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Connecting learning object repositories: strategies, technologies and issues
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science, Interactive Media and Learning (IML).
2009 (English)In: Proceedings of the the fourth international conference on internet and web applications and services, Washington: IEEE Computer Society , 2009, 583-589 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The rapid growth of digital learning resources has brought forward a number of issues concerning availability, distribution and use. Altogether, the issues are a mix of interplaited technological and pedagogical considerations. Some of those issues, mainly related to repositories and the distribution of digital learning resources, are examined and described in this article. A particular focus is put on how resources can be described and indexed using metadata, and on how access to digital learning resources can be improved and facilitated through federation and/or harvesting of metadata in order to tie several repositories together to provide a service that offers one single access point. The study also examined how this single point of access can be moved closer to the user (i.e. to the environment where digital learning resources are used) through simple federation of the service, enabling access to the network of repositories from any virtual learning environment. The study was carried out by experiments connected to a real-life case. The study concludes in several suggestions for how access to digital learning resources can be enhanced, as well as in the identifications of a couple of new issues that need to be addressed by future research.

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Washington: IEEE Computer Society , 2009. 583-589 p.
Keyword [en]
metadata, Learning Object Repository, OAI, Technology Enhanced Learning, federated search, LOM, RDF, Learning Object Broker
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Computer Science
Research subject
Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-26740DOI: 10.1109/ICIW.2009.109ISBN: 978-0-7695-3613-2OAI: diva2:273691
Fourth International Conference on Internet and Web Applications and Services, 2009. ICIW '09
Available from: 2009-10-23 Created: 2009-10-23 Last updated: 2012-08-10Bibliographically approved

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