Learning Resource Exchange for Schools: Current Infrastructure & Issues

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Presentation at the Online Educa Berlin Workshop on Building an Open Global Learning Infrastructure,
Berlin, Germany - Dec. 3, 2008

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Learning Resource Exchange for Schools: Current Infrastructure & Issues

  1. 1. David Massart, EUN Building an Open Global Learning Infrastructure Berlin, Germany - Dec. 3, 2008 Learning Resource Exchange for Schools: Current Infrastructure & Issues
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Glossary </li></ul><ul><li>An infrastructure for exchanging learning resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brief history </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collecting metadata </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exposing learning resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where does it hurt? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Metadata management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing mine and reusing yours (it’s not technical) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>By the way </li></ul>
  3. 3. Glossary <ul><li>Learning Resource: </li></ul><ul><li>Anything digital used for learning and/or teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Resource Metadata: </li></ul><ul><li>Machine-readable description of learning resources </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Resource Repository: </li></ul><ul><li>Software system for managing learning resources and/or their metadata </li></ul>
  4. 4. Learning Resource Exchange <ul><li>An infrastructure for </li></ul><ul><li>Federating applications that provide learning resources (e.g.,  learning resource repositories, authoring tools) </li></ul><ul><li>Offering a seamless access to these resources to educational applications that consume them (e.g., educational portals, VLEs) </li></ul>
  5. 6. A Brief History of the LRE <ul><li>ETB: Dublin Core, NNTP => LRE Thesaurus </li></ul><ul><li>CELEBRATE: LOM, Brokerage System (JMS + WS) => Simple Query Interface (SQI) + LRE Application Profile (LRE AP) </li></ul><ul><li>FIRE: LOM, SQI Brokerage System => S 2 QL </li></ul><ul><li>CALIBRATE: LRE AP, SQI + OAI-PMH Brokerage System, S 2 QL => PLQL </li></ul><ul><li>MELT: Service-Oriented Architecture => >150,000 open resources + Metadata </li></ul><ul><li>ASPECT:  Much more to come  </li></ul>
  6. 7. By All Means: Collecting Metadata <ul><li>(Federated) search: SQI, SRU </li></ul><ul><li>Harvesting: OAI-PMH </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing: SWORD, SPI </li></ul><ul><li>Mass upload: Excel sheets </li></ul>
  7. 8. By All Means: Exposing Learning Resources <ul><li>Search: SQI, SRU </li></ul><ul><li>Harvesting: OAI-PMH </li></ul><ul><li>Index pushing </li></ul><ul><li>Syndication: Atom/RSS </li></ul>
  8. 10. Where Does It Hurt? <ul><li>Metadata & resource management </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing my resources is easy but </li></ul><ul><li>Reusing yours is a pain! </li></ul>
  9. 11. Metadata Lifecycle & Identity
  10. 12. Today: Getting Connected is Easy <ul><li>Connecting a repository to the LRE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A matter of days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Large choice of connection type (search, harvesting, push, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Searching the LRE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fast and reliable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Large choice of access method (search, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But … </li></ul>
  11. 13. Serving K-12: Specific Requirements <ul><li>User-generated content ?? </li></ul><ul><li>Resource description requirements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explicit license </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Age range </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning resource type </li></ul></ul>
  12. 14. By The Way, I’m also <ul><li>Looking for new LRE partners - http://lre.eun.org </li></ul><ul><li>Co-chair of IMS LODE - http://imsglobal.org/lode.html </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator of the ASPECT project - http://aspect-project.org </li></ul><ul><li>Involved in the SPI group - http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/publishinterop/ </li></ul>

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