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Phantom tasks and invisible rubric: The challenges of remixing learning objects in the wild

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David E. Millard, Yvonne Howard, Patrick McSweeney, Miguel Arrebola, Kate Borthwick, Stavroula Varella

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning in the Synergy of Multiple Disciplines - 4th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2009, Proceedings
Number of pages13
Published27 Nov 2009
Event4th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2009 - Nice, France
Duration: 29 Sep 20092 Oct 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5794 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference4th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2009

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Learning Objects are atomic packages of learning content with associated activities that can be reused in different contexts. However traditional Learning Objects can be complex and expensive to produce, and as a result there are relatively few of these available. In this paper we describe our work to create a lightweight repository for the language-learning domain, called the Language Box, where teachers and students can share their everyday resources and remix and extend each others content using collections and activities to create new Learning Objects more easily. However, in our interactions with the community we have discovered that practitioners find it difficult to abstract their teaching materials from their teaching activities and experiences; this results in Phantom Tasks and Invisible Rubrics that can make it difficult for other practitioners to reuse their content and build new Learning Objects.

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