Sustainable Information Management for Personal Learning Environments

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Sustainable Information Management for Personal Learning Environments

  1. 1. Sustainable Information Management for Personal Learning Environments ORS meeting Julià Minguillón Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunication Studies Universitat Oberta de Catalunya MTSR'07 Corfu, Greece
  2. 2. Definitions <ul><li>By sustainable we mean </li></ul><ul><li>“ continuously providing the learner with the appropriate information depending on the available sources, the device he/she is using, his/her preferences and particularities, and the context” </li></ul><ul><li>By information we mean </li></ul><ul><li>“ any content, activity or service which guides the learner through the learning process towards his/her learning goals” </li></ul>MTSR'07 Corfu, Greece
  3. 3. Key issues <ul><li>Virtual learning environments are getting sophisticated: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalization issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standards and specifications for interoperability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New architectures based on services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Open) contents are everywhere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Breaking the producer / consumer barrier </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Towards a new semantic of the learning process </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learning is not making contents available! (D. Wiley) </li></ul><ul><li>VLEs need to provide learners with true learning experiences </li></ul>MTSR'07 Corfu, Greece
  4. 4. Virtual learning environments <ul><li>Condemned to death if: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>not open or proprietary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>not standard compliant and interoperable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>not service based and extendable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>not accessible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>not personalizable </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Current and future learners are net natives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>technology “addicts” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>multiple identities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>all-in-one context: personal, academic, professional </li></ul></ul>MTSR'07 Corfu, Greece
  5. 5. Openness: aspects to take into account <ul><li>As defined in OLCOS ( www.olcos.org ): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technological (what can we do?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Methodological (how do we do it?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal (can we do it?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economical (who will pay for?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social (why should we do it?) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No “when?” question: NOW! </li></ul><ul><li>No “where?” question: EVERYWHERE! </li></ul>MTSR'07 Corfu, Greece
  6. 6. Future trends <ul><li>Everybody is a lifelong learner </li></ul><ul><li>Competence transfer between personal, academic and professional contexts </li></ul><ul><li>Search, create, mix, use, post paradigm: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>VLEs will become personal spaces where learners aggregate the elements they need </li></ul><ul><li>Semantics will ensure the quality of the learning process </li></ul><ul><li>Towards a web science of e-learning (W. Hall) </li></ul>MTSR'07 Corfu, Greece
  7. 7. Thank you very much! [email_address] MTSR'07 Corfu, Greece
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