The Project "mathkit"
The aim of this project is the development of a multimedia
construction kit mathkit to support mathematics education in
both service and in the foundation course of
mathematics. Additionally, a close interconnection of mathematics
teaching with the teaching of information technology and the
engineering sciences should be accomplished through the implementation
of multimedia elements. This has been missing from near to all
curricula. The single elements of the construction kit can be used not
only by professors (teachers) but also by students independent of
courses of study and support classical as well distance and
selfeducation. The elements of mathkit can be divided into
three categories:
Furthermore, an organisational and technical framework, which guarantees
the smooth implementation and further development of mathkit is
created. For the evaluation, mathkit will be prototypically be
integrated into the courses of study:
 Mathematics for Mechanical Engineers
 Mathematics for Computer Scientists
 Technical Computer Science
And in the distance education courses of
Apart from this, mathkit is planned to be incorporated in the virtual
University of Bayern (Bavaria). Contrary to present integrated solutions,
mathkitoffers the important advantages of:
 the good transferability and serviceability (high flexibility)
 the support of specific learning interests (individual learning)
Besides the generation of content, mathkit focusses on
the development of an architecture for a generic
elearing system with embedded authoring
facilities. Based on the metaphor of a construction kit,
this approach offers a general solution for specific
content creation and publication. The learning resources
are encoded as IMS Content Packages with a special
structure to separate content and presentation. These
packages are called Template Content Objects (TCO) which
contain a XMLtemplate and additional files for
multimedia learning objects. They ressemble SCORM
Sharable Content Objects (SCO) and can be simply
translated to them as well as combined to Content
Aggregation Packages. These aggregated packages
represent higher structures like lessons, chapters or
complete courses. The developed authoring system
consists of different authoring tools that handle
TCOs. Every task in the process of learing object
creation is done by experts which are modeled with the
help of roles.
The aim of the mathkit project is a generic web based
elearining system that provides lecturers and students
with multimedia support and which will be demonstrated
for the generation of courses in undergraduate
mathematics.
Project time: 03.2001  12.2003
