Authors: Keith D. Baker
Addresses: School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, UK
Abstract: The promise of personalised e-learning on demand has continued to be an objective of much of the research in this area for the past decade. Considerable effort has been devoted to the development of interoperable learning materials and the standards to support them. During this time technology has evolved strongly with the advent of the internet and the World Wide Web. Centralised systems have been replaced by client-server systems and the evolution continues towards the introduction of distributed systems based on interacting web-services. Standards for learning materials have barely kept pace with the rate of change in the underlying technology. This paper addresses, in a non-technical way, the challenges to e-learning standards and practices that should be considered if we are to realise the dual objectives of personalised learning in distributed and collaborative environments in the workplace and at home.
Keywords: e-learning standards; knowledge management; web services; semantic web; learning technology; e-agenda; online learning; electronic learning; distributed systems; personalised learning; collaboration.
International Journal of Learning Technology, 2006 Vol.2 No.4, pp.357 - 369
Published online: 20 Nov 2006 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article