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Perot Systems to release EML Player in Q3

Perot Systems is planning to launch a player for courses developed using the EML (Educational Modelling Language) in the second half of 2002.

The player, Edubox v3.0, is based on the existing Edubox EML player, which was developed by the Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL) for its own use.

Last year, Perot entered into a partnership with the OUNL to further develop Edubox and to make it available to a wider audience.

EML is a specification that allows units of study (such as courses and modules) to be represented in XML. The specification provides means of representing not only the content of the unit, but also the methods of teaching and learning, the workflow of activities, and the roles of participants. EML is also under consideration for use by IMS for its Learning Design specification.

The Edubox player enables students and tutors to interact with courses written in EML; currently it is the only application that supports the EML specification, and is in use by the OUNL and its partner colleges. The OUNL intends to use the new version of the player for its own courses later this year.

Details of pricing and availability for Edubox v3.0 have not yet been decided.

For more information on EML and Edubox, visit the EML website hosted by the Open University of the Netherlands.

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