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Emerging Internet Technologies for E-Learning

Li, Qing; Lau, Rynson; Leung, Elvis; Li, Frederick; Lee, Victor; Wah, Benjamin W.; Ashman, Helen


Rynson Lau

Elvis Leung

Victor Lee

Benjamin W. Wah

Helen Ashman


As a flourishing field, e-learning at large (including distance learning, Web-based learning, and digital game-based learning) has attracted increasing attention from both industry and academic sectors. To facilitate the development of effective e-learning systems, scalable technologies that support an arbitrary number of users while providing them with a good learning environment are needed. In this introduction, we provide an overview of e-learning system development with respect to a layered reference architecture, including the Internet infrastructure layer, the conceptual/modeling layer, and the application layer. In addition, the three articles included in this special issue cover the issues of managing the learning objects in an open and scalable architecture, incorporation of learners' pedagogical features in Web-based learning environments, and support of digital game-based learning. All these issues, though not exhaustive, are important to ensure successful development of e-learning systems on an Internet platform.


Li, Q., Lau, R., Leung, E., Li, F., Lee, V., Wah, B. W., & Ashman, H. (2009). Emerging Internet Technologies for E-Learning. IEEE Internet Computing, 13(4), 11-17.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2009-07
Deposit Date Aug 31, 2010
Journal IEEE Internet Computing
Print ISSN 1089-7801
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 4
Pages 11-17
Keywords e-learning systems; reference architecture; component-based development; user/student modeling; intelligent tutoring systems; Internet
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