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Theme 6 : TeleLearning Operation System (TELOS)

Research Progress

Project 6.1 – TELOS Architecture

The Architecture group has held no meeting during the last semester. Themes are busy elaborating their integration scenarios. In fact, within team 2, project 2.5 called “Integration” has used the Scenario Editor to show the integration (aggregation) of their tools (similar to “showcases”).  Other themes were mandated to do the same.

Therefore a new wizard has been developed within TELOS in order to allow other themes to integrate their components. Using the same version, they will also be able to install TELOS locally and test it thoroughly.  This version (version 1.0) will be made available by the end of the project.

Project 6.2 - TELOS Development

Since the beginning of 2008, six (6) TELOS beta versions were distributed among the development team and the 6.3-Designing and validating Scenarios team (see Project 6.3 below). All versions included: the Resource Manager, the Task Manager, the Scenario Editor, the Process Manager and a Chat tool. A new Ontology Editor was also made available during April.

Every new package included new features and functionalities. Among them, an upload function is now offered which is implemented thru a wizard (for resources, users/actors and software components). As well, thru the Scenario Editor, new functionalities have been implemented such as scenario IMS-LD manifests export and import functions (levels A and B).

Development plan for the following beta versions includes: collaborating edition of resources, remote access to resources (browsing, viewing and launching), network browser interface, an OWL export function thru the ontology editor, competency ontology integration, databus implementation and basic security functionalities.

Project 6.3 – TELOS Designs

As a reminder, at the beginning of 2008 the group was reorganized into 3 teams:

  • The first team will be working on “Evaluation and competency management”
  • 2nd team: Designing and validating TELOS Scenarios
  • 3rd team (old 2.3 team): Modeling of users and resources using ontology and competencies
Project 6.3 – Group A: Evaluation and competency management

In collaboration with Canada School of Public Services: An Innovative Approach to Instructional Design- Competency Management, Blended Learning and Learning Resource Reuse

The results of this collaboration have been documented in a Lornet Report (available only in French into the Lornet repository). This report contains the main challenges, results and recommendations stemming from Phase II. A further phase is under elaboration.

Competency+ Testbed Summary

The bilingual Competency+ (C+) application, developed by the Lornet 6.3 team, is a generic tool aiming at supporting competency self-management. The C+ tool is composed of an Authoring tool, permitting a designer to construct a domain specific competency profile and a Self-Assessment module that permits learners to assess their competencies and receive a list of pertinent resources. One of the unique features of C+ is that it allows to link pertinent resources to a particular competency in order to develop it.  A test bed was carried out in during December 2007 with the goal of finding pros and cons in order to facilitate its integration into the TELOS core tools. In all, 9 subjects participated in the testbed by using the C+ tool according to an evaluation scenario and then complete an online survey. All subjects were familiar with the computer and Internet applications and expressed interest for a competency-based approaches as well as self-assessment. The report (under revision) will be made available in the Lornet Repository soon.

TÉLUQ – « Rapport d’évaluation de l’usage de l’outil Compétences+ dans des cours à distance »
A questionnaire has been elaborated and is being edited for web-based publishing thru the courses websites. The goal of this evaluation is to assess the self-evaluation activity itself and its instrumentation thru the Competency+ tool. A resulting model describing the student evaluation process will also be elaborated and integrated into TELOS.

Project 6.3 – Group B: TELOS Testbeds

As a reminder, the TELOS 2007 Testbed Report and its appendices is now available in the Lornet Repository under “Theme 6.3 2007 - TESTBED REPORT “.

In 2007, the whole group was mandated by theme 6.2 (development) to model a multiuser scenario representing the design and utilization of TELOS. Using the Scenario Editor, the group has finalized different TELOS scenarios propositions (both in English and French) for the technologist creating a LKMS and also for the designer creating a LKMA.

As well, since TELOS beta versions were made available, the team (representing end-users) has trough-fully tested the application by elaborating and executing different scenarios.  Full user documentation as well as methodological aids will be made available online to support these activities.

Project 6.3 – Group C: Modeling of users and resources using ontology and competencies

NEW PROJECT: Knowledge co-modeling using online application: Expertise transfer in real context
Josianne Basque has obtained a subvention from CEFRIO (« Centre francophone de recherche sur l'informatisation des organisations ») for a project called “Knowledge intergenerational transfer made easier in the Internet Age”.

This new research project goal is to experiment a knowledge co-modeling strategy with MOTPlus for expert knowledge explicitation and expertise transfer. This is conducted thru three small and medium-size companies in the manufacturing domain.

The project objectives are : (1) study the feasibility and effectiveness of this knowledge co-modeling strategy using an automated application for expertise transfer in real context (2) identify key conditions to influence this strategy effectiveness (3) identify key domain areas for real context knowledge models.

Project 6.4 - Testbed methodology, instrumentation and analysis

Theme 6.4 have elaborated a methodological proposal (see Research Reports below) which is issued from an analysis made on the relationships between developing tools and using them. Based on the fact that TELOS is an innovating system which will transform institutional and professional practices in terms of designing, producing and diffusing courses, as well as on-line training and knowledge management. Using TELOS implies working another way based on a very strict design engineering methodology while accessing object learning repositories using international norms and specifications. Therefore, TELOS aims end-users not only to learn how to use this new platform but a change in their work process. This has to be taken into account while developing TELOS. Consequently, the report suggests to extent the traditional design process to include a prerequisite step of tool appropriation by end-users.

The methodological proposal uses Rabardel (1995) instrumental approach and mediated activity theory (Vygotski) as interpretation frame. The methodology is based on the distinction between “artefact” and “instrument”. The artefact (the tool) becomes an instrument when incorporated in the user activity. A real instrument is an artefact associated to user patterns built in use.


Book Chapters

Basque, J., & Pudelko, B. (Submitted). Intersubjective Meaning-Making in Dyads Using an Object-Typed Concept Mapping Software Tool for Learning. In P. L. Torres & R. C. V. Marriott (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Collaborative Learning Using Concept Mapping. Hershey, PA:  IGI Global.

Basque, J., Dao, K., Contamines, J. (In press). Authentic E-Learning in a Virtual Scientific Conference. In T. Hansson (Ed.), Handbook of Digital Information Technologies: Innovations, Methods, and Ethical Issues  (pp. 177-191).  Hershey, PA: Idea Group, Inc.

Simard, C., & Basque, J. (2008). Cultural Variables and Instructional Engineering .  In I.-D. Chen & T. Kidd (Eds.), Social Information Technology: Connecting Society and Cultural Issue. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Inc.

Hotte, R., Basque, J., Page-Lamarche, V., Ruelland, D. (In press).   Ingénierie des compétences et scénarisation pédagogique. Revue internationale des technologies en pédagogie universitaire.

Basque, J., Vallières, E., & Masson, J.-P. (2007). La formation à distance en psychologie: Apport des technologies et besoins des étudiants. Revue Québécoise de Psychologie, 28(2), 15-30.
Conference Presentations

Daele, A., Charlier, B. Henri, F., Esnault, L. (2008). Participatory Design for Developing Instruments for and with Communities of Practice: a Case Study. Workshop on Distributed Participatory Design, Computer-Humain Interaction 2008 Conference, Florence, 5-10 April 2008.

Basque, J., & Pudelko, B. (in progress - 12 juin 2008). Expérimentation d'une stratégie de co-modélisation des connaissances à des fins de transfert d'expertise dans une grande organisation. Séminaire CIRTA, Télé-université, Montréal, 12 juin 2008.

Basque, J.,  Pudelko, B. (in progress - 6 mai 2008). Faire construire des cartes de connaissances par les étudiants à l'aide d'un outil logiciel: pourquoi, avec quels outils, comment, à quelles fins ? Communication au Colloque "Le rôle des technologies dans l'enseignement et l'apprentissage à l'université" - Colloque ACFAS 2008, Québec, 6 mai.

Basque, J., & Page-Lamarche, V. (2008). Approche par compétences et banques de ressources d'apprentissage; une avenue pour personnaliser la formation à distance? Journée de la FAD, Université de Montréal - 28 mars 2008. (video)

Basque, J., Page-Lamarche, V. (2007).    Personnalisation de la formation à l’aide d’une banque de ressources.   Atelier "Implantation de banques de ressources: Défis et pistes de solutions" organisé par le Sous-comité des TIC de la CREPUQ (Conférence des recteurs et principaux des universités du Québec), Montréal, TÉLUQ-UQAM, 8 novembre 2007

Research reports

Henri, F., et Maina, M. (2008). Proposition méthodologique pour une meilleure intégration de l’utilisateur dans le processus de conception et d’évaluation des outils TELOS. Rapport technique préparé dans le cadre du projet Lornet et des travaux de l’équipe 6.4. Centre de recherche LICEF, Télé-université.

Ross, D, Ruelland, D and Lundgren-Cayrol, K. (2008). Rapport de la mise à l’essai de l’outil Compétences+. Rapport technique préparé dans le cadre du projet Lornet et des travaux de l’équipe 6.3. Centre de recherche LICEF, Télé-université.

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