Towards Automated Specifications of Scenarios in Enhanced Learning Technology

Towards Automated Specifications of Scenarios in Enhanced Learning Technology

A. Ruis Gavidia (UOC Open University of Catalonia, Spain), M.A. Sicilia Urban (UAH University of Alcala, Spain), E. Garcia-Barriocanal (UAH University of Alcala, Spain) and G. Macarro Plazuelos (UAH University of Alcala, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/jwltt.2008010107
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Recent standardization efforts in e-learning technology have resulted in a number of specifications, however, the automation process that is considered essential in a learning management system (LMS) is a less explored one. As learning technology becomes more widespread and more heterogeneous, there is a growing need to specify processes that cross the boundaries of a single LMS or learning resource repository. This article proposes to obtain a specification orientated to automation that takes on board the heterogeneity of systems and formats and provides a language for specifying complex and generic interactions. Having this goal in mind, a technique based on three steps is suggested. The semantic conformance profiles, the business process management (BPM) diagram, and its translation into the business process execution language (BPEL) seem to be suitable for achieving it.

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