Electra, a Multifunctional Education Web Portal for Technological Education Institute Departments

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Electra, a Multifunctional Education Web Portal for
Technological Education Institute Departments


Panagiotis Kenterlis

Department of Electronic Computer Systems

Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus

250 P. Ralli & Thivon, 12244 Egaleo, Greece


P.Kenterlis@mprolab.teipir.gr


Abstract


Information and knowledge in the years that are and still to follow will change the face of
education from its classical view to a new and hopefully improved part

of technological
society. Today’s Technological Education Institutes (TEI) in Greek society provide their
students with sufficient insight on various fields of technology and science. A considerable
percentage of TEI students even before graduation are pa
rt of the work force. Because of the
limited attention span, these students face difficulties getting information required for their
studies and for their everyday life to function as members of the academic society. Academic
staff on its behalf is trouble
d by the incommunicableness with students and the inability to
provide teaching material, as well as announcements related to courses.

In our work we have developed and used for a long period of time a multifunctional web
application, project name “Electra
”, that allows students and academic staff of an entire
department to communicate together in a uniform manner and have access to information
resources at any time and from any place. Academics can effortlessly publish educational
material, make announceme
nts, talk to students and respond to questions both by private
messaging or publicly using embedded forums. Students on their part are given access to
information related only to courses that they have been registered, thus minimizing time
required to find

information of their concern. We have implemented functionalities that
attempt to fulfil special needs of TEI academic programs. In particular, we have allowed the
remote registration and placement of students in laboratory course sessions, without the
re
quirement for physical presence in the institute. We have thus removed any pressure and
frustration originated by the limited number of sessions, the overwhelming number of
students and the established unfair registration methods of First
-
Come
-
First
-
Served
.
Algorithms and facilities developed and used to assign students to sessions according to
configurable scenarios have allowed an average of 80
-
85% students satisfactorily assigned to
their session of preference. We have also developed facilities that allo
w the reduction of paper
waste by enabling students and academics to send and receive any coursework in electronic
format. Several features have been implemented to allow academics to have statistical overall
views of their courses and student participatio
n.

In this paper we will present our work developing and using the Electra content
management system as well as the benefits of using such an application in an academic
environment.


Keywords:

web application, education portal, academia, content management

system