Widgets and IMS Learning Design
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25 November 2008
Presentation by Dai Griffiths
Way back in 1992 - move from e.g. Hypercard to the web. People willingness to sacrificeness lots of niceness for interoperability. Balance between interoperability, usability, functionality still with us. With widgets and learning design, can we raise the whole game or just choose aspect to maximises?
IMS-LD proposes language which seeks improved balance, better performance. Model of educational processes and underlying technology is satisfactory then important. Widgets are trying to do the same kind of thing with balance in purely technical way without thinking about the educational context. That's why talking about both in same session.
TENCompetence project. Developed Wookie server (architecture Scott Wilson, development Paul Sharples). Wookie manages widgets available. Mini-world of servers, one step integration into platform of your choice. Idea is integrate wookie server once then manages. Developed as solution for IMS-LD but can use more generally.
What can LD do for widgets? LD provides way of defining and running flows of tool to be made available to different sets of learners, in their roles as they relate to particular activities
Planning to build a new widget player. Also 'a widget widget' - in the context of this activity, learners choose the tools that you want to use here.
(Followed by demo with Dylan Thomas example)
Sheila points out important thing is what widgets on offer.
Comment on how relates to accessibility