Special issue on Comparing Educational Modelling Languages on the "Planet Game" Case Study

Guest Editors:

Laurence Vignollet, Université de Savoie, France

Christian Martel, PentilaCorp., France

Daniel Burgos, ATOS Origin Research and Innovation, Spain

1 Aims of the special issue

A few eLearning research teams promoting a scenario-based approach have adopted the IMS-LD specification, At the same time, other teams have developed other notations, languages and meta-models related to IMS-LD, along with tools and methodologies for modelling and implementing learning activities on eLearning platforms.

The aim of this special issue is to share and confront approaches (i.e., models, tools and methodologies) through modelling experiences of collaborative learning activities. There is a starting point focused on a common case study, called "Planet Game" or "Astronomy Game", which is modelled and implemented with a very specific approach in every paper.

This special issue is mainly based, but not only, on some previous work carried out within a workshop at the ICALT conference in 2006. It starts with the description of the case study; then, each team describes their own approach of modelling and implementing the proposed case study, how the activity can be observed, which trails are collected and what can be re-used/adapted and how. Finally a discussion on the difference/complementarity of the different approaches is given.

1.1 Content

17. Preface to the special issue: "Comparing Educational Modelling Languages on the "Planet Game" Case Study"
Peter Sloep, Educational Technology Expertise Centre, Open University of the Netherlands, The Netherlands

18. Description of the 'Planet Game'
case study and guidelines to the authors of the special issue, Vignollet L.1, Martel C.1, 2, Ferraris C.1, 1Syscom lab, University of Savoie, France. 2PENTILA Corp, France

19. Modelling a case study in Astronomy with IMS Learning Design,
Burgos D.1 and Tattersall C. 2, 1ATOS Origin Research and Innovation; Barcelona, Spain, and 2Educational Technology Expertise Centre, Open University of the Netherlands, The Netherlands

20. Modelling the "Planet Game" Case Study with LDL and Implementing it with LDI,
Ferraris C.1, Martel C.1, 2, Vignollet L.1, 1Syscom lab, University of Savoie, France.and 2PENTILA Corp, France

21. On the use of an IMS LD ontology for creating and executing Units of Learning: Application to the Astronomy case study,
Sánchez E.1, Lama M.1, Amorim R.2, Vidal J.C.1, Novegil A.1, 1University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain and. and 2Universidade do Estado da Bahia

22. The added value of implementing the Planet Game scenario with Collage and Gridcole;
Hernández-Leo D.1, .Villasclaras-Fernández E.D.2, Asensio-Pérez J.I.2, Dimitriadis Y.2, Bote-Lorenzo M. L.2, Jorrín-Abellán I.M.3, 1Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, 2GSIC/EMIC group, University of Valladolid, Spain, and 3University of Valladolid, Faculty of Education, Valladolid, Spain

23. Applying Model Driven Engineering Techniques and Tools to the Planets' Game Learning Scenario,
Nodenot Th.1,Carron P.A.2, LePallec X.2, Laforcade P.3 1LIUPPA-Bayonne, France,2LIFL - Lille, France,3LIUM-Laval, France

24. Using LAMS Version 2 for a game-based Learning Design,
Dalziel J., Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

25. A Visual Ontology-Driven LD Editor and Player: Application to the "Planet Game" Case Study,
Paquette G., Léonard M., LICEF Research Center, CICE Research Chair, Télé-Université, Montréal, Québec, Canada

26. A Transversal Analysis of Different Learning Design Approaches,
Vignollet L.1, Ferraris C.1, Martel C.1, 2, Burgos D. 3, 1Syscom lab, University of Savoie, France, 2Pentila Corp., France, 3ATOS Origin Research and Innovation, Spain.


Josep Blat (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)

Luca Botturi (Lugano, Switzeland)

Alexandra Cristea (Univ. Warwick, UK)

Dai Griffitths (JISC, Univ Bolton, UK)

Andreas Harrer (Mathematisch-Geographische Fakultät, Eichstätt, Germany)

Richard Hotte (Teluq, Canada)

Acknowledgments: The guest co-editors would like to address special thanks to Patrick Mc Andrew who permitted to the participants to the workshop at ICALT in 2006 to finalize the work starting there. Patrick, thanks for your suggestions and your flexibility which have helped us to manage this special issue.

Our thanks also go to the authors and the reviewers who did their best for, we hope, make this special issue interesting.