A Meta-modeling based Approach for the Multi-Disciplinary Design of Web Educational Systems Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2009

start page

  • 1440

end page

  • 1454

issue

  • 7

volume

  • 15

international standard serial number (ISSN)

  • 0948-6968

abstract

  • Multi-disciplinary teams might provide a multi-faceted perspective of web educational systems that integrates experience from different fields. Each expert has a view of the system and she uses domain specific languages in order
    to express solutions to the problems she is concerned with. In this way, the
    final system can be seen as a combination of a number of complementary views,
    each of which focuses on problems of a different nature. However, such views are
    expressed with different specification tools so that they have to be integrated
    to produce a common design that is complete and consistent. Creating a common
    language encompassing multi-disciplinary design views is a challenging endeavor
    but it might impose a cognitive overload to each member of the group who is
    exposed to unfamiliar concepts of other disciplines in her design view.
    Alternatively, this paper describes an approach called MODUWEB that consists of
    letting each designer use the tool she is proficient in for her design tasks and
    then complementary design perspectives are integrated using meta-modeling
    techniques. MODUWEB also includes a number of constraints and semantic rules
    that guarantee the completeness and consistency of the resulting model.