May 3, 2012 3:20 - 5:00pm
Panagiotis D Bamidis, Aristotle Univesrity of Thessaloniki
Maria Nikolaidou, MSc, Aristotle Univesrity of Thessaloniki
mEducator brought together medical schools, pedagogical experts, learning technologists, companies, web & game experts to develop & evaluate different integrated approaches to educational content sharing, retrieving, & repurposing for use in medical education. It applied standards & specifications to enhance access to high-quality multi-type educational content in medicine. mEducator2.0, the first of its approaches, is based on Web2.0, associated with web applications facilitating collaboration, hosted services, mashups & folksonomies. It allows users to use their own institutional learning management systems & through mashups to interact with the mEducator2.0 platform & the repositories associated with it as well as to expose their own content when appropriately licensed. mEducator3.0, the second approach, is based on (the semantic) Web3.0 & allows for federated access to eLearning repositories across the Web/Cloud. It uses web services & Linked Data to enable federated queries re educational resources. Both approaches, utilizing the same metadata specification (soon a Medbiquitous standard), emphasize on associations of creators & of companion resources (repurposed from/to) which encourage the formation of content sharing networks & clusters. Evaluation of both approaches has crystallized best practice recommendations for educational content sharing by individuals as well as technical recommendations for the adoption of sharing technologies by interested stakeholders.