Institut für Wirtschafts- und Erwachsenenpädagogik
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
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.