Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announces $5M Adaptive Microlearning Technology Project for Fatigue Risk Mitigation in the Marine Sector

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announces $5M Adaptive Microlearning
Technology Project for Fatigue Risk Mitigation in the Marine Sector

Today, alongside project partners, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) announced two new projects including the $5 million Adaptive Learning Technology Project – The Future of Marine Fatigue Risk Mitigation, led by Training Works, a Newfoundland and Labrador based EdTech company. This project is creating a comprehensive tool for Fatigue Risk Mitigation in marine organizations by leveraging combined advancements in biometrics, environmental data, and microlearning.

Through Training Works flagship educational technology Skilltinuous, the project will give marine workers the tools to recognize, understand and anticipate fatigue while providing moment of need microlearning to help mitigate the risk associated with fatigue – a critical advancement in a sector where irregular schedules, challenging operating conditions and operation across multiple time zones impacts the level of worker fatigue and its associated risks.  This comprehensive fatigue risk mitigation educational technology will equip marine organizations and their workers with a new tool that can stand alone or run alongside existing organizational fatigue management systems, to support human performance and help to create healthier, safer, and more productive work environments.

With a total project value of close to $5 million, the OSC will provide $1.9 million in funding with the balance from project partners, including the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, which is contributing $335 thousand towards the initiative. In the Adaptive Learning Technology project, Training Works will work with partners Compusult Ltd., Altera Infrastructure, Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, and the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, to develop a commercially viable fatigue risk mitigation learning technology which can be scaled across marine industries. The resulting technology will link biometric and environmental data to identify fatigue markers and provide individualized corrective action(s) and risk mitigation techniques through Training Works’ adaptive learning platform, Skilltinuous.

The Adaptive Learning Technology project will create and maintain 22 full time jobs through its duration with the potential for more than 100 indirect jobs as a result. The first market for commercialization will focus on offshore workers within Canada’s Ocean Supercluster’s membership. The project team will explore marine connections to create new opportunities to bring the solution to customers within the Canadian marine marketplace.


“With support from Canada’s Ocean Cluster, the project partners will develop a comprehensive program aimed at improving seafarers’ safety. We are pleased to support this project and to help those working on our seas return home safely.” – The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“Fatigue at sea is a problem that spans all marine industries, and the impacts can be potentially catastrophic. With support from the Ocean Cluster, the project partners are working on a technological solution to help identify and mitigate fatigue and provide corrective actions, which will improve safety, reduce accidents and save lives. We’re proud to support this project for the positive impact it will have on workers.” – Joanne Thompson, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East

“Supporting innovative companies like Training Works helps to grow and diversify Newfoundland and Labrador’s tech ecosystem, while advancing our innovation economy. The leading-edge technology created through this project will help to improve worker safety and productivity. We support collaboration, research and development and the commercialization of new digital ocean technologies that further position our province as a world leader in this sector.” – Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology

“The Adaptive Microlearning Technology team is developing cutting-edge technology to make working on the ocean safer and more efficient for workers. As we help build the workforce of the future these are important tools in both traditional and emerging ocean industries.” – Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

“Fatigue and its associated risks are widely acknowledged in the marine industry and across all other industries. Our goal is to enhance our Skilltinuous platform to identify fatigue markers in seafarers using biometric and environmental data. Once the markers are identified, Skilltinuous will deliver countermeasures in the form of microlearning to mitigate the risk of fatigue. This is a groundbreaking project that will have wide-ranging benefits for worker safety in the marine industry” – Tamara Vatcher, CEO, Training Works

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About OSC
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is a pan-Canadian, industry-led transformative cluster focused on tackling some of the biggest challenges across ocean sectors through a collaborative program designed to accelerate the development and commercialization of globally relevant solutions, while also building a highly-capable, inclusive workforce. The OSC has approved 86 projects with a total value of more than $390 million which will deliver more than 120 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world.

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Nancy Andrews
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

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