Applying XML‐based technologies to developing online courses: the case of a prototype learning environment

Joanna Jedrzejowicz (Institute of Mathematics, University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland Email: Joanna.Jedrzejowicz@math.univ.gda.pl)
Jakub Neumann (Institute of Mathematics, University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland Email: jj,kuba@math.univ.gda.pl)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 25 September 2007

Abstract

Purpose

This paper seeks to describe XML technologies and to show how they can be applied for developing web‐based courses and supporting authors who do not have much experience with the preparation of web‐based courses.

Design/methodology/approach

When developing online courses the academic staff has to address the following problem – how to keep pace with the ever‐changing technology. Using XML technologies helps to develop a learning environment which can be useful for academics when designing web‐based courses, preparing the materials and then reusing them.

Findings

The paper discusses the benefits of using XML for developing computer‐based courses. The task of introducing new versions of existing courses can be reduced to editing appropriate XML files without any need for program change and an author can perform this task easily from a computer connected to the internet. What is more – using XML makes it possible to reuse data in different teaching situations.

Research limitations/implications

The environment has only been used for two years and further research is needed on how user‐friendly the system really is and how it can still be improved.

Practical implications

The paper describes the environment which can be used to develop and reuse online materials, courses, metadata etc.

Originality/value

The paper offers practical help to academics interested in web‐based teaching.

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Citation

Jedrzejowicz, J. and Neumann, J. (2007), "Applying XML‐based technologies to developing online courses: the case of a prototype learning environment", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 4 No. 2, pp. 117-123. https://doi.org/10.1108/17415650780000308

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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