New way of accessing and reusing e-learning between countries
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Norwegian Defense Education Command (NoDEC) and Canadian Defense Academy (CDA) are in a joint effort using/testing Federated Digital Repository System (FDRS) to store and access e-learning courses in a Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) Learning Management System (LMS) environment. This paper presents the results of using the FDRS to store primarily learning objects without duplicating or manipulating any of the files. It highlights how the system is used to revolutionize the publication of courses through the use of Uniform Resource Locators (URL) to the content instead of uploading large SCORM content packages to an LMS. The paper describes how the FDRS allows federated searches across several instances of content management systems or repositories. By enabling an Open Knowledge Initiative (OKI) capability in the FDRS, Norwegian Defense (NoD) and Canadian Defense (CaD) gain instant access to the content from each other’s systems, ready to be reused right away. The FDRS also allows publication of a package from a single course to several types of LMS at the same time. This will enable the same course instance to run on multiple LMS. This paper will also recommend solutions to the cross domain issues of using different systems in a learning content management environment.