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Developing server-side infrastructure for large-scale e-learning of web technology

Simpkins, Neil (2010). Developing server-side infrastructure for large-scale e-learning of web technology. International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, 8(1) pp. 54–68.

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Abstract

The growth of E business has made experience in server-side technology an increasingly important area for educators. Server-side skills are in increasing demand and recognised to be of relatively greater value than comparable client-side aspects (Ehie, 2002). In response to this, many educational organisations have developed E business courses, but their approaches cannot generally be applied in the distance learning context.

Providing server-side infrastructure is important to allow students to gain an appreciation of concepts as well as experiencing aspects like network operation, time delays and failure and 'just-in-time' collaboration, which are basic characteristics of distributed applications.

Here, the development of a scalable architecture and successful provision of access to a set of server applications for a very large number of students is described. A key objective is to establish a framework that can be applied in education and commerce to support very large-scale deployment of web applications and services for applications with varying properties.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Idea Publishing Group
ISSN: 1539-3100
Keywords: distance education; distance learning; e-Learning; online course; web applications; server-side platforms; technology education; web application architecture; web technologies;
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Item ID: 20978
Depositing User: Neil Simpkins
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2010 09:30
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2012 09:52
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/20978
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