S.K.I.T. stands for the Dutch "Structureren van Kennisoverdracht middels InformatieTechnologie", which translates to "Structuring Knowledge Transfer by means of Information Technology". The problem we try to solve originated in the rapidly changing courses at the Computer Science department of the the Utrecht University. Courses changed completely over a few years, and it was difficult to try and reuse pieces of the original education material. A system to structure the material and keep track of the knowledge areas it covered would be of great use in this process. Such a courseware management system could also be useful to create different presentations of the same material, opening the doors for the maintenance of multimedia presentations of material. The Skit project is involved with designing an architecture for this system and building a prototype.
A more elaborate introduction to the Skit project can be read in the abstract of the article "SKIT, An Open Architecture for Courseware Authoring" (HTML). The full version of the article is available in pdf and zipped postscript format.
Two Java prototypes have been built. The first one in 1997, and the second one in 1998. In the first prototype, we attempted to implement a model for storing knowledge and educational material, but it turned out that the information was extremely difficult to access once it had been entered into the system. Therefore, in the second prototype, the attention was focused more on navigating and manipulating the pieces of knowledge and education, and trying to find a architecture that could serve as the foundation for the future system.
More information on the prototype, including a demonstration with screenshots, can be found on the implementation page.
Any questions or comments regarding the project or the prototype can be e-mailed to Martijn Schrage.