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Dear colleagues

We are seeking short articles, case studies, and project reports on the
theme devoted to the "implementation(s) of learning objects metadata standard"
(details below) for January 2003 issue of Learning Technology newsletter
(ISSN 1438-0625), published by IEEE Learning Technology Task Force.

The newsletter is of non-refereed nature though the articles will be selected
and edited by the Guest Editor.

Preferred length of articles, project reports and case studies is about
700-1000 words. Please send your contributions in Word format. Any figures
used in the contributions would be required separately in a graphic format
(such as gif, jpeg or bmp) even if the figures are embedded in the text.

Theme is devoted to the "implementation(s) of learning objects metadata standard"

Guest editor:
          Katherine Sinitsa, International Research and Training Center of
Information Technology and Systems, Kiev, Ukraine

Deadline: December 15th, 2002
Length of articles, project reports and case studies: 700-1000 words
Submission: By email to [log in to unmask]

Half a year ago, IEEE Learning Object Metadata standard, the first standard
for learning technologies, which was impatiently expected by the community,
was approved. In contrast to classical industry standards that bless
most appropriate and universal solutions based on existing implementations,
this document was created as a guide for future interoperable
implementations. It offers a model for description of a learning object -
any entity that may be used in educational process - and thus paves a way
for easy search, evaluation and exchange of products, components and
learning content. Learning Objects Metadata may be considered in a context
of heterogeneous repositories of learning resources, or in relation to the
design, update or dynamic construction of distance courses.

This standard is applicable in a wide range of situations - but is it
efficient for every one? What is its impact to organization, storage and
interchange of learning resources? How does it fit to a territory where
other metadata standards are already used? Can we expect that Web
resources, electronic libraries, knowledge portals and collections of
distance courses described by some metadata will become a knowledge universe
for learning process? Are suggested Metadata elements specific enough to
provide meaningful descriptions for end-users (teachers, students, or
software agents responsible for learning object selection)?

The January 2003 special issue of Learning Technology Newsletter is expected
to solicit some opinions related to the questions above as well as shed some
light on current status and perspectives of Metadata standard
implementations. It is expected that authors will share their experience,
discuss problems and offer solutions for further developments.


Associate Professor Kinshuk             [log in to unmask]   [log in to unmask]
Chair, IEEE Learning Technology Task Force

Information Systems Dept., Massey Univ., Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Tel: +64 6 3505799 ext. 2090 Fax: +64 6 3505725