E-learning frameworks: facilitating the implementation of educational design patterns
by Michael Derntl, Rafael A. Calvo
International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning (IJTEL), Vol. 3, No. 3, 2011

Abstract: Educational design patterns hold the promise of facilitating the design of educational activities and environments. We have a number of completed initiatives and projects today, but none of them has had sustained impact on the practitioner community. In this paper, we argue that the use and usability of educational design patterns for technology-enhanced learning can be increased by complementing patterns with ready-to-use tools as part of an e-learning framework approach. We present two different approaches of conceiving such an e-learning framework: 1) an 'extension' approach that provides pattern-based, custom LMS components; 2) a 'facade' approach that enables the pattern-based reuse of existing LMS components. To demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of e-learning frameworks we present implementations of both approaches.

Online publication date: Sun, 22-May-2011

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