The Hamburg City Libraries rely on mobile learning solutions provided by M.I.T e-Solutions
Friedrichsdorf, June 23, 2015 The Hamburg City Libraries continue their cooperation with M.I.T as their e-Learning service provider. Starting immediately, the largest municipal library system in Germany is implementing the M.I.T mobile learning platform New Academy to provide its 4.8 million visitors with its learning and information services through mobile devices. They are thereby following the trend of their visitors and customers in their increasing use of mobile devices.
The learning platform offers the library customers courses in the areas of languages, information technology (for example, Microsoft Office 2013) as well as business and economics. There are also courses available on current topics of Compliance and Health, for example, stress and burn-out prevention. Most of the learning programmes are provided in a package including the M.I.T learning platform. The exceptions here are the language programmes. German, English, Italian and other languages can be acquired by the participants with courses from the partner company Rosetta Stone. The Rosetta Stone courses were able to be included in the City Library platform because the New Academy is open to learning programmes and media formats from a wide range of producers.
With the new platform, the customers of the Municipal Library also have the possibility to take advantage of the library’s online offers on tablet PCs. Currently, the learning platform can be downloaded and installed as an app onto tablet PCs with the Apple iOS or Google Android operating systems through the corresponding App-stores, with Windows 8 (8.1) soon to follow.
The advantage of the New Academy for the Hamburg City Libraries is that they can simultaneously provide their existing online learning offers to users of PCs and laptops in their original form. The reason: The New Academy is designed to accommodate both stationary and mobile devices. This enables the library to expand the reach of their online range of courses which have been available since 2009 with mobile offerings. This means that online learning through the libraries is not only independent of time and place, but also of the devices used by their customers.
“The eLearning platform is convincing both in its design and usability. The result is a product that places its focus on the media usage habits of our customers. The Hamburg City Libraries are proud to have fostered the development of this innovative project. We would like to express our special thanks here to the project management and the M.I.T team”, Silke Mittmann of the Internet Portal and Digital Services department.