Xyleme® Inc., the leading provider of 100% XML, SCORM 2004 certified learning solutions today announced its collaboration with the Educational Technology Department at San Diego State University (SDSU) to analyze the impact of new XML technologies on the concept of learning object re-usability.
While the training industry sees the value of content reuse, most practitioners are generally skeptical of the reality of it. According to leading analysts, learning content reuse today is limited to simple reuse in e-learning formats. The project at SDSU will explore the promise of XML to enable true learning object reuse across multiple delivery formats and within multiple audience contexts.
“Until now, my students and I have felt limited rather than empowered by existing approaches to learning objects,” commented Bob Hoffman, PhD, Associate Professor of Educational Technology at SDSU. “Xyleme’s approach to reusability is deeply rooted in practical instructional design experiences, and we anticipate that leveraging Xyleme LCMS may at long last bring some level of fulfillment to the long-standing “dream” for a practical system of reusability.”
Clearly, as the industry moves towards the next evolution of learning, there will be less emphasis on one-size-fits-all instructional methods. The challenge will be to enable learners to adapt in real-time to unprecedented situations. As such, a parallel track of the project will leverage Xyleme LCMS to explore the concept of self-organization. It will attempt to create instructional platforms that are capable of offering distinctive learning experiences based on an individual’s moment of need.
“XML is a potentially liberating technology, in the sense that it offers more autonomy to the learner “commented Farhad Saba, PhD, Professor of Educational Technology at SDSU. “So far, learning objects have been looked at as another tool for instructors or instructional designers. We need to explore the idea of enabling learners to identify learning objectives and tagging them based on their own learning preferences to provide that dynamic balance between structure and autonomy in a particular moment of learning.”
About SDSU’s Department of Educational Technology (EDTEC)
EDTEC offers two degree (Master of Arts and a minor for undergrads) and three certificate programs (Instructional Technology—an undergraduate program, and Distance Education and Instructional Design—both graduate programs). Available on campus and online, our internationally recognized and fully accredited programs are leading the revolution in learning with problem-based strategies, new technologies that go where the work is, on-demand information systems, and novel roles for instructors that take them out of the classroom and closer to where and when they are needed.
Xyleme, Inc. (xyleme.com) is a leading provider of learning content management solutions that enable single-source publishing of learning content. Xyleme provides the only LCMS that fully and seamlessly embraces all formats of learning delivery - across the board. Content is developed once, customized to end-user requirements, and deployed on-demand through the most effective deliver format for learners, be it instructor-led training, self-paced online courses or mobile performance support applications. Industry leading companies employ Xyleme reusability to: 1) decrease the cost of learning development, (2) reduce lengthy development cycles, (3) create an environment where content changes are made instantaneously, across all learning delivery formats, and 4) in doing so, create a training program that allows end users to create and customize their own learning experience.
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