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Shailey Minocha <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 10 Jun 2003 12:35:06 +0100
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HCI Educators' Workshop: Making Learning Standards Invisible (As part of
HCI2003, 9th September 2003, Bath, UK) 


The workshop considers the role of learning standards from an HCI
perspective.  Participants will focus on some of the issues surrounding the
development and reuse of learning objects and will go on to apply some
techniques deriving from HCI practice to the problem of conceptualising a
software product that supports the development of standards-compliant
reusable learning objects.  

By considering the role of learning objects and the implications for
different user populations (teachers, students, authors of learning
materials and learning scenarios) the workshop will identify the kinds of
tasks performed by these users and develop corresponding usage scenarios and
a prototype model of software that may be used to produce reusable learning
objects.  One of our presuppositions is that the users of such software need
no detailed understanding of the technical nature of the underlying learning
standards.  An analogy is that developers of web pages need no detailed
understanding of HTML, or more strongly a user of email needs no
understanding of SMTP. 

This workshop aims to
     inform participants about the nature and role of reusable learning
objects (RLOs) in HCI education, from an HCI perspective
     deliver something useful by the end of the day.  
o       This may take the form of: 
             one or more prototypes for a software system designed to
help authors create reusable learning objects which are output by the system
in a standards compliant form;
             a "white paper" that will inform the E-Learning standards
             usage scenarios describing how RLOs may figure in the tasks
carried out by teachers, students, and authors of learning materials or
learning scenarios;
     feed back results of workshop to main HCI 2003 conference as a
     take forward results of workshop to the 7th HCI Educators' spring
workshop in April 2004

This workshop is limited in size to 20 people (plus organisers) 
Interested participants do not need to submit a position statement in order
to confirm attendance - rather the organisers are looking for people who are
interested in coming along and taking an active role in the workshop. If you
are interested then please contact the workshop chair, who will be able to
advise if there are places left.  This should be done by Friday 11th July.
Once a place is allocated participants will have to register via the main
conference web-site ( 

You do not need to register for the full conference to take part in this

Further information can be found on the Workshop Web site  
Declarations of interest and queries should be directed to: John Rosbottom,
University of Portsmouth, [log in to unmask] 
or Tom McEwan, Napier University, Edinburgh, [log in to unmask]

Sandra Cairncross, Jonathan Crellin, Janet Finlay, Tom McEwan, Barbara
McManus, Shailey Minocha, John Rosbottom (Chair)