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Labelling digital learning materials so that teachers can find them


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November 2007, Berlin: Online Educa.

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Labelling digital learning materials so that teachers can find them

  1. 1. Labeling ( digital) learning materials so that teachers can find and use them Wim de Boer Dutch Institute for Curriculum Development (SLO) The Netherlands Online Educa 2007, Berlin
  2. 2. SLO <ul><li>Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development </li></ul><ul><li>in the field of policy, science and practice </li></ul><ul><li>primary, secondary and vocational education </li></ul><ul><li>curricula (plans for learning) for all levels </li></ul>
  3. 3. Dutch education system
  4. 4. Centralised or decentralised policy? PAST PRESENT FUTURE centralized decentralized X ENG CAL B/FL ENG G/NW G/NW HUN HUN ? ? NET NET SWE X X X X X X B/FL SWE ? ? CAL ? FIN X POR X POR FIN ? ? ? X G/SH G/SH
  5. 5. Trends in resources <ul><li>new learning... </li></ul><ul><li>new developers: also (groups of) teachers </li></ul><ul><li>digitalisation </li></ul><ul><li>smaller entities </li></ul><ul><li>need for materials that teacher can arrange themselves </li></ul>
  6. 6. but: where can we find resources and how? 2 3 4 5 6 6 # of times used: x x x Germany: . x x x x Scotland: . x x x x Japan: x x x x x x x x x x x x England: x x x Belgium: publisher age schooltype theme keyword subject
  7. 7. In the Netherlands <ul><li>many sites with many different materials </li></ul><ul><li>categorised on theme, course and level </li></ul><ul><li>But also: a standard for categorising (digital) learning resources based on IEEE Learning Object Metadata (LOM) standard </li></ul><ul><li>Initiative to harvest: Edurep project </li></ul>DB 2 DB 1 DB 3 harvest DB
  8. 8. compulsorily fields 2.2 Status 9 Classification 2.1 Version 6.3 Description 1.8 Aggregation level 6.2 Rights and other restrictions 1.5 Keyword 6.1 Costs 1.4 Description 5.7 Typical age range 1.3 Language 5.6 Context 1.2 Title 5.5 Intended end user role 1.1.2 Entry 5.2 Learning resource type 1.1 .1 Catalog 4.1 Format 1.1 Identification
  9. 9. classification <ul><li>goal </li></ul><ul><li>level </li></ul><ul><li>course </li></ul><ul><li>“program” </li></ul>
  10. 10. state of affairs <ul><li>5 new lists, varying from 4 to 1000 elements </li></ul><ul><li>evaluation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>teachers, that look for materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>publishers/suppliers that have to give the metadata </li></ul></ul><ul><li>questions: relevant, useful, complete? </li></ul>
  11. 11. educational resource research preliminary results <ul><li>Use of materials within a year: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>65% of the time only materials of publishers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22% of the time in combination with other materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>14% of the time only other materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>70% of the time only paper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20% a combintation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10% only digital </li></ul></ul><ul><li>>40% uses an ELO (CMS) </li></ul>
  12. 12. educational resource research preliminary results <ul><li>Searching for extra materials: 6% daily, 32% weekly, 46% monthly ; 15% (almost) never </li></ul><ul><li>time spend: 30% 5-15 min; 67%: more </li></ul><ul><li>important reason for searching: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>teachers like it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>don’t think that educational methods are sufficient </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>want to connect to childrens level and experience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>important criteria: availability and adaptability </li></ul><ul><li>75% would use a site where an complete overview of publishers materials would be available </li></ul><ul><li>80% would like a site where an complete overview of additional materials would be available </li></ul>standards complete repositories
  13. 13. dilemmas , questions <ul><li>will publishers accept the standard? </li></ul><ul><li>will publishers fill-in all fields? </li></ul><ul><li>what is the quality of the metadata? </li></ul><ul><li>what do teachers really need when searching for resources? (role of ELO?) </li></ul><ul><li>when/how will they use them (afraid to let the educational method loose...? time constrains?) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Questions? <ul><li>More information: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>