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Toolkit projects round 1

08 Mar, 2006
The e-learning Framework Toolkit projects (summary table below)

An aggregation of development project blogs is available

The first phase of projects developed "e-Learning Framework Toolkits" to provide software libraries to enable developers (from commercial as well as open-source communities) to create applications that provide and consume services defined within the e-Learning Framework ELF. The call was made in the Spring of 2004. These projects provide resources for software developers, not applications that will be immediately useful for teachers – rather they provide some of the foundations for a new generation of teaching and learning tools.

This pioneering work inevitably has its challenges. Many of the specifications and standards (IMS etc) as well as the ELF which the projects are required to work with are in development and were subject to change during the lifetime of the projects. Also the necessary technical infrastructure to support webservices can constitute a considerable learning curve for those who have never implemented them before.

The experience of the projects showed that the ELF did provide a useful basis for projects to communicate with and understand the positioning of each other’s work. As such it is not simply a technical tool but has benefit in terms of analysing the sphere of e-learning from a management perspective.

Overall the projects achieved a great deal of what they initially set out to do – and it is anticipated that much of the work will be of direct benefit to future JISC-funded projects and provide useful foundations for future e-learning developments. It is also important to note that some of the toolkits are already being used in practice by their host institutions. Valuable lessons have been learned all round – from technical matters to project management and support strategies, all of which will be available to underpin future work.

The next phase of toolkit projects began in April 2005. A number of demonstrator projects also started in April and toolkits are being tested by institutions to develop web services that address local issues.

Below is a table which shows, in summary, how this round of projects relate to ELF services, standards and specifications, and CETIS SIGs.

As the eLearning Programme develops this table will show how these projects relate to other projects funded under the Programme; a large table is also under development which will show all the funded projects and their interelationships.

Short Description
ELF Service
Related projects
Nb -
this section will grow during the life of the Programme
Relevant CETIS SIG
ELProgramme theme
- from ELFocus website
Project Resources on this site

Assessment integration software toolkit

Assessment ISIS
IMS QTI v2.0 Assessment Assessment APIS Resources
MDC Federated search + RLI integration software toolkit Federated search
Resource list
Open URL
Metadata & Digital Repositories (MDR) Repositories and content MDC Resources
SWEET.Net Enterprise integration software toolkit Calendar
  IMS Enterprise,
Enterprise PDP,
Learning Design
Sweet Resources
SLeD Learning Design integration software toolkit Activity management
Elearning and Pedagogy Strand of ELP
IMS Learning Design Educational Content (EC),
Pedagogy Forum
Learning Design SLeD Resources
WS4RL e-portfolio integration software toolkit Personal

IMS Enterprise,
IMS Learner Information Packaging (LIP),
IMS e-portfolio and developing PIADS

Pedagogy Forum
PDP WS4RL Resources
ISIS Sequencing integration software toolkit Sequencing
Content management
APIS IMS Simple Sequencing,
IMS Content Packaging
Educational Content,
Repositories and content,
Learning Design
ISIS Resources
D+ Federated search integration software toolkit Search
  IMS Digital Repositories,
IMS Learning Object Metadata (LOM),
IMS Content Packaging and Resource Lists,
Open URL
MDR Repositories and content D+ Resources
PSE Portal integration software toolkit Portal   RDN / LTSN LOM Application Profiles
UK LOM Core Application Profile
Educational Content,
Repositories and content PSE Resources

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