Please note that the following sections 1 and 2 only lists documentation and publications which describe the concepts and developments of the OpenMI Standard. Other material, dealing with practical implementations and case studies can be found in the section 'OpenMI around the world'.
OpenMI-Life project started the development of an e-learning platform that universities will be free to adopt. This not only provides the material for conventional teaching but also provides an environment for students to work with and learn from each other and their tutors. It also enables tutors to monitor progress both formally and informally and to receive feedback.
This task was led by the National Technical University of Athens (Greece), and consists of:
The first courses on the OpenMI have been added by members of the OpenMI Association supported by the OpenMI-Life project, while the subject specific courses will be added, over the longer term, by members of the Virtual Network of HE Institutions which will be open to anyone.
The software solution adopted to create the platform is a combination of Moodle (a state of the art open source e-learning platform), Drupal (with its advanced community management capabilities and ability to manage audio-visual material) and Elgg (the most active and emerging open source, social networking platform).
The courses will include teaching material (lectures, videos and pod casts), activities (e.g. hands-on exercises with simplified models and data), as well as facilities for evaluating the extent to which the trainee/student has reached the learning objectives, primarily through self-assessment quizzes. The courses will be delivered in either synchronous or asynchronous mode and will follow a flexible "anytime-anyplace" concept of learning. It is expected that over the longer term additional functionality will also be added, including online simulation environments, OpenMI enabled linking platforms and closer integration with other learning initiatives and online material (incl. the CUAHSI cyber seminars).
The overall concept of the e-learning platform and course was presented in the OpenMI LIFE Workshop in Volos.
For more information on this initiative, please contact Dr Christos Makropoulos.
Training for developers aims at demonstrating what "migration" means in practice and how to approach it in the specific context of your application. It is assumed that attendants are familiar with the principals of Object Oriented (OO) Programming, and that they have knowledge of some OO based Programming language.
General training for end users is difficult to organise since there are numerous possible permutations of linked OpenMI compliant products, which all may have their specific implementation issues.
The following institutes have been identified by the OpenMI Association as potential trainers. If you are interested in receiving OpenMI training, you are invited to personally contact the trainers of your choice. The Association will not interfere in the practical organisation of training sessions.
Practical guidelines on how to make a component OpenMI compliant can be found on the wiki pages of the OpenMI Association Technical Committee. These examples form an addition to the original set of technical documentation that was produced for OpenMI Version 1.0.