The Government eLearning Platform (GeLP) project, initiated in June 2017, emerged as a pioneering endeavor of the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA). Its aim was to transform the way government officials in Sri Lanka acquire knowledge and skills. With the completion of Version 1.0 in April 2019, this project has made significant strides in promoting adaptive learning among government officers.
The driving force behind the inception of the GeLP project was the need to create a dynamic eLearning platform and develop digital content that would cater to the diverse learning needs of government officers at all levels. Recognizing the evolving landscape of governance and the importance of continuous learning, the project's primary objective was crystal clear: to facilitate adaptive learning experiences for government officials.
The project's scope encompassed various critical components. Firstly, it involved the development and customization of the eLearning platform, complete with an adaptive learning module. Additionally, the project focused on the creation of interactive digital content, ensuring that learning materials were engaging and accessible. Lastly, an essential aspect of the project was conducting Training of Trainers (TOT) sessions to empower system users with the knowledge and skills needed to maximize the platform's potential.
Together with the Sri Lankan Institute of Development and Administration (SLIDA), ICTA worked to make this transformative platform accessible to all government sector officials in Sri Lanka.
As a testament to its success, the GeLP platform currently boasts over 5,000 enrolled users. Moreover, it offers more than 50 courses covering a wide array of sectors, ensuring that government officers have access to relevant and up-to-date training materials to enhance their knowledge and skills.
Building upon the achievements of Version 1.0, the GeLP project embarked on Version 2.0 in January 2023, continuing its journey of innovation and progress. The rationale behind this upgrade was to extend the reach of the platform by establishing five instances of the GeLP portal. These instances were to be deployed at the Sri Lanka Institute of Local Government (SLILG) and Management Development Training Units (MDTUs) of the North, North Central, Uva, and Eastern provinces.
Version 2.0 brought forth clear objectives. It aimed to establish these five GeLP portals and provide essential training to the administrators of each institution, enabling them to effectively manage and conduct their training activities online. This expansion sought to democratize access to education and knowledge across different regions of Sri Lanka.
The scope of this primarily revolved around the development of the Trainer/Training Management MIS module. This module would function as an add-on to the GeLP learning management system (LMS), streamlining training administration functions for SLILG and MDTUs in the specified provinces.
In Version 2.0, the project forged new partnerships, notably with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), further enhancing its capacity to deliver meaningful learning experiences to government officials in Sri Lanka.
As of now, the GeLP project's Version 2.0 is ongoing, symbolizing its commitment to continual improvement and the empowerment of government officers through accessible, adaptive learning opportunities.