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The world's most international MBA programme by volume.
10,000 successful MBA graduates from 150 countries.
Twice awarded the Queen's Award for Export Achievement.
Over 50% of Fortune 100 companies have students on this MBA.
4,400 study hours; English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic.
800 different deliverables for 37 released courses in print and online.
20 million words of English; 8,000 multi-lingual vector diagrams and sundry other media objects.
12 year unbroken record of coordinated XML single source publishing and update management.
Has earned over £120 million
Now on its third VLE – but not a single character has had to change to accommodate these moves!
Domains of Content
Integrate all kinds of content into a managed domain
Each bit of content can know about any other
produce highly linked & integrated outputs
Include diagrams & other media objects
Integrate the processes and systems
Include processes for designing, authoring, producing, validating, updating, access & delivery
Content creation, updating & management on an institutional footing
Single source publishing = ‘gold’ masters
Rich content development with an information architecture offers an agnostic approach to VLEs
Deliver into any VLE
VLEs are transient technologies: content is high-value and of long lifetime
Deliver into the VLE (or VLEs)
Do not develop within , or for , the VLE
Develop learning content to match the need, not the technology
Many universities are now on their 2 nd or 3 rd generation VLE
Changing publishing workflows: XML based publishing ALPSP Seminar British Dental Association, London. 13 th March 2008
“ The ‘e-Government Agenda’ in the UK, the DFES e-Learning strategy and the wider European Union context seeks to embrace and maximise consistent creation and delivery, use and reuse …” Source: JISC
This requires standards for interoperability and a semantically rich mark-up – XML + DTD(s)
Designs, formal structures, consistent outputs, etc.
Semantic mark-up in XML
The EBS domain is based on an information architecture ALPSP Seminar British Dental Association, London. 13 th March 2008
Also cynical about e-learning
Big believer in good pedagogical designs and good content
A computer scientist for 35 years but never influenced by the technology
‘ Fitness for purpose’
Web 2.0? Some doubts
Semantic Web? To be exploited (SLE)
Programme design - onion
Example content synergy: Interactivity spectrum ALPSP Seminar British Dental Association, London. 13 th March 2008
It’s an age thing!
Emacs -> XML
“ Change by increment”
Emacs has worked for me in the past
Will XML work for the future?
My _emacs file:
; Author: Ken Currie (efrkwc@efrd4c1) ; Created: Tue Mar 10 10:23:53 1987 ; Updated: Tue Nov 7 16:28:14 1989 ;; Scroll line to top of window (defun scroll-line-to-top-of-window () …
Vannevar Bush: Memex 1945 ALPSP Seminar British Dental Association, London. 13 th March 2008
1. Static HTML with hyperlinks
2. Static HTML with local interaction
3. Working with the text
4. Digital workbook integration
5. Reusable learning objects
6. Integration with competency frameworks
In fact, a complete M anaged L earning E nvironment JISC derived diagram illustrating 3 core components to a managed learning environment Integrated production, delivery and administration components make for a Managed Learning Environment, better quality, and more efficient operations