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specification. According to Campbell this is an
important step towards the development of richer,
more varied learning experiences, because it promises
to be a comprehensive and powerful way to design
online learning activities.The IMS Learning Design
specification differs from models such as SCORM
in the sense that it can support many different
pedagogical perspectives, while still facilitating the
re-use of units of learning.
IMS Learning Design is based on the Educational
Modelling Language developed by the Open
University of the Netherlands.To support many
pedagogical approaches, the researchers from the
Open University looked at a large number of
pedagogical models to see what they had in
common.These rather abstract commonalities form
the basic conceptual elements of IMS Learning
IMS Learning Design is a very new specification.
As yet only a few implementations and tools have
been developed. Campbell expects that when more
become available they will give rise to a wide range
of new learning experiences, many of which may
be unexpected and unfamiliar within our current
educational paradigm.
Both teachers and learners will use these peda-
gogically rich implementations and tools to create
their own learning experiences. Campbell: `In my
opinion cultural heritage institutions have to stay in
touch with these new developments in the field of
learning technology standards.They could work in
isolation, but it might be better to co-operate with
other communities of practice within the educational
sector, to leverage the full potential of these new
Centre for Educational Technology
Interoperability Standards
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