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Volume 7 Issue 2 / Jun 2009  pp85‑190

Editor: Shirley Williams

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Mobile City and Language Guides — New Links Between Formal and Informal Learning Environments  pp85‑92

Mads Bo-Kristensen, Niels Ole Ankerstjerne, Chresteria Neutzsky-Wulff, Herluf Schelde

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Some Factors to Consider When Designing Semi‑Autonomous Learning Environments  pp93‑100

Paul Bouchard

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Game Inspired Tool Support for e‑Learning Processes  pp101‑110

Marie-Thérèse Charles, David Bustard, Michaela Black

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Web 2.0‑Mediated Competence — Implicit Educational Demands on Learners  pp111‑118

Nina Bonderup Dohn

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Listening to the Learners' Voices in HE: how do Students Reflect on their use of Technology for Learning?  pp119‑126

Amanda Jefferies, Ruth Hyde

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Learning Objects and Virtual Learning Environments Technical Evaluation Criteria  pp127‑136

Eugenijus Kurilovas, Valentina Dagiene

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The main scientific problems investigated in this article deal with technical evaluation of quality attributes of the main components of e‑Learning systems (referred here as DLEs — Digital Libraries of Educational Resources and Services), i.e., Learning Objects (LOs) and Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs). The main research object of the work is the effectiveness of methods of DLE components quality evaluation. The aim of the article is to analyse popular existing LO and VLE technical evaluation tools, and to formulate new more complex tools for technical quality evaluation of LOs and VLEs based on requirements for flexible DLE, as well as to evaluate most popular open source VLEs against new more complex criteria. Complex tools have been created for the evaluation of DLE components, based on a flexible approach. The authors have analysed existing tools for technical evaluation of LOs, and it was investigated that these tools have a number of limitations. Some of these tools do not examine different LO life cycle stages, and other insufficiently examine technical evaluation criteria before LO inclusion in the repository. All these tools insufficiently examine LOs reusability criteria. Therefore more complex LO technical evaluation tool is needed. It was investigated that this new more complex LO technical evaluation tool should include LO technical evaluation criteria suitable for different LO life cycle stages, including criteria before, during and after LO inclusion in the repository as well as LO reusability criteria. The authors have also examined several VLE technical evaluation tools suitable for flexible DLE, and it was investigated that these tools have a number of limitations. Several tools practically do not examine VLE adaptation capabilities criteria, and the other insufficiently examines general technical criteria. More complex VLE technical evaluation tool is needed. Therefore the authors have proposed an original more complex set of VLE technical evaluation criteria combining (1) General (Overall architecture and implementation; Interoperability; Internationalisation and Localisation; Accessibility) and (2) Adaptation (Adaptability; Personalisation; Extensibility and Adaptivity) VLE technical evaluation criteria. The authors have also selected and proposed to use the universal, clear and convenient DLE components' evaluation rating tool, and have evaluated three most popular open source VLEs against technical (both general and adaptation) criteria in conformity with this rating tool. 


Keywords: managing quality in e-learning, technical evaluation, virtual learning environments, learning objects, repositories


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The Enhancement of Reusability of Course Content and Scenarios in Unified e‑Learning Environment for Schools  pp137‑146

Virginija Limanauskiene, Vytautas Stuikys

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Strategies for Embedding e‑Learning in Traditional Universities: Drivers and Barriers  pp147‑154

Kay MacKeogh, Seamus Fox

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The Identification of Key Issues in the Development of Sustainable e‑Learning and Virtual Campus Initiatives  pp155‑164

Mark Stansfield, Thomas Connolly, Antonio Cartelli, Athanassios Jimoyiannis, Hugo Magalhães, Katherine Maillet

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Adoption of Web 2.0 Technologies in Education for Health Professionals in the UK: Where are we and why?  pp165‑172

Rod Ward, Pam Moule, Lesley Lockyer

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How Reproducible Research Leads to Non‑Rote Learning Within Socially Constructivist Statistics Education  pp173‑182

Patrick Wessa

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The Implications of SCORM Conformance for Workplace e‑Learning  pp183‑190

Gabrielle Witthaus

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