Our Digital Platform Features

Digital Online Platform Concept

The idea behind the digital platform is to offer a flexible environment for learning and working online with integrated tools. The digital platform goes far beyond the idea of learning being confined to courses. The digital platform can rather be seen as a type of library providing learning and working materials and contents at any location of the repository. This offers the possibility to run the digital platform not as a locked warehouse but as an open knowledge platform where content might be made available for non-registered users too.

Features

The digital platform offers a lot of features to design and run online-courses, create learning content, offer assessments and exercises, run surveys and support communication and cooperation among users.

Personal Mobile Desktop

A general characteristic of the digital platform is the concept of Personal Mobile Desktop and Repository. While the Repository contains all content, courses and other materials structured in categories and described by metadata, the Personal Mobile Desktop is the individual workspace of each learner, author, tutor and administrator. The Personal Mobile Desktop contains selected items from the repository (e.g. currently visited courses or an interesting forum) as well as certain tools like mail, tagging, a calendar and also e-portfolio and personal blogs.

  • Listing of selected courses, groups and learning resources
  • Personal profile and settings like password and system language
  • Bookmark Management
  • Personal Notes
  • External Web Feeds
  • Internal News
  • Personal Workspace
  • Blogs
  • ePortfolio
  • Calendar
  • Internal Mail
  • Personal Learning Progress

Learning Content Management

Another important characteristic of the digital platform is the repository. All learning content but also forums or chat rooms, tests and surveys, as well as plugged in virtual classrooms or other external tools are created, offered and administrated in the repository and its categories. Therefore, it is not necessary to build up courses for offering learning content. The digital platform could also be used like a kind of knowledge base or website. Access to all repository item is granted by the role-based access control (RBAC) of the digital platform. The repository is structured as tree with a root node and multiple levels. Each repository item is assigned to one node in the RBAC tree.

The digital platform offers four kinds of container for delivering content:

  • Categories
  • Courses incl. member administration
  • Groups incl. member administration
  • Folders (within courses and groups)

Container objects can be extended by using the page editor for adding text, images or videos to the page.

All content objects are handled as references. They can be moved, copied or linked into other branches of the repository tree. A file that has already been uploaded can be linked multiple times in different courses and categories without being uploaded a second time.

Course Management

  • Enrollment Settings
  • Learning Resource Management
  • Time triggered/Conditional Access
  • Learning Progress Tracking for Members
  • Member Gallery and (Google) Map
  • Course News and Announcements

Cooperation

  • Group Management
  • Awareness Feature (who is online?)
  • vCard Export
  • File Sharing
  • Wiki

Communication

  • Internal Messaging
  • Chat
  • Forum
  • Podcasting
  • Etherpad / Edupad plugin

Tests & Assessments 

  • Question Types: Multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks, numerical, matching, ordering, hot spot, essay
  • Question Pools for re-using questions in different tests
  • Randomization of questions and choices
  • IMS-QTI Import and Export
  • Online exams
  • Learning progress control

Evaluation

  • Personalised and anonymous surveys
  • Question types: Multiple choice, matrix, open answer
  • Pools for question administration and re-use
  • Online report analysis
  • CSV and excel export of survey results

Learning Content / Authoring 

  • XML-based learning document format, exports to HTML, XML and SCORM
  • SCORM (Certified)
  • HTML Site Import
  • Wiki
  • File Management (all formats)

Administration

  • Role administration (global roles, local roles, role templates)
  • User administration
  • Authentication CAS, LDAP, SOAP, RADIUS and Shibboleth
  • Support for multiple clients
  • PayPal payment
  • Didactic templates
  • Statistics and learning progress administration
  • SOAP Interface
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