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Title: A Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) Initiation:
Authors: Kaur, Sarbjot
Aggarwal, Sunil
Keywords: A Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM)
web-based learning
Advanced Distributed Learning
Issue Date: 29-Jan-2009
Publisher: INFLIBNET Centre
Abstract: The era of information and communication technology has created web-based learning environment and led to the digital and virtual educational systems. With elearning mode classrooms have been changed to virtual classroom. Libraries can be seen in the midst of so many innovations, progressing towards their new vision and goal to be the part of the virtual world in its true sense, where there is no barrier between information and information seekers. Libraries are undergoing phase of developmental changes even unaware of so many challenges. Today’s hybrid libraries are favouring electronic learning objects and facilitating end users with the help of innovative semantic interoperability. Extensive use of online resources in the developing countries like India, which is geographically very vast and varied, provoked the authorities of educational system to incorporate web-based learning system to facilitate the distant user who are physically deprived from the learning in form of education. Various institutions and databases are providing access to elearning objects, though they have their own ways for creating metadata. The precision value is quite low at standardized retrieval points which also vary from interface to interface, therefore, to share all these resources and for their easy exchange, a set of rules and specifications are required. Here comes Sharable Content Object Reference Model in picture, a set of rules and specification developed by Advanced Distributed Learning for setting the compatibility between e-learning object and learning management systems or tools. This paper has been divided into three sections. First one discusses the holistic nature of problem in terms of spatial changes in library architecture, change in the definition of learning object and perception and training problems of the librarians in the current scenario. Second section includes the six case studies with respect to websites of Google, Wikipedia, Merlot Open source learning project, Massachusetts institute ofTechnology, social sciences research network and consortium of educational communication. Third section carries over the insight of the first two sections to throw light on the key role of standards for the proper integration of learning management systems specifically Sharable Content Object Reference Model and the level of awareness and preparation vis-à-vis the same.
Appears in Collections:Open Access to Textual and Multimedia Content: Bridging the Digital Divide [2009]

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