Using Widgets to Provide Portable Services for IMS Learning Design

Paul Sharples, David Griffiths, Scott Wilson

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    Since the publication of the IMS LD specification it has been recognised that the lack of a rich set of runtime services is a major barrier to adoption. The approaches taken to resolving this problem are reviewed, and their strengths and limitations identified. A generic widget server developed by the authors is described. Integration of the widget server with the IMS LD runtime system provides an extensible set of services. This has been demonstrated with the creation of widgets for forums, messaging, vote, and Google maps which are provided for users within the context of their role and activities in a Unit of Learning. Authoring and administration are described, showing how the system is both extensible and portable.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International TENCompetence Open Workshop "Stimulating Personal Development and Knowledge Sharing"
    Subtitle of host publication"Stimulating Personal Development and Knowledge Sharing"
    EditorsRob Koper, Krassen Stefanov, Darina Dicheva
    Place of PublicationManchester
    Publisherthe Institute for Educational Cybernetics at UBIR: University of Bolton Institutional Repository.
    ISBN (Print)978-954-92146-5-9
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2008
    Event5th TenCompetence Open Workshop: Stimulating Personal Development and Knowledge Sharing - Sofia, Bulgaria
    Duration: 30 Oct 200831 Oct 2008
    Conference number: 5


    Conference5th TenCompetence Open Workshop


    • IMS Learning Design
    • interoperability
    • integration
    • widget
    • portable services


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