A Pliant-Based Software Tool for Courseware Development

A Pliant-Based Software Tool for Courseware Development

Marcus Vinicius Santos Kucharski (Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, Brazil), Isaac Woungang (Ryerson University, Canada) and Moses Nyongwa (University of Manitoba CUSB, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-060-8.ch081
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Abstract

The increasing importance of e-learning has been a boosting element for the emergence of Internet-based educational tools. As we move into the information age, tremendous efforts are made in the development of new information and communication technologies for educational purposes. The ultimate goal is to facilitate elearning methodologies and acquisition. The chapter’s contribution is in the area of open source software for technology-enhanced learning. First, we report on the capabilities of Pliant, a novel software framework for Web-based courseware development. Pliant’ design features upon which e-learning capabilities are built are presented, showing that Pliant has some advantages over existing software, including flexibility, efficiency, and universal usability. A case study of the use of Pliant in the project “Multilanguage Database for Localization” developed at the CUSB School of Translation is presented. Second, we present Academia,3 a Pliant-based courseware development Web portal, and its use in translation studies at CUSB.

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