An Architecture for a Federated Education System

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Miliszewska, Iwona and Horwood, John (2005) An Architecture for a Federated Education System. International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, 3 (1). pp. 97-106. ISSN 1539-3100


This article presents the development and software architecture of a conceptual and operational collaborative distance education model. Promotion of educational expertise, especially through expansion of specialization, is of increasing importance. Within the educational sphere, big universities tend to dominate the market at the expense of smaller ones. For small universities, the key to their survival could also be specialization within disciplines, coupled with collaboration among universities. Intra-discipline specialization would promote development of quality services, and interuniversity collaboration would enable a wide offering of these services. The proposed paradigm would require the development of a suitable model to support it. The model proposed in this article is a federation of independent universities that are loosely coupled to facilitate collaboration and the sharing and exchanging of information. The federated model, supported by agent-based communication over the Internet, can operate across geographical, cultural and organizational boundaries while promoting integration within those boundaries.

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 0806 Information Systems
Keywords ResPubID9498; federated education system, collaborative distance education model
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