When we develop new features we are focusing on learning processes. To create the best possible learning processes we have decided to create a new set of integrations. Now we have, for example, MIS integrations of users and groups. We are now going one step further, and we are focusing on:Assessment and absence: We create integrations that send the data to systems that process and archive the data. Learning objectives: We already support learning objectives, but now it is possible to integrate them in the planner. It is now possible to find content and add it to plans based on the learning objectives connected to the elements.Timetable: It will be possible to pick lessons from the a new timetable function when you are working in the planner. This eliminates the need for creating time-frames in plans.
The new planner was released in May 2009. It will be further developed with a new feature that makes it possible to add content from Diglib. The screen shot shows how we plan the “Import content from Diglib” dialogue.
A new conference tool was released in late 2008. This year we plan to add whiteboard functionality to the conference tool.
The new parent login grant parents access to it's learning so they can contribute in theprogress of their children. The parents will be allowed to see, for example, homework (current tasks), teacher feedback such as comments, grades and assessments. Parents can also receive messages from the teachers.
We plan to add a new mentor role called form teacher. This role is responsible for being a link between the school and the pupil's parents/guardians. In addition, this role is responsible for conduction regular meetings with the pupil and the parents, thus creating a tighter bond and more openness between home and school. Notice the new mentor tab.
We plan to make a solution to make digital exams more efficient for higher education. We are focusing on anonymisation and integrations against administrative systems.
The absence module will be updated with several new features. First of all the graphical user interface will be refreshed. Another enhancement will be the navigation. We add colour codes on the different absence types to make it easier to separate them from each other. A comment feature will be implemented which allows the teachers to comment on the attendance they keep.
it’s learning is a framework of tools that work seamlessly together to deliver a student centric learning experience by unifying educational theory and practice, technology and content. Third-party vendors can easily connect their learning tools and they will work along with our ready-to-use learning tools. Seamlessly integrated content from web 2.0 applications such as YouTube, Flickr and Google adds to the interactivity of the content created by inventive teachers.Content can also be imported into it’s learning from other sources through accepted standards such as SCORM or AICC. This content can be downloaded from free or commercial content libraries, or shared content between private individuals.it’s learning is also a personal learning environment with ePortfolios, blogs, and support for individual personalisation. Personal learning environments are systems that help learners take control of and manage their own learning. This includes providing support for learners to set their own learning goals, manage their learning; managing both content and process, communicate with others in the process of learning and thereby achieve learning goals.Users, roles, hierarchies and other administrative data are managed by external institution administrative systems which connects to it’s learning via web services.
The user interface will be enhanced and modernised. The new interface will have fewer clicks, it will be more dynamical, efficient and the user-friendliness will definitely be better.
Today the teachers rule it’s learning. They create the content, upload files, add notes and so on. This year we will add features that will involve the learners more in the content added in it’s learning. Learners will be allowed to organise things the way they want with personal tags, and they can add their own notes and reflections.Another important feature is comments. The learners can comment on files and other items that the teachers create or upload, and this will stimulate discussions and cooperation about content that previously could not be discussed.The search will also be enhanced.
We will open it’s learning for more third-party tools and allow developers and customers create tools that fit their own needs.
The standard it's learning version contains the basic tools you need to start using it's learning in a minimal amount of time. But, perhaps you see the need for tools that are not included in the standard version? Do you want to make a tool that suits your own organisation's needs? The SDK allows you to create your own tools, or customise tools that other developers have made. We build our new applications with the SDK. The SDK contains the same APIs and tools that we use internally It supports both free and commercial applications The distribution solution is integrated in it’s learningWe plan to have anSDK beta available in May 2009 Developer program for partners and customers
This is a screen shot of the SDK that shows developer statistics. Here developers can add applications, see the usage of their applications; distribute applications to customers, browser statistics. Everything is integrated in it’s learning, and it is easy to get started.
A screen shot of the idea behind process-oriented document 2.0. Shown here is an overview of all the pages. It is possible to when they are updated and who has contributed.
Why not connect an external wiki?Most research on the use of wikis concludes that it is hard for the teacher to find and assess the exact contribution submitted by each participant. Therefore we have made our own wiki inspired tool that does not show the traditional version history, but the history of each participant. This is the world’s first wiki tool that makes the assessment work efficient for the teachers.
The tool formerly known as e:plus, now known as library, will be enhanced. It will be possible to add more content elements, including web 2.o elements. We also plan to add more design templates and make the interface more user-friendly. The lessons will also support drag & drop.
Here is a screen shot of the editing mode of the lesson. The teachers can add different content blocks on a page with, for example, links and multimedia content. Drag & drop is supported for easy editing. Earlier the teacher had to add all content in the tree structure. This made it difficult to plan and navigate in the courses. Now it is possible to remove links and content from the tree structure and insert them in a context in a page.
Here you see how content elements are added.
The final lesson with a graphical theme. We supply our users with several graphical templates and the looks of a page can be changed with a click of the mouse.
Our customers want to share, and this is one of our main priorities in 2009. We will make it possible to create own applications with the Software development kit, and then we must have a way of sharing content that is created. We plan to make a private library for organising personal content. From this library it will be possible to share the content with private individual, members of your own institution or all it’s learning users.
This picture shows the new Library. Previously, content was stored in the courses. It will be possible to store content in the library. Content can be reused in several courses, and can be shared. We will support new methods of organising, such as tagging and curriculum.
Example of an element that is shared in the institution library. You can see an overview in the right-hand column of who has access to edit the resource. It is also possible to comment on the resource which can be used to receive valuable information that can be used to further develop the resource.
Current it’s learning users know that content is added by entering a course and adding or importing content.Shown in the screen shot is a new way of adding content. The users enter their personal library and add their own content. It is also possible to find things that are shared in the library of your institution or communities. It will be possible to find resources that are tagged with, for example, curriculums.
SDK (software development kit)
• Contains the same APIs and tools we use
• Free and commercial applications
• Distribution solution integrated in it’s learning
• SDK beta available in April 2009
• Developer program for partners and
• Interested? Visit: developer.itslearning.com
Process-oriented document 2.0
• Based on fundamental principles from wiki
• Based on the process-oriented document in it’s learning
• Learners can collaborate and cooperate when writing texts
• Overview allowing teachers to review each participant’s contribution
• Next generation library (e:plus) lesson
• From 3 to 10 content elements + web 2.0
• 25 design templates and possibility to add personal
• Drag & drop and
• More user-friendly interface
• Simple and user-friendly solution for sharing content
• Private library for organising personal content
• Share with: private individuals
all it’s learning users
(Not all applications can be used for sharing when we release)