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ERIC Number: ED428674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Supporting Component-Based Courseware Development Using Virtual Apparatus Framework Script.
Ip, Albert; Fritze, Paul
This paper reports on the latest development of the Virtual Apparatus (VA) framework, a contribution to efforts at the University of Melbourne (Australia) to mainstream content and pedagogical functions of curricula. The integration of the educational content and pedagogical functions of learning components using an XML compatible script, VAScript, is discussed. This approach facilitates component re-usability and administration and is based on a database model matched with an authoring system that hides the technical details while preserving the contribution of content experts to the courseware development. Topics discussed include: the VA concept; typical use scenarios, including the Learning Engine object model, National Asian Languages and Studies in Australian Schools Taskforce model, flexibility in adding data-logging functions as needed, and adaptive content delivery using a back-end database server; and technical specification of VAScript, including syntax, compulsory parameters supported by version 1.1 VA, compulsory behaviors supported by version 1.1 VA, and browser script for version 1.1. (Author/DLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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