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  • Integrating LOR with teachers community portal and LO authoring tools

    1. 1. Integrating LOR with teachers' community portal and LO authoring Mart Laanpere, Hans Põldoja
    2. 2. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.
    3. 3. LO authoring tools and repositories from TLU • LeMill — web community for collaborative authoring of open educational resources • TATS — question and test authoring system • Krihvel — learning environment and learning resource authoring tool for elementary schools • Waramu — federated learning object repository • Koolielu — national educational portal based on elgg
    4. 4. http://lemill.net
    5. 5. What is LeMill? • Web community for finding, authoring and sharing open and free learning resources • Open source server software developed in EU 6FP project CALIBRATE • Learning Mill
    6. 6. Learning resources Web page Lesson plan Presentation School project Exercise PILOT
    7. 7. More than content • Methods • Tools • Collections • Teaching and learning stories
    8. 8. LeMill as a social software • Linking people by location, skills and interests • Groups for collaborative authoring • Group forums
    9. 9. Members 6000 5265 4708 4500 2959 3000 2796 2337 1698 1500 867 666 465 414 343 359 364 374 242 273 65 89 105 111 27 4 5 18 0 Jul 2006 Jan 2007 Jul 2007 Jan 2008 Jul 2008 Jan 2009 Estonia Total
    10. 10. Members by specified country 20% 36% 5% 5% 5% 11% 18% Estonia Georgia Hungary Finland Czech Republic Lithuania Other
    11. 11. Other LO software developed at TLU
    12. 12. TATS
    13. 13. Krihvel
    14. 14. Krihvel
    15. 15. Waramu
    16. 16. Educational portals in Estonia • Since 1997, Miksike.ee: e-worksheets, online competitions, quizzes • Subject-specific: handicraft, literature • Project-specific: Hello, Spring! • Institutional: science didactics in Tartu University • The first Teachers’ Netgate 1999 • Koolielu portal 2001: based on commercial CMS
    17. 17. New version: Koolielu 2.0 • Centre for Educational Technology in Tallinn University won a tender organised by the Tiger Leap Foundation • Software: based on Elgg, LAMP platform • Web 2.0 principles: users as content creators, tags, RSS, dashboard, widgets, embedding, remixing, metadata • Connection with LOR (Waramu) and federation • OpenID, Single Sign-On, hosted by EENet.ee
    18. 18. Structure of Koolielu 2.0 • News – aggregated from various online sources, • Advertisements – course offerings and job search, • Tools – links to the online or downloadable educational applications, • Resources – repository of learning objects, • Discussions – traditional online forum, • Communities – every user can initiate an ad-hoc community which will get automatically a dedicated collaboration space, forum and other collaboration tools
    19. 19. Dashboard & Profile page • Elgg components, similar to iGoogle or PageFlakes • Dashboard is a default front page for logged-in users, Profile is a kind of public e-portfolio • Both are populated with Open Social widgets • Default set of our own widgets: My Learning Resources, My News, etc • User-defined extras, layout and access rights
    20. 20. Content management • Different workflows: • News and advertisements: submitted by any authenticated user, reviewed/published by editors • Learning resources: submitted by anyone (as a file or URL with LOM), reviewed/published by subject moderators • Forum discussions: anonymous participants allowed (CAPTCHA for humanity check) • Automatic archiving
    21. 21. Integrated LOR • Waramu was developed also in CET • Java application, MySQL database • No user interface, is used not by humans but by other applications via SOAP Web services • LRE metadata application profile (EUN) • Connected with FIRE federation, LRE can harvest metadata from Waramu: http://lreforschools.eun.org
    22. 22. Curriculum mapping • Every Learning Object in Koolielu/Waramu is mapped to relevant curriculum topics (category- field in the metadata) • EUN’s Multilingual Thesaurus was too broad, we developed a new taxonomy based on Estonian national curriculum • Is used for browsing and searching Learning Objects, also for analysing curriculum coverage with LOs
    23. 23. Web 2.0 type sharing • Tags, tag clouds • Categories: subjects, curriculum topics • RSS feeds • Bookmarks: Elgg’s standard feature • Recommendations of Learning Objects by subject moderators
    24. 24. Community building • Friends: like in FaceBook, only asymmetrical • Friend collections: a set of friends • Communities: traditional Elgg groups (sharing forum, pages, files) and integration of outside communities
    25. 25. Future plans • Agile software development, weekly consultations with the client (Tiger Leap Foundation) and participatory design sessions with teachers have changed the initial concept and schedule • Is developed as open source software, can be re- used in other countries (if TLF agrees) • Future developments: teacher’s e-portfolio, competency management etc. • Up & running since December 2009: http://www.koolielu.ee Development: http://trac.htk.tlu.ee/koolielu2
    26. 26. References • Schaffert, S., Geser, G. (2008, February 29). Open Educational Resources and Practices. eLearning Papers, 7. Retrieved April 3, 2009, from http:// www.elearningeuropa.info/files/media/media14907.pdf
    27. 27. Thank You! • mart.laanpere@tlu.ee, hans.poldoja@tlu.ee • http://www.slideshare.net/martlaa

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