Services, Semantics and Standards: Elements of a Learning Grid Infrastructure

Colin Allison, S. A. Cerri, P Ritrovato, A. Gaeta, S. Salerno

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There has been considerable political pressure and much hope invested in the use of communication and information technologies to provide wider access to education, while improving quality and reducing costs. Unfortunately, many of the responses to the challenge of these aspirations have consisted of simple Web technology-driven products, which have failed to progress effective learning. In this paper we outline the characteristics and pedagogical goals of a learning paradigm that is used to drive the technical requirements, rather than being constrained by what is easily achieved in XHTML. We identify and explain the key roles played by services, semantics, and standards in meeting pedagogical goals of novel learning situations, and illustrate with some scenarios that build bridges between traditional learning contexts and future possibilities. Crucially, we explain why we have adopted Grid technologies in the European Learning Grid Infrastructure (ELeGI) research program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)861-879
Number of pages19
JournalApplied Artificial Intelligence
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005


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