One day Workshop/Conference - De Montfort University
Managed Learning Environment Ian Bloor (Promotion/Dissemination) Jason Ferguson (Software Developer) MLE Development Team Information Services and Systems De Montfort University http://mle.dmu.ac.uk 01/26/20
1 Managed Learning Environment September 2000 - August 2002 JISC 7/99 Project: Building MLEs in HE Develop an integrated, personalised learning environment for learners at DMU. Technical feasibility ? User preferences and requirements ? Costs and Benefits ? Disseminate findings to the HE Community. Exploitation
01/26/20 2 Managed Learning Environment 01/26/20 3 Managed Learning Environment September 2002 Operational service
Transfer to ISAS 3 year Development Plan with VLE, Meta-Directory Continued dissemination to FE/HE 01/26/20 4 Managed Learning Environment MLE
Aiming to provide a learner-centred view of the Universitys information systems and learning systems MLE development: 1. Providing seamless, personalised, secure access to separate data sources 2. Modelling academic processes 3. Working towards greater integration of systems 01/26/20
5 Managed Learning Environment MLE Development Tools Selection criteria 1. Flexibility 2. Control 3. Scalability Initially chose: Java, In-house development 01/26/20
6 Managed Learning Environment Reasons for Choosing uPortal 2.0 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. It does what we want!
Developer community Training Add-ons Credibility: 1. examples of successful implementations 2. VLE vendors interested in developing links 01/26/20 7 Managed Learning Environment HTML
Database LDAP uPortal Channels Business Logic Data Tomcat
CSS RSS Feeds XML Documents Databases (Postgres) Firewall Broker
Admin. Databases 8 Managed Learning Environment Benefits of working with uPortal 1. Separation of presentation and business logic 2. Standard format/process for building and and adding channels - enables division of labour
3. Easy to do standard Portal tasks, e.g. set personal preferences, bookmarks 4. Confidence 01/26/20 9 Managed Learning Environment Issues 1. Skills required: Java, XML, XSLT 2. Implementation of SSL
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