SINN03 eProceedings

    Teachware On Demand - Development and Evaluation of a web-based architecture for self-regulated learning: Putting the Learner in charge

    Elke Brenstein
    Institut für Wirtschafts- und Erwachsenenpädagogik
    Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

    Andreas Wendt
    Fraunhofer-Institut für Software- und Systemtechnik ISST


    Most discussions about learning object based learning management systems focus on the benefits of modular content development from the point of view of the organization and the instructor. In our presentation, we critically discuss the advantages and challenges of creating and managing learning objects so that they can be retrieved, reused and adapted for different purposes. More importantly, however, we also pose the question regarding the benefits of dynamic meta-data enrichment for the learner. To evaluate the potential of the Teachware on Demand approach for self-regulated learning, an open and flexible web-based learning environment was developed in order to provide learners with a supportive tool for exploring the many facets of a knowledge base on "Learning how to learn". The knowledge base was especially constructed to contain a broad range of learning objects which differ in terms of representational form and suitability for different didactical purposes. The environment logs usage data and supports active involvement with the material base and communication with fellow learners by allowing learners to actively contribute to the knowledge base. Learning objects thus "become alive" through the use of dynamic "contextual" meta-data. The goal of this formative evaluation effort was to determine how learning-relevant metadata information can be visualized and made accessible for individual selection in order to enrich the learning experience.

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