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An Overview of the ISIS project

15 Jun, 2005
A brief overview of the ISIS (Integrating Simple Sequencing) toolkit project (2004).

The ISIS project has produced a number of libraries and tools based on the IMS Simple Sequencing(SS) specification. The core deliverable is a sequencing engine to process the complex navigation instructions used by IMS SS. The engine can be used to create a range of innovative, adaptive and sometimes explorative learning activities. Complimenting the engine is a Visualiser tool enabling teachers to easily see and debug activity trees with sequencing rules. The toolkit could also be used to provide personalised learning opportunities. Although Simple Sequencing is a generic specification the two examples below show potential uses.

Scenarios of Use:

Remediation studies of Maths

This may have relevance to subjects other then Maths where mathematical skills are still required, e.g. Physics or Engineering subjects. Using a sequencing service integrated with assessment objects students can be tested on their basic mathematical knowledge. Based on their performance during the assessment, students could be presented with different sequences of information and further assessments to provide help in areas of identified weaknesses.

Exploring an archaeological site

Using the functionality in sequencing it is possible to create an explorative world for students, similar to real-life experiences, where they start with a blank screen and build a picture of their knowledge through activity. For example, archaeology students could be presented with a map and asked to assess the suitability of locations, based on information they acquire, for an excavation. Depending on their choice different artefacts maybe discovered to assist in their understanding of a particular site.


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