This paper presents the survey and selection of cloud resources for the development of an e-learning portal. The portal is composed of three components, namely a website, a collection of multimedia modules, and a computer lab designed to facilitate online access. It was originally designed using dedicated web development software and hosted on a web server located on campus. The portal was later redesigned and ported to the cloud to take advantage of emerging cloud computing resources such as Google Apps, SkyDrive, and YouTube. It is now possible to easily and affordably develop an e-learning portal using cloud resources that can effectively integrate the three major components of the portal mentioned. In this respect, the relative merits of using different cloud resources are presented along with the rationale for choosing one or more resources for building and hosting the components of the e-learning model. A discussion is included on the best practices for the development of each of the components. Overall, the paper highlights the availability and affordability of a range of cloud resources for individual instructors to embark on the development of e-learning portals, implying that it is no longer necessary to rely exclusively on computing resources provided locally on a campus to build effective e-learning portals.
|Keywords:||e-Learning, Cloud Computing, Multimedia, Remote Access Labs, Instructional Websites|
Professor of Information Systems, Department of Information Systems, California State University, Los Angeles, USA