The SuGI Portal
An Innovative and Sustainable Context-Based e-Learning Solution for e-Business and e-Science
 –  SuGI
Erstellt am: 10.07.2009

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SuGI (Sustainable Grid Infrastructures) is a gap project of the German Grid Initiative (D-GRID). Its major task is to disseminate the knowledge of Grid technology and to enhance its use. Therefore, SuGI addresses all academic computing centers as well as enterprises, which still have not adopted Grid technology. They will be supported in providing and using Grid resources and services. During the project, research experiences gained in the D-GRID projects will be made available to these institutions. SuGI hosts and supports in-class courses and workshops about Grid technology and creates a large variety of e-learning contents provided online via a scaling training infrastructure which is primarily represented by the SuGI portal ( In developing, implementing, and evaluating the SuGI portal, an iterative and cyclic generation-based model is used focusing on a process consisting of the development of a strategy, and formulation of a catalogue of specifications, including the identification of target groups which may be placed beyond or across institutional borders. Further steps are a technical and a visual design of the portal, its implementation accompanied by different steps of quality management as well as an introduction and evolution. All steps are iteratively repeated for each generation of the portal. Results of the evaluation will be integrated in the development of any new generation which leads to a higher use of evaluation results and enables a scientifically well-founded monitoring in the process of building up the portal. From a theoretical learning standpoint, the SuGI portal focuses on a dynamic representation of e-learning contents as a network for e-science and e-business. In a hybrid model, based on constructivist learning approaches, where the needs and in particular the limitations (of time, interests etc.) which learners undergo play an important role, a high degree of contextualization of e-learning contents and networked learning is used in several ways to stimulate the efficiency of learning processes and to match the requirements of professional learners. The paper describes the conditional framework for creating an e-learning portal for Grid technologies. Relevant constructivist learning theories will be discussed additionally to models of software development, portal design, and quality management. Finally, the implementation of the theoretical approaches will be made explicit and illustrated with examples taken from practical experience.

Mitarbeiter/innen von Rechenzentren, IT-Spezialist/innen in kleineren und mittleren Unternehmen, Anwender/innen, Institutionen, die Schulungsmaterialien bereitstellen, Fachleute der Grid-Community

Basic knowledge about software development processes, IT quality management, and constructivist learning theory.

You will get a deeper and more detailed insight in the processes, we use to develop the SuGI portal, the quality management as well as the constructivist learning approaches we apply to and how these are implemented in the SuGI portal.

Marc Seifert, Viktor Achter, Ulrich Lang
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