Componentbased Architecture for Blended Learning

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Przemyslaw Pawluk
George Brown College
Toronto, ON, Canada

Agnieszka (Aga) Palalas
Athabasca University
Athabasca, AB, Canada

Abstract: Blended learning brings along many benefits but also increasing demands on instructional designers and teachers. The
blended learning approach offers an array of tools to support more learnercentred flexible learning yet, at the same time, it renders learning content and delivery design more complex. One of the related issues from the educator’s point of view is the requirement for teachers to possess rather advanced technical skills and knowledge in order to introduce new tools into the learning ecosystem. A componentbased architecture, which is introduced in this work, allows easy and seamless incorporation of new digital tools into the learning ecosystem that provides more flexibility to any designers of educational solutions. An emerging successor of SCORM ®, namely, Experience API (xAPI), is an example of a tool that
enables the componentbased architecture, hence facilitating technologyassisted learning design. xAPI is also discussed in this paper. Overall, this paper offers an interdisciplinary perspective on how componentbased architecture approach (technological lens) can be successfully blended with effective design of mlearning content (instructional lens).

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