Educational Java Beans

Rapanotti, Lucia and Hall, Jon G. (2001). Educational Java Beans. Technical Report 2001/03; Department of Computing, The Open University.



Educational Java Beans(tm) is a proposed extension to Enterprise Java Beans(tm). Its goals are: - to leverage the technology of Enterprise Java Beans to help the Educational Engineer;- to provide a uniform and scalable software platform upon which the development of distance learning and teaching system development can take place;- to provide suppoprt for the business processes of distance learning and teaching.In this paper we do four things. We describe relevant high-level business processes involved in distance learning and teaching, so to identify requirements for electronic support. We highlight the challenges of the current distance learning and teaching business model and explore meeting them through electronic support. We propose a new blueprint architecture - the EdJB architecture - that discharges these requirements and meets the challenges. Finally, we discuss the wider applicability of the new blueprint architecture in an enterprise setting.

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