Development of an Integrated E-Learning System and Implications from Its Practice

W. Tsukahara, K. Seki, and T. Okamoto (Japan)


e-Learning System, Learning Management System, Learning Object Metadata, Learning Ecology, Web Based Learning


An efficient e-Learning system should provide learners with learning environment that has high degree of freedom. In order to realize this, e-Learning systems must be equipped with such functions as letting learners themselves choose appropriate learning contents and understand correctly their level of progress and achievement for each learning contents. From this point of view, we have been developing an integrated e-Learning environment called RAPSODY. RAPSODY integrates learning history and learning content information as learning information and utilize them to control each learner's learning. RAPSODY is designed based on Learning Ecological Model (LEM) and implements Learning Object Metadata (LOM), which contains feature of learning contents. Thanks to using LOM for multi layer granularity of course, section, and page, teachers can construct learning contents with granularity as they wish This paper first describes functions of RAPSODY and then reports a case study of putting them into practice with a course held in our graduate school.

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