WSGB: A Web Service-Based Growing Book

WSGB: A Web Service-Based Growing Book

C. R. Dow (Feng Chia University, Taiwan), L. H. Huang (Feng Chia University, Taiwan), K. H. Chen (Feng Chia University, Taiwan), J. C. Chiu (Feng Chia University, Taiwan) and C. M. Lin (Nan Kai Institute of Technology, Taiwan)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/jdet.2006100106
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Growing Book refers to an electronic textbook that is co-developed, and has the ability to be constantly maintained, by groups of independent authors, thus creating a rich and ever-growing learning environment that can be conveniently accessible from anywhere. This work designs and implements a Web Service-based Growing Book that has the merits of single sign-in, multilevel usage, multilingual access, and multimodal multimedia for content sharing. XML Web service techniques and authentication mechanisms are used to provide single sign-in service across distributed Web sites, allowing easy teaching material reusing. Also, a multilingual page switching mechanism for Growing Books is developed and implemented. Challenges during the development of Growing Books are evaluated and analyzed. In addition to the importance of the single sign-in function, our analysis results demonstrate that the content-based features of Growing Book appeal more to students than other features and are often used for immediate judgment of course materials. Furthermore, a multilingual Growing Book is good for worldwide usage and greater accessibility.

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