Version 1.3 (codenamed Tijl Uilenspiegel) was released today. This is another cleanup release, with loads of usability and technical fixes, but not that much new stuff. I’m getting a bit anxious that we’re only doing bug fixes and not creating new stuff, but then again, getting the system to work correctly is of course a high priority goal.
From the user’s point of view the new feature of course is the PILOT learning resource type, which allows you to do rich media slideshows, which are designed for progressive inquiry learning. From the technical perspective this is nothing new, since it’s been available for a month now, but we just now got the critical bugs fixed from it.
For the next release we should finally have some improvements to the community section, which is still very much underdeveloped and underdesigned.
An article about PILOT project and our approach towards learning objects has been published in an international peer-reviewed journal. In PILOT project we are argue that learning objects should be designed and presented in a special way in order to promote truly social constructivist learning. We presented the article first time in March 2005 in ProLearn-iClass thematic workshop Learning Objects in Context. Now the papers from the workshop are peer-reviewed and published in a special issue of International Journal on E-Learning.
Unfortunately you can have free access only to the abstract. Full reference is as follows:
Põldoja, H., Leinonen, T., Väljataga, T., Ellonen, A. & Priha, M. (2006). Progressive Inquiry Learning Object Templates (PILOT). International Journal on E-Learning. 5 (1), pp. 103-111. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
We wish to thank our project partners from Uusimaa Regional Environment Centre and Tampere University of Technology.