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Reducing E-Learning Development Costs Using a Streamlined XML-based Approach PROCEEDINGS

, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-76-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

To maximize courseware development efficiencies, the project team integrated a suite of XML-ready commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) tools to streamline development which has resulted in a significant ROI. This integrated toolset creates a content development process that is nearly seamless from storyboard to final courseware. Expressed in more technical terms, a Flash-based e-learning engine combines XML-based content “harvested” from MS Word storyboards with a library of reusable interaction templates at run-time. The e-learning engine further provides support for configurable functionality such as navigation, assessments, and SCORM. Paper concepts are illustrated by a federal effort to develop a Pharmacy Technician Training Program (approximately 40 courses) that will be shared by the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, and Veterans Health Administration. Current data associated with this program point to an approximately 33% efficiency factor, as well as other areas of ROI.

Citation

Bandrowski, B. (2009). Reducing E-Learning Development Costs Using a Streamlined XML-based Approach. In T. Bastiaens, J. Dron & C. Xin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2009 (pp. 91-96). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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