The concept, standards and technology of learning object has resulted in increasing levels of transportability of learning contents across platforms. Nonetheless, the promise of reuse of learning objects depends on the provision of the Web infrastructure that enables semantic interoperability for the discovery, selection, composition and negotiation of learning objects. Such infrastructure requires rich semantics in learning object metadata and consistent Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Learning Object Repositories (LOR). Semantic Web Services (SWS) are a candidate architecture for such needs that provides the required richness in description and semantic interoperability facilities.
Ontologies can be used for the description of learning needs and learning object metadata, and mediation facilities can be used both for the distribution of services and also as a mechanism for flexible semantic interoperability. The main aim of LUISA is that of developing the reference architecture and providing relevant evaluation case studies for a SWS-based framework that enables the construction of advanced learning technology tools and systems that re-use learning objects and learning designs. SWS components integrated with existing LMS technology will open new possibilities in the design of learning experiences or the selection of existing ones, once they are registered in semantic LOR.
Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
28801 Alcala De Henares
752 36 Uppsala