A Microservice Infrastructure for Distributed Communities of Practice

de Lange, Peter; Göschlberger, Bernhard; Farrell, Tracie and Klamma, Ralf (2018). A Microservice Infrastructure for Distributed Communities of Practice. In: EC-TEL 2018: Lifelong Technology-Enhanced Learning (Pammer-Schindler, Viktoria; Pérez-Sanagustín, Mar; Drachsler, Henrik; Elferink, Raymond and Scheffel, Maren eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science vol. 11082, pp. 172–186.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98572-5_14


Non-formal learning in Communities of Practice (CoPs) makes up a significant portion of today’s knowledge gain. However, only little technological support is tailored specifically towards CoPs and their particular strengths and challenges. Even worse, CoPs often do not possess the resources to host or even develop a software ecosystem to support their activities. In this paper, we describe a distributed, microservice-based Web infrastructure for non-formal learning in CoPs. It mitigates the need for central infrastructures, coordination or facilitation and takes into account the constant change of these communities. As a real use case, we implement an inquiry-based learning application on-top of our infrastructure. Our evaluation results indicate the usefulness of this learning application, which shows promise for future work in the domain of community-hosted, microservice-based Web infrastructures for learning outside of formal settings.

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