The Vivagogy Concept

Understanding understanding

Understanding is critical to solving the problems in The Skills Gap and making education understandable to ‘millennials’ because it is the mastery learning skill and it is not possible to achieve understanding consistently in our current education system!

Understanding is achieved by experiencing something first-hand and this means that the teaching and assessment process is complex and not manageable in the way we do things now. ‘Millennials’ can only learn by experiencing something directly.

Vivagogy understands Understanding! We have designed and are building a complex online social learning system for capturing the data for all learning formal and informal which means for the first time we can deliver personalised experiential learning, assess and managing it. It is a system which can deliver Understanding.


Competencies are the proficiencies developed through training, or experience. A skill is a thing you can do. It’s the basis of “I can do” statements and it is demonstrated and assessed easily in formal learning.

There is a fine line between competencies, skills and abilities. Abilities are the qualities of “being able to do” something. The differentiator is whether the thing in question was learned or innate. If a student has an innate skill it is called natural ability.



Knowledge is information acquired.  Knowledge is theoretical and competencies are more practical. Knowledge is knowing about something without necessarily being able to do it. It is the area that has most radically changed with internet usage which puts knowledge in the hands of everyone although they may not know how to make use of this knowledge.

Knowledge assumes an ability to perform fast, reliable, retrieval of facts and information. The teacher was considered the ‘font of all knowledge’ or the ‘sage on the stage’ with encyclopaedias and other reference books the ‘go to place’ for all information. The internet has, however, changed this reality now as most students believe that ‘everything can be found on the net’. This has dramatically changed the attitude towards traditional teachers and teaching and the acquisition of knowledge.



Understanding is the highest level of the three competencies and requires both Skills and Knowledge. It is sometimes referred to as higher order thinking.

Understanding requires an insight where not only the concept but its parallel practical applications make perfect sense. One can have knowledge and skills without having understanding.

Understanding requires the contemplation of intention as well as the method of application and the alternatives including its non-application.  It requires a much deeper insight.

Understanding is often acquired without teaching and can be born of experience, or alternative thinking styles and is the result therefore of experiential learning. S+K+E (experience) =U or Understanding. It is often acquired through what is called “informal learning” although “informal learning” can be structured into a formal learning process.

We support organisations wishing to make the change to education 3.0 through our education consultancy, edigogy system and the mygogy online software platform.


We help people and organisations create Understanding



Three complementary solutions – mygogy, edigogy and businessgogy

A physical and an online solution that is either complementary or an alternative to existing education structures. mygogy, edigogy and businessgogy can be operated independently or together to form a new way to teach, train manage and learn.

Our new model for learning is based on developing skills, knowledge, and understandings that support a programme of experiential social learning opportunities, all of which are supported by a new system that seamlessly integrates physical and online learning environments and formal and informal learning processes.

The challenge of offering personalised learning and training paths in a social learning environment, creating and curating content for the learner-centric learning and supporting teachers, trainers and management in converting to learning more suited to today’s learners traits and styles is why we created Vivagogy

mygogy, edigogy and businessgogy

Vivagogy has designed and is creating the first and only learning operating system which supports the conversion to and management of the new type of learning being talked about most recently in Finland.


The future is here!

The Fast-changing Economy

The digital economy and ever-changing business environments demand not only a culture of life-long learning but access to current, and contextually relevant information. When products, services, market trends, and consumer’s habits change almost monthly, product life cycles have been reduced to less than one year and the rate of knowledge obsolescence becomes a key determinant of what is relevant and useful knowledge. Managers need continual on-the-job training to improve performance. They need continually updated and diverse learning resources. They need to learn to improvise and experiment with real decisions as do their staff.

Traditional teaching and learning approaches cannot keep pace with this changing landscape of learning and information needs. They are too slow for Y generation business and learners. Formal learning still relies on a long production process for content which is often outdated by the time it is produced.

mygogy supports the trend towards a more agile structure for learning and skills measurement. It can be used for informal learning, independently by learners or in conjunction with a formal learning structure offering more tools and flexibility, personalised learning and speed of feedback to teachers and learners.

edigogy is our new learning methodology which motivates students by making them the centre of the learning process giving them control of their own learning and goals and creates understanding as well as skills and knowledge. It delivers a ‘flipped curriculum’ using experiential learning, real life IP from local employers and a completely personalised dynamic skills portfolio.

Both edigogy and mygogy integrate to form a 21c education system based on a successful Dutch model.  Both are supported by services which will deliver a sustainable educational, social and economic environment.



edigogy – learning communities

Cisco, Docebo, Accenture, McKinsey and many others are convinced that new education models, based on different criteria, are required to satisfy societies ever-changing demand for new skills.

We have studied models from all over the world and found only one that works – in The Netherlands. It is very different, with courses based on skills acquisition and no timetable! We have adapted and improved this model with many features and innovations so we know it works!


mygogy – knowledge ecosystem

mygogy facilitates life-long learning and support the building of learning societies. It is a knowledge ecosystem which connects all the components of the ‘learning to employment’ process and provides much more than a simple learning management system.


mygogy has a complex, agile and intelligent structure to support the delivery of online learning, content creation, curation and management, skills measurement, cognitive testing, personalised learning paths and live market data feeds. It’s the future for learning, recruitment, performance management, talent management, and employment today!