CEN report progress towards a standardised Educational Modelling Language (EML)
Scott Wilson, CETIS staff
February 11, 2002

CEN, the European Committee For Standardization, has released the second of its "eBrochures" on learning technology, describing European progress towards a standard markup language to describe learning activities.

EMLs attempt to describe both the materials of learning and the methods (activities) used, as well as the roles of learners and instructors. Unlike other specifications such as IMS Content Packaging or SCORM, EMLs are concerned with the activites of the learner as much as the structure of the learning materials they use, and attempt in some fashion to encode the learning methods used.

The eBrochure outlines the key features of Educational Modelling Languages (EMLs), including examples from various European countries, including the Open University of the Netherlands, UNED, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

CEN have completed the first stages of standardisation, creating a conceptual framework for comparing different EMLs and undertaking a survey of existing EMLs. After the different EMLs have been compared, CEN can then look at specifying the scope of a standard EML.

For more information, view the eBrochure at the CEN website.