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11 Jan, 2006
A summary of the TRICS (Tools for Re-usable Interactive Case Studies) project funded under the distributed e-learning strand.

Please describe the tool you are building

We are building web-based software that provides students with interactive case studies that enables them to investigate, analyse and reason about medium to large sized organisations. We are also building tools to make it easier for tutors to build and modify interactive cases.

What problem do you see the development of this tool helping to address?

It is very hard for students in Business Schools to learn about organisations as it is not possible to for them to spend extensive amounts of time in more than one real organisation. By providing interactive case studies we can allow students to obtain a realistic experience of a range of organisations in a way that is much more detailed and realistic than paper-based case studies, is convenient for the students and does not make huge demands on employers or tutors.

Who do you see being the primary user(s) of this tool?

Business studies students, especially Business IT students who undertake considerable amounts of work analysing business problems. Tutors will use different software to create, re-purpose and maintain cases.

How do you see your tool being used?

The tool is most likely to be used to support coursework assessment.

To use your tool, what infrastructure etc (if any) will be needed? (ie - could it be used stand-alone? Would it need a VLE/other system to be in place?)

We will have two versions of the tool. One that is not standards compliant that will run in standalone mode – this is an extension of a tool we built before the DeL Project. A second one that has been built solely in the project that runs as a portlet inside uPortal and utilises several IMS XML standards.


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