The Learning Toolbox (LTB) is a software platform that allows people to quickly and easily build their own mobile apps and share them with others. The LTB was originally developed for informal learning and learning at the workplace. There are however many areas other than education and training where the LTB can be a valuable tool, such as marketing, team collaboration, customer engagement, event organisation and many more.
Some terminology first
There are a few key terms that you are going to encounter frequently in these help pages. The learning apps you create with the LTB platform are called stacks. A stack can contain one or several stack screens that are composed of interactive squares and rectangles that we call tiles. Tiles are simple mini-apps that can do specific tasks for the user or that give the user access to particular resources such as videos, images, or other apps. There are several different types of tiles in the Stack Editor that you can drag and drop into a stack screen to gradually build functionality into your stack.
The three key elements of the Learning Toolbox
The LTB platform has three key elements: the Stack Store, the Stack Editor, and the LTB App.
- The Stack Store is the place where you can publish and share your learning apps with others. If you are new to the Learning Toolbox, you might want to explore existing stacks in ‘Search Stacks’ and get some inspirations from stacks that others have created already. If you sign up for a domain, you will get your own personal Stack Store for that domain.
- The Stack Editor, where you create learning apps (or stacks) in no time and without any programming skills. In a stack, you can bundle many different types of multimedia content and online resources from different places and make them available depending on context. Your stack also allows users to capture learning experiences and share them with their colleagues and friends. And a stack offers a variety of communication channels for you and your users.
- The LTB App is the container for your stack. The LTB App can host an endless range of learning apps (stacks) that you and others create with the Stack Editor.
The LTB App directly connects to the Stack Store, where users can browse and preview already existing stacks and, if you give them authoring permissions, your users can also create and edit stacks using the Stack Editor.