MITA en­gages ISL for Skill­soft eLearn­ing

En­ter­prisewide ini­tia­tive to ben­e­fit over 100 em­ploy­ees

Malta Independent - - BUSINESS & FINANCE -

MITA, the pub­lic sec­tor agency that is driv­ing the gov­ern­ment’s In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) pol­icy, pro­grammes and initiatives in Malta, has en­gaged In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems Lim­ited to pro­vide Skill­soft’s eLearn­ing pro­grammes in Project Man­age­ment, IT and tech­ni­cal skills for 12 months to over 100 of its em­ploy­ees.

ISL first de­liv­ered a three-week pi­lot pro­gramme for a num­ber of em­ploy­ees at the Malta In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Agency ear­lier this year. The Agency de­cided to en­gage ISL on the one-year en­ter­prise-wide li­cence from which staff from var­i­ous de­part­ments will ben­e­fit on the ba­sis of the highly pos­i­tive feed­back re­ceived via an on­line sur­vey with the par­tic­i­pants in the pi­lot.

All the MITA em­ploy­ees will be ac­cess­ing the eLearn­ing pro­gramme through Skill­soft’s skill­port 8i™ plat­form. Among the ben­e­fits of this plat­form are: • it is fast and easy to de­ploy. No apps are

in­stalled on your PC/lap­top/de­vice; • eLearn­ing con­tent is ac­ces­si­ble from any­where on a 24x7x365 ba­sis via the user’s favourite web browser; • it is desk­top/mo­bile/tablet ready; • con­tent (in­clud­ing men­tor­ing) can be re­vis­ited and ac­cessed for the en­tire du­ra­tion of the li­cence (one year); and • it sup­ports Web Ac­ces­si­bil­ity, Skill­soft’s im­ple­men­ta­tion of Sec­tion 508 and W3C com­pli­ance stan­dards, which it sup­ports and pro­motes in its soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tions and course­ware. Skill­soft soft­ware works with sev­eral as­sis­tive tech­nolo­gies, which are any elec­tronic or in­for­ma­tion tech­nolo­gies that al­low in­di­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties to use in­for­ma­tion on a com­puter that they would not be able to ac­cess oth­er­wise.

Skill­soft sup­ports the fol­low­ing as­sis­tive tech­nolo­gies: • screen reader soft­ware (a speech syn­the­siser tech­nol­ogy that con­verts text to au­dio); • short­cut keys for all mouse ac­tions; • al­ter­na­tive im­ages to re­place animated

graph­ics; and • elim­i­na­tion of screen re­fresh rates be­tween 5 Hz and 55 Hz, which can cause seizures for some in­di­vid­u­als. ISL held three fa­mil­iari­sa­tion ses­sions at MITA to take par­tic­i­pants on a tour of all the eLearn­ing pro­grammes they would have ac­cess to and to give them an idea of what to ex­pect.

Jes­mond Mizzi, Hu­man Re­sources Man­ager at MITA, said: “We are con­fi­dent that the Skill­soft eLearn­ing pro­grammes our staff can ac­cess will fur­ther en­able the agency to de­liver on its three core com­po­nents:

its trans­for­ma­tion ap­proach to its pro­grammes and pro­jects – to trans­form the way they are en­gi­neered to­gether with their de­liv­ery, their re­turn on in­vest­ment and the en­hance­ment of the all-round value they ef­fec­tively pro­vide;

its in­no­va­tion ap­proach – the as­pi­ra­tion to be­come the lead­ing in­no­va­tor in the pub­lic sec­tor and one of the prime movers in the in­no­va­tion cir­cuit in Malta by think­ing cre­atively in re­spect of its peo­ple, tech­nol­ogy and op­er­a­tions; and

its ex­cel­lence ap­proach, which strength­ens the agency’s crav­ing for con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment at all lev­els. This puts fos­ter­ing and en­cour­ag­ing an on­go­ing cul­ture of learn­ing high on our list of pri­or­i­ties.”

Si­mon Calleja-Urry, Di­rec­tor of ISL, said: “We are proud that Skill­soft’s eLearn­ing pro­grammes are ac­ces­si­ble to all users, even those with dis­abil­ity, so the en­tire co­hort se­lected by MITA to fol­low th­ese pro­grammes in the com­ing months can take the max­i­mum ben­e­fit in the most flex­i­ble way pos­si­ble.

“No fewer than twenty-four (24) Skill­soft eLearn­ing pro­grammes will be ac­ces­si­ble to th­ese MITA em­ploy­ees for the du­ra­tion of the li­cence.”

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, visit www.isl.com.mt.

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