SkillCheck: a new skills assessment tool

SkillCheck: a new skills assessment tool

SkillCheck

About the author: Simon Parry

SimonParry.jpgSimon Parry is the founder of Infobo, a website development and internet consultancy specialising in trade unions.

Simon has been working with unions and technology for over 15 years, and has pioneered the use of website technologies, including some of the first union members areas, virtual branch systems and full online joining systems.

Unionlearn have just launched SkillCheck, a new skills assessment tool to help unions engage with learners and potential learners. A next generation successor to the popular Use-IT software, the new tool is based upon a well-established learning platform called MyProgress, developed by a company called MyKnowledgeMap.

This platform is already used by a number of universities across the UK, Europe and the USA, as well as other organisations such as the General Medical Council.

The new software can be used both online and offline, so that unions such as ASLEF and USDAW, who have helped pilot the new tool, can work with their learners in working environments that often have little to no internet access. All you need is a web browser to access the online version and either an Android or iOS device to download the app, which can then be used both online and offline.  It even works on mobile devices, although a tablet is recommended for the best app experience.

It launches with brand new versions of unionlearn’s three core assessments in Maths, English and ICT, areas where many unions focus on within their Union Learning Fund projects. There are plans to add more assessments in the coming months.

One of the new capabilities of SkillCheck is the ability to create bespoke solutions for individual unions. For example, during the pilot, the PFA were able to capture which football clubs users were working at, to add depth to their statistics and reports around learning. In future, unions will be able to add bespoke courses in association with unionlearn.

Unlike with the previous Use-IT software, I’ve been involved with this project from the start. Unionlearn conducted research, into what features and improvements unions wanted from a new tool. This research was invaluable, and it fed directly into the specification I developed for the new tool, which resulted in the selection of a new software platform to be developed into SkillCheck.

To access SkillCheck online, simply go to https://skillcheck.unionlearn.org.uk. You’ll need to register before being able to use the assessments.

To access the app, go download it from the Google Play store or Apple App store.

To use the offline version of the app, ULRs and project co-ordinators will need to arrange for the necessary special accounts to be set up with their unions.  If your union is interested in using this new tool, please contact Yusuf Dadabhoy at unionlearn at [email protected] or on 020 7467 1212.

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