TeamLab is an open-source platform designed to allow users to create an enterprise portal clouded in Amazon. However, it’s easy to adapt your portal to create an eLearning environment.
The Technology (or what are my powers?)
Creating a free account with TeamLab allows you access to a variety of tools. Select “TM Community” to access a dashboard you can use to create your learning environment.
Your Community dashboard lets you invite learners via email. You also can import a list of learners, for example, from your Outlook address book.
Create your profile and get started. Your first task will be to modify your dashboard.
A dashboard I created for a course is shown below. I’ll use it to illustrate how you can create a learning environment using TeamLab. The goal of the course is to teach individuals to become savvy consumers of DTC gene tests.
Summary of Community dashboard features:
You can use the dashboard to generate and post event announcements.
You can create a blog. The editor allows you to add text, images, and even video to your blog postings.
Create an unlimited number of discussion forums.
You can upload images to a dedicated part of the Community site.
You can also create a wiki to provide additional resources and allow learners to take part in content generation.
And you’ll get tons of help to create your wiki when you access the wiki home page.
Finally, you can view a list of newly added content on your dashboard.
You can modify widgets to deselect certain items that appear on the default dashboard. For example, I deselected the Birthdays widget to remove the “Recent Birthdays” announcements from my dashboard.
Time to chat
Although the dashboard allows you to create asynchronous learning, you also can create synchronous learning events by availing yourself of the “Talk” button to create live chats.
Project management tools
If the Community dashboard isn’t enough, you can avail yourself of TeamLab’s project management tools.
You’ll be able to access the TM Projects dashboard.
The TM Projects dashboard allows you (and other learners) to:
- Create projects
- Assemble teams of learners
- Assign tasks
- Plan milestones
- Start discussions
- Upload files
- Generate reports and show work flows
You can use this feature of TeamLab to create problem-based learning challenges for one or more different groups of learners. The site includes a tool that lets you monitor learner activity on the site as well.
TeamLab is a versatile, open-source tool that you can use to create a collaborative, content-rich learning environment. It’s extremely easy to use and modify.
Resources for problem-based learning