(My apologies for the audio quality)
Over the last 10 years, the status of educational metadata, specifically as they relate to learning objects, has changed radically. In the heady days of the turn of the millennium, learning objects and their metadata were seen as being “destined to forever change the shape and form of learning;” by 2007, this approach has been derisively labeled “industrialist,” and said to be quickly running “out of steam.” Given such drastic changes, how are metadata to be understood in the context of different and emerging approaches to online learning resources, above all those labelled ‘open’? This question will be the focus of this presentation by Dr. Norm Friesen, Canada Research Chair in E-Learning Practices at Thompson Rivers University and Director of the CanCore Initiative. Dr. Friesen will consider a number of alternatives to “learning object metadata,” focusing in particular on those presented on the one hand by very informal approaches exemplified by folksonomies and RSS-type metadata, and on the other by the more formalized mechanisms of the semantic Web. Dr. Friesen will conclude his presentation by discussing approaches that incorporate both “high tech” and “low tech” approaches –one that is currently under development as a multi-part international standard under the auspices of ISO (the International Organization for Standardization).