin their learning platform usage quickly, focusing on the students, and who extend gradually to involve the rest of the school and the school community over time. This is where our ‘mantra’ of “Start Small, Think Big” comes from.
For other schools, the experience is a more challenging one, and many schools find the thought of changing pedagogical practice a scary one, and the thought of using ICT often equally (if not more) scary. All of these fears can sometimes prevent teachers and leaders from even wanting to try using the learning platform.
So, to make the learning platform simpler to use, easier to understand and more exciting to experience, we have made some very significant changes to the technology behind it. This, hopefully, will inspire and encourage those that are fearful of beginning to explore the benefits available to them. These new developments will also certainly ensure that teachers, leaders and learners are all able to benefit from the latest technological innovations, and are able to bring the benefits of the global technology sector into every classroom and to every learner.
Because of this evolution, the morphing of the cLc learning platform into something more exciting, something more reflective of how we live our wider lives, is what we’re calling this “Life”. This means that all learners will be able to benefit from Life@School, on handheld devices, laptops, interactive whiteboards – in fact anywhere, and on anything, that you can get an internet connection on! It also means that teachers-as-learners will be able to benefit form Life@Work, and that the families supporting learners will be able to benefit from Life@Home. Most importantly of all, the learner at the centre, benefits from MyLife.
Life, reflects the learning that takes place every day, wherever you are; and importantly, whomever you are with. Life’s unique technology combines a vast range of Learning Cells (Webparts) which make up the range of different iterations of Life; Life@School, Life@Home, and MyLife.
“Why should……. where I live, which school I attend, where I work,
who I know, where I am, or what I can afford,
define the boundaries of my learning,
and therefore my chances in life?”