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Platform Educational Applications

Project status

The TELT team is currently contributing to the development of a joint (online) platform for educational IT tools. We are currently running a pilot with this platform at UT, for both teachers and information managers. The testing and evaluation phase is expected to be completed in July 2024.

Feel free to contact the TELT team if you are interested in trying out the platform yourself! If you're a teacher, you can also read this article, which has more detailed information.

INTRODUCTION

How to get a better grip on the landscape of educational IT tools that are being used within our institution? How to give users better insight into which tools they can safely use? With this project, called 'Platform Educational Applications', we are looking for a joint solution for sharing information about tools via an online platform'.

Why?

From a teacher's perspective

Teachers are regularly looking for online tools that match the type of education they offer. In some cases a clear overview of tools that are available (or recommended) within the institution is lacking, so we often see teachers consulting multiple (internal and external) online sources or asking colleagues. The information can be very scattered and there's not always enough attention for the consequences of using a certain IT tool, for example in relation to privacy, security, or licenses. That's why we’re working on the development of a platform that provides a comprehensive overview of available IT tools that our institution offers and that can safely be used in education. In addition, the platform will provide ways to share experiences (reviews) about IT tools you’ve been using with colleagues from inside and outside our institution.

From an institutional perspective

On the other hand, is it is important for the institution to have insight into and to gain control over the use of educational IT tools by lecturers and students. This may involve licensing costs, but also possible risks when using applications. This is especially important for information managers that are involved in selecting and supporting educational IT applications.

How?

Several initiatives already exist to provide overviews of educational IT tools. Together with SURF we will build on this and investigate whether a joint solution is possible. A solution in which as much information as possible is shared between institutions while, at the same time, educational institutions can make their own choices and selections to personalize the way they want to share information.

Impression of the Edutools platform (mock-up image)
Impression of the Edutools platform (mock-up image)

The following institutions are currently participating in the pilot project:

Contact

For more information about this project, please read this article on the Learning & Teaching Portal or visit the SURF website (currently only in Dutch). Please contact the TELT team if you want to know more about this project, if you would like to contribute or if you want to stay updated about the outcomes.