PROLIX is a 4-year research and development project co-funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme, Priority 2 “Information Society Technologies”.
The objective of PROLIX is to align learning with business processes in order to enable organisations to improve the competencies of their employees more quickly as business requirements change.
The key innovation in PROLIX consists of a process and competency driven framework which interlinks business process intelligence tools on the one hand with knowledge management and learning environments on the other.
To attain the objectives, PROLIX brings together 19 partners from 9 different countries. The team is made up of the 2 leading and largest European vendors of Learning Management and Learning Content Management software, the largest independent European business process management company and leading European research partners in learning technology, pedagogy and technology-enhanced learning software architecture.
PROLIX supports a complete learning process life cycle from of the analysis of complex business situations and the identification of individual and organisational learning goals, to the analysis of competencies and matching them with individual skills. This will lead to the definition and execution of appropriate learning interventions and the simulation of competency oriented processes, with a constant monitoring of learners’ performance with respect to the defined learning and business goals.
The delay between the identification of learning needs and actual learning affects the competitiveness of any company. PROLIX aims to make people and organisations more competitive by reducing the time it takes to fill competency gaps and build proficiency based on business needs and daily work processes. PROLIX will couple business processes with learning processes in corporate environments, enabling business process driven learning at the workplace, taking into account both the needs of the individual learner and those of the company.
PROLIX solutions will support and enhance the speed and effectiveness of both formal and informal learning processes, integrating learning management platform technologies (such as learn eXact and CLIX) with support services. The PROLIX project aims to reduce the time needed from identifying a business need to meeting the competency requirement through learning (Time-to-Competency) by an average of 20%.
PROLIX aims to deliver an open learning platform. It will integrate the systems needed to fully support the learning life cycle by providing interfaces to Skill Management Systems, Learning Management Systems, Learning Content Management Systems and Knowledge Management Systems as well as Performance Measurement Systems.
PROLIX will provide Learning Process Workflow Services (LPWS) to manage learning processes. These Services contain the “knowledge” of the configured learning processes and execute the various learning application services within the above systems. Learning activities and business process needs will be aligned by integrating learning services into existing business process platforms.
Learning Models will enable the identification of learning scenarios for process-oriented learning. The models will be described according to the IMS Learning Design specification.
A Learning Design editor will allow the models to be modified and assign learning resources, roles, activities and services to the particular scenario. The repository will enable the exchange and interoperability of e-learning pedagogy and materials and encourage greater reuse and efficiency.
PROLIX will allow the European learning solutions industry to integrate their solutions in business process architectures with limited additional effort. To do so, the PROLIX architecture will be designed according to emerging Service Oriented Architecture (SoA) paradigms.
PROLIX will provide a framework of services (OBELIX) that enable a community to register their contents of (part of) a repository, and exposing those contents for searching, querying and analysing in order to identify competency gaps and plan learning activities. The PROLIX system will result into an open, public domain reference architecture called (OBELIX) to facilitate industry-wide discussions about extensions, integrations standards and promote interoperability of learning and business management systems.