Visiting Speaker – Dr. Shengquan Yu

Research on the Organization Model of Ubiquitous Learning Resource — From Learning Object to Learning Cell

 By

Dr. Shengquan Yu
Professor and Dean, School of Educational Technology
Beijing Normal University

 Monday, February 6, 2012
2:30 pm
Room 1010, Faculty of Education Building

Please RSVP to tbeynen@uwo.ca by Wednesday, February 1st.

 All are welcome.
Refreshments will be served.

Abstract:With the development of pervasive computing and Internet technologies, information space will be seamlessly blended with physical space to form a ubiquitous information space combing reality with fantasy. That makes learning more and more ubiquitous, happening on demand, anytime and anywhere. Under such context, how to organize learning resources to support anytime, anywhere, on demand and adaptive learning is an emerging problem.

There is a new tendency, which is characterized by sharing the learning processive information, enhancing the intelligence of resource, implementing the evolution of learning content and creating a new resource construction mode based on Web 2.0, in the area of constructing and sharing of learning resource after the emergence of latest learning technologies like Reusable Learning Unit, Learning Object and Learning   Design.

Current learning technologies concern learning resource sharing in a closed structure, ignoring the sustainable development and evolutionary capability of learning resources, the dynamic and generative connections between learning resources as well as between learners and teachers. Realizing that problem, we carry out research on the organization model of learning resources and explore the organizational framework theory and practical foundations of learning resources in ubiquitous learning. Beyond learning object, our research proposed a new d promising learning resource framework, named by Learning Cell (LC), for learning resources, which can better support informal learning, and the community construction and sharing of learning resources with the essential features of evolutionary. The “cell” in here we means: (1)Component: learning cells can compose higher-level learning resources; (2) Origin: learning cells grow from small to big, from weak to strong; (3) Nerve cell: learning cells can be united to get intelligence.

Learning cell will be adapted to ubiquitous learning and informal learning environment, and has some basic characteristics including utilizing collective wisdom, sustaining evolvement, generative information sharing, distributed runtime resource sharing, social network sharing, intelligent resources, etc. Learners could share the advanced wisdom from learner community and kinds of learning tools with it. Learning Cell is one of the significant elements in future seamless learning space supported by pervasive computing technology, and will be the keystone in ubiquitous learning realizing.

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