MEETINGS AND EVENTS:

MERLOT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS BEST IN NEW LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES

The MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) International Conference held in Vancouver, BC this past week featured presentations and workshops from world-class education technology leaders. Innovators in areas like distance learning, instructional design, and digital repositories were on-hand to host workshops and information sessions.

Douglas MacLeod, director of projects for Netera Alliance presented the keynote address at the conference on repository implementation; specifically speaking to the eduSourceCanada project.

Presentations:

Leading from Both Ends
Douglas MacLeod, Netera Alliance

Industry Forum in Montreal
The eduSource team in conjunction with LICEF and with the support of CANARIE and Industry Canada held a one-day bilingual Industry Forum on June 5, 2003 in Montreal, Quebec. This was an important event for the eduSource team to meet with representatives from the Francophone e-learning community.

Presentations:

The eduSourceCanada Project
Douglas MacLeod, Netera Alliance

The EduSpecs Project
Ann Bowering, Industry Canada

Building a Network of Pan-Canadian Repositories
Griff Richards, BCIT

Coping with Digital Rights Management
Michael Magee, Netera Alliance

Standards and Interoperability
Anthony Roberts, TeleEducation NB

The eduSource Suite of Tools
Gilbert Paquette, Télé-université/Cogigraph

Industry Forum in Moncton
T
he eduSource team furthered the information road trip with an Industry Forum in Moncton, New Brunswick. The event on June 12, 2003 was hosted by TeleEducation NB with support from CANARIE, Industry Canada and Bell Nexxia.

Presentations:

Overview and Goals for the Day
Philip Duchastel, TéléEducation NB

The eduSourceCanada Project
Douglas MacLeod, Netera Alliance

The EduSpecs Project
Ann Bowering, Industry Canada

Building a Network of Pan-Canadian Repositories
Griff Richards, BCIT

The eduSource Suite of Tools
Gilbert Paquette, Télé-université/Cogigraph

Standards and Interoperability
Rory McGreal, Athabasca University

Coping with Digital Rights Management
Stephen Downes, NRC-NB

The Business Case for Open Source Software
David Porter, NewMIC

Learning Object Repositories Industry Forum
A convergence of hardware and software manufacturers, content creators, content providers, publishers and e-learning providers attended this one-day forum. The event was held on March 24 in Toronto and provided members of industry, government and education the opportunity to learn more about repository use and technology.

Presentations:
Industry Forum
Douglas MacLeod
The EduSpecs Project
Solvig Norman and Mary Da Costa

Standards Overview and Canada's Leadership Role
Rory McGreal

Building a Network of Pan-Canadian Repositories
Griff Richards

Standards that Support Inclusion
Jutta Treviranus
The Repository in a Box

Mike Mattson

Creating a Critical Mass of Content - The Canadian Culture Online Initiative
Lenorah Johnson

Who Should Develop and Distribute Learning Objects
Kevin Harrigan

Coping with Digital Rights Management
Stephen Downes

Using Learning Object Repositories
Gilbert Paquette

The Business Case for Open Source
Software David Porter

Alberta Information and Training Session
The last in our month long series of Information and Training events concluded at The University of Calgary's Learning Commons on February 26th, 2003. The event featured presentations from e-learning and digital repository specialist and an afternoon session devoted to training in metadata applications.

Presentations:
Introduction to Learning Objects, Repositories and Digital Rights Management
Douglas MacLeod and Mike Magee

Learning Objects in the Classroom
Solvig Norman

What is Metadata and What Standards Should We Use?
Rory McGreal

New Brunswick Information and Training Session
An information and training session on Learning Objects, Learning Object Repositories, and Metadata Tools was held in Moncton, New Brunswick on February 13th, 2003. In spite of the cold Atlantic winds and minus 40 degree weather, the event was very well attended. It was an opportunity for participants of the general e-learning community and members of Industry Canada's EduSpecs Pilot Program to learn more about the burgeoning field of digital repositories and to train on metadata tools.

Presentations:
Learning Object Repository Information and Training Session
Using Learning Objects in a Learning Environment
Pierre Bernard
Learning Objects in the Classroom
Gerry Paille
The Metaphysics of Metadata
Toni Roberts

Ottawa Stakeholders Forum
The inaugural learning object repository stakeholders forum was held on February 5th, 2003 in Ottawa, Ontario. This was the first time that stakeholders in the learning and policy environments had a chance to learn more about learning object repositories and train on metadata tools associated with the eduSource project. The event was Webcast and you can view the online show at:
http://elearning.ocdsb.edu.on.ca

Presentations:
Learning Object Repository Stakeholders Forum
What is a Learning Object?
Louise Bentley
Using Learning Objects in a Learning Environment
Gilbert Paquette
What is Metadata and What Standards Should We Use?
Rory McGreal

eduSource Kickoff Meeting
The eduSource project kicked off with a two-day meeting on September 15th, 16th at the University of Calgary. It was the first opportunity for all partners to meet face-to-face and discuss the project and project goals.

Presentations:
Powerpoint Presentation
Contact List
Photo Gallery

What is eduSource?
MS Powerpoint Format

REPORTS:
Progress Report #1 (July - November 2002)

Progress Report #2 (December - March 2003)