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17th International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA'06)
Handling Heterogeneous Academic Curricula
Krakow, Poland
September 04-September 08
ISBN: 0-7695-2641-1
Richard Hackelbusch, Carl von Ossietzky Universit?at Oldenburg, Germany
Academic programs follow very heterogeneous curricula. A first roadmap to overcome this still unsolved problem was stated in the Bologna-Process. In this paper, we propose a framework heading this goal. It will enable students to integrate classes from other institutions into their own curriculum even if the curriculum at the corresponding institution differs. In order to allow class substitutions, we propose the development of an ontology describing the required metadata. Methods for indexing texts as well as case-based reasoning techniques will be used in order to identify interchangeable, organizational and semantical equivalent classes. Interoperability between participating institutions will be accomplished using Web Services and peer-to-peer nets. Existing learning management systems can be integrated. As a result, it will be transparent to students where they take their classes in order to reach their degree. Furthermore, educational institutions can broaden their offerings by integrating additional programs.
Richard Hackelbusch, "Handling Heterogeneous Academic Curricula," dexa, pp.344-348, 17th International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA'06), 2006
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