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ASPECT Newsletter 3

Issue 3 – December 2010

Article: Lessons Learned by ASPECT content developers

As ASPECT comes to a close in February 2011, content providers have highlighted a number of issues related to the standards and specifications that have been investigated in the project. These include OAI-PMH, IEEE LOM and LRE MAP v.4, SCORM, IMS Common Cartridge and the IMS Question & Test Interoperability.

The project has included 12 content providers in 11 countries from both the public and private sectors with very different backgrounds and business models. However, although the views and experiences of organizations differ to some extent, it has been possible to identify a number of ‘lessons learned’ that can form the basis of best practices when implementing the above standards and specifications.

A more detailed account of these conclusions can be found in project deliverable D5.5 Report on the advantages and issues associated with the large-scale implementation of selected standards, which will be available on the project web site in early January 2011. In this article we highlight some of them.

Read the full article written by Lars Ingesman (UNI-C) here

ASPECT Strategic Seminar on Educational Publishing Futures, 17-18 February 2011, Brussels

This strategic seminar will provide a platform where Ministries of Education, publishers, learning content repository owners and ICT vendors can discuss the future of educational publishing and digital content for schools. Join us in a debate on:

  • How professionally developed learning materials for schools and open educational resources can co-exist.
  • How the market for eTextbooks and educational apps in schools is developing now that tablet, smartphone and other mobile devices are becoming mainstream.
  • How ministries are supporting the Interactive Whiteboard common file format in response to the growing demand for interoperable IWB resources.
  • How stakeholders have applied the new IMS Common Cartridge specification to K-12 content and tested these resources with teachers.
  • How tools and services from the ASPECT project enable content developers to improve the metadata of their resources and make their content more easily discoverable.
  • How publishers and content developers can participate in the European Schoolnet Learning Resource Exchange for schools.

The seminar builds on work carried out in the European Commission funded ASPECT project that has been developing best practices related to the adoption of learning technology standards and specifications. It also addresses new challenges for educational content that have been identified by Ministries in the European Schoolnet Policy and Innovation Committee and Interactive Whiteboard Working Group.

There is no charge for attending the seminar, which is by invitation only. If you have not received an invitation but you would like to take part, please contact jim.ayre[AT]

Read more here

ASPECT Plugfest, 18 January 2011, Brussels

The ASPECT Best Practice Network invites metadata specialists and developers working with educational content providers to a one-day plugfest on 18 January 2011 in Brussels. The objective of this plugfest is to bring together technical teams to explore issues and techniques related to the conversion of one application profile to another.

Places are limited for the workshop. Reservations must be made by December 21, 2010. Those interested in participating should contact Dr. Elena Shulman and submit samples of their metadata and application profiles as part of the registration process. There is no cost for participation.

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Thanks to the ASPECT partner, Young Digital Planet (PL), the project will be presented at BETT which is one of the largest education technology exhibitions in the world taking place on 12-15 January 2011 in London.

Young Digital Planet is one of the world’s leading educational ePublishers with 20 years of experience and a track record of success. At BETT 2011 they will be presenting their content solutions as well as their advanced technologies for the ePublishing sector. If you are visiting BETT, make sure you visit their stand D119 and watch the ASPECT presentation.

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SE@M’10 Workshop proceedings published

The Fourth International Workshop on Search and Exchange of e-le@rning Materials (SE@M’10) workshop was held on September 27-28, 2010 in conjunction with the Fifth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL’10) in Barcelona, Spain. The workshop proceedings are now available.

Eleven papers were presented in the course of the two day workshop. Two keynote speakers opened and closed the workshop. Papers explored innovative approaches and technical solutions for the management of learning object repositories, data models for efficiently organizing multiple metadata standards, content packaging, digital curation, keyword extraction, user generated metadata and a series of issues encountered in federated metadata management.

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ASPECT Forum is open

The forum is provided by the ASPECT Best Practice Network to enhance the exchange of information with external parties who wish to benefit from the knowledge created during these two years of the ASPECT project.

In order to post, it is necessary to be registered as an Associate Partner. All the Associate Partners will be provided with a user account. To become an Associate Partner go here.

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ASPECT Webinars

A series of webinars has been provided by the ASPECT Best Practice Network to promote the adoption of learning technology standards by publishers, content/tools' developers and educational institutions. A total of seven webinars were organised from May to December 2010. The following recorded webinar sessions can be viewed on the ASPECT website:
  • Harvesting Metadata by Joris Klerkx, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. The first one brought together 47 attendees and the second one congregated 9 attendees.
  • Common Cartridge and Moodle by Ingo Dahn and Patricia Heckmann, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany. The first edition counted with 50 attendees and the second one gathered 14.
  • Controlled vocabularies by Mike Collett, Vocabulary Management Group, UK. This webinar was attended by 25 people.
  • A publishers perspective: Learning Technology Standards by Robin Wilson, RWCS, UK. A total number of 28 people attended this webinar.
  • A users perspective: Learning Technology Standards by Robin Wilson, RWCS, UK

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The ASPECT project is coordinated by European Schoolnet
with support from the European Commission's eContentplus Programme