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Issue No. 04 - July-Aug. (2013 vol. 17)
ISSN: 1089-7801
pp: 26-31
Salvador Ros , Spanish University for Distance Education
Roberto Hernandez , Spanish University for Distance Education
Antonio Robles-Gomez , Spanish University for Distance Education
Agustin C. Caminero , Spanish University for Distance Education
Llanos Tobarra , Spanish University for Distance Education
Elio Sancristobal Ruiz , Spanish University for Distance Education
Learning management systems (LMSs) are software systems for administrating, tracking, and reporting on e-learning programs. The authors' next-generation LMS provides a personal learning environment (PLE) in which LMS functions are integrated into a context that users are familiar with and use for other purposes--that is, mashup platforms using gadgets. By modularizing LMS functionality as a collection of services, the system lets users select just those services they want, use services from multiple providers, and mix their learning with other activities in a more natural manner. The authors deployed and tested their system at the Spanish University for Distance Education, which has a virtual campus of more than 200,000 students. Their survey indicates that the system is useful and easy to use for building individualized PLEs.
Least squares approximations, Mashups, Electronic learning, Context awareness, Learning systems, Software metrics, Service-oriented architecture, open service-oriented platforms, learning platforms, personal learning environments

L. Tobarra, A. Robles-Gomez, A. C. Caminero, R. Hernandez, E. S. Ruiz and S. Ros, "Open Service-Oriented Platforms for Personal Learning Environments," in IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 17, no. , pp. 26-31, 2013.
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