Authors: Emanuel S. Grant, Washington I. Helps
Abstract: The purpose of this work is to fuse the use of technology in education in a manner which will prove to be beneficial to all stakeholders involved. The primary motivation surrounds the issue of limited human resources in terms of teachers and expert knowledge as well as available physical resources such as computer equipment or other classroom artifacts. It should be duly noted that it is in many developing countries where the student-teacher ratio is very high and where such a framework will be most useful. However, this work has the potential to benefit not only developing countries, but also developed countries where the available technology is more advanced and where its integration in student learning is more pronounced.
The major focus will be on the creation of a framework which will allow for systematic, structured and seamless curriculum development and learning outcome assessment. A major component will be the modeling of a curriculum in a structured and qualitative way to include goals and objectives which will be utilized at later stages in the framework. Another key component is Assessment which will encapsulate various assessment methods which can be viewed as an intermediary between the curriculum and the student learning outcome, essentially allowing for a comparison between actual performance and expectations (objectives/goals). The benefits from this work may prove to be quite immense as the proposed framework may help to standardize the design, delivery and assessment of any curriculum regardless of location and resource.