A Novel Architecture for E-Learning Knowledge Assessment Systems

A Novel Architecture for E-Learning Knowledge Assessment Systems

Krzysztof Gierlowski (Gdansk University of Technology, Poland) and Krzysztof Nowicki (Gdansk University of Technology, Poland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-963-7.ch124
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In this article we propose a novel e-learning system, dedicated strictly to knowledge assessment tasks. In its functioning it utilizes web-based technologies, but its design differs radically from currently popular e-learningsolutions which rely mostly on thin-client architecture. Our research proved that such architecture, while well suitedfor didactic content distribution systems is ill-suited forknowledge assessment products. In our design we employed loosely-tied distributed system architecture, strict modularity, test and simulation-based knowledge and skillassessment and an our original communications package called Communication Abstraction Layer (ComAL), specifically designed to support communication functions ofe-learning systems in diverse network conditions (including offline environment).The system was tested in production environment on Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, Technical University of Gdansk with great success, reducing staff workload and increasing efficiency of didactic process. Tests also showed system’s versatility as the system was deployed in environments of classroom, remote, and blended learning.

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