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Friday 7 February 2014

The Warsash app

Warsash Maritime Academy (WMA), part of Southampton Solent University, is the first training provider to offer a learning app dedicated to support the training of maritime personnel.

The Warsash app is available to download free from the Apple iTunes Store and it enables seafarer’s access to updated course materials, career progression charts, WMA’s maritime course offering, news and a wide range of training FAQs via an iPad.

Students already enrolled on the Academy’s commercial yacht and engineering courses have the additional benefit of accessing their course materials via a user name and password. The access to course notes will shortly be rolled out to its students undertaking unlimited certification starting with phase one officer cadets.

The app enables students with access to iPads to download the course materials remotely even when being offline, and as WMA course lecturers are able to continuously upload the latest information, their students are consistently provided with up-to-date learning materials. It is with their commitment to improve the student experience and having listened to student feedback, that Warsash Maritime Academy created this enriched learning app.

“With its modern look and feel and ease of use,” said Andrew Hair, Director at Warsash Maritime Academy, “anyone who is looking to pursue a career in the maritime industry will benefit from the information available from the app. The ability for Warsash students to constantly receive updated material is invaluable and means they can access their course material easily whilst they are on board and working globally.”

Warsash Superyacht Academy, the superyacht training arm of WMA launched the first superyacht learning app in September last year and it has been well received by students.

“For almost 70 years Warsash Maritime Academy has been a world class provider of maritime education, innovation, research and development. Being the first major academy to deliver training to students via an app, we want to continue to enhance our reputation as a world leader,” continued Andrew Hair.

The Academy appointed CM Group’s Luminosity Motion Learning platform to build the app and deliver content. As an organisation that is committed to providing pioneering solutions and a student learning experience, it was appropriate that the association provided an app that enables WMA to continue to lead in a fast changing and competitive environment.

The Warsash apps are available through the Apple App Store and future developments include an android version for non-Apple tablets.