Purpose – The design, construction and deployment of a large virtual campus are a complex issue. Present virtual campuses are made of several software applications that complement e‐learning platforms. In order to develop and maintain such virtual campuses, a complex software engineering infrastructure is needed. This paper aims to analyse the software engineering infrastructure in the virtual campus deployed at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Design/methodology/approach – The software engineering infrastructure is analysed from three perspectives: process model; programming language and computer‐aided software engineering tools and design patterns and architecture. Findings – Software engineering infrastructure is a key issue in virtual campuses. Originality/value – The value of the paper is to make our experience available to a wider audience so that organisations interested in the deployment of a large virtual campus can take advantage of our work.
Interactive Technology and Smart Education – Emerald Publishing
Published: Sep 20, 2011
Keywords: Process model; Programming; CASE tool; Software architecture; Multitier architecture; Deployment; Process planning
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