On Designing a Virtual Classroom Based on IMS Learning Design and Reusable Learning Resources

F.-H. Wang


Webbased learning, virtual classroom, IMSLD, learning flow management, learning resources sharing


Recent progress in learning standard development has made it possible to design reusable learning resources for different educational purposes. However, devising more flexible and context-sensitive learning designs is still in its infant stage. In this paper, a design model for a virtual classroom is proposed so that a teacher can develop one based on his or her instructional strategies and teaching styles. A web-based platform, called IDEAL (Integration and Dissemination of Electronic Assessment and Learning) was developed to offer teachers an environment for packaging, managing and sharing e-learning resources and instructional strategies. To promote the reusability and sharing of on-line learning resources and strategies, some well known e-learning standards are integrated, such as SCORM for packaging materials, IMS-QTI for tests and assessments, IMS-RES for testing results and IMS-LD for learning activities and strategies. As a result, teachers can design, manage and maintain their own specific e-learning environments more easily and flexibly by customizing the virtual classrooms generated by the IDEAL system.

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