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Towards Standardisation of Distributed Open Learning Environments




Bambang P. Ismangil
ismangil@acm.org







5 September 1997







This dissertation is a
part requirement for the
MSc in Telematics
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Sheffield


\pagenumbering{roman} The use of computer networks for educational purposes is now becoming common, creating what is called computer-based learning environments. However, there are still interoperability problems associated with these environments, limiting further growth in usage. One possible solution to these problems is standardisation of computer-based learning environments. This report presents the results of a project that aims to examine the role of standardisation in computer-based learning environments. The project proposes a high-level specification as a starting point, using the Reference Model for Open Distributed Processing (RM-ODP) standard. This specification can be used as a reference architecture for further standards development. As a case study of current learning environments, Lotus LearningSpace was evaluated in more detail.

Keywords: computer-based learning environments, distributed open learning, standardisation, Lotus LearningSpace, RM-ODP.


Acknowledgments

This dissertation concerns life-long learning, which was alredy advocated some 14 centuries ago by The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

I would like to acknowledge the following people for helping me with this dissertation:

Sheffield, September 1997

To Dita and Aliya

1. Declaration

2. Introduction

3. Distributed Open Learning Environments

4. Specification of Distributed Open Learning Environments

5. Case Study: Networks Design Course

6. Conclusions

7. References

Appendix

8. Project Diary

9. List of Abbreviations


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