Introduction to the ASPECT project


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Introduction to the ASPECT project

  1. 1. Presents
  2. 2. Adopting Standards and Specifications for Educational Content Dr. David Massart, EUN ASPECT Project Coordinator
  3. 3. Why do we need standards and specifications?
  4. 4. Facilitate discovery of learning contents Minimise costs associated with repurposing of materials Access to the highest-quality learning resources available Impact on learning outcomes and quality of learning experience Advertise learning contents by making them easily identifiable, discoverable and usable. Secure investments by developing standard-based infrastructures
  5. 5. Already today
  6. 7. Why raising awareness of standards and specifications is not enough?
  7. 10. <ul><li>We are convinced that, if properly structured and managed, new best practice networks (BPN) frameworks can help redress the ‘disconnect’ between standards’ organisations and the educational community by: </li></ul><ul><li>focussing on implementing standards as well as raising awareness, and </li></ul><ul><li>supporting emerging standards and specifications that map to and are influenced by best practice related to the use of ICT in schools. </li></ul><ul><li>The ASPECT project </li></ul>
  8. 11. The ASPECT Project
  9. 12. Crux of ASPECT Content Interoperability Issues Content Standards & Specifications Best Practices in Implementing Standards
  10. 13. Scope & Structure
  11. 14. <ul><li>Format: IMS Content Packaging, SCORM, IMS Common Cartridge, IMS QTI </li></ul><ul><li>Identifier : Handle System, DOI </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Rights Management : Creative Commons, IMS Common Cartridge, LRE DRM </li></ul>Best practices <ul><li>Metadata: IEEE LOM, Dublin Core </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary: XVD, VDEX, ZTHES, SKOS </li></ul><ul><li>Protocol: SQI, SPI, SRU/SRW, OAI-PMH </li></ul><ul><li>Query Language: CQL, PLQL, LRE-QL </li></ul><ul><li>Registry: CORDRA, ADL Registry </li></ul>Dissemination, creating impact Evaluation, quality assurance Implementation of best practices School pilots Content use Content discovery
  12. 15. Expected results
  13. 16. <ul><li>Facilitate the adoption of learning technology standards and specifications with a specific focus on the school sector </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers’ views as well as those of technical experts will have been considered during the pre-standardisation process </li></ul>
  14. 17. <ul><li>Assessing standards and specifications through their implementation on a critical mass of educational content Proposals and recommendations concerning how a number of standards can be combined in order to ensure more transparent forms of interoperability </li></ul>
  15. 18. <ul><li>Actively working with at least 200 leading European experts, professional and policy makers in MoE </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations and impact on standardization bodies with at least </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two CEN Workshop Agreement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One IMS Specification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two ENs created by TC353 </li></ul></ul>
  16. 19. <ul><li>20 Public dissemination/training events </li></ul><ul><li>ASPECT web site </li></ul><ul><li>Contribution to the Learning Technology Observatory </li></ul><ul><li>5 ASPECT newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>ASPECT Award </li></ul><ul><li>ASPECT Service Center </li></ul>
  17. 20. <ul><li>LOR registry </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary bank for education </li></ul><ul><li>Application profile registry </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic translation service for metadata </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance testing </li></ul><ul><li>Transformer service: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>turn metadata & vocabularies into another format </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Access to known interoperability issues </li></ul>ASPECT Service Center
  18. 21. How can you benefit?
  19. 22. Join the ASPECT community
  20. 23. Access ASPECT resources
  21. 24. Access ASPECT resources
  22. 25. About ASPECT
  23. 26. 22 Partners in 15 Countries <ul><li>9 Ministries of Education </li></ul><ul><li>4 Commercial content developers and leading technology providers </li></ul><ul><li>2 European associations </li></ul><ul><li>Experts from all international standardization bodies and consortia active in e-learning: CEN/ISSS, IMS, IEEE, ISO, ADL </li></ul>
  24. 27. Ministries of Education <ul><li>Denmark – UNI-C </li></ul><ul><li>Belgium (Flemish community) - EduC </li></ul><ul><li>France – CNDP </li></ul><ul><li>Germany – FWU </li></ul><ul><li>Hungary – EDUCATIO </li></ul><ul><li>Italy – INDIRE </li></ul><ul><li>Lithuania – ITC </li></ul><ul><li>Portugal – DGIDC </li></ul><ul><li>Slovenia – UL </li></ul>
  25. 28. Commercial Content & Technology providers <ul><li>Siveco Romania SA </li></ul><ul><li>Cambridge University Press Ltd. </li></ul><ul><li>Icodeon </li></ul><ul><li>Young Digital Planet SA </li></ul>European Associations <ul><li>European Schoolnet </li></ul><ul><li>EIfEL </li></ul>
  26. 29. Time & Budget <ul><li>ASPECT is a Best Practice Network supported by the European Commission's eContent plus Programme </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start 1 September 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>End 28 February 2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>€ 4.625 M. budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>€ 3.7 M. funding </li></ul></ul>
  27. 30. Contact and Information <ul><li>ASPECT: </li></ul><ul><li>LRE: </li></ul><ul><li>European Schoolnet: http :// </li></ul>