Tesco develops new learning portal

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 7 September 2010



(2010), "Tesco develops new learning portal", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 42 No. 6. https://doi.org/10.1108/ict.2010.03742fab.007



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Tesco develops new learning portal

Article Type: Notes and news From: Industrial and Commercial Training, Volume 42, Issue 6

Tesco has developed Academy Online, a new learning portal that it hopes will eventually serve the learning needs of more than 400,000 staff across the supermarket’s global businesses.

Tesco chose Kineo, an e-learning solutions provider, to design and develop the portal, using its experience in combining user experience and web design, and development strength in open-source tools.

The project makes use of open-source technologies including Moodle and Joomla to allow Tesco staff to access all their learning needs online for the first time. The eventual scale of the project will make it one of the largest implementations of the Moodle platform in the corporate world.

Kineo has designed and developed more than 100 Moodle solutions for its clients, and on this project combined Joomla to add further functionality and enhance the user experience. The solution stands out by integrating a web-like portal experience together with the business benefits of tracking and learning-content management that a learning-management system brings.

Mark Roberts, Tesco Academy senior project manager, commented: “It is important for us to give our staff the highest quality learning opportunities and Academy Online helps to deliver this. We looked across the market place to select a partner and Kineo offered us the right expertise in both technology and learning, working with us all the way to ensure our vision was met. The use of this open-source technology in our business is a real milestone in our approach to learning. Kineo’s support and service have made it possible to turn our vision to reality and in a short timescale.”

Matt Fox, Kineo director, commented: “We have helped Tesco to realize its vision for the use of learning through this portal and shown that open source can work in a corporate environment at scale. The portal we have developed provides a deceptively simple user experience but with great flexibility to deal with the complex needs of the business. It shows that open-source tools can be used to great effect to address corporate needs.”