Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 74, Issue 19, pp 8521–8539 | Cite as

Solving technological isolation to build virtual learning communities

  • Julio Cesar Rodríguez Ribón
  • Luis Javier García Villalba
  • Tomás Pedro de Miguel Moro
  • Tai-hoon Kim


Educational institutions may form virtual learning communities by cooperating with others to develop online academic activities. In the cloud, communities make up a grid of expertise, which is built with the learning resources that each organization shares with other pairs. Currently little is known about the problems that prevent the formation of the grid of Expertise in Virtual Learning Communities. Such techniques are not being implemented optimally and efficiently. In this paper we present a description of these problems. This work is important for community members (directors, teachers, researchers and practitioners) because it offers a conceptual framework that helps understand these scenarios and can provide useful design requirements when generating learning services for the community. We also propose an experience implemented at the University of Cartagena (Colombia) in which virtual learning communities have been integrated obtaining an alternative solution to the current problems. We believe that the result of this experience could solve the technological isolation to build communities efficiently and optimally.


E-learning Grid Learning communities Learning resources 



This work was supported by the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID, Spain) through Acción Integrada MAEC-AECID MEDITERRÁNEO A1/037528/11. This work was also supported by the Security Engineering Research Center, granted by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE, Korea).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julio Cesar Rodríguez Ribón
    • 1
  • Luis Javier García Villalba
    • 2
  • Tomás Pedro de Miguel Moro
    • 3
  • Tai-hoon Kim
    • 4
  1. 1.Programa de Ingeniería de Sistemas, Facultad de IngenieríasUniversidad de CartagenaCartagena de IndiasColombia
  2. 2.Grupo de Análisis, Seguridad y Sistemas (GASS), Departamento de Ingeniería del Software e Inteligencia Artificial (DISIA), Facultad de Informática, Despacho 431Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)MadridSpain
  3. 3.Departamento de Ingeniería de Sistemas Telemáticos (DIT), Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación (ETSIT)Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)MadridSpain
  4. 4.Department of Convergence SecuritySungshin Women’s UniversitySeoulKorea

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