September 12, 2008
MUPPLE - Mashup Personal Learning Environments
I'm off to Maastricht next week to take part in a workshop on mashup personal learning environments (MUPPLE) as part of the EC-TEL conference. I'll be presenting a demo of some work we've been doing on integrating widgets into various platforms.
I'll post a link to the paper when I get back, but in the meantime, here is a screenshot to give you an idea of what I'll be showing: spot the Apple Dashboard widgets in this Elgg 1.0 installation!
This is all possible at least partly through the efforts of W3C in coming up with a common Widget specification, but also through many modern platforms such as Elgg, Wordpress and Moodle having a "Widget" concept in their plugin architecture that makes embedding of other bits of web far easier. The combination of these factors made building a generic widget server technology that can serve widgets from existing platforms such as Dashboard, Sidebar, Konfabulator (etc.) into web environments feasible.
After MUPPLE I'll be at IMS in Birmingham, quite possibly for a repeat performance, but this time showing this technology being combined with learning design sequences.