AN OBSERVATORY FOR E-LEARNING TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS

L. Anido

Keywords

LT standardization, web observatory, CEN/ISSS WSLT

Abstract

Uptake of learning technology standards is increasing, with numerous commercial products under development and many R&D projects exploring the issues in this area. However, there is widespread confusion and misunderstanding about the relationships between the relevant standards and specifications, as well as between the organizations that develop, define, profile, or implement them. Especially in Europe, it is crucial that communication on these aspects increase both in quality and in accessibility, as there is a danger that otherwise only a specific centric point of view will be widely disseminated. This is the rationale that led the European Committee of Standardization’s Workshop on Learning Technologies (CEN/ISSS WS-LT) to establish an accessible and sustainable webbased repository that acts as a focal access point to projects, results, activities, and organizations that are relevant to the development and adoption of e-learning technology standards: the Learning Technology Standards Observatory (LTSO). The objective of this paper is to summarize the current state of learning technology standardization following the guidance of the LTSO in a easy-tofollow readable path. LT standardization is of crucial importance in any educational related field, and it is also essential for web-based intellingent e-learning systems.

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