Sydney (AU), June 2017 - Recently named one of the “10 Fastest Growing Education Solution Provider Companies” by Insight Success magazine, dominKnow Learning Systems brought their multi-award-winning content-authoring and publishing platform to EduTECH, one of the biggest education events in Asia Pac and the Southern Hemisphere.
According to Insight Success, "The problems we see in the education space today are the same ones we've been witnessing for the past twenty years: limited development resources, poor use of existing content, compromised learner access, and an inability to gain insight into a student's interaction with learning material. dominKnow is one of the very few organizations that focuses hard on all these areas."
Providing an integrated suite of tools and processes that support collaborative content creation, dominKnow allows educators to easily create, share, and re-use content across any number of projects for use in class, online, or as student reference material. Teachers can fully leverage the effort they (and their colleagues) have put into creating learning material, students can access it in multiple ways depending on the time of need, and everyone can gain insight into what content is being accessed and how.
"A lot of material developed in the educational space is stuck in inflexible pages, trapped in traditional formal learning vehicles like eLearning courses or classroom presentations," says dominKnow CEO Luke Hickey. "As a result, learning content (and the time and effort that goes into creating it) is often poorly leveraged."
Hickey has almost two decades of experience in the software and information-technology industry and asserts, "We are a learning company that builds software and training solutions, as opposed to a software company that builds products to develop learning content."
There's been a rush for authoring-tool vendors to get on the responsive-content bandwagon. This is great news for those wanting to develop material that can be accessed on multiple devices and used in multiple ways, but Luke and his team know that all responsive tools are not created equal.
Most authoring-tool vendors enforce a dumbed-down approach to learning-content development. Templates, fill-in-the-blank, or block-based tools help get stuff out the door and meet the responsive checkbox, but they often don't satisfy the learning need.
dominKnow's approach is to allow for all the same powerful, rich content development they are known for, while providing an intelligent content-authoring framework with dynamic themes and components that take care of the underlying details. This "truly responsive" methodology allows educators to build rich learning experiences without worrying about specific devices or multiple versions of the same content.
The emergence of xAPI is a very exciting development for the educational space. xAPI is an open specification for learning technology that makes it possible to collect data about the wide range of learning experiences a student has - both in and outside the classroom. This student-centric approach to learning analytics will be increasingly important as forward-thinking educators continue to deploy varied learning strategies (online, classroom, apps, chatrooms, etc.). "With xAPI integration, teachers, students, and parents will be able to access metrics related to content access and interaction that will allow them to measure and assess its effectiveness," says Hickey.
dominKnow has recently launched their latest version of the dominKnow Platform - with major advances in single-source, multi-use content authoring and the ability to measure content interactions using xAPI. While focusing on new enhancements, however, they didn't lose sight of the importance of a powerful but simplified authoring experience. Towards this end, the latest release of the dominKnow Platform continues to flesh out their robust offering of rich templates, stock images and characters, responsive pre-made components, buttons and gauges, built-in actions, and a large integrated asset library that educators can add to and share as they develop their own learning experiences.