www.e-society.mk Developing new Learning Environment: SEE University Solution Ms. Lejla Abazi-Bexheti, MSc. Mr. Adrian Besimi, MSc. Mr. Visar Shehu, MSc. South East European University, Tetovo, Macedonia
Learning Content Management System (LCMS) is an environment where developers can create, store, reuse, manage and deliver learning content from a central object repository, usually a database.
LCMS generally work with content that is based on a learning object model. These systems usually have good search capabilities, allowing developers to find quickly the text or media needed to build training content.
At the very beginning 2001/2002 a campus intranet networking was set up, with an open access for all campus inhabitants to this network, 5 MB for each student and 70 MB for each staff member. Part of the intranet memory that is for public use - the public domain contained folders for each course and housed electronic copies of the learning materials for each course.
In the academic 2005/2006 SEEU-university has begun the implementation of commercial LCMS-“ANGEL”. Although there is usually an adjustment period for most students and professors, as they learn the rhythm and patterns of online communication, the interest for using ANGEL has grown from year to year. Till now there were added around 1100 sections in ANGEL, and the current number of users is 7700.
Today’s most web-based applications use three-tier client/server model.
This approach clearly divides the presentation layer from content and data storage. This kind of system decomposition enables us develop large-scale software systems and reduce overall development time.
International Data Corporation, a premier global market intelligence and advisory firm in the IT and telecommunication industries defines Learning Content Management System as a system that is used to create, store, assemble, and deliver personalized e-learning content in the form of learning objects.
However, not all LCMSs are the same. Providers of these systems differentiate their offerings via unique features and functions, the ease with which they integrate with other systems, and the degree to which they customize their offerings for an enterprise’s needs.
Despite their differences, they do share the components depicted in next Fig.
Below we present the modules of the system. In the first stage of the system development are included the key features of today’s LCMS, and in the future the system will be probably upgraded with new additional modules.