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A generic framework for the development of standardised learning objects within the discipline of construction management

Ahmed, V, Aouad, G and Pathmeswaran, R 2007, 'A generic framework for the development of standardised learning objects within the discipline of construction management' , Journal for Education in the Built Environment, 2 (2) , pp. 115-135.

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Abstract

E-learning has occurred in the academic world in different forms since the early 1990s. Its use varies from interactive multimedia tools and simulation environments to static resources within learning management systems. E-learning tools and environments are no longer criticised for their lack of use in higher education in general and within the construction domain in particular. The main criticism, however, is that of reinventing the wheel in order to create new learning environments that cater for different educational needs. Therefore, sharing educational content has become the focus of current research, taking e-learning into a whole new era of developments. This era is enabled by the emergence of new technologies (online and wireless) and the development of educational standards, such as SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) and LOM (Learning Object Metadata) for example. Accordingly, the broad definition of the construction domain and the interlocking nature of subjects taught within this domain, makes the concept of sharing content most appealing. This paper proposes a framework developed to describe the various steps required in order to enable the application of e-learning metadata standards and ontology for sharable learning objects to serve the construction discipline. The paper further describes the application of the proposed framework to a case study for developing an online environment for learning objects that are standardised, sharable, transparent and that cater for the needs of learners, educators and curricula developers in Construction Management. Based on the framework, a learning objects repository is developed incorporating educational and web standards. The repository manages objects as well as metadata using ontology and offers a set of services such as storing, retrieving and searching of learning objects using Semantic Web technologies. Thus, it increases the reusability, sharability and interoperability of learning objects.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Learning objects, learning standards, metadata, construction management
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science > QA076 Computer software
Built and Human Environment
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Salford Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI)
Journal or Publication Title: Journal for Education in the Built Environment
Publisher: CEBE Cardiff University
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 17474205
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2009 12:12
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 15:48
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/554

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