In Technology Enhanced Learning Testing and Certification are key elements in delivering the interoperability required to accelerate market take up of open technologies.
Two barriers must be overcome however:
1) Developers are using novel technologies and techniques for which test strategies are not yet available;
2) The growing number of specifications and standards need localisation to meet cultural, pedagogical and organisational needs, and so will the tests.
TELCERT will exploit state-of-the art research to define flexible testing strategies, using new development technologies and techniques (e.g. java, UML, xml and new code/API stub generation tools) which can accommodate localisation, defined as user-community Application Profiles. The initial focus will be on content interoperability testing. The range of specifications available will allow the techniques developed to be readily applied in other Technology Enhanced Learning areas.
A two-phase approach to implementation and validation of the test strategies will be used. This will allow early engagement with external communities with phase 1 testing capabilities, while undertaking research to deliver amore extensive testing capability in phase 2. Each phase will generate a suite of test tools and a corresponding authoring tool, capable of generating compliant content. Sample content will be created to fully exercise the test system against selected Application Profiles.
The project will make a significant contribution to European and international adoption through public release of:
1) key documents e.g. user community Application Profiles, test criteria, authoring tool design;
2) contentauthoring tool code extracts and the tool itself;
3) requirements gathering and dissemination through a series of workshops.
Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
GU15 3NY Camberley (Surrey)
BL3 5AB Bolton