VET report on e-learning content packaging

A new e-learning content packaging and sharing report will benefit the vocational education and training (VET) sector by identifying the best specifications for packaging and sharing content.

This report is the one of the outcomes of a range of investigations undertaken each year by the E-standards Expert Group (EEG) – the VET sector’s national forum for collaboratively reviewing and recommending technical standards to support e-learning.

The researchers reviewed current content packaging, usage and sharing practices in the Australian VET sector, together with potential applications of a number of technical standards including:

  • IMS Common Cartridge (IMS CC)
  • Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM 2004)
  • Experience/Tin Can API (Tin Can)
  • IMS Content Packaging (IMS CP)
  • IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (IMS LTI)

As a result of the research, the EEG considered a number of recommendations to trial content sharing and content packages built to the specifications in applicable VET information systems, including:

  • Trialling SCORM 2004 for content requiring complex user interaction tracking.
  • Trialling the Tin Can/Experience API using common VET use-cases.
  • Trialling IMS CC for course backup and reuse.

The trials, endorsed by the EEG, will be undertaken as part of the 2013/2014 program of work for E-standards for Training. Their outcomes will be used to:

  • consolidate the recommended technical specifications for packaging and sharing content, and
  • update the recommendations on suitable tools for packaging VET e-learning content and courses and the Vetadata metadata application profile.

“Choosing an incompatible content packaging format can make moving and sharing e-learning content between systems and organisations difficult and time consuming”, says Business Manager Kristena Gladman.

“The advice, guidance and recommendations resulting from this research can be found on the
New Generation Technologies for Learning website. The website also contains a range of valuable resources to support the VET sector in resolving many of the technical barriers to effective and efficient e-learning”, says EEG Chair, Rodney Spark.

The EEG is funded through the National VET E-learning Strategy a joint Australian and State and Territory governments initiative.

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