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.



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.

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