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Exploring the world of mobile apps for learning at Epic

This blog post was written on 3rd September 2012 by guest contributor Chiara Rizzi, a learning designer from Italy who joined us for a six-week internship.

To give a little bit of background, I came across a programme addressing young professionals willing to develop new skills in a chosen subject area. In order to send my application for the design and development of apps to support learning, I had to find an interesting company with a deep understanding of apps for learning that was willing to host me during the following summer.

I came across Epic and I was immediately impressed by their fresh and young style and their approach to doing research. I contacted the Director of Learning, Imogen Casebourne, who immediately answered me and I was really impressed! My application was selected and I left Italy to join the Epic team at the end of July.

I’ve really enjoyed my time here, it has just passed too fast! The people are lovely, and really hard workers. From the very beginning the casual and friendly atmosphere made me feel at ease. And of course I am discovering a lot about apps for learning. I have had the opportunity to focus on real projects: the design and development of apps addressed to new Epic instructional designers. I have started with the design solution; then I have gone through the wireframes, the storyboarding and scripting phase. I have learnt how to use gomo to create and build apps, and now I am developing the app.

I am really learning a lot thanks to Imogen’s reviews on my tasks and discussions; thanks to the help of other people, and to the resources I can access (e.g. apps, case studies, books, etc.). Such an experience has provided me with more awareness about mobile learning and the specific world of apps for learning. Now I’m ready to go back to Italy with a fund of experience that has deeply enhanced my professional skills and expertise. Thanks to everyone at Epic for such a valuable experience!

Epic’s Director of Learning, Imogen Casebourne, commented “At Epic we believe strongly in welcoming individuals on research-led internship programmes, as well as students doing industrial placements as part of sandwich courses (one of whom recently joined Epic as a permanent employee after graduation with a first class degree), as we feel it can be mutually very beneficial. Chiara was a valuable addition to the learning design team during the six weeks she spent at Epic, and I hope she found her time here informative and worthwhile and gained some useful insights to take back with her to Italy.”