Enabling Enhanced Learning in an Open University Environment: A Grid-Aware Architecture

Enabling Enhanced Learning in an Open University Environment: A Grid-Aware Architecture

Bill Vassiliadis (Hellenic Open University, Greece), Michalis Xenos (Hellenic Open University, Greece) and Antonia Stefani (Hellenic Open University, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/jicte.2009070105
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Abstract

Open and Distance learning has been extensively researched in the past few years, yet the focus was more in its technological dimension. The plethora of advanced tools supporting e-learning and the difficulties in their adoption in real situations has only demonstrated that the primary need is a paradigm shift in the educational model. In this work, we argue that this paradigm shift can be efficiently supported by a new computing model: the Grid. Grid computing facilitates knowledge construction and reuse in highly dynamic, distributed e-learning environments. An initial design of an e-learning Grid is presented for an Open University environment where new e-learning models, such as constructivism, can be efficiently supported.

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