CMS Paper out there…

Earlier this year Brian and I participated in the OLN Institute at Ohio State called “Building and Assessing Shareable Content” .

Well, the proceedings for the conference, a book titled “Learning Objects: Contexts and Connections” (Catherine M. Gynn and Stephen R. Acker, Editors) is now out and and Catie Gynn of Ohio State says its OK to post the URL for it…

This is about 1.1 meg … I’ve provided a content listing at the end of this post…If you have any comments about the publication as a whole, Catie ( would love to hear from you. The target audience is those participating in the LO Community projects, particularly faculty.

The paper for that Brian and I wrote, called “Course Management Systems: Trapped Content Silos or Sharing Platforms?” (page 59) is part of this volume… . and gulp, is out and available. We were looking at the idea of content in course management systems — from a generic perspective — is content trapped once its been placed in a CMS? What needs to be considered? The target for this paper is non-technical…

I think that whole space is shifting rapdily and in really good directions. Have to say the import and export feature of WebCT 4.1, which allows for portability at the module, not course level, is really cool! But I have blogged on that before….

This is the first paper I have been involved in writing in a while…

Kind of a scary process to dive back into that. Writing — .

But all and all, it was fun! Glad we had Catie Gynn to push us, for sure! I’m intending to do more in-depth research on this and hopefully followup with another publication that’s deeper.

In adddition to ours (which I’ll classify as unclassified), there are lots of good papers in that volume (see list below). Catie and Steve have done an awesome job pulling this together… This is well worth the read and hot off the press!

  • The Challenges of Collaborative Knowledge
    James A. Anderson — University of Utah

  • The Coming Collision Between Automated Instruction and Social Constructivism
    David Wiley — Utah State University

  • Universal Design for Learning
    Margo Izzo and Alexa Murray — The Ohio State University

  • Using Metadata Standards to Support Interoperability
    Kimberly S. Lightle — Eisenhower National Clearinghouse

  • Beyond the LOM: A New Generation of Specifications
    Michael Halm — Pennsylvania State University

  • Course Management Systems: Trapped Content Silos or Sharing Platforms?
    Michelle N. Lamberson and Brian Lamb
    The University of British Columbia

  • Project Management of Your Learning Community
    Catherine Gynn — The Ohio State University

  • Is the Academy Ready for Learning Objects?
    Stephen R. Acker, Dennis K. Pearl, and Steven W. Rissing
    The Ohio State University

  • XML and XSLT Approaches to Integrating Learning Objects from Multiple Sources
    Jonathan Gladden and Stephen R. Acker
    The Ohio State University

  • Learning Styles and Learning Objects
    Amod Damle and Stephen R. Acker
    The Ohio State University

  • A Graduate Course in Learning Objects: A Project of Iterative Design
    James K. Bracken and Stephen R. Acker
    The Ohio State University

  • A Graduate Course in Learning Objects: Visualizing Knowledge in New
    Educational Environments
    Susan Metros — The Ohio State University

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