|Issue 1 –
2010: London on 13 January 2010, 14.00-16.00.
The ASPECT Best Practice Network is organising a workshop during the
BETT Show in London on 13 January 2010 to explore the benefits of
learning technology standards for discovering, creating, packaging,
sharing and using educational content.
If you are a publisher, an educational tools' provider or learning
professional creating your own resources, this workshop will provide
you with an understanding of some of the key technology standards that
will facilitate and improve the impact of your work.
Participation is free of charge but you need to register in order to
reserve a place at the workshop that will be held at the Hilton hotel
next to the Olympia exhibition hall. In order to receive an invitation
and view the programme, please register at
tools and services update
|The aim in
the ASPECT project is to produce best practices for digital educational
content discovery and use.
After the first year of the project, we already have a number of tools
and services to demonstrate some emerging best practices and to support
developers and other stakeholders that want to explore how to
effectively implement content standards and specifications.
and Common Cartridge?
Visit the ASPECT web site to find out more about content packaging. We
have an IMS Common Cartridge and SCORM Demonstrator to help you to
build and utilize learning content packages - from the creation of
packages through testing their conformance to working with the content http://aspect-project.org/node/40
Even if you do not have a technical background, or are more interested
in pedagogy, check out the differences between SCORM and Common
Cartridge. Two ASPECT videos demonstrate how SCORM is particularly well
adapted to self-paced, training or learning situations where a single
learner works independently with no intervention from an instructor.
The more recent Common Cartridge specification, however, lends itself
more to blended learning situations where traditional teaching is
combined with web-based e-learning.
IMS Common Cartridge
This short, five-minute video explains the main
features of the Common Cartridge standard and how it is particularly
suited to ‘blended learning’ situations.
This companion video to "Introducing IMS Common
Cartridge" explains the main features of SCORM technology and how this
standard is particularly suited to self-paced training.
As a result of ASPECT’s work, learning objects will produced in
different formats for testing in school pilots in four countries later
in 2010. However, having the same learning resource can be problematic
if one wants to use existing metadata specifications such as IEEE
Learning Object metadata (LOM) or Dublin Core (DC).
This issue is one of the things addressed by the new ASPECT metadata application
profile that is currently being used to support
European Schoolnet’s Learning Resource Exchange service for schools.
The LRE Metadata Application Profile version 4.0 (LREMAP4 http://fire.eun.org/LREMAPv4p0.pdf)
makes it easier to describe learning objects in different formats.
LREMAP4 is based on the combination of two specifications: IEEE LOM and
the Information for Learning Object
eXchange (ILOX) specification, which is currently developed by the IMS
Learning Object Discovery & Exchange (LODE) group in
collaboration with ASPECT.
One kind of customization of LOM introduced by the LREMAP4 relates to
the use of controlled vocabularies tailored to the needs of the
schools’ sector in Europe. In order to adequately manage these
vocabularies, ASPECT has developed a Vocabulary Bank for Education (VBE)
This bank is used to store controlled vocabularies, their translations
and crosswalks between them. In the VBE, each vocabulary and vocabulary
term is uniquely identified. Using the VBE term and vocabulary
identifiers as the LREMAP4 neutral language makes it easier to deal
with multilingualism issues: identifiers are stored in metadata and
requested translations can be looked up in the VBE.
|If you are
interested in content standards then also check out the Learning
Technology Standards Observatory. With support from the ASPECT project,
its web site has recently had a major redesign. The LTSO provides key
information on all the key standards in this area along with a new
feature that allows you to register as an LTSO expert
workshops and plugfests in 2010
|If you are
unable to come to the ASPECT workshop at BETT in London on 13-16
January 2010, we will be running a series of workshops and plugfests
throughout the year. At these events, you can not only learn
more about content standards and specifications but also have
opportunities to use ASPECT tools in hands-on sessions and explore how
you can benefit from the best practices developed in the project.
Forthcoming events in 2010 will include an introduction to an ASPECT
Application Profile Registry which is currently being developed.
Register on the ASPECT web site in order to be kept up to date on new
ASPECT events http://aspect.eun.org/node/10
Or, better still, register
as an ASPECT Associate Partner (free of
charge) and your booking will be given priority for any ASPECT events
that are oversubscribed.