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dc.contributor.authorBarmada, Bashar
dc.contributor.authorBaghaei, Nilufar
dc.description.abstractThe ageing workforce and the changing nature of jobs make it critical for education providers to include life-long learning skills and training provisions for adult learners already in the workforce. Learning a topic online via Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has gained a lot of popularity due to their scalability and efficiency of knowledge distribution. However, participating in these courses usually means fully committing to the course for at least a few months in some cases and the dropout rate is high. Providing engaging online education is even more challenging for industry trainees due to their lack of time and daily distractions at work. In this paper, we describe Train-For-Life, an interactive training platform for non-academic audience in transport, logistics, security and safety industry. Several design ideas are proposed to make the courses short, flexible and interactive to keep the trainees interested and engaged with the content. We evaluated the effectiveness of our approach with employees from a large company in the UK (n = 884). Results show that most of the trainees completed the courses they enrolled in, they were engaged with the content during the duration of the study, and the majority passed the course test after first attempt. In addition, the employees found the learning materials valuable and enjoyed their learning experience.en_NZ
dc.publisherSpringerOpen (part of Springer Nature)en_NZ
dc.rights2018 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.en_NZ
dc.subjectlifelong learningen_NZ
dc.subjectinteractive learning environmentsen_NZ
dc.subjectsmart learning environmentsen_NZ
dc.subjectdistance educationen_NZ
dc.subjectlearning/teaching methodsen_NZ
dc.subjectwork-integrated learning (WIL)en_NZ
dc.subjectwork-based learningen_NZ
dc.subjectmassive open online courses (MOOC)en_NZ
dc.subjectonline learningen_NZ
dc.titleTrain-for-life (T4L): an interactive learning platform for logistics, safety and security professionalsen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.rights.holder© The Author(s)en_NZ
dc.subject.marsden130101 Continuing and Community Educationen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden130306 Educational Technology and Computingen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationBarmada, B., & Baghaei, N. (2018). Train-for-life (T4L): an interactive learning platform for logistics, safety and security professionals. Smart Learning Environments, 5(21), 1-25. doi:10.1186/s40561-018-0072-zen_NZ
unitec.publication.titleSmart Learning Environmentsen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ

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