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    SERCO Learning platform

    Any one using this as we are about to invest.
    needs some feedback from users and admins.

    thx

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    Nope sorry, but I do know that Education Bradford (run by Serco) for some reason decided not to use it for their BSF implementation, which is also available LEA-wide, and went for Moodle hacked up by MoodleRooms and Sun Microsystems.

    Just a thought....

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    We had a demonstration of this from their bods, and although it's impressive looking, and integrates beautifully with CMIS, I had the following reservations about it.

    1) it's hosted on their servers off-site, which means if it does become a core part of your teaching and learning, you may end up having to upgrade your internet link to handle all the extra traffic.

    2) When we were looking at it, they only allocated 10GB of space with the initial purchase, and you could buy extra space a GB at a time, which was very costly! This may have changed now, as it was almost a year ago when we were looking for a learning platform. 10GB of space is not a lot when you're dealing with over 1000 students.

    Apart from these, overall it seemed to be a good product, and certainly looked the part. Saying that I don't actually know of any school that uses it I'm afraid, but I know plenty of schools who have looked at it like I did.

    Mike.

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    any updates on this
    just before we jump and sign

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    I looked at it, but decided to go with Moodle, as it offers Facility integration.

    We can also host it ourselves, which Serco would not let us do! So when have problems with a shared internet link, that we do not control, we would have lost access!

    Oh yes and it is also free

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    Just wondering if anyone can point me to an install of this and let me have a potter around?

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    I must admit when i've seen it at BETT in the last two years it does look good.

    We went down the SIMS webparts route however.

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    This is what we are looking at as well, some time down the road.

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