Tools and technology

Communication und Cooperation

Global Campus 21 offers you powerful tools for communication und cooperation:

• pinboards for announcements,

• document pools for shared management of arbitrary files,

• mail tools und instant messaging for the delivery of messages,

• chat for synchronous discussions,

• datebooks for activity planning,

• glossaries, FAQ tools and link lists for storing knowledge.

The tools are provided by the platform software “IBT Server” and can be installed and configured in a flexible way for each user group, even in multiple copies. They are available in the seven Campus languages (English, German, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic and Chinese).

In the “Application Farm” further software systems are integrated, which are well-known from the world of Web 2.0. By virtue of this extension, GC21 provides you with additional tools, including

• wikis for shared content editing,

• a blog tool for individual creation of pages with readers’ comments,

• discussion fora with notification function,

• user managed image galleries.

In the Saba Centra system you communicate by voice and vision in “virtual classrooms”:

• you present other people your content and discuss it with them,

• you jointly view and edit locally opened documents using Application Sharing,

• you share a whiteboard for taking notes,

• you conduct live online polls.

Learning

The GC21 server is a learning management system (LMS) providing comprehensive support for creation, handling and use of online courses (“web based training” – WBT) and tests (“assessment sheets”).

As learners work on their courses and tests individually, the system tracks and visualises their learning success and makes the data available to course tutors.

Learners use the communication and coooperation tools to debate on the matter with their peers, to submit work results, and to contact their tutors.

With online authoring tools, courses can be edited directly on the server. The technical authors can insert complex and branching navigations and a manifold of interactions. Beforehand, in most cases the courses are prepared by subject matter authors in a special document format on their external workstations, and then imported to the server by a conversion process.

Externally produced courses can also be imported via the SCORM 2004 import interface, or simply uploaded to the course environment’s file system. Similar methods exist for exporting courses, allowing their re-utilisation outside the Global Campus 21.

The re-launched GC21 E-Academy will provide systematic and easy access to the available courseware via a self-enrollment process and a web shop with credit card payment option.

Web editing

Although the authoring tools of Global Campus 21 are not comparable with a content management system, they are frequently and effectively used for the production and maintenance of project and programme websites, often in several languages. This allows to provide programme participants as well as public visitors with up-to-date information about the course of the project, offer them contact opportunities and present them relevant documents, including online video material.

To edit the pages we make use of the communication tools of Global Campus 21, such as pinboards and datebooks. The page you are currently reading is being edited this way. With the same method we can conduct a public discussion on our pages. News are distributed via RSS feeds.

Test Your System

Our users sometimes face technical problems when using Global Campus 21, and they suspect that their equipment is not powerful enough, or incorrectly configured. With the newly established system check, you can check your workstation and internet connection for GC21 suitability.

The system check is available in our User Support Center.