Reusing Online Resources: A Sustainable Approach to E-Learning

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To improve the cost effectiveness and sustainability of e-learning, many national and international initiatives are pioneering new ways in which educators can share their curricula with teachers and learners around the world. To enable this global sharing, educators must learn to design, manage and implement reusable electronic educational resources. This unique book outlines approaches to sharing and reusing resources for e-learning.
Drawing upon research by 30 prominent scholars from seven countries, the authors offer multiple perspectives from school, continuing and higher education as well as industry. It is essential reading for those implementing e-learning in education and corporate training, including teachers, trainers, academics, educational developers and support staff as well as senior managers.

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Meet the Author

Dr Allison Littlejohn is a lecturer in the Centre for Academic Practice (CAP) at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, specialising in the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) in learning and teaching.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Series editor's foreword
Commonly used terms and abbreviations
1 Issues in reusing online resources 1
Pt. 1 Vision and theoretical perspectives
Introduction 9
2 Granularization 12
3 Keeping the learning in learning objects 20
4 Engaging with the learning object economy 35
5 Combining reusable learning resources and services with pedagogical purposeful units of learning 46
6 Models for open learning 60
Pt. 2 Design perspectives
Introduction 77
7 Reusable educational software: a basis for generic learning activities 81
8 Pedagogical designs for scalable and sustainable online learning 94
9 Designing for reuse and versioning 106
10 Developing and reusing accessible content and applications 119
Pt. 3 Resource perspectives
Introduction 131
11 Digital libraries and repositories 135
12 Learning content interoperability standards 146
13 Use and reuse of digital images in teaching and learning 156
14 Assessing question banks 171
15 Sharing and reuse of learning resources across a transnational network 182
Pt. 4 Strategic perspectives
Introduction 197
16 Identifying the complexity of factors in the sharing and reuse of resources 199
17 A comparison of issues in the reuse of resources in schools and colleges 212
18 An incremental approach to staff development in the reuse of learning resources 221
19 Reuse of resources within communities of practice 234
Index 248
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