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Creation of an Integrated Environment to Supply e-Learning Platforms with Office Automation Features
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Interactive Learning Environments Volume 23, Number 6, ISSN 1049-4820

Abstract

Over the last years great efforts have been made within the University environment to implement e-learning technologies in the standard educational practice. These learning technologies distribute online educational multimedia contents through technological platforms. Even though specific e-learning tools for technical disciplines were already available on the Internet, in our opinion more general tools, typically involving calculations, plots or diagrams, through the use of spreadsheets or graphical applications, were still needed to provide a more flexible and multi-purpose integrated environment. Therefore, we developed an integrated system to supply e-learning platforms with almost the same functionalities offered by standalone Office Automation applications. Modular object-oriented dynamic learning environment (MOODLE) and OpenOffice.org were selected to deal with any problem originating from the software and to smooth over the users' learning curve. Furthermore, MOODLE is a modular platform and offers an extensive application programming interface for coding in a simple and effective manner. The implementation of the work required the employment of Java and Asynchronous JavaScript and Extensible Markup Language technologies and included the creation of a Java Applet to be embedded in the web pages of the new MOODLE modules. Students could thus be offered a single working environment for handling "traditional" material and performing practical activities. The students' feedback on this new integrated system was very positive and proved the effectiveness of our work.

Citation

Palumbo, E. & Verga, F. (2015). Creation of an Integrated Environment to Supply e-Learning Platforms with Office Automation Features. Interactive Learning Environments, 23(6), 766-777. Retrieved November 15, 2019 from .

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