A Competence-Based Course Authoring Concept for Learning Platforms with Legacy Assignment Tools

Matthias Then, Benjamin Wallenborn, Birgit Ianniello, Duc Vu, Tobias Swoboda, Michael Fuchs, Matthias Hemmje

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    This paper is concerned with several of the most important aspects of Competence-Based Learning (CBL): course authoring, assignments, and categorization of learning content. The latter is part of the so-called Bologna Process (BP) and can effectively be supported by integrating knowledge resources like, e.g., standardized skill and competence taxonomies into the target implementation approach, aiming at making effective use of an open integration architecture while fostering the interoperability of hybrid knowledge-based e-learning solutions. Modern scenarios ask for interoperable software solutions to seamlessly integrate existing e-learning infrastructures and legacy tools with innovative technologies while being cognitively efficient to handle. In this way, prospective users are enabled to use them without learning overheads. At the same time, methods of Learning Design (LD) in combination with CBL are getting more and more important for production and maintenance of easy to facilitate solutions. We present our approach of developing a competence-based course-authoring and assignment support software. It is bridging the gaps between contemporary Learning Management Systems (LMS) and established legacy learning infrastructures by embedding existing resources via Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI). Furthermore, the underlying conceptual architecture for this integration approach will be explained. In addition, a competence management structure based on knowledge technologies supporting standardized skill and competence taxonomies will be introduced. The overall goal is to develop a software solution which will not only flawlessly merge into a legacy platform and several other learning environments, but also remain intuitively usable. As a proof of concept, the so-called platform independent conceptual architecture model will be validated by a concrete use case scenario.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalThe GSTF Journal on Computing
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • competence based learning
    • HEI
    • LMS
    • LCMS
    • e-learning tools
    • interoperability
    • course authoring tools
    • Moodle
    • LTI
    • Moodle plugins
    • hybrid tool solutions
    • assignments
    • legacy tools
    • platform bridges
    • taxonomy
    • IMS learning design


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