49 a case study in the design of educational widgets

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Project number: 224348
Project acronym: AEGIS
Project title: Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards
Starting date: 1 September 2008
Duration: 48 Months
AEGIS is an Integrated Project (IP) within the ICT programme of FP7

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49 a case study in the design of educational widgets

  1. 1. A Case Study in the Design ofEducational Widgets to Supportthe Concept of an AdaptablePersonal Learning EnvironmentDr Voula Gkatzidou, Dr Elaine PearsonAccessibility Research CentreTeesside University, UK
  2. 2. Adaptable Personal LearningEnvironment
  3. 3. The WIDE Project Aims:  To identify appropriate learning designs (digital and non-digital) derived from practice that can be re-purposed as widgets  To extend the functionality and flexibility of VLEs to enable institutions to meet the needs of learners with disabilities
  4. 4. The WIDE Project Agile Development Methodology  Lightweight approach suitable for collaborative project  Based on iterative and incremental development  Requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration  Involved community of practice  Staff involved directly in teaching or support of disabled students  Informal team approach:  Designs formulated  Specification outlined  Prototypes developed  Feedback ilicited  Amendments made  Widget Released for evaluation, use & adaptation
  5. 5. The WIDE Project Workshops: (Leeder, D. 2009)
  6. 6. The WIDE Project Technical implementation:  Apache Wookie – Java server application to upload and deploy widgets  Based on the W3C Widget specification  Opera widgets  Windows applications
  7. 7. The WIDE Project Output:  A suite of bespoke learning tools specifically adapted to the needs of disable students  A number of templates that can be re-used and adapted to create new widgets.  A set of services and APIs to allow advanced features  A large Community of Practice drawn from the participants and evaluators
  8. 8. The WIDE Project Classification:  Type: tools, applications and learning objects  Purpose:  Task management, time management, learning aids, independence tools, assistive technology, social network tools, content free applications  Features:  Self-contained, Access to DB, Access to web services, Media content, GPS, Access to Operating System,…  Development platform:  Wookie, Opera, Windows apps
  9. 9. Toward Mash-up PLEs  An open set of learning tools  Need for interaction between widgets  Framework for collaboration with the institutional system
  10. 10. Conclusion  Widgets can easily be adapted or re-purposed to meet specific needs and preferences  Widgets offer the level of granularity required to support personalisation http://arc.tees.ac.uk/widgat/
  11. 11. A Case Study in the Design ofEducational Widgets to Supportthe Concept of an AdaptablePersonal Learning EnvironmentDr Voula Gkatzidou, Dr Elaine PearsonAccessibility Research CentreTeesside University, UK

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