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  • Building the Next-Generation Educational Portal for Estonian Schools Mart Laanpere Tallinn University, Estonia
  • Educational portals in Estonia
    • Since 1997, Miksike.ee: e-worksheets, online competitions, quizzes
    • Subject-specific Websites: handicraft, literature
    • Project-specific: Hello, Spring!
    • Institutional: science didactics in Tartu University
    • The first Teachers’ Netgate 1999
    • Koolielu portal 2001: based on commercial CMS
  • The new version: Koolielu 2.0
    • Centre for Educational Technology in Tallinn University was contracted by the Tiger Leap Foundation
    • Software: based on Elgg, LAMP platform
    • Web 2.0 principles: users as content creators, tags, RSS, dashboard, widgets, embedding, remixing, metadata
    • Integrated with LO Repository (Waramu) and EU Schoolnet’s FIRE federation
    • OpenID Single Sign-On, hosted by EENet.ee
  • Structure of Koolielu 2.0
    • News – aggregated from various online sources,
    • Advertisements – course offerings and job search,
    • Tools – links to the online or downloadable educational applications,
    • Resources – repository of learning objects,
    • Discussions – traditional online forum,
    • Communities – every user can initiate an ad-hoc community which will get automatically a dedicated collaboration space, forum and other collaboration tools.
  • Dashboard and Profile page
    • Elgg widgets, similar to iGoogle or PageFlakes
    • Dashboard is a default front page for logged-in users, Profile is a kind of public e-portfolio
    • Both are populated with Open Social widgets
    • Default set of our own widgets: My Learning Resources, My News, etc
    • User-defined extras, layout and access rights
  • Content management
    • Different workflows:
      • News and advertisements: submitted by any authenticated user, reviewed/published by editors
      • Learning resources: submitted by anyone (as a file or URL with LOM), reviewed/published by subject moderators
      • Forum discussions: anonymous participants allowed (CAPTCHA for humanity check)
    • Automatic archiving
  • Learning Object Repository: Waramu
    • Waramu was developed also in CET
    • Java application, MySQL database
    • No user interface, is used not by humans but by other applications via SOAP Web services
    • LRE metadata application profile (EUN)
    • Connected with FIRE federation, LRE can harvest metadata from Waramu: http://lreforschools.eun.org
  • Mapping LO’s to curriculum
    • Every Learning Object in Koolielu/Waramu is mapped to relevant curriculum topics (annotated as category in the metadata)
    • EUN’s Multilingual Thesaurus was too broad, we developed a new taxonomy based on Estonian national curriculum
    • Is used for browsing and searching Learning Objects, also for analysing curriculum coverage with LOs
  • Sharing
    • Tags, tag clouds
    • Categories: subjects, curriculum topics
    • RSS feeds
    • Bookmarks: Elgg’s standard feature
    • Recommendations of Learning Objects by subject moderators
    • Recommending LO’s, communities and articles according to subject area
  • Community building
    • Friends: like in FaceBook, only asymmetrical
    • Friend collections: a set of friends
    • Communities: traditional Elgg communities and adapted course communities
    • Anyone could initiate a new community
    • Koolielu communities as Virtual Learning Environment
  • Conclusions
    • Agile software development, weekly consultations with the client (Tiger Leap Foundation) and participatory design sessions with teachers have changed the initial concept and schedule
    • Is developed as open source software, can be re-used in other countries (if TLF agrees)
    • Future developments: teacher’s e-portfolio, competency management etc.
    • Current instance: http://www.koolielu.ee,
    • Development: http://trac.htk.tlu.ee/koolielu2
    • Repository Waramu: http://trac.htk.tlu.ee/waramu