Wine Campus welcome to Eliademy!

Wine Campus is a tiny wine academy with a big heart for its students, delivering several online wine courses tutored by its founder Georges Meekers, a professional wine centipede who just loves to share his wine expertise. He has been lecturing Internet wine classes long before the invention of all the new distance learning platforms that have since sprouted.

Moodle simply used to be the one go-to solution back in the day. However, as Georges confides: “the combination of its security issues, the hassle of repeatedly having to install updates and the lack of a IT savvy service support team to help out when things go wrong”, made him try and test other ways to deliver his most popular Georges’ University Wine Course.

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The course is for enthusiasts as well as people already working in the wine industry which have been beachcombing the web for wine information but on whom it has dawned that, although Googling the Web can be fun, it is not the same as being guided by an authority providing correct, unbiased and up-to-date material in real time.

After a long search for an easy to use and effortless to maintain Moodle replacement, Georges’ University Wine Course has recently rooted at Eliademy. “It’s safely cloud-based and maintained for me by a most helpful bunch of techies so that I can devote all my time to interacting with course participants and, well, exploring wine myself.”

This is important because Wine Campus in unique in that it delivers ‘apprenticeship courses’. Coming from old French ‘aprentis’ (from ‘apprendre’ or to learn), the focus is on the fact that students will apprentice directly with a wine professional.

This is achieved by limiting the wine course’s intake to less than a dozen participants at any given time. But it also requires a directness in the relationship between student and tutor. Flawless interface and compactness of Eliademy is hugely instrumental. “It’s intuitive to handle yet the platform comes complete with a webinar room, discussion forums, messaging and task feedback facilities, discussion boards – just a corkscrew is missing!”

According to Georges Meekers: “Eliademy is an ideal place for teaching online because it is so straightforward to use and it suits text-based and video-centred content as well as a combination of both. “You can almost instinctively build Eliademy around your tutoring style so that each student can join in a dynamic, participatory and enjoyable learning experience – and wine is all about sharing after all.”

 

Eliademy Brings Classroom into Your Pocket, including Access to Millions of Moodle Courses.

store-featured2cDemocratizing education with technology is never complete without the devices we all carry around. Today, the highly anticipated mobile app is being launched not just for the thousands of users Eliademy has gathered in the last 4 months but also for the Moodle community, the highly respected and largest learning management system in the world.

Eliademy, a classroom in the cloud, offered as a service that facilitates e-learning for instructors and students, has gathered unprecedented popularity in just a few months. Enabling users to access content via its dynamic and beautifully designed mobile application is another bold step towards this mission. To begin with, this will be available for Android users and will be expanded to iOS and other major platforms in the coming months, including the announced Jolla phone. The Mobile client, code named Huxley is interoperable with Moodle LMS, which means students and instructors can instantly access their University content using the same application. We will also be releasing more than 20,000 lines of code to the Moodle Open Source Community as our commitment towards the Open Source Movement.

The high quality, elegantly designed application is free for Eliademy users and a directory of all compatible Moodle installations will be maintained for users. With the mobile client, students can continue their studies anytime, anywhere even on vacation, commented Sergey Gerasimenko, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at CBTec. Furthermore, students can check course schedule on the go, view deadlines, watch a video as well as collaborate with fellow students and instructors. By utilizing modern mobile technology, students will be able to increase their productivity, do homework faster and see important events in device calendar, thus never missing a deadline again.

Since our launch in February 11 2013 and having received good traction from over 149 countries, Eliademy is becoming the tool instructors have long desired and the perfect environment to engage students with online content. Among other developments at Eliademy, we have been committed to satisfying our customers by rolling out new features, mostly in response to requests by our instructor community. Now available in 13 languages, we expect to reach up to 40 languages by the end of 2013. To expand the usage of Eliademy to more colleges and universities, we recently became a corporate member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs ACBSP and partners with other institutions and organizations.  We also are a board member of COSS, the open source community of Finland. CBTec is also contributing at an EU level in the 5th University Business Forum where our founder and CEO, Sotiris Makrygiannis will be influencing EU policy makers about the future of education technology.

We can’t but be proud of our community, our awesome team and everyone who’s been part of this developments. How will this change the way you teach or learn? Leave us a comment below