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An Arisaig businesswoman has secured £200,000 for a project that could revolutionise the way students and employees are taught.
Anne Widdop, a former software engineer and global IT director, who lives and runs a tech business from Arisaig, said classrooms in schools, colleges, universities and training centres are lying abandoned while isolated students are spending too much time in front of a screen with what she claimed were ‘ineffective’ courses.
‘Corporate training is suffering with knowledge retention as low as five per cent,’ she told the Lochaber Times.
‘The other issue I’ve been focusing on is soft skills, like communication and teamwork. Two thirds of employers say their employees need this training and more than 90 per cent say these skills matter as much as, if not more than, hard skills.’
Ms Widdop’s company, The Learning Loop, is using technology originally used to develop computer games to bring virtual reality to training.
She added: ‘I’ve assembled an outstanding multi-disciplinary team from across the UK with decades of experience ranging from project management to academics, developers, graphic designers and film production. We’re building AI [artificial intelligence] into assessments based on the latest scientific research.’
The new website went live on Thursday at thelearningloop.co.uk and the project is being supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Anne Widdop, far right, and the team as seen in a VR environment.
NO F10 TLL team pic in VR
Anne Widdop runs her company from Arisaig.
NO F10anne headshot 2019