I had two papers accepted at the IEEE Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies ICALT
Gkatzidou, S. & Pearson, E. (2011). Exploring a Standards-based Approach to the Design and Delivery of Adaptable Learning Content. A Case Study. Paper accepted at the IEEE International Conference of Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT).
Changes in legislation, an emphasis on widening participation and the increasing reliance on online techniques for learning and teaching have contributed to improved opportunities for students with disabilities. Nevertheless, the need to cater for the needs and preferences of the individual learner is presenting significant challenges for the learning designer. In order to bridge the gap between user’s needs and learning content authors’ efforts, this research suggests a solution that is based on the principle that learning content can be generated from adaptable aggregations of learning objects and media components. This paper describes the concept of an authoring tool (LOTTI) that supports the design of adaptable, reusable and pedagogically rich learning objects using proven learning patterns and capitalises upon the recent focus of metadata standards for adaptability. We explore its potential within an accessibility service that maps the learners’ profiles requirements against the learning objects features.
Pearson, E. , Gkatzidou, S. & Green S. (2011). Widgets to support the concept of an Adaptable Personal Learning Environment. Paper accepted at the IEEE International Conference of Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT).
The vision of personalised, adaptable and accessible e-learning environments has moved a step closer with the adoption of Web2.0 applications and the growing acceptance of the need to move beyond the concept of the traditional virtual learning environment towards a Personal Learning Environment. This paper presents an approach to personalised development of learning applications supported by a community of practice to produce open source widgets freely available for use and adaptation by the wider community.