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Over the last 10 years, the status of educational metadata, specifically
as they relate to learning objects, has changed radically. In the heady
days of the turn of the millennium, learning objects and their metadata
were seen as being destined to forever change the shape and form of
learning; by 2007, this approach has been derisively labeled "industrialist", and said to be quickly running "out of steam."
Given such drastic changes, how are metadata to be understood in the context
of different and emerging approaches to online learning resources, above
all those labelled 'open'? This question will be the focus of this presentation by Dr. Norm Friesen, Canada Research Chair in E-Learning Practices at Thompson Rivers University and Director of the CanCore
Initiative. Dr. Friesen will consider a number of alternatives to "learning object metadata." Dr. Friesen will conclude his
presentation by discussing an alternative that incorporates both high tech and ow tech approaches --one that is currently under
development as a multi-part international standard under the auspices of ISO (the
International Organization for Standardization).