It started with a tweet
I'm often asked if using Twitter has ever led to anything worthwhile. Well, the answer is 100% yes! Having recently worked on creating an interactive display as a permanent exhibition at the IMO to highlight their work on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSA's), I imagine that some people would be surprised to learn that Coracle's working relationship with IMO came about from meeting IMOHQ on Twitter (we tweet from @jtweed). Over the past few years we’ve developed a working relationship with the organisation and you can read more about this project in the case study here and the press release here.
So who are the IMO? The International Maritime Organization is the United Nations specialised agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. The IMO is made up of 170 Member States and 3 Associate Members. Non-governmental international organisations (NGO's) may be granted consultative status.
Teaching -vs- Educating
Coracle and e-learning are synonymous, and that leads some people to assume that building and offering online courses is all that we do. However, that isn't the case. The team at Coracle are passionate about something much broader: open and social learning.
Hence our motto, Coracle Transforms Learning.
Our mission is to educate rather than simply teach, and we’ve developed a state-of-the-art new platform (the Learning Line) to make that dream a reality.
More than just a platform
Offering a platform is important, but in order to achieve our mission we have to go deeper than just offering software. Using our experience we consult with clients to make sure that we’re delivering the most appropriate educational experience possible. If we take the IMO PSSA exhibition as an example, it is a great case study to highlight an intersection between online and offline learning. The offline exhibition space is a stunning display to house interactive touchscreen material, all with the clear aim of educating its visitors. The online content further enhances the journey and allows the flavour of the exhibition to be discovered by a global audience at the touch of a button. To see a body such as IMO embracing technology in this manner is wonderful and refreshing. It was the vision of the Secretary-General, Mr Koji Sekimizu, that Coracle helped to bring to fruition, working in partnership with the team of IMO staff.
(IMO Secretary-General, Mr Koji Sekimizu and UNESCO Jorge Luis Valdes being shown the touchscreen technology by James Tweed.
Building successful working relationships is something that we strive to do at Coracle. We believe that creating inspiring solutions requires an understanding that goes beyond a simple spec sheet. An understanding of the philosophy behind what the client wants to achieve is key in turning their vision into reality. In the case of the IMO PSSA project, we had to grasp the underlying impact of IMO’s work on society.
We're pleased to have helped them achieve their goal.