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Crossing the Borders: Re-Use of Smart Learning Objects in Advanced Content Access Systems

Manzoor, Hamza and Akhuseyinoglu, Kamil and Wonderly, Jackson and Brusilovsky, Peter and Shaffer, Clifford A. (2019) Crossing the Borders: Re-Use of Smart Learning Objects in Advanced Content Access Systems. Future Internet, 11 (7). p. 160. ISSN 1999-5903

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Researchers in many disciplines are developing novel interactive smart learning objects like exercises and visualizations. Meanwhile, Learning Management Systems (LMS) and eTextbook systems are also becoming more sophisticated in their ability to use standard protocols to make use of third party smart learning objects. But at this time, educational tool developers do not always make best use of the interoperability standards and need exemplars to guide and motivate their development efforts. In this paper we present a case study where the two large educational ecosystems use the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard to allow cross-sharing of their educational materials. At the end of our development process, Virginia Tech’s OpenDSA eTextbook system became able to import materials from Aalto University’s ACOS smart learning content server, such as python programming exercises and Parsons problems. Meanwhile, University of Pittsburgh’s Mastery Grids (which already uses the ACOS exercises) was made to support CodeWorkout programming exercises (a system already used within OpenDSA). Thus, four major projects in CS Education became inter-operable.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Manzoor, Hamza
Akhuseyinoglu, Kamilkaa108@pitt.edukaa108
Wonderly, Jackson
Brusilovsky, Peterpeterb@pitt.edupeterb0000-0002-1902-1464
Shaffer, Clifford A.
Date: 19 July 2019
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Future Internet
Volume: 11
Number: 7
Publisher: MDPI AG
Page Range: p. 160
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.3390/fi11070160
Schools and Programs: School of Computing and Information > Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer science education, learning tools interoperability, etextbook, smart learning objects
ISSN: 1999-5903
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Funders: National Science Foundation, Virginia Tech’s Technology-enhanced learning and Online Strategies unit
Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2021 14:18
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2021 14:18


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