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Towards Responsive Open Learning Environments: The ROLE Interoperability Framework

  • Sten Govaerts
  • Katrien Verbert
  • Daniel Dahrendorf
  • Carsten Ullrich
  • Manuel Schmidt
  • Michael Werkle
  • Arunangsu Chatterjee
  • Alexander Nussbaumer
  • Dominik Renzel
  • Maren Scheffel
  • Martin Friedrich
  • Jose Luis Santos
  • Erik Duval
  • Effie L-C. Law
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6964)

Abstract

In recent years, research on mash-up technologies for learning environments has gained interest. The overall goal is to enrich or replace traditional learning management systems (LMS) with mash-ups of widgets and services that can be easily combined and configured to fit the learner needs. This paper presents the implemented prototype of the ROLE interoperability framework and a business and an educational case study. The framework provides a common technical infrastructure to assemble widgets and services in Personal Learning Environments (PLEs). Evaluation results indicate that the perceived usefulness and usability is high for one case study in which a mature LMS was enriched with ROLE technology. In the second case study, an early mash-up prototype was deployed. The usefulness and usability of this early prototype were rated low, but the case study provides interesting insights for further research and development.

Keywords

personal learning environments interoperability mash-ups widgets standards and specifications 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sten Govaerts
    • 1
  • Katrien Verbert
    • 1
  • Daniel Dahrendorf
    • 2
  • Carsten Ullrich
    • 3
  • Manuel Schmidt
    • 4
  • Michael Werkle
    • 4
  • Arunangsu Chatterjee
    • 5
  • Alexander Nussbaumer
    • 7
  • Dominik Renzel
    • 6
  • Maren Scheffel
    • 8
  • Martin Friedrich
    • 8
  • Jose Luis Santos
    • 1
  • Erik Duval
    • 1
  • Effie L-C. Law
    • 5
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceKatholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.imc information multimedia communication AGSaarbrueckenGermany
  3. 3.Dept. of Computer Science and EngineeringShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina
  4. 4.Festo Lernzentrum Saar GmbHSt. IngbertGermany
  5. 5.Dept. of Computer ScienceUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  6. 6.Lehrstuhl Informatik 5, RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  7. 7.Knowledge Management InstituteGraz University of TechnologyGrazAustria
  8. 8.Schloss BirlinghovenFraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FITSankt AugustinGermany

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