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The Athabasca University eduSource Project: Building an accessible learning object repository
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Australasian Journal of Educational Technology Volume 21, Number 3, ISSN 0814-673X Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Abstract

Athabasca University - Canada's Open University (AU) made the commitment to put all of its courses online as part of its Strategic University Plan. In pursuit of this goal, AU participated in the eduSource project, a pan-Canadian effort to build the infrastructure for an interoperable network of learning object repositories. AU acted as a leader in the eduSource work package, responsible for the metadata and standards for learning objects. In addition, the team of professionals, academics, librarians and other researchers worked to create an accessible repository of learning objects across university departments and subjects. Most critically, the team worked beyond the development of a learning object repository and considered the adaptation of content and related applications, pedagogical approaches and the use of learning objects by instructional designers, faculty and the learners themselves. This paper describes one institution's approach to learning object repository development, from a technical and pedagogical perspective, along with some of the lessons learned during the process.

Citation

Cleveland-Innes, M., McGreal, R., Anderson, T., Friesen, N., Ally, M., Tin, T., Graham, R., Moisey, S., Petrinjak, A. & Schafer, S. (2005). The Athabasca University eduSource Project: Building an accessible learning object repository. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 21(3), 367-381. Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Retrieved January 21, 2020 from .