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Joao Luis Tavares and Luciano Camargo Cruz.
Nowadays, we are being faced with several learning strategies based on Web 2.0 technologies. Traditional virtual learning environments offer several functionalities to promote a distance learning experience, however using traditional learning methodologies.
Our team is working on learning environments based on social and collaborative learning strategies using constructivist methodologies. In order to build a true digital habitat to people learn together, we are developing a platform of communities of practice. This platform intends to offer a flexible community workspace, that allow group of people to interact and collaborate effectively within their own area of work, changing knowledge and working practices.
The CoPPLA (Communities of Practice Platform) Plone product provides a generic platform for building virtual communities of practice for social learning applications through a set of communication and collaboration tools integrated into a common environment for sharing knowledge.
This platform provides management features of communities, from its creation to maintain the content and participants, and visualization in a friendly and intuitive layout. The collaborative toolkit delivered with the platform is configurable and involves the manipulation of collections of all types of documents (texts, videos, images, web pages, links), events scheduling and agenda, discussion forums, collaborative spaces for exchanging experiences (Portfolio), collaborative spaces for learning experiences (Task Space) and communication tools.
Users have the ability to create and manage their communities as a space for sharing knowledge involving learning activities. The product can be installed on any Plone portal with a set of workflows which define access permissions through roles assigned to members of the community. The platform makes the content creation and the manipulation of objects more flexible and intuitive. For security, access to objects occur through control of permissions defined by the type of community access (private, restricted and public).
We are now engaged in several projects with the Brazilian Health Ministry in the context of an overall learning program on all over the country. The platform handles over than thousands of access into near of 1.200 communities distributed on the cloud. Performance and security issues are strongly important and easily handled by Plone.
Our future challenges with this project is twofold: how to keep it compatible with Plone 5 and surpass performance and scalability issues with the constant growing of communities, people and access; and, second, how to evolve this platform to reach a Semantic Web compliance. In this way, we are building sceneries to promote a fast evolution toward some contextual workspace and social interactions involving the Plone Community and free software solutions.