The e-learning platform for EU farmers under the project was developed by the IT Development Institute of the Eszterházy Károly Catholic University. It hosts professional documents, training content, interactive tasks and task sets. The content is available in the seven languages of the project partners: Hungarian, English, French, Bulgarian, Italian, Spanish and Slovenian. The aim of the Platform is to facilitate EU farmers to acquire relevant knowledge and competencies through the created training content and adapted methodology. The educational materials help farmers develop innovative food chain models while gaining better understanding of consumers’ expectations and needs. During the development of the e-learning portal’s website, the partners considered creating an understandable and user-friendly interface that can be easily used by all participants in the project. The website is also a knowledge sharing portal and functions as a knowledge community. With the new training content creator tools, visitors to the site can connect, discuss, and exchange ideas and experiences for developing and improving their learning skills.
In addition to content sharing, the e-learning platform is a complex system that also has learning organization functions. Although some of the curriculum content is available without registration, registered users get the advantage of being able to access instruments for creating their own content, either by uploading or using the content and task editing tools available on the platform. Users can access training content and tasks anywhere, anytime on their home computer or on their own smart devices. All learning materials and digital supplements on the portal are generated dynamically, and the pages are responsive, so they are adapted to the given device using the latest technology. The training documents are available in an interactive textbook format. An interactive book can be created by the editors. Each book has its own style, colour, header, and footer. Users can also search in the books using the search feature. To create books, one needs to use the Learning Material Editor module, in which they can create chapters and lessons. Content items can be modified and rearranged. Each lesson comprises sections, which makes the managing of your book’s content easy. In the HTML-based editor, all the basic formatting options are available, and images can be uploaded to the system as well. The task repository contains all the tasks available in the system. Tasks can be viewed and filtered from the results list. The Task Editor is used to create tasks as one can choose from a variety of task types (multiple-choice, sort, text, and games). Interactive tasks are learning aids that can provide direct help to users based on machine intelligence. Existing tasks in the system can be copied, modified and completely new ones can be created, and the database can be expanded as desired. Task series that include multiple tasks can be created in the Exercise Series Editor. Task sequences are adaptive to the progress of the learners. Task series can be assigned in both practice and exam modes, helping with self-study or accountability. Each user can have their own content store in which they can store files, pictures, videos, or saved interactive textbooks and interactive tasks. With the search feature, learners can search the entire content of the website, training content or interactive tasks, even by entering a single search word. The FOOD IMPROV’IDERS e-learning portal was created using the EKERNEL framework developed by the IT Development Institute of the Eszterházy Károly Catholic University. The Basic System of the EKERNEL framework contains the essential subsystems and basic services required for the operation of a reliable, secure and flexible system. Its integrated, layered and modular structure allows for additional subsystems and modules to be built on top of it. It is easily scalable, expandable and able to operate in a distributed manner to suit the application. Automatic content synchronization is also possible between geographically distant servers. The Portal al is available at https://foodimproviders.uni-eszterhazy.hu/.