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Theme 2 : Learning Design and Objects Aggregation


New interactions with IMS Global Learning Consortium

Gilbert Paquette and Suzanne Lapointe have participated in the IMS Learning Impact Conference, held at Austin Texas May 12-15.  Hot subjects are the “Common Cartridge Alliance” that promotes a new specification aiming to replace SCORM as a main interoperability technology.  IMS resolutely shifts toward more emphasis on tooling and standard implementation, particularly in higher education where a new group has been created where we will participate.

LORNET leader Gilbert Paquette has presented the work done in LORNET and the TELOS system. Here is the summary of the presentation:  The LORNET research network, hosted at Télé-université, is a major Canadian project in learning and knowledge management technologies. Its major result is a highly innovative assembly system for learning and knowledge management Web-based environments. TELOS manages a network of learning resource repositories, enabling its designers to flexibly assemble learning objects or resources into multi-actor environments. The system is based on a service oriented and an ontology-driven architecture. It provides a graphic editor for programming the assembly and execution of multi-actor workflows and more generally of software component aggregation scenarios. One goal of the system is to provide flexible platform extension and interoperability capabilities to organizations.

Rob Abel, CEO of IMS, has visited LICEF in Montreal on June 3rd.  Gilbert and François Magnan, the TELOS architect, have demonstrated the newest version of TELOS and presented research activities and products achieved by the LICEF team. Dr Abel had a very positive reaction and has invited us to participate in a number of IMS activities.

On-line conference “Shaping The Future” of E-Learning Research in Canada

Gilbert Paquette has participated in this on-line conference by making a synchronous presentation using the Elluminate software on May 22nd. The conference was organized by Terry Anderson, George Siemens, Sylvia Currie and Paul Stacey. Gilbert has made “The Case for an ELearning Research Strategy” and proposed many initiatives that would promote leading edge research and the deployment of research results and products.

ACFAS-GIREFAD invited talk

Dr Gilbert Paquette has been invited to present a broad overview of ICT evolution and its impacts on learning and teaching. This session was heldin Quebec City on May 6th, organized with the ACFAS Annual Conference by the GIREFAD (Groupe interuniversitaire d’études sur la formation à distance).

AERA-TICL Conference on Knowledge Modeling

Gilbert Paquette has participated in the Amercian Educational Research Association in New-York on March 25-26, within the TICL (Technology, Instruction, Cognition and Learning) chaired by Dr Joe Scandura. He has presented the Knowledge Modeling Approach for Tutoring developed at LICEF in a session where three approaches were compared. Here is a summary of the presentation: 

“We have shown that very different kinds of representation, conceptual maps, flowcharts, decision trees and others, can all be modeled more precisely, using the MOT graphic language based on typed objects (concept, procedures, principles, facts) as well as few typed links. With this set of primitive graphic symbols, it has been possible to build very different graphic models, from simple taxonomies to ontologies, more or less complex learning designs, delivery process, decision systems, and methods. Recent developments have led to two specialisations of the graphic language. The first one is a powerful, yet simple graphic language to build ontologies for a knowledge domain. The second one enables to model learning designs and scenarios in a standardized and computable way. The association between both kinds of models specifies the central part of a learning environment at the design phase, and enables its delivery to learners and educators. In the final section, I assert that knowledge representation for education should be graphic, user-friendly, general, scalable, declarative, standardized and computable. A discussion of these criteria concludes.”

Student Ph. D. Thesis

Ph.D. student Délia Rogozan has tabled her Ph. D Thesis intitled “Gestion de l’évolution d’une ontologie : méthodes et outils pour un référencement sémantique évolutif fondé sur une analyse des changements entre versions de l’ontologie » . It adresses the subject of maintaining the consistency of resource referencing through the evolution of domain ontologies. She is directed by Dr Gilbert Paquette and co-directed by Dr Richard Hotte.

Ph. D Students Isabelle Savard and Michel Héon have tabled their Ph. D projects that have been evaluated grade A by the jury. This step is the crucial one before presenting their thesis. Isabelle works on cultural difference in the design and reuse of learning objects. She is directed by Dr Jacqueline Bourdeau and co-directed by Dr Gilbert Paquette. Michel’s subject is on the transformation of semi-formal knowledge models to formal ontologies. He is directed by Dr Gilbert Paquette and co-directed by Dr Josianne Basque. All the directors and co-directors are also LORNET PIs.

New LICEF director

Dr Richard Hotte, LORNET theme 6 researcher, has been elected as the new LICEF director in replacement to Dr Claude Ricciardi-Rigault who has retired but will remain a senior LICEF researcher. Richard has been an active and dynamic  researcher at LICEF since its beginnings in 1992.  He is actually Chair of the scientific program of the TICE 2008 international conference that will be held in Paris on October 27-29 2008. Before that, he has participated in the New Researchers Meetings - EIAH 2000 at Lille in France in May 2008 and organized “Scenario” an international conference held in Montreal in 2007. He has  taken office as LICEF director for two years on June 1st.


Book Chapters

Paquette, G. and Magnan, F. (2008) An Executable Model for Virtual Campus Environments  in H.H. Adelsberger, Kinshuk, J.M. Pawlowski and D. Sampson (Eds.), International Handbook on Information Technologies for Education and Training, 2nd Edition, Springer, Chapter 19, pp. 365-405, June 2008

Baron M. et Paquette G. (2007) Technologies, Web sémantique et éducation : quelques défis et tendances, in Environnements informatisés et ressources numériques pour l'apprentissage - conception et usages, regards croisés (M. Baron, D. Guin et L. Trouche Editeurs), Hermès-Science, pp. 315-341, Paris 2007.

Basque J., Paquette G., Pudelko B., Héon M. Collaborative knowledge modeling with a graphical knowledge representation tool: A strategy to support the transfer of expertise in organizations (Submitted Chapter to be published summer 2007) Okada A.L. P.(Ed) Knowledge cartography : Mapping Techniques To Teach and Manage Knowledge.

Paquette G., Marino O., Lundgren-Cayrol K., and Léonard, M.  (2008) A Principled Approach for the Construction and Reuse of Learning Designs and Learning Objects within Web-based Environments, , Handbook of Research on Learning Design and Learning Objects: Issues, Applications and Technologies, Idea Group Publishing, Autralia.

Paquette G., Lundgren-Cayrol K. ,and Léonard M. (2008) The MOT+ Visual Language for Knowledge-Based Instructional Design, in Botturi and Stubs (Eds), Handbook on Virtual Instructional Design Languages.

Journal Articles

Paquette G. (2008) Graphical Ontology Modeling Language for Learning Environments,  Technology, Instruction., Cognition and Learning , Vol.5 , p.133-168, Old City Publishing, Inc.

Conference Papers

Savard I., Bourdeau J. et Paquette G. Cultural Variables in the Building of Pedagogical Scenarios: the Need for Tools to Help Instructional Designers, Proceeding of IT 2008, Montreal, June 2008

Paquette G and Magnan F.  From a Conceptual Ontology to the TELOS Operational System.  ITS Workshop on “Ontology-based Learning Resource Repositories, http://www.lornet.org/Nouvelles/Atelierspartenaires/ITS2008Conference/tabid/858/language/en-US/Default.aspx

Masmoudi A., Paquette G. and Champagne R.  Ontologie et modèle relationnel pour le référencement, la recherche et l’agrégation des composants logiciels. (Paper presented) 2ème Journées francophones sur les Ontologies, 1-3 Décembre 2008, Lyon, France.

Héon M.,  Paquette G. and Basque J. Ontologie et modèle relationnel pour le référencement, la recherche et l’agrégation des composants logiciels. (Paper presented) 2ème Journées francophones sur les Ontologies, 1-3 Décembre 2008, Lyon, France.

Invited Conferences

G. Paquette (2008) The Case for an eLearning Research and Innovation Strategy. On line conference. http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/course/view.php?id=56

G. Paquette (2008) The TELOS Systems. IMS Learning Impact 2008, Austin, Texas May 14th, 2008

G. Paquette (2008) Tendances technologiques et environnments apprentissage. ACFAS, Colloque du GIREFAD, Québec, 6 mai 2008

G. Paquette (2008) Ontology Modeling for eLearning Environments. TICL-08 Symposium, AERA annual conference, New York,  April 9-13, 2008

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