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Opportunities and Challenges of Formal Instructional Modeling for Web-based Learning

Year 2011
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In digital repositories around the globe there is an abundance of available resources like learning objects, learning designs, teaching methods, and assessments. Building web-based learning opportunities by exploiting these resources is a complex endeavor with controversial motivational underpinnings. It requires provision of support for accessing, using and packaging the resources with interoperable, usable and user-friendly tools and within a trustworthy environment. In this paper, we address the interoperability issue by implementing tool support for the process of designing learning opportunities based on existing educational resources in a tool called OpenGLM. We conducted a qualitative end-user evaluation based on an instructional design task. Addressing the motivational underpinnings, we identify a number of challenges and opportunities to adoption of formal instructional modeling: on the individual level the main challenge is the lack of motivation to share good-practice examples; on the institutional level the key to harness the opportunities lies in the provision of support measures and quality control.


10th International Conference on Web-Based Learning (ICWL 2011), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 7048, 253-262, Springer Verlag


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International Conference on Web-Based Learning, 2011 , Hong Kong , CN.

Published in

Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Web-based Learning (ICWL 2011) , p. 253-262 ; Springer-Verlag .

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