A methodological approach to encourage the service-oriented learning systems development

David Díez, Alessio Malizia, Ignacio Aedo, Paloma Díaz, Camino Fernández, Juan Manuel Dodero

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The basic idea of service-oriented learning is that a learning environment should be conceived as a set of independent units of learning packaged as learning services. The design, development and deployment of a learning system based on integrating different learning services needs both a technological platform to support the system as well as a methodology that manages the development process. Such technological platform is provided by the Service-Oriented Learning Architecture (SOLA). SOLA proposes an architecture style, which defines how to deploy several units of packeged-learning services. The purpose of this paper is to review the SOLA concept and to present a specific method based on specifying instructional domains, to complement the SOLA approach. Our method suggests the definition of a feature model, which represents the characteristics of the instructional domain, in order to address the identification and clasiffication of candidate services. The approach here proposed facilitates the definition of candidate-learning services in order to enhance the integration of such services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-148
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Educational Technology and Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


  • Computer-based learning
  • Feature modelling
  • Instructional domain
  • Learning service
  • service-oriented learning


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