The COVID-19 Pandemic has revealed structural weaknesses. Many people responsible for e-learning are probably familiar with this situation: A new learning management system is to be introduced, but companies/institutions already have a large number of existing digital content and special solutions, the migration of which would be uneconomical or simply impossible. The solution here is an open, modular architecture in the form of comprehensive middleware with uniform access, which enables the existing and new systems to be seamlessly integrated “under one roof” through the use of modern e-learning standards. The topicality and explosiveness of this topic is also reflected in the efforts made worldwide in the development and definition of uniform standards, such as xAPI, cmi5, LTI, CALIPER, CC, etc.
The first half of this lecture introduces the current standards and presents an e-learning middleware solution in the form of a web-based, open architecture. The implementation of this middleware can be demonstrated using typical use cases. The characteristics of the use cases represent the current challenges in companies.
In the second half of the lecture, the possibilities of new emergent technologies will be discussed and deepened using examples of blockchain in connection with learning technologies. The potential of new technologies to profoundly change digital learning is part of the European CSA project DEL4ALL (Digital Education and Learning for All).
DEL4ALL aims to provide critical guidance and recommendations by analysing opportunities and challenges brought along by advanced technologies such as blockchains, AI, VR/AR, etc. The core ambition is to gather and help the DEL community understand the complex technological, organisational, and legal choices they will be facing as they progress with their activities. In close collaboration with the European Commission (EC) we aim to indicate research priorities and policy recommendations for transitioning research and innovation efforts from Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe. We are continuously conducting surveys, interviews, and other activities to understand the best use of advanced technologies such as blockchains, digital certification, AI, Data Analytics, etc.
The current COVID-19 emergency led us to also focus on new teaching models among advanced technologies. As face-to-face education globally is made impossible, the use of technology and learning delivery methods became a concern. Within the DEL4ALL project, we started consultations with experts from different fields and disciplines to identify the main challenges and opportunities concerning digital education during this emergency time.
Additionally, we collected use cases and best practices, and identified strategic priorities and research questions to help educational institutions to develop sustainable and viable learning environments.
The presentation will be held in English.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Prinz, Stellv. Institutsleiter, Fraunhofer FIT
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