Learning Outcomes Design Authoring Tool: The Educator is Not Alone!

Learning Outcomes Design Authoring Tool: The Educator is Not Alone!

Tania Al. Kerkiri (Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece) and Spyros Papadakis (School of Science and Technology, Hellenic Open University, Patras, Greece)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/jec.2012100103

Abstract

Creating a course is a demanding process that presupposes the scientific knowledge and various technical skills on effectively delivering content. Contemporary Learning Management Systems (LMSs) do not adequately support the structural appropriateness of content, despite being able to provide the lesson. Moreover, they are not readily capable of determining learning outcomes – the essential factor against which the effectiveness of a lesson is validated. The authors propose and describe the Learning Outcomes Design Authoring Tool (as of now LeODAT), which is a web-based tool conceived and constructed to support correct coding and authoring of a course by additionally creating descriptors for its learning outcomes. Furthermore, LeODAT comes along with a number of pedagogical theories, organized as Taxonomies of Learning Domains. LeODAT is designed to be used as a standalone application or as a service into worldwide popular LMSs, such as Moodle, LAMS etc.
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Theoretical Framework

LMSs are web-based applications of various built-in capabilities facilitating online distanced educational interventions. Contemporary LMSs:

  • i.

    Support provisions of educational modules in a variety of forms (e.g., docs, html, ppt presentations, video/audio files, different types of survey and questionnaire- investigations, etc.), with respect to the individuality and idiographic preferences of users;

  • ii.

    Hold up a collection of tools multifariously assisting with course construction and apt modular assemblage. Such tools include chat rooms, e-mail exchange sites, file sharing, teleconferencing, electronic support of student progress, surfing history archives, student group coordination, estimates of group learning outcomes, etc).

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