Travel-well resources by umn15763


									    Travel-well resources

Eminent, Vilnius, December 2009, 26-27
          History of the concept
• MELT project: launch of the LRE portal, a repository
  containing about 40,000 Los and 92,000 assets.
• Interoperability issue: in order to build such a
  repository, we first looked at:
   – Technical interoperability (metadata, query standards,
   – Semantic interoperability (mapping among the different
             The LRE portal
         The LRE tag clouds
           What about the content
• After the repository was set up, we started to
  analyze the content ant to test it.
• Each content provider shared quality content
   – It this content traveling well?
   – Is it usable in contexts different from the one it was
     produced for?
   – What are the traveling-well indicators?
              The eQnet project
• The eQnet project aims at studying those issues together
  with the teachers using LRE resources in real contexts.
• So far, we have identified some travell-well parameters:
   – Language independence/Low language dependence
     (easily translatable) OR Multilinguality;
   – Strong visual structure (animations, images and short
     videos are traveling best)
   – No large semantic density (easy to include in any
        Other parameters
 More relating to quality in general
• Cultural appropriateness: the resource respects the
  cultural and social norms of teacher and/or pupil.
• Usability: users can find their way through the resource
  almost intuitively. This may be possible even if the user
  is unfamiliar with the language of the resource.
• Technical features: easy to access (no login or plug-ins)
• Openness: open license, free to use, open code (like in
  flash resources)
        A question of pragmatism
• The theoretical identifiers characterizing travel
  well resources must be tested by users.
• The real use is crucial and it is strictly linked to the
  concept of traveling well (the concept of travel
  will means that something has worked out
  already… “It travels well or traveled well”).
• The quality issue is somehow related to the
  concept but not the same.
             Recent papers
     dealing with learning resource
             quality (2005-)
• EUN, A European Schoolnet Framework for Quality of Learning Resources
• EUN, Quality criteria (2005),
• Becta, Quality principles for digital learning resources (2007),
• Leacock, T. L., & Nesbit, J. C. (2007). A Framework for Evaluating the Quality of
  Multimedia Learning Resources,
Quality indicators
Need for travel well indicators with
An objective of the project is to find such indicators and to
  write some recommendations for repository owners or
  content providers to be taken into account when sharing
  their resources at an international level. This could be
  useful in other EU-projects as well.
                    Silvia Panzavolta
                    ANSAS (ex INDIRE)

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