The heart of the project is the I-STEP platform. The platform will have 3 main functionalities:
The platform will serve as an Open Educational Resource (OER) and publish all developed materials. This ensures that VET teachers and all other interested parties can download the materials developed and legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. By uploading all developed materials on the I-STEP platform, they will be offered in the public domain with an open license.
The long term success of the project is partly dependent upon the creation of an online community of all parties involved in the project, i.e. the project partners, VET students, teachers, managers and board, and stakeholders from government, research and business. They are also an integral part of the product development and improvement and play an important role in the marketing and wider dissemination of the project.
The platform will have a file sharing area for groups of teachers and students to support the alpha and beta testing of the I-STEP materials. This file sharing area will also facilitate communication between students and teachers and thus serve as a communication tool. Participants can engage and support other participants through this platform.