$7.5 million slated for e-learning project

Oct 30, 2003, vol. 28, no. 5

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A team of Simon Fraser University researchers led by school of interactive arts and technology director Tom Calvert will participate in a $7.5 million research effort to help develop Canada's expertise in electronic learning (e-learning).

The learning objects repository network (LORNET) includes research teams from six Canadian universities. Its goal is to increase the usefulness of a network of learning objects repositories. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council is providing the grant for the five-year project. The universities of Waterloo, Ottawa and Saskatchewan, Télé-université in Montreal and l'École Polytechnique de Montréal are also participating.

Learning objects include text documents, images, multimedia files, software and complete courses. LORNET aims to improve the usability of collections (repositories) of learning objects so people creating e-learning programs can easily retrieve and re-use them.

SFU researchers will look at how to make learning object repositories easily accessible regardless of computer hardware and software.

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