iEARN-USA has announced the launch of a new iEARN Collaboration Centre (http://collaborate.iearn.org/) a custom-built platform designed to support iEARN's global project-based learning network of over 130 countries worldwide. The site is a safe and secure, multilingual, educational environment, and provides for distributed management required for scalability and worldwide local adaptability.
Most new online platforms are in search of users. iEARN's task was to create an effective technology-based environment for its existing community of 50,000 member teachers and 2 million student participants.
In order to best serve the needs of the growing network, the teams at Minds On Design Lab and Arkus helped iEARN-USA to develop a number of new functionalities to improve collaboration, accessibility, speed, and user management, while giving teachers and students cutting-edge, industry-standard tools for their collaborative project work.
The platform uses cloud computing to convert videos to web- and-mobile compatible formats through Zencoder, the largest cloud-based video encoding service in the market. Through support from the Salesforce Foundation, the site also provides country coordinators with new user management tools to effectively manage the thousands of teachers and students who are engaged in online collaborative educational projects.
The result is an intuitive, secure, collaborative online space in which an expanded number of teachers and students will be able to learn with the world and go beyond simply learning about it.
The mission of iEARN is to enable young people worldwide, working in collaboration and respectful dialogue, to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people. This new platform is a key piece of fulfilling that mission.
Source: iEARN, www.iearn.org/