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An Issue of Granularity: Decomposing Redesigned Courses on Different Levels of Details
Fei Li, Serhiy Polyakov, Svetlana Barnes, William Moen and Hong Xu
ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting (AM08 2008)
Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008
The Texas Course Redesign Project (TCRP), initiated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), aims to develop and distribute instructional resources to improve student learning outcomes and lower the costs of higher education. The redesigned courses will be freely available to all public institutions of higher education in the State of Texas. To assist the THECB in reaching its goals, the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge (TxCDK) at the University of North Texas proposed the development of a learning object repository (LOR).The THECB LOR will facilitate the discovery, evaluation and reuse of not only the entire redesigned courses but also components of the course content. In Phase I, a TxCDK project team developed a proof-of-concept repository that used the content from a redesigned course, U.S. History I, to demonstrate the functionality and potential of a LOR for reusing and repurposing of learning objects. The redesigned course content was decomposed into nearly 300 learning objects varying in levels of granularity. Phase II is a two-year effort that is addressing not only a next version of the LOR but also administration, workflow, and policies necessary for a production system.
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