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Technology enhanced learning certification - European requirements and testing

Objective

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 Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

X/OPEN COMPANY LIMITED
Address
Thames Tower 37-45 Station Road
RG1 1LX Reading, Berkshire
United Kingdom

Participants (8)

APPLE COMPUTER INTERNATIONAL
Ireland
Address
Hollyhill Industrial Estate
Cork
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
ELOKI LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Butt Miller & Co 92 Park Street
GU15 3NY Camberley (Surrey)
EUROPEAN INSTITUTE FOR E-LEARNING
France
Address
62 Boulevard De Sebastopol
75003 Paris
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Muenchen
OPEN UNIVERSITEIT NEDERLAND
Netherlands
Address
Valkenburgerweg 177
2960DL Heerlen
THE UNIVERSITY OF BOLTON
United Kingdom
Address
Deane Road
BL3 5AB Bolton
UNIVERSITAET KOBLENZ-LANDAU
Germany
Address
Isaac-fulda-allee 3
55124 Mainz