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Towards Teacher-Managed Deployment and Integration of Non-SaaS Tools in Virtual Learning Environments

  • Rafael Cano-Parra
  • Eduardo Gómez-Sánchez
  • Miguel L. Bote-Lorenzo
  • José A. González-Martínez
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9307)

Abstract

Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) such as Moodle or Sakai are now commonplace in many educational settings, but the limited set of built-in tools (e.g. chats or forums) is often mentioned as a drawback. While successful solutions to integrate Software as a Service (SaaS) tools are reported in the literature (e.g. IMS Basic LTI and GLUE!), there are other non-SaaS tools with potential for education that cannot be integrated in VLEs. These include single-user standalone tools that are run on local computers without a web-based interface (e.g. Matlab), but also virtual machines and laboratories that are common in Computer Science-related disciplines. This paper addresses the integration of these non-SaaS tools in VLEs, proposing an architecture to help teachers to select and configure non-SaaS tools using existing integration approaches from VLEs, but that also relies on cloud infrastructures for provisioning and deploying these tools transparently to the end users.

Keywords

Architecture Cloud computing e-learning Educational tools Integration Software as a service Virtual Learning Environments 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This research has been partially funded by the European project 531262-LLP-2012-ES-KA3-KA3MP, the Regional project VA277U14, and the predoctoral fellowship FPI-UVa 2012.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rafael Cano-Parra
    • 1
  • Eduardo Gómez-Sánchez
    • 1
  • Miguel L. Bote-Lorenzo
    • 1
  • José A. González-Martínez
    • 1
  1. 1.GSIC/EMIC Research GroupUniversidad de ValladolidValladolidSpain

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