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"Open source in E-learning", 13th Conference "Information Systems Using Open Source Software", Aleppo, Syria, November 12-13th, 2008.

Dr.-Ing. Heinz- Dietrich Wuttke
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During the last few years we can note a rapidly increasing market for e-learning content. For instance IDC predicts that the worldwide IT education and training market will reach 28.6 billion Dollars by 2006, increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.1%. It is obvious that the content production plays an important rule in that business.

Produce or reuse a needed content? - That is a question that gets more and more weightiness. The efficiency of the production can increase (or decrease) the profit significantly. That’s why companies and educational institutions are searching for strategies and policies to reutilize such valuable content. They are looking for methods and standards to use content in different scenarios and to get so called reusable learning objects (RLOs). Existing standards describe the reusability from a very technical point of view. They define mainly the exchange of RLOs between Learning Management Systems (LMS). A huge amount of data structure definitions is given for example in the Shareable Courseware Reference Model (SCORM). They are useful for developers of Learning Management Systems and authoring tools but less suitable for authors and teachers.
In the paper an overview about these standards and a discussion about structuring and delivering e-learning content to increase the reusability is given.
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