eLML - eLesson Markup Language

Various authors, GITTA, Oct 16, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

One of the things I encountered as I looked at OLAT (see below) was the eLesson Markup Language (eLML), an open source XML framework for creating structured eLessons using XML. This is something we've needed for a long time. The language is the outcome of a Swiss project. As you can see from the XML structure, the XML describes the actual lesson itself. That's why it can be used with IMS Content packaging and SCORM (and hence can be imported into any LMS). This project mostly displays lessons using Flash, but (and I know this from my own work) you can create viewers in HTML and Javascript using DHTML. It can be parsed server-side (they use Coccoon) or client side. Why didn't IMS or ADL or anyone else come up with something like this? It has certainly been needed. It's all open source and the site includes documentation, downloads, applications, and much much more. A first-class job, something some other organizations could learn from.
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