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Cloud services, interoperability and analytics within a ROLE-enabled personal learning environment

Rizzardini, Rocael Hernandez; Linares, Byron H.; Mikroyannidis, Alexander and Schmitz, Hans-Christian (2013). Cloud services, interoperability and analytics within a ROLE-enabled personal learning environment. Journal of Universal Computer Science, 19(14) pp. 2054–2074.

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The ROLE project (Responsive Open Learning Environments, EU 7th Framework Programme, grant agreement no.: 231396, 2009-2013) was focused on the next generation of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs). A ROLE PLE is a bundle of interoperating widgets - often realised as cloud services - used for teaching and learning. In this paper, we first describe the creation of new ROLE widgets and widget bundles at Galileo University, Guatemala, within a cloud-based infrastructure. We introduce an initial architecture for cloud interoperability services including the means for collecting interaction data as needed for learning analytics. Furthermore, we describe the newly implemented widgets, namely a social networking tool, a mind-mapping tool and an online document editor, as well as the modification of existing widgets. The newly created and modified widgets have been combined in two different bundles that have been evaluated in two web-based courses at Galileo University, with participants from three different Latin-American countries. We measured emotional aspects, motivation, usability and attitudes towards the environment. The results demonstrated the readiness of cloud-based education solutions, and how ROLE can bring together such an environment from a PLE perspective.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 J. UCS
ISSN: 0948-6968
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Responsive Open Learning Environments231396ICT-2007 Digital Libraries and technology-enhanced learning, as a Large-scale integrating project (IP), under the 7th Framework Programme
Keywords: cloud education environments; cloud learning activities; cloud-based tools; personal learning environment; responsive open learning environments; widget bundles
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 39235
Depositing User: Kay Dave
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2014 10:19
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 13:50
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