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ERIC Number: EJ836720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
Supporting Interoperability and Reusability of Learning Objects: The Virtual Campus Approach
Di Nitto, Elisabetta; Mainetti, Luca; Monga, Mattia; Sbattella, Licia; Tedesco, Roberto
Educational Technology & Society, v9 n2 p33-50 2006
E-learning has the potential to offer significant advantages over traditional classroom learning. However, it requires a complete redefinition of the dynamics of interaction between the various actors of a classroom. Moreover, in this context, the authoring of instructional material requires much more time than in traditional learning. Therefore, special care has to be posed to the definition of proper authoring approaches where educators can reuse and easily assemble existing materials. In this scenario, a comprehensive learning platform addressing the various interrelated aspects of "authoring" and "fruition" of instructional material is needed. Such a platform should enable "reusability of materials," so that it is possible to make efficient use of preexisting experiences, and "interoperability" with existing platforms so that it is possible to take advantage of their strengths. The SCORM standard offers, among other features, a rich data model that can be used to define and share Learning Objects through different e-learning platforms. We argue that, despite the fact that it is the most emerging and promising standard, SCORM does not address some key issues properly, such as specification of metadata and LO composition. In this paper we focus on these issues and propose some extensions to SCORM that aim to address the above issues. (Contains 14 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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