Thursday, November 13, 2003

The EduTools Guidelines to Evaluate Course Management Systems

If you are on the hunt for the right Course Management Systems (a generic term usually used in America to generalized LMS as well as LCMS), the EduTools Guidelines to Evaluate Course Management Systems is a good reference to start with. Other useful information on EduTools are the Student Services and e-Learning Policies. However, I am covering the Course Management Systems guidelines for this posting.

The guidelines consist of LEARNER TOOLS, SUPPORT TOOLS, and the TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS. Within these categories, there are criterias that are comprehensive of the components and features that supports the tools and specifications.

The EduTools is a web-based resource for the higher education community.

The EduTools project is based on a website created in 1997 by British Columbia's Centre for Curriculum, Technology & Transfer (C2T2) and Bruce Landon.

LEARNER TOOLS
Communication Tools
Discussion Forums
File Exchange
Internal Email
Online Journal/Notes
Real-time Chat
Video Services
Whiteboard

Productivity Tools
Bookmarks
Calendar/Progress Review
Orientation/Help
Searching Within Course
Work Offline/Synchronize

Student Involvement Tools
Groupwork
Self-assessment
Student Community Building
Student Portfolios

SUPPORT TOOLS
Administration Tools
Authentication
Course Authorization
Hosted Services
Registration
Integration

Course Delivery Tools
Automated Testing and Scoring
Course Management
Instructor Helpdesk
Online Grading Tools
Student Tracking

Curriculum Design
Accessibility Compliance
Content Sharing/Reuse
Course Templates
Curriculum Management
Customized Look and Feel
Instructional Design Tools
Instructional Standards Compliance

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Hardware/Software
Client Browser Required
Database Requirements
Server Software
Unix Server
Windows Server

Pricing/Licensing
Company Profile
Costs
Open Source
Optional Extras
Software Version

Posted by haxa on November 13, 2003 at 01:08 PM in Products & Solutions, Standards & Guidelines | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Event | Workshop: Implementing SCORM in your organization

From the Singapore E-Learning Competency Center website
Date: 8th - 9th December 2003
Time: 0900hr - 1700hr
Venue: ECC Training Lab NIE1-B1-08
NIE Administration Building
National Institute of Education,
1 Nanyang Walk,
Singapore 637616

Please note that payment is required with registration and must be received prior to the event to guarantee your place. Walk-in delegates will only be admitted on the basis of seat availability and with immediate full cheque payment.

You will be entitled to a 10% early bird discount if you register before 30th November 2003. 10% discount for 3 or more participants from the same organisation is also applicable.
Target Audience:
E-learning developers and managers

Objectives of course:
Upon the completion of this course, participants should be able to:
Explain the goals of the SCORM specification
Identify the eLearning areas in your organization of which the areas can be made compliant to the SCORM specification
Explain how eLearning content can be made SCORM compliant
Explain how the eLearning system can be made SCORM compliant
Introduction

Overview of learning technology standards
The SCORM Specification
Compliance, Conformance and Certification
E-learning infrastructure
Content

Case for reusable learning objects
Content production process requirements
Converting existing content into SCORM-compliant formats
SCORM content testing
System

LMS versus LCMS
Different types of LMS
Checking your LMS for SCORM compliance
Integrating a Learning Object Repository to an LMS
Conclusion

Case Study of a SCORM implementation

Posted by haxa on November 12, 2003 at 12:02 PM in Events, Learning Objects, Standards & Guidelines | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Content, Instructional Design, & eLearning Systems Guidelines

I wrote this article for the SIRIM publication's SIRIM Standards and Quality News

Introduction
E-Learning standards refer to a system of common rules for content development, instructional design as well as the systems that support eLearning. The standards are a set of rules that facilitate eLearning development and delivery over multiple platforms so that they operate seamlessly together.

Adherence to these guidelines is important to facilitate development of common standards for educational technology. Benefit of these guidelines usage will result in durability, interoperability, accessibility and reusability of learning content and learning application.

To establish a set of eLearning standards for Malaysia, a set of guidelines has been developed by MIMOS as a baseline. The development of Content, Instructional Design, & eLearning Systems Guidelines was initiated as part of the Malaysian Grid for Learning (MyGfL) initiative.

Why develop and not adopt?
Due to the fact that e-Learning standards cover a whole range of issues in pedagogical, technology, development, delivery, and access; there are numbers of available focused standards published and adopted worldwide on these issues.

Therefore, the MyGfL Content, Instructional Design, & eLearning Systems Guidelines serves as a single document that covers all the relevant standards based on these criteria:

1. Easier for localization and customization
2. Mix and match the needs to the solutions
3. Adoption of simple model
4. Availability of support worldwide
5. Extensibility of use
6. Provides potential for interoperability
7. Observance of open standards

Objectives
The objectives of the guidelines are:

1. To observe certain protocols for e-Learning development and to make adoption and understanding of e-Learning technology more flexible and user friendly.
2. To achieve Interoperability, Reusability, Manageability, Accessibility, and Durability for the benefits of learners, content developers, and system developers:
a. Interoperability - can the system work with any other system?
b. Reusability - can a courseware (Learning Objects, or "chunks") be re-used?
c. Manageability - can a system track the appropriate information about the learner and the content?
d. Accessibility - can a learner access the appropriate content at the appropriate time?
e. Durability - will the technology evolve with the standards to avoid obsolescence?

Scope
The Content Guidelines covers the general issues on content as well as the technical issues in the development of digital learning content. These include issues on accessibility, usability, reusability, interoperability, metadata, instructional design, and copyrights.

The Instructional Design Guidelines Contain general guidelines for instructional designer for the purpose of developing learning object. These include Gagne 9 Event of Instruction and the Merrill’s Component Display Theory & Jeroen van Merrienboer’s Complex Cognitive Skills and Knowledge

The Technical Guidelines specify in details the E-Learning framework of the systems that support learning. These include the Content Management System, Learning Management System, and Learning Content Management System.

Benefits
These guidelines will help e-Learning service providers to provide access to high-quality, tailored education, and training materials for the benefits of learners. Conformance to these guidelines will lead to making learning content widely available whenever and wherever they are required.

Besides creating the awareness among e-Learning players in Malaysia on existence of such standards, it is envisioned that the local e-Learning industry could strengthen its competitive advantage in order to compete globally.

The heavy emphasis on metadata is aimed to increase learner experience through searching. Thus, enriching users’ experience and improving discoverability of learning content on the Web.

In view of systems for e-Learning, for heterogeneous systems to interoperate there is a need to understand the data structures they share. Without standards addressing these issues, each “data supplier” or “tools developer” will find it seemingly difficult to interoperate among them.

International Standards Studied
1. World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
2. Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)
3. Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) of Advanced Distributed Learning (ADLnet)
4. Instructional Management Systems (IMS) Project
5. IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee (LTSC),
6. Aviation Industry CBT (Computer-Based Training) Committee (AICC)
7. Michigan Virtual University: Instructional Design Standards for Quality Online Courses
8. E-Government (UK) Interoperability Framework Part Two: Technical Policies and Specifications, Version 4.0 25th April 2002
9. Communication & Multimedia Commission Forum (CMCF)
10. British Educational Communications and Technology agency (BECTA)

Posted by haxa on November 12, 2003 at 09:25 AM in Graphics Design, Instructional Design, Learning Objects, Multimedia Programming, Standards & Guidelines | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack