Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche     
Busetti E., Dettori G., Forcheri P., Ierardi M. G. The role of LOs in building teachers communities of learning. In: m-ICTE2006 - Current Developments in Technology-Assisted Education: IV International Conference on Multimedia and Information and Communication Technologies in Education (Sevilla, Spain, 22-25 November 2006). Proceedings, vol. III pp. 1601 - 1605. FORMATEX, 2006.
Despite numerous efforts in the past years, the sharing of experiences and innovative ideas related to educational technology are still limited. We think that a targeted use of the learning object paradigm could contribute to modify this situation. To this end, we devised an approach to pre-service teacher training which aims to build a common ground of shared conceptual and pedagogical knowledge, based on the use of LOs. In our opinion, two different kinds of initiatives are important in this respect: 1) to reshape the preparation on Educational Information and Communication Technology of future teachers; 2) to develop technological tools, centred on repositories, supporting the creation and development of learning communities of teachers exchanging ideas and experiences by means of LO-related work. For this sake, we designed and implemented LODE (Learning Objects Discussion Environment), a prototype of collaborative environment oriented to the mentioned kind of activity. An initial use of this environment in a teacher training course highlighted the tendency of trainee teachers to use LOs in order to get ideas for their work rather than as ready-to-use chunks of educational materials. It also highlighted the need to include into LOs' repositories hints for the construction of educational paths.
URL: http://www.formatex.org/micte2006/pdf/1601-1605.pdf
Subject Learning object
Teacher training
Communities of learning
Knowledge sharing environment

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