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Jorum Workshop

Posted by Dawn on February 20, 2008

Today I observed a workshop for introducing Jorum, a little bit of CourseGenie and some other repository resources. The idea of a learning object and its potential were discussed first. There were some interesting views. Learning objects were discussed as reusable learning objects (LOs) which I found strange as reusability is, for me, an inherent feature of learning objects. The idea of conforming to a standard was also perceived as being important. One participant had the practical perspective, that they, LOs, enabled last years course materials be used in this years courses.

After a demo of using Jorum participants were asked to search for some objects that related to their needs. The majority seamed to manage this ok. On of the LOs discovered was so well presented that it covered about 60% of the course material required, not bad going. Concerns about Jorum, included: evaluating the quality of a LO and copyright and restricted use.

 

There were some concerns as to whether these repositories are accessible by students and how that would impact on fairness and students accessing material out of sync of the intended course format. This is an interesting question. I feel that LOs are a positive resource for students as well as teachers. If the idea of learning/teaching styles is to be believed, it is very difficult as a teacher to adapt your style to appeal to all students. Students who are having difficulty with understanding a teaching style should seek alternative sources. Its no different to going and finding a none course text book to explain a concept you didn’t understand in the lecture. Alternatively LOs give teachers the opportunity to give alternative content presentation without the extra work.

 

There were some positive responses to CourseGenie as it made section up a document really easy. Presenting content as clickable web pages rather than a word doc was felt to be a more student orientated method. A questionnaire has been placed online and some of the participants have agreed to complete this later.

 

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