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UML For Everyone

Date: Monday 30th January 2006
Venue: Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester.
Accommodation: Days Hotel, part of the Conference Centre.

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Purpose of Meeting
UML is the lingua franca of software, component and framework development and is used by many of the parties involved in the design and construction of the JISC-DEST e-Framework and in the development of e-learning tools and services. The problem is that UML is used mostly by software engineers and software developers and most UML literature tends to give the impression that it fits only that culture. Also, UML has become, over the 10 years since it was proposed, too big and too complex for many people to use. It appears to require a heavy investment in learning its myriad modelling possibilities and its particular mindset. Within the e-framework and software development communities there is also considerable variance in how UML is used, adding to the difficulties.

However, there is a great need for good communications between managers, practitioners and software developers. The e-Framework sets out to bring all these communities together and this would be greatly assisted by providing a core common language used in a consistent manner.

It is our belief that UML does not have to be grand, techie and complex. The language specification is constructed to allow its use in many domains and at any level of abstraction. Modelling with a visual modelling language like UML can be for everyone. The level of model-based communication required for e-learning practitioners and managers to exchange ideas with the framework and tools development community is attainable.

We propose a workshop that will present that subset of UML required by practitioners and managers in an accessible manner.

Workshop Content
Introduction to: conceptual modelling and visual modelling;
Finding a sufficient and intuitive modelling vocabulary;
Modelling in the e-Framework environment;
Domain and concept modelling for reference models that will serve all relevant communities of practice.

Intended Audiences
Practitioners wishing to participate in the direction and development of the e-Framework.
Project teams participating in e-Framework related projects (reference models, tools etc).
JISC planners and managers.

Meeting Organizers
Hilary Dexter: The e-Learning Research Centre, University of Manchester.

Balbir Barn: Computing Subject Group, Faculty of Professional Studies, Thames Valley University.

Meeting hosted by CETIS Enterprise SIG.

Date: 30 January, 2006
Venue: Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester
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