Thursday, March 30, 2006

information literacy modules

I would like to point people to an eLearning Collaborative Development funded (ECDF) project where we are developing reusable Information literacy modules - a New Zealand Ministry of Education funded project. The University of Otago is leading the project and the Dunedin College of Education and Otago Polytechnic are also involved in the project - Dunedin, New Zealand.

See and click on the link to essay writing to see the first module which is currently being piloted.

We have set the modules up as authentic tasks and have funding until 2007 to construct 10 modules. The project has been a very interesting collaborative venture and the team is learning a lot from the experience.
We are conducting usability testing on the raw prototypes and conducting a research evaluation project with piloted modules. All the completed modules will be made freely available across the tertiary sector in New Zealand.

Some of the issues which are arising include aspects such as SCORM compliance and packaging and reusability. All modules will be transferable between different LMS and will also be able to be viewed using a scorm player. We have successfully managed to upload the module in to Moodle. However I was unable to upload it into Blackboard.

We are hoping lots of people will visit the site, and give us feedback on the module.


Leigh Blackall said...

A nice open resource, and impressive to see it successfully implimenting SCORM packaaging. Got to witness it coming into a Moodle LMS nicely :)

I think though, you should take a screen grab of the resource and add it into that opening page to break up the text a bit, and direct people to the link in a bit more. At the moment its a big screen of text that opening page, and having seen the resource myself, it would be a shame to turn people off with that text...

Leigh Blackall said...

further comment here

brent said...


As someone who has worked on one of these things before (see: I've taken a look at the tutorial and must commend you on it - this looks like a very nice tutorial, easy to navigate, and i really liked the tone you take in the content. Will it be covered by some kind of Open license for use across NZ, internationally, etc..?


brent said...

actually I forgot to mention that I currently work on the eXe project ( at the University of Auckland - another ECDF funded project. We've got quite a bit of experience working with SCORM and a variety of LMS systems. If you need some help feel free to contact me. From what I remember we also had trouble with Blackboard and WebCT with eXe SCORM exports - you could always release IMS content packages as well, which seem to import fine into both these systems.


nswtox said...

Hi Bronwyn,
I am a stalker of Leighs - When I get time log in and see what he is up to.. What a great find tonight. I taught with leigh last year in the Blue Mountains, we miss him alot. I am studying Adult Education at the Univiersity of Technology Sydney - I would love to share this resource with fellow students - would that be ok?
I like your presnetation and the content has a good flow and focus.