EC-TEL 2009 Workshop:
Relating IMS Learning Design to Web 2.0 Technology
The workshop will investigate relations between IMS Learning Design as a specification for technology-enhanced learning and learning/teaching approaches used with Web 2.0 technologies. Specific questions to be discussed are
- What learning and teaching methods are used with Web 2.0 and how are they expressed with IMS Learning Design?
- How could new (and changing) technologies still be integrated in standardized units of learning in order to benefit from reusability and interoperability even if there are only a few pre-specified services within IMS Learning Design?
Participants are expected to actively contribute to the workshop discussions and tasks. The workshop will be moderated and will incorporate phases of small group work. There is no submission of articles or publication in proceedings planned.
Background for the Workshop Topic
Standardization efforts have been undertaken for technology-enhanced learning with the goal to make learning materials and even complex units of learning reusable, interoperable, and exchangeable between persons, institutions, and systems. Despite the critique of standards that claim to be “pedagogically neutral” along with the resulting effect that the claimed neutrality actually means that the standard is also pedagogically irrelevant, standards are still being pursued and developed for all types of technology-enhanced learning and teaching matters, such as e-portfolio, learner information, or common cartridge. For the discussions in the workshop, we will specifically focus on the IMS Learning Design (IMS LD) specification, since IMS LD offers a language for describing complex, multi-role oriented learning arrangements. IMS LD places learning and teaching activities in the center of attention and thus goes beyond the mere description of learning material. To this day, IMS LD offers as the only specification ample means to express complex learning arrangements, as just little limitations to the expressiveness have been shown. IMS LD is thus predestined to serve as a representative standard for technology-enhanced learning especially in relation to Web 2.0 and for teaching approaches that are learner-centered.
To present the opposite pole of the IMS LD specification, we place the, not only learner-centred, but learner-driven incentives that Web 2.0 technologies provide. Web 2.0 technologies have been reported to be used in educational settings for learning. IMS LD offers just a small set of pre-specified services for communication between unit of learning participants that do not include Web 2.0 technologies. How can the technical restrictions of IMS LD’s service-definition be overcome while still maintaining the interoperability that was set out as one of the goals of standardization?
The workshop will primarily incorporate interactive elements. To kick-off the workshop, Bill Olivier and Rob Koper, who both work at the cross section of the topics at hand, will present impulse keynotes. The keynotes serve to introduce the workshop participants to the areas of discussion as well as possible conflicts. The keynotes end with questions that will guide the first round of discussion of the workshop. Following the keynotes, two cycles of gathering information from workshop participants will be undergone. Each cycle consists of the following steps: brainstorming, discussion of the so collected issues, voting and evaluation of the issues, and then condensation of the information in order to provide a new starting point for discussion. The second cycle will be more focused than the first cycle, and may include the formation of focus groups.
|Development Director for Systems and Technology|
|Joint Information Systems Committee|
|Dean of the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies|
|Open Universiteit Nederland|
We envision educators, instructional designers, IMS LD tool developers as well as researchers in these fields to be the target audience of this workshop.
Educators and instructional designers are provided an opportunity to take notice of how others have used Web 2.0 technologies in their classrooms, and to contribute their own experiences with teaching with Web 2.0 technologies. They may also investigate in the workshop what benefits a standardized description of their courses and teaching methods may hold, and learn about IMS LD as a representative specification.
Tool developers are offered an opportunity to bring forth and discuss uncertain issues in regard to integrating (communication) services in runtime environments. Input provided by educators and instructional designers is seen as crucial to feed the discussion from both points of view, which are represented by the technological demands coming from an educational perspective on the one hand, and the view point of technically implementing these demands within the realm of a standard on the other hand.
Workshop participants are expected to contribute their own experiences, enrich the discussions, and evaluate the issues brought forth.
Dates & Schedule
Wednesday 30th September 2009
9:00 - 17:00 (Full day workshop)
Outcomes of the workshop will be made available in web material and future presentations. No publication in proceedings is planned.
How to Join the Workshop
If you are interested in participating in this workshop, write an email to Susanne Neumann (firstname.lastname@example.org). The workshop organisers will sponsor the workshop fee for all participants. Participation in the workshop is limited to 20 people.