elearningeuropa.info launches its new user oriented platform
elearningeuropa.info, the European reference portal on education and technology, launched on Thursday May 12, 2011 its new platform. It is designed and built user-centered and it contains participatory tools to communicate, share and discuss.
The new platform is the result of a year's work of
careful planning and design, from the elearningeuropa.info team, with a
focus on developing the technological solution most suited to user
requests and aimed to facilitate a better flow of ideas and
The European Commission initiated
elearningeuropa.info nine years ago, to support the transformation of
education through technology. Available in 21 languages, it has now
become a key forum for the generation and presentation of ideas.
elearningeuropa.info has more than 35.000 registered
users with an average of 16.000 monthly visits. Thanks to this large
user base the portal provides great opportunities for research and
exchange of ideas and information amongst researchers, practitioners,
students and policy makers across Europe. The portal re-launch will
also benefit from the use of the latest cutting edge open source
technology: A new Content Management System (CMS) has been deployed
based on the award winning 'Drupal'.
The portal's online journal 'eLearning Papers' will
be presenting its new visual identity and structure in the new
platform. A leading publication in its field, the journals five annual
issues are guided by an Editorial Committee chaired by Tapio Koskinen,
Head of New Solutions at Aalto University Professional Development.
Some of the new sections the portal has launched are
blogs, which offer users the chance to express their opinions and
insight as well as a dedicated TV Channel which offers users the
possibility to find the most relevant and highest quality videos about
education and technology in one place.
In addition, users will be able to create
communities and working groups around themes and topics of interest
and use these privileged spaces to display their content to a
wider audience. These communities are the ideal space for co-creation
and sharing ideas. The first communities are up and running with
discussions and insight into Language Learning and Social Media; Open Education virtual worlds and gaming. Join us to explore them and share your experience.