The Share.TEC portal connects a number of different Teacher Education-related repositories and offers a unified access point and query mechanism that adapts to the user’s specific language and context. By providing interoperability between these repositories, Share.TEC broadens content reusability perspectives across Europe.
Key innovative solutions adopted in Share.TEC include, among others, the portal functionalities and user interface, multilinguality approach, semantic layer (ontology and application profile), portal architecture and the user-oriented expansion tool RICK (Resource Integration Companion Kit).
To facilitate the access to relevant resources, query results are automatically ordered by relevancy and can subsequently be sorted by language, format or date. Results can be filtered by collection, language, format, educational institution, resource type, cost / free.
To make Share.TEC easier to navigate and use, the portal presents three main areas to explore and work in, namely TAKE, USE and GIVE.
Casual visitors have access to a limited range of basic functionalities. By contrast, registered/logged-in users can take full advantage of portal features, including personalisation and adaptivity and the possibility to enrich the portal and its community by adding their contribution. Being logged in or not can strongly affect the user’s experience, so it’s important to make their status clear to them. Accordingly, when they log in, the platform logo changes to MyShare.TEC, indicating that they have full rights accorded to registered/logged users and can expect personalisation and adaptivity during interaction.