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LeMill: Remix Culture for Teachers

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LeMill: Remix Culture for Teachers

  1. 1. REMIX CULTURE FOR TEACHERS: Collaborative Authoring of Learning Resources with LeMill Hans Põldoja & Mart Laanpere Tallinn University, Estonia
  2. 2. Digital Learning Resources (DLR) <ul><li>Trends: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers as developers/adapters of DLRs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-use of Learning Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital authoring and sharing platforms, Web 2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexible licenses: Creative Commons </li></ul></ul><ul><li>David Wiley: teachers as DJs, remixing learning resources made mostly by others </li></ul><ul><li>Cutting to pieces, re-shuffling, blending, adding own pieces, contextualising, localising </li></ul>
  3. 3. LeMill: the Sampo of Learning Resources <ul><li>Collaborative DLR authoring tool, DLR “Wikipedia” </li></ul><ul><li>FP6 IST project Calibrate, </li></ul><ul><li>Developers of LeMill: MediaLab in Helsinki University of Art & Design, CET in Tallinn University, partners from Budapest & Oslo </li></ul><ul><li>Participatory design, involving teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Based on Zope and Plone CMS, open source </li></ul><ul><li>Runs as a hosted service, over 7000 users </li></ul>
  4. 4. Structure of LeMill <ul><li>Four sections: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content : template-based Web pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Methods : description of teaching and learning techniques suitable for applying LeMill content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools : descriptions of Web-based, desktop and physical tools that can be used with LeMill content and methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community : ad-hoc communities initiated by teachers themselves </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. LeMill content templates <ul><li>Web page: text, images, sound & video clips </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise: multiple choice, fill-in-the-gaps etc </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson plan </li></ul><ul><li>School project </li></ul><ul><li>PILOT (Progressive Inquiry Learning Object Template): linear slideshow with sound and text items (keywords, research questions) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Other features of LeMill <ul><li>Contextualising the learning resources by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collections (can be exported as SCORM-compliant content packages) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching and learning stories </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Re-usable media pieces (audio, video, images) </li></ul><ul><li>Embedding videos, slides, photos </li></ul><ul><li>LeMill collections can be embedded to other Web pages </li></ul><ul><li>LRs with draft status can be shared within a community of co-authors, before releasing to wider public </li></ul><ul><li>All LRs are released under Creative Commons license </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata schema: based on IEEE LOM </li></ul>
  7. 7. Conclusions <ul><li>Pedagogy-driven design of educational tools </li></ul><ul><li>Contextualisation: making DLRs more meaningful </li></ul><ul><li>Templates as a form of scaffolding </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration raises the quality of LRs </li></ul><ul><li>Future R&D on collaborative authoring workflows and scaffolding </li></ul>