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Education Portal Strategy

Education Portal Strategy
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Author(s): Henrik Hanke (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany) and Alf Neumann (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch417
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

Education portals promise to be an integrated point of entry that provides all stakeholders of an education body, frequently referred to as campus or university, with a single, personalized, web interface to all information and application resources in a secure, consistent and customizable way. They also promise to be the means by which multiple devices and multiple access methods can be utilized to retrieve all appropriate information and learning resources anytime, anywhere, with anything. Therefore, developing an education portal can be a key strategic technology decision since it can impact the entire campus community in the way it learns, teaches, communicates and interacts. This paper presents the major issues for portal strategists in the preparation and implementation of education portals, and looks at the development approaches, lessons, comments and concerns from concrete projects. A generic approach towards portal strategy is being derived from the international portal experience which implies four subseqent stages that determine the way portals can be embedded in an institutional context: emerging, applying, infusing, transforming.

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