Inter-Widget Communication for Personal Learning Environments: Methods and Software Artifacts

Bernhard Hoisl

Publikation: Buch, Herausgeberschaft, BerichtBuch (Monographie)


In recent time a new trend can be recognized on the Internet in general and especially in learning environments by moving away from monolithic one-provider-fits-all to a combinatorial mixing pieces-together approach. Mashing-up stands for the re-use, re-combination, and re-organisation of small software artifacts of clearly defined functionality (so-called widgets). Subsequently, mashed-up learning systems describe the idea of highly customizable environments shifting substantial personalization possibilities from administrators to the end-users (learners). This shift has significant impacts on efficient data communication strategies of learning management systems. This book presents a technical solution for an inter-widget communication in mash-up personal learning environments, enabling the possibility of different data send and receive strategies, such as, cross-domain push/pull mechanisms or user-centered notification settings and, thus, enabling to model learner workflows in distributed environments. It explains the technical background of the widget concept and why inter-widget communication is beneficial, especially in the area of e-learning. The outcome of this book are new methods and corresponding open-source prototype software artifacts. A proof-of-concept pedagogical use-case of a lifelong learner validates the approach.
VerlagAV Akademikerverlag
ISBN (Print)978-3-639-44081-2
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 1 Juli 2012

Österreichische Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige (ÖFOS)

  • 503008 E-Learning
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  • 602011 Computerlinguistik