A vision for the E-Learning Framework
Dan Rehak of the Learning Systems Architecture Lab, Carnegie Mellon University in the US
... hopes that in five years time there will be sufficient web service alternatives in each of the ELF service definitions or ‘bricks’ to allow institutions to choose the services most relevant to them and their institutional e-learning infrastructure. We mustn’t lose sight of the ultimate aim which is better learning opportunities for students.Kerry Blinco and Neil McLean of the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) in Australia
... have an air of confidence that the service oriented approach will succeed. That confidence is probably built on the experiences of working with the Tasmanian Education Department who have successfully built a service based education environment. The Learning Architecture Project (LeAP) is delivering a number of interoperable online applications to enhance teaching and learning in 218 schools and colleges across Tasmania. ...Neil McLean co-authored, with Clifford Lynch of the Coalition for Networked Information, a key white paper on Interoperability between library information services and learning environments.
Neil thinks that the framework is now at the cottage industry phase where academics, software developers and policy makers are involved in its development. In five years time Neil predicts that open source web services will have taken off and there will be a proliferation of teaching applications for people to use. At this stage it is important to keep both academics and software developers involved by using an iterative development process for the ELF that everyone feels that they can be part of.