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Aggregate Architecture

We developed an adaptive social learning architecture Aggregate to support Mastery Grids Interface. We design this architecture to integrate content from diverse sources. The explanation of the procedures and links to associated resources are given below.

  • Mastery Grids Interface receives all the information to display (this is course structure, links to content and progress levels of the learner and the group of learners) from services hosted in Aggregate (a in the diagram). This information is passed in JSON format.
  • To let Mastery Grids know the level of progress of the learners in the topics and the content, Aggregates call services from a User Model (UM in the figure). See point b) in the figure. These services are documented in User State Protocol
  • The figure shows several different Content apps (QuizJet, QuizPet, Webex, etc.). Each of these applications are integrated in 2 ways:
    • The content application needs to log information of the learner activity within the content to the User Model (letter c in the diagram). Currently, the content applications are using our ADAPT2 CUMULATE protocol.
    • The content application provides a service to list all the available content. This service implement the content brokering specification, which defines a JSON-format protocol to allow external applications to discover content. Both Aggregate and the User Model use the content brokering to register new content.

Several content application and their respective content brokering are implemented in ACOS server.

Associated resources

Content application resources