Learning Object Metadata Generation in the Web 2.0 Era

Learning Object Metadata Generation in the Web 2.0 Era

Daniel Dahl (Universität Münster, Germany) and Gottfried Vossen (Universität Münster, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/jicte.2008070101
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When introducing the metadata standard learning object metadata (LOM), objectives such as the ability to find or reuse learning objects were followed. These objectives are actually achieved in LOM only to a limited degree, despite the designation as de-facto standard for description of electronic learning content: Based on the complexity of the standard, a high theoretical potential faces rejection in practice. One reason for this is that the process of metadata generation (e.g.., who creates which metadata attributes) is not defined in detail yet. This article illustrates an approach that guarantees a high quantity as well as a high quality of learning object metadata records, bringing together known ways of metadata creation and the new paradigm of users describing content as implemented in recent Web 2.0 applications. In the context of a concrete e-learning platform, we exemplarily define who creates which metadata records of LOM in which way at what time.

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