An Overview of Learning Object Repositories

An Overview of Learning Object Repositories

Argiris Tzikopoulos (Agricultural University of Athens, Greece), Nikos Manouselis (Agricultural University of Athens, Greece) and Riina Vuorikari (European Schoolnet, Belgium)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-058-5.ch024
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Learning objects are systematically organised and classified in online databases, which are termed learning object repositories (LORs). Currently, a rich variety of LORs is operating online, offering access to wide collections of learning objects. These LORs cover various educational levels and topics, and are developed by using a variety of different technologies. They store learning objects and/or their associated metadata descriptions, as well as offer a range of services that may vary from advanced search and retrieval of learning objects to intellectual property rights (IPR) management. Until now, there has not been a comprehensive study of existing LORs that will give an outline of their overall characteristics. For this purpose, this chapter presents the initial results from a survey of 59 well-known repositories with learning resources. The most important characteristics of surveyed LORs are examined and useful conclusions about their current status of development are made. A discussion of future trends in the LORs field is also carried out.

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