UKOLN Institutional Web Management Conference
Scott Wilson, CETIS staff
June 17, 2002

Interoperability and Learning Standards Briefing

Niall Sclater & Lorna Campbell, University of Strathclyde & CETIS

Learning technology standards aim to provide answers to some of the problems faced by institutions who wish to manage and facilitate online learning and teaching activities. When learning content and user data are packaged and sequenced in a standardised format they can then be transferred more easily between platforms and environments. Standard ways of describing educational materials allows them to be searched for more easily by learners. There needs to be a consensus between developers of administrative systems, virtual learning environments and other online learning tools about what information to transfer and how to format it. The IMS Global Consortium Inc. ( and others are developing specifications to enable this vision of interoperability of systems to be achieved. This briefing session gives an overview of the work taking place and examines how successful they has been so far.

Web Standards Briefing

Brian Kelly, UKOLN

HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, XLST, RDF, Schemas, etc. Are you finding it all too confusing? Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date with the latest Web standards? This session will provide an update on Web standards. The talk will describe the initiual Web architecture, review its limitations and then discuss a number of new Web standards and protocol developments.

The talk will give a technical overview (of standards such as XML, XSLT, SVG and SMIL etc.), but will not go into any signicant details of the standards. New acronyms will be explained, but it is expected that participants will have a number of the original Web architecture, such as HTML, URLs and HTTP.