The Learning Hub is being developed using agile project methodology in line with the Government Digital Service’s (GDS) service manual; the core principles that a digital programme within the public sector must follow and adhere to.
There are four project phases: discovery (scoping/research phase); alpha (prototyping); private and public beta (building the real platform, from a closed group of users to all potential users respectively); and finally live. GDS assess each phase and approval is needed before moving to the next one.
Agile project methodology uses an iterative approach throughout the project’s life cycle, placing users at the centre of the design and development of the system. By adopting an iterative approach, pace and adaptability can be achieved, adjusting design throughout the duration of the project, rather than following a linear flow of development. One of the aims of an agile approach is to release benefits throughout the process rather than purely at the end.
For the Learning Hub the focus is to develop a minimum viable product (MVP) which delivers a range of fundamental features that will enable learners to find, access and contribute learning resources. This means that not all planned features will be available on the system when it launches. Features will continue to be added during the public beta phase to provide a comprehensive learning experience for users.
We are actively supporting stakeholders in contributing resources for the public beta release. The Learning Hub team would like to hear from organisations with resources they wish to share and contribute to the platform. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to begin discussions in readiness for the Learning Hub’s launch.