TERENA Networking Conference 2001
Antalya, Turkey, 2001

The deployment of an academic middleware to support advanced learning services

Konstantopoulos M., Spyrou T., Darzentas J.

Department of Information and Communication Systems,

Univ. of the Aegean, GR 83200 Karlovassi, Samos, Greece,

Email: {mpk, tsp, idarz}@aegean.gr


Abstract: The rapid development of the significance of digital and human networks in academic institutions, the development of vocational and distance learning methods and systems and their associated services delivery have modified the organizational and informational structures of academic institutions. In this new scenario, management information systems, various learning resources in printed or digital format and network related user services are usually competing for their acceptance in a rapidly changing system. There is an emerging need to provide new services in order to function in a changing international market, to prepare for the expected student mobility and the increasing diversity of educational needs. This paper argues for the introduction of academic middleware to speed up the delivery process of the new services and reduce the complexity of the managed systems.

Keywords: Middleware, Learning Technology, User profiles, Learning Objects, Directory services.


Thomas Spyrou (Spyrou T.)