Portalislamica is a fully functional e-Learning and Content Management portal which contains a repository of multimedia resources. The Portal can also handle student registration, tests and certification. Upon registration third party coursework developers will be able to upload their own courses and benefit from an industry standard SCORM compatible Learning Management Software (LMS), whereby each developer will be given a password access to upload and mange SCORM compatible courseware used by online education providers all over the world. It also has an e-commerce facility to enable developers to be remunerated for their courses.
With the core functionality fully developed, more and more courses will added. Basic, Intermediate and higher level learning material can now be offered for all learners. The ultimate vision is to have the this e-learning portal to be an extension of the Institute of Islamic Postgraduate Studies based in Syria, for learners to get a certification through IIPS, by completing a certain number of modules, combined with a specific summer period spent at the IIPS.
Secondly the Digital/Multimedia Library functionality that has been developed can enable authors and publishers to upload e-books text, audio and video resources in a relational database for easy cross-referencing. The initial compilation so far comprises of numerous titles and it is envisaged that the administrative team at the Mulla Asgher Library and Resource Center, where the servers will be hosted, will have a dedicated team continuously adding multimedia content and developing further courseware.
Numerous content provider sites can now have a direct link on the portal to allow for easy search and navigation. In view of the information overload, and following the maxim of ‘less is more', a careful selection of the materials and verified links will enable users to have access to authentic and material in one place quickly and efficiently.
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