The present invention from the computer engineering department of a Spanish university relates to a method for adapting a learning platform to the personal needs of students.
This is a procedure for adapting the Moodle learning platform through which students with vision and / or hearing problems can introduce a personal profile of accessibility that allows the system to identify the problem.
When the student selects a specific educational resource, the adaptations belonging to this resource that suit his / her personal needs are shown. In addition, teachers are authorized to publish adapted material associated with original content (video, subtitles, audio description or sign language).
Parallel to this resource, another one runs in background: the refresh of the web cache of the student's computer with those resources adapted to their personal needs that have been updated by the teacher and that have a high probability of being selected by the student in their next actions. All of this will allow a saving of time when the student presses on the next targets of learning since these could be of great size and consume an extra time in the download.
The server 1 governs the execution of the procedure, supports the reading of the personal needs that the student introduces and the loading of the learning targets by the teacher, harbor the database of learning targets and their adaptations, establishes the channels of communication necessary for the exchange of information between the servers and manages the refreshing of the web cache on the student's computer. The software installed on server 1 has been mostly designed independently of Moodle technology, allowing its reuse and system scalability. Server 2 supports databases of students' personal needs and digital resources, making them portable to any other system, being this, the main reason why an exclusive server has been used for this purpose.
The system has been designed in a robust and scalable way to allow future extensions such as the following: allow adding new forms of functional diversity, new accessibility metadata, expand accessibility metadata values spaces, reuse in new learning platforms with minimum changes due to its independence of the technology used.
They are looking for companies with a focus on education, for example:
- Companies that develop learning platforms, as it would allow them to convert the developed platforms into accessible platforms.
- Teaching centers or academies that use learning platforms and wish to update them to offer access to all people regardless of the sensory mode used to communicate, also allowing compliance with current legislation on accessibility.
Foreign partners would be interested due to the patent addresses the problem of accessibility which is a global problem.
They look for technical cooperation, license or commercial agreements with technical assistance.