An automatic cycle of courseware production
Original Publication Date: 2002-Dec-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Disclosed is a methodology for a team of experts in the production of multimedia courseware who join their efforts to develop learning solutions in an easy way. This is a well defined Methodology that describes in detail every phase and each professional profile involved in the project and realization cycle of the course. Within the team, each professional profile involved in the development of the course, from the Engagement Manager who contacts the client to the Quality Co-ordinator who examines the finished course, produces documents. The course design proceeds towards the final version with incremental steps. The first phases of the client's requirement analysis generate a draft of what the course should become, in terms of addressee, title, general content topics, and so on. The produced document is then passed to the following phase, that will be in charge of the definition of the contents. This will bring to the production of a new document. In the same way, the layout of the course, the pages content, the images to be adopted, the animations and the audio features that have to be included, will all be defined, and expressed into documents. When the project design is completed, the whole bunch of documents is presented to the person who is in charge of the implementation, and who needs to implement by hand the course. This means he has to type the text, insert the images, and so on. At present there is no way to overcome this manual introduction of the contents in the course development tool. The idea and the novelty is to automatically introduce all the information on the course design directly into the course development tool, avoiding the cumbersome and time consuming operation of manual transcription required. How to do it : The idea is of realizing a single "intelligent" document, in which the information obtained from each production cycle phase can be introduced and organized. The so created document will have the characteristics of being easily accessible to the people who compose it, and at the same time comprehensible for a software application able to interpret it and translate the information into instructions for the development tool. This can be done by creating a new language, specific for this purpose, and the associated software application that acts as a translator, interfacing with the course development tool. An opportunity to achieve this result is presently provided by the meta-language XML, that gives the possibility of creating a personalized markup language, allowing the use of customized tags that will act both as information definitions and as instructions for the development tool.