June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
Computers in Education
14.1040.1 - 14.1040.17
S-Learning: New Web Services in E-Learning Platforms Rosario Gil, Elio Sancristobal, Sergio Martín, Gabriel Díaz, Antonio Colmenar, Martín Llamas, Edmundo Tovar, Alfonso Duran, Juan Peire and Manuel Castro
This article provides an update on the status of the implementation of new Learning Technologies in the Engineering Education inside the new European Higher Education Area that is evolving to allow a new framework of University education inside Europe. The article analyzes how the original distance institutions have evolved into on-line learning, and how concepts such as classroom and mail-based learning have developed into blended learning and ubiquitous learning that are challenging our Learning Space with a new set of services that are improving learning capabilities. This evolution emphasizes personalization and user closeness, and is based on learning by services. The new learning concept (s-learning) continues with the philosophy of re-usable educative objects to create encapsulated and re-usable educational services to be easily integrated in Learning Management Systems. In broad terms, this new e- learning philosophy is described through several examples of advanced services that can be integrated into a Learning Management System.
Since the declaration of Bologna (1999)1 Higher Education has been profoundly modified. The introduction of new technologies has also changed the methodology and the application of technology in education itself.
The new European Area2 fosters convergence to an education model resembling the current North American and Japanese approaches. In such systems greater importance is placed on the practical components of any subject. By providing an orientation towards more experimental tasks and a clear market orientation, students develop a range of skills that are not present in non applied degrees.
The idea of creating a common Education space across Europe boosts mobility both within and outside the member countries. Students in member countries could move to any other and continue their studies there; furthermore, uniformity and novelty may attract the interest of students in non European countries wishing to study in this new education plan. This mobility of people might foster the economy and create jobs.
This new model is voluntary and while it was initially accepted by the countries present in Bologna, there have been countries that have signed up later and others who for country-specific reasons have been rejected.
Gil, R., & Sancristobal, E., & Martin, S., & Colmenar, A., & Diaz, G., & Llamas, M., & Tovar, E., & Duran, A., & peire, J., & Castro, M. (2009, June), S Learning: New Web Services In E Learning Platforms Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5085
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