Integrating Portal based Support Tools to Foster Learning Communities in University Courses

N. Pinkwart, A. Harrer, S. Lohmann, and S. Vetter (Germany)


Educational portals, blended education, distance support for presence lectures


This paper identifies four criteria for systems that aim at supporting learning communities in university courses, and describes the web-based environment iPAL (internet Portal to Augment Learning) that addresses these criteria in an integrated manner. The iPAL environment extends a freely available content management system through some self-developed components. Practical experiences with the system are outlined, and a first evaluation is given.

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