New LeMill version (1.13) released

We have a new version of LeMill. LeMill is a service (http://lemill.net) and a platform (http://lemill.org) for finding, authoring and sharing open and free learning resources.

There are three major visible changes.

Downloading collection. You can now download collections as either zips of web pages (static HTML) or as SCORM-packages. SCORM is a format recognized by many learning platform, so you can easily import things you’ve found or made in LeMill to your local environment. The static HTML-package you can browse locally or add it in your local web server, e.g. in your homepage. We are still working on to have a PDF-download feature next to these options. When you view a collection, there is a ‘Download’-link at left side. Now we just need more quality collections. I hope this new feature will make it more rewarding to create them.

Browse by many categories. You can now browse content by limiting the “results” by many different categories. For instance at first you choose “language”, then you can choose subject area, or target group (grade), or tag, or type, or all of them. You may start browsing from any of the categories and then limit the results with the others. It is difficult to explain – you should try it out yourself. It is also an easy way to get an overview of the all 777 learning resources we have at the moment in the LeMill.net.

Discussion pages for learning resources. Now there is a discussion page related to each learning resource. To the discussion page you can write your comments or suggestions how to improve the resource. If some group is already working with the resource this discussion is visible also in the group’s page.

Something else? I am sure many bugs were also fixed and some new user interface languages were added.

Now the user interface is available in 12 languages (cz, en, es, et, fi, fr, hu, ka, lt, pl, ru, se). In the LeMill.net there are content in 21 languages (some are just “test” content) and in the community there are 731 people from 28 countries, speaking about 30 different languages. Sounds like Europe in 21 century.

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