JOURNAL OF SOFTWARE (JSW)
ISSN : 1796-217X
Volume : 2    Issue : 1    Date : February 2007

Towards Secure e-Learning Applications: a Multiagent Platform
Carine G. Webber, Maria de Fátima W.P.Lima, Marcos E.Casa, and Alexandre M.Ribeiro
Page(s): 60-69
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Abstract
This paper presents some results in the intersection of three technological fields: e-learning,
multiagent systems, and standards to improve the development of secure systems. There is a
consensus that security is a critical issue for distributed, highly interactive and open learning
environments. While a lot of effort in the e-learning domain has been put into delivering
infrastructure and providing content, security issues have hardly ever been considered. Agent
oriented methodologies may bring benefits to the conception of multiagent systems, since they
gradually are incorporating specifications for general security mechanisms (FIPA standards).
Concerning the specification of security requirements for e-learning environments, extended
formalisms (such as security use cases) appear as proper modeling tools. The topics covered by
this paper converge to the implementation of a multiagent platform (the PMA3), which constitutes an
open distributed infrastructure addressing important security issues. PMA3 has been used in the
development of elearning environments. The paper concludes with an outlook to ongoing research
efforts related to security requirements for e-learning applications.

Index Terms
security requirements, multiagent systems, elearning, FIPA standards, UMLsec.