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Open University System

Using OpenUSS

O
pen
S
ource
U
niversity Support System
(OpenUSS
) is an eLearning platform based on the
ASP

(Application service
Provider) model, one or more organizations or institutions can be handled
w
ithin one instance of
OpenUSS
.
I
t

gives
users the flexibility to use their choose their o
w
n channel of delivery (such as PC or mobile phone) to access the
Openuss application. This has basic function of a learning management system, such as data storage, but is more
responsible for delive
ry rather than content, it is a highly scalable program that can accommodate thousands of users.

OpenUSS

provides modern internet
-
based user services
for information and communication:

-

Personalized management of instructional materials

-

E
-
Mail list servers
for individual courses

-

Theme specific discussion forums

-

Moderated chat rooms

-

Lecture archiving on CD
-
ROM for offline support

-

Open and closed user groups

-

OpenUSS

for students


Mobility is a decisive factor for the success of computer
-
supported post
-
secondar
y instruction,
OpenUSS

relies on
innovative communications technologies such as
WAP
and SMS. This means that students can be supplied with current
information on academic events 'just in time"
-

whether at home, via mobile telephone, or via
UMTS
.

I
n order
to
provide students with a custom
-
tailored array of information,
OpenUSS

is equipped with technology for individually
personalized dynamic resources, students enrol themselves in their desired online courses, and are provided according
to enrolment with pr
ecisely the information they need, since
OpenUSS

can manage any number of university
organizational units independently (e.g. faculties or institutes), students are offered an integrated view of all
information relevant to their studies.

OpenUSS

instructor
s

AS
an
I
nternet
-
based administrative system,
OpenUSS

also offers a range of advantages for instructors. All
instructional materials are stored in a structured database
-

problems with course web site consistency and currency
are a thing of
the past. The c
ontents of the database can be archived at the end of the semester, making it possible to
distribute them offline on
CD
-
ROM
.

I
n this way innovative distance teaming concep
t
s can a
l
so be supported, wi
t
h
OpenUSS
, t
he
publication of new instructional material
s can also be carried out from the instructor

s homework
station.
All
that

s
required
is
an internet connection and a standard browser
.

W
ith this basic configuration, all kinds of
instructional
materials
-

e.g. slideshows, text documents and spreadsheets
-

can be published and distributed "just in
time

.

S
ince
OpenUSS

allows the management of instructional materials to be largely automated, staff
-
intensive maintenance
procedures can be significantly reduced. At the same time,
a role
-
oriented
security concep
t ensures the highest levels
of
dependability and stability.


OpenUSS

is based on a component
-
oriented architecture, which divides the whole components into two parts:


1.

Foundation components

2.

Extension components

The Foundation components are the main comp
onents within
OpenUSS
. They represent the eLearning domain
-
oriented
components like Assistant,
S
tudent
,

Enrolment
,

etc. Extension components are all the domain neutral functions of
OpenUSS
. They include applications like Discussion,
C
hat, and Lecture. This

separation in components is so that
creating functions and modules outside of the system is easier.

OpenUSS

is
programmed as a Java application based on Enterprise Java Beans (EJB). The enhanced portability of
OpenUSS

makes for efficient use of existing h
ardware resources
.
OpenUSS

is based on application server technology,
so
that high user loads can be sustained. The architecture also supports distribution of individual system components
across multiple hardware elements. The following
O
pen
S
ource product
s are employed to implement the system:

-

Presentation level: Enhydra
S
ervlet
S
erver (or equivalent)

-

Business process level: JOnAs EJB Server (or equivalent)

-

Data level: InterBase
,

PostgreSQL
(
or equivalent)

-

Third party hosting is not currently available for

this software.

Related
Articles
and Links

-

installation Tutorial:
http:
/
/
www
.campussource.de/dl/pub/openuss/Open
USS
-
lnstall.pdf

-

User Handbook:
http://w
ww
.campussource.de/dl/pub/openuss/Anwenderhandbuch_OpenussENG.doc

-

SCORM

objects for
O
pen
USS
:
http://www.a
dlnet.org/