Aug 25, 2009 by Information Technology Editorial Board
LoLa is an exchange for facilitating the sharing of high-quality learning objects. It is in development, but already contains learning objects in many disciplines with a particular focus on modules for Information Literacy. Other disciplines include business, arts, education, humanities, math, science & technology (including information technology), and social science. The following information is or can be provided for each object: title, URL, description, type, date submitted, assignments, resources, credits. Currently the collection includes the following information literacy objects: Evaluating Resources Tutorial", "First-Year Information Literacy Assessment Case Study)", "First-Year seminar Electronic Database Instruction ", "Comparing Different Source Materials ", "Annotated Bibliography ", "First-Year seminar Web Evaluation (Classroom Activity)", and "CBB Plagiarism Self-Test".
LoLa Exchange is a learning object repository that focus' on computer literacy and music drill and practice materials.
The goal is to provide learning objects in a variety of disciplines by increasing faculty awareness of learning materials developed by faculty at participating institutions. Another goal is to facilitate collaboration among faculty in different disciplines.Information literacy as a crucial skill in the pursuit of knowledge. -Recognize and locate electronic information. -Share learning objects in a variety of topic areas for reuse.
Target Student Population:
-Students unfamiliar with computers.
-Students new to music and more topics.
-Undergraduate and adult students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
This will vary with the subject, but in the modules on information literacy, only basic Internet skills and familiarity with different types of resource materials (books, journals, Web pages) were needed.
-Internet familiarity. -Internet access, high-speed for best streaming of video content.
Type of Material:
Varied. Information literacy objects were primarily tutorials. Learning objects, posters, study guides, and tutorials.
Varied. The "Evaluating Resources Tutorial" could be used to help students prepare to do a research project. It could be used to support a lecture or for independent review.
To be utilized for the construct of information literacy modules or learning lessons for information literacy. In addition, additional learning objects are linked and available for reuse.
Evaluation and Observation
A sampling of the learning objects in the information technology discipline indicates useful, valid materials important to the subject matter. The Evaluating Resources tutorial provides an interactive Flash tutorial featuring five factors in evaluating resources: date, scope, authority, objectivity, and accuracy. The Comparing Different Source Materials object includes an extensive syllabus including readings, assigned interpretation and research papers and discussions, and assessment criteria. Several of the resources offered good quality, related links.
Objects in the collection can be browsed by discipline, title, contributor, or all fields. It is also possible to browse collections. These options are easily available from each object detail page.
Help is provided for the new user who will be adding an object. The introduction acknowledges the influence of MERLOT in LoLas procedures, Many of the fields are modeled after the MERLOT project's catalog. and provides a link to the MERLOT user guide.
A useful link is provided to other Learning Object Repositories including MERLOT.
This is a work in progress and some features are not yet available.
A link to an online plagiarism quiz instead loaded a page on Plagiarism Resources. After several links, the quiz was located.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
An introductory QuickTime animated video quickly and clearly explains the usefulness of LoLa. Material types, based on MERLOTs types (with acknowledgement), include: animations, simulations, tutorials, drill and practice, quiz/test, lecture/presentation, case study, collection, reference guide,
as well as classroom activity, workshop, problem set, project, and problem based learning.
Meets a need for computer literacy materials. -Contains content for students learning music via a distance. -Quality video that is streamed with effective lessons for students.
Assignments dont seem to be available at this time. It is expected that they will be developed later.
Internet connection for students without high speed access off campus.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site was well-designed for ease of use. Navigation was clear and easy to use. I found it easy to become familiar with the site. On the detail page for each object, convenient, clear left-sided navigation allows quick access to sections. It is also easy to e-mail the objects URL.
A handy Bug Reporting link is conveniently located.
Easy to use. -Incorporate the lessons quickly into material.
Links to assignments do not seem to be working. This may be a function of LoLa being a work in progress.
Other Issues and Comments:
This is a well-conceived, well-organized repository. It will be interesting to see it live up to its promise.
Excellent content and a great start to building a high quality sharable learning object repository.