Title: Web-service architecture for tools supporting lifelong e-learning platforms

Authors: Aleksandar Dimov, Krassen Stefanov

Addresses: Sofia University 'St. Kl. Ohridski', Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, 5 James Bourchier Blvd., Sofia, Bulgaria. ' Sofia University 'St. Kl. Ohridski', Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, 5 James Bourchier Blvd., Sofia, Bulgaria

Abstract: It is widely recognised that modern European society needs adequate means for lifelong adapted access to facilities that support the creation, storage, use and exchange of formal and informal knowledge and learning resources. The key factor to achieve this is the adoption of information and communication technologies and the work reported here shows an approach to involve the latest concepts of software engineering into lifelong learning solutions. This paper presents a reusable and extensible service-oriented architecture that supports the implementation of different tools for lifelong e-learning platforms. Based on the services provided by the architecture, we have developed two particular tools for supporting the management of lifelong learning – the overview tool and the social help system.

Keywords: lifelong learning; social networks; service oriented architecture; SOA; web services; e-learning; online learning; electronic learning; software engineering; ICT.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2009.028830

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2009 Vol.19 No.4/5/6, pp.329 - 336

Published online: 06 Oct 2009 *

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