Learning design and service-oriented architectures: A mutual dependency?

McAndrew, P.; Weller, M. and Barrett-Baxendale, M. (2006). Learning design and service-oriented architectures: A mutual dependency? Journal of Learning Design, 1(3) pp. 51–60.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5204/jld.v1i3.32


This paper looks at how the concept of reusability has gained currency in e-learning. Initial attention was focused on reuse of content, but recently attention has focused on reusable software tools and reusable activity structures. The former has led to the proposal of service-oriented architectures, and the latter has seen the development of the Learning Design specification. The authors suggest that there is a mutual dependency between the success of these two approaches, as complex Learning Designs require the ability to call on a range of tools, while remaining technology neutral.
The paper describes a project at the UK Open University, SLeD, which sought to develop a Learning Design player that would utilise the service-oriented approach. This acted both as a means of exploring some of the issues implicit within both approaches and also provided a practical tool. The SLeD system was successfully implemented in a different university, Liverpool Hope, demonstrating some of the principles of re-use.

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