Jon Mason

Jon Mason
Charles Darwin University | CDU · College of Indigenous Futures Education & Arts

PhD, MA (Cog Sci), MKM

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Introduction
I have a broad interest in many topics but the following seem to get most of my attention in recent years: knowledge modelling, knowledge management, e-learning, inquiry-based learning, information science, semantics, metadata, sense-making, question-generation. My working life has been primarily in higher education & government services - IT Management, e-learning infrastructure, standards development, collaboration, networks, organisational development & disruption. I like to think & meditate
Additional affiliations
January 2009 - December 2009
Queensland University of Technology
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Digital Leadership – MDN645: Masters of Education
January 2006 - December 2011
InterCog Pty Ltd
Position
  • Consultant
March 1998 - December 2005
Education.Au Limited
Position
  • Executive Consultant
Description
  • Ministerial agency with a national brief to foster a collaborative response to the challenges & opportunities of digital technology in the education & training sector
Education
July 2008 - November 2013
Queensland University of Technology
Field of study
  • Education and Information Technology
February 2005 - November 2006
University of Canberra
Field of study
  • Knowledge Management
January 1993 - October 1995
University of Melbourne
Field of study
  • Cognitive Science

Publications

Publications (119)
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This paper explores how mindfulness exercises and body awareness can support teacher well-being. Combining narrative inquiry and participatory action research this paper documents perspectives of participants and researchers involved in trialling mindfulness in movement practices for teachers in the Northern Territory in Australia. These practices...
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Discrimination can be said to take place during early childhood when the difference between safety and danger are detected even though notions of real and imaginary may still be blurred. Importantly, the versatility of this construct reaches further into lifelong learning and is used in this paper as a means of distilling a range of competencies th...
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Through presentation of a personal account of the emergence of Education Network Australia (EdNA) in 1995 through to its eventual demise some 15 years later this article uses narrative inquiry to reflect upon a number of critical issues regarding the sustainability of learning communities and of the digital infrastructure that is developed to suppo...
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Worldwide, information technology now plays a substantial role in the daily life of most people, whether in the developed world or in developing countries, such as Indonesia. In this fourth most populated country in the world, information technology is widely used for everyday communications and entertainment purposes, as well as for supporting edu...
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Management academics, as the primary researchers of business practices and the educators of future managers, play critical roles shaping corporate behaviour and industry response to global sustainability challenges. However, the competencies required to optimise sustainable management education are often lacking and further research is required. Ad...
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This paper presents and analyses solutions where open education and open science were utilised to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education. The COVID-19 outbreak and associated lockdowns created huge challenges in school and higher education, demanding sudden responses which aimed to sustain pedagogical quality. Responses have varied...
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Management academics, as the primary researchers of business practices and the educators of future managers, play critical roles shaping corporate behaviour and industry response to global sustainability challenges. However, the competencies required to optimise sustainable manage- ment education are often lacking and further research is required....
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Due to COVID-19, universities with limited expertise with the digital environment had to rapidly transition to online teaching and assessment. This transition did not create a new problem but has offered more opportunities for contract cheating and diversified the types of such services. While universities and lecturers were adjusting to the new te...
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The objectives of this study were threefold: to understand students’ perceptions of activities in a blended learning environment; to determine their preferred learning activities in this context, paralleling the four stages of Kolb’s learning cycle; and to determine the effectiveness of the blended learning used, based on scores achieved in an e-bu...
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While causing unprecedented disruption worldwide, COVID-19 has also stimulated the mainstreaming of digital technologies in the delivery of formal education. For most key stakeholders-organisations, educators, and students-this has been a new and challenging experience and has been described in policy terms as 'emergency remote education'. For many...
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This paper provides an overview of the status of Open Education and Open Science for our global society in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic: It presents practices and uses cases from 12 countries and global regions on the challenges for formal education during the COVID-19 outbreak. A special focus is led on the potential solutions and examp...
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Responding to an expanding cohort of international pre-service student teachers, the College of Education at Charles Darwin University instigated a pilot study into the viability of SimLab TM as a platform for induction into Australian classroom dynamics prior to placement. SimLab is a mixed reality platform that can be configured to simulate a var...
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In this article, teacher professional practice is conceptualised within a regenerative framing as a synthesis of intercultural perspectives drawn from wisdom traditions, placing ethics-inaction alongside reflection-inaction. Regenerative practice foregrounds the need for renewal connecting professional learning with lifelong learning. Global sustai...
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Interest-driven creator (IDC) theory is a design theory that intends to inform the design of future education in Asia. It consists of three anchored concepts, namely, interest, creation, and habit. This paper presents the third anchored concept habit as well as the habit loop. IDC theory assumes that learners, when driven by interest, can be engage...
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Well-defined terminology and scope are essential in formal standardization work. In the broad domain of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) the necessity is even more so due to proliferation and appropriation of terms from other fields and public discourse – the term ‘smart’ is a classic example; as is ‘deep learning’. In reviewing the...
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This paper highlights some key historical perspectives and antecedents of African Indigenous knowledge (AIK) and practices while identifying ‘open’ futures and opportunities for the application of digital technologies for educational opportunities that build on this cultural base. The role and negative impact of colonialism in the under-development...
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Open Education and Open Science are global movements increasingly gaining inter-est and awareness since the COVID-19 outbreak. These two concepts, which can be traced back to the Middle Ages for Open Science and even earlier for Open Education, bear the potential to support our global society in particular during the current COVID-19 emergency and...
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The COVID-19 crisis has compelled universities worldwide to make urgent and unexpected changes in the delivery of education. Transitioning from face-to-face to online teaching has presented a major challenge for some. Given the content is provided by the content experts (university teachers), a question arises whether the learning designers are rea...
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The interest-driven creator (IDC) theory is being developed as a group endeavor by Asian researchers to articulate a holistic learning design theory for future education in Asia. The theory hypothesizes that students, driven by interest, can be engaged in the creation of knowledge (generating ideas and artifacts). By repeating this creation process...
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Innovations in digital technologies have catalyzed significant transformations of teaching and learning. Searching static webpages has evolved into dynamic online social networking and user generated content, and more recently interaction with intelligent services. The distinguishing features are embodied in the keywords—search, social, and smart....
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This chapter discusses changes in teaching and learning that have emerged with ongoing innovation and revolution in the field of digital technologies. Such a topic has captured the attention and imagination of numerous researchers and commentators for many decades. While key terms like transformation are routinely used to describe ongoing potential...
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As the debates concerning the production and consumption of data move beyond issues of security and privacy to surveillance capitalism and designing smart societies, it is timely to consider how learning itself is understood and calibrated. Traditional educational practice has tightly coupled learning with assessment and credentialing; and, more an...
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Asian education is known for its examination-driven orientation, with the downsides of distorting the processes of learning and teaching, diminishing students’ interest in learning, and failing to nurture twenty-first century competencies among students. As a group of Asian researchers, we have been developing Interest-Driven Creator (IDC) Theory,...
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Fake news' is now embedded as an everyday term in the media. This has significant consequences for educational curricula. In this paper, we explore the broader context of the misrepresentation of data and the critical thinking and discernment skills necessary to detect it. Increasing ubiquity of data sources and the growing prominence of big data a...
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Smart learning environments (SLEs) utilize a range of digital technologies in supporting learning, education and training; they also provide a prominent signpost for how future learning environments might be shaped. Thus, while innovation proceeds, SLEs are receiving growing attention from the research community, outputs from which are discussed in...
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Recent advances in the computing power have brought the processing of Big Data at the door step of an individual at a personal level. Pattern recognition, decision making, and modelling are some of the few skills that can be employed to make sense of personal data. In this short paper, we summarize some of our findings that highlight data literacy...
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Recent advances in the computing power have brought the processing of Big Data at the door step of an individual at a personal level. Pattern recognition, decision making, and modelling are some of the few skills that can be employed to make sense of personal data. In this paper we summarize some of our findings that highlight data literacy as a cr...
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Numerous studies have recognized collaboration as an effective way of learning. When collaboration involves students from different cultural backgrounds, a question arises: Will cultural differences influence the manner in which roles are adopted within collaborative learning? In this study, a correlation analysis was used to explore the relationsh...
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This short paper is focused on issues that arise from the entire data lifecycle, from data specification and gathering, to visualisation and interpretation, to data storytelling. We argue that storytelling and human sense-making are critical considerations in how we might determine the validity of learning analytics and highlight data literacy as a...
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In providing a meta-analysis of a series of workshop papers and questions arising on the emergent field of learning analytics, this paper contributes to the ongoing formation of a shared research agenda. The first ICCE Learning Analytics workshop in 2014 demonstrated the effectiveness of a focused questioning session for collecting relevant data be...
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Whether it is the alphabet, a song, or knowledge of touchscreen navigation, young children now routinely learn many things while playing with iPads and similar devices. Despite this child-friendly technology clearly stimulating engagement there also exist significant debates about this topic among early childhood education professionals. This paper...
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This conceptual paper outlines a cross-disciplinary research agenda focused on situating questioning while engaging with the digital environment. It builds upon earlier research focused primarily in the area of why-questioning that identified significant difference between information and explanation as distinct goals of inquiry. Consequences of th...
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Introductory commentary to Special Issue of Learning Communities Journal focused on Narrative Inquiry
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In this short paper, we describe issues resulting from a lack of clarity in understanding the nomenclature of numeracy in mathematics education at the school level and consider some of the underlying foundational structures of mathematical thinking. The purpose of the paper is to open a conversation about shifting the focus from the narrower concep...
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This conceptual paper positions the emergent emphasis of open educational practices (OEP) as it relates to the development of 21st century competencies (21CC) in marginalized learner populations of the Northern Territory in Australia. It identifies a convergence between a growing open agenda in education and the movement concerned with articulating...
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Human sense-making is a useful construct through which to examine some of the processes intrinsic to the teaching and learning of mathematics. Unlike sense-making of conversation where meaning-making is prominent, sense-making in mathematics can be a complex process that may not make sense in terms of the natural world we know, and therefore, has a...
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Advancements in learning technologies are being driven from an increasing diversity of domains of practice and research. Through identifying the evolution of e-learning and its transformation to digital learning from various historical standpoints, this chapter highlights that contemporary development within the field of e-learning points to opport...
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This conceptual paper problematizes a distinction between meaning-making and sense-making as activities that support learning. In framing this distinction, various theoretical perspectives on sense-making are introduced from a range of disciplines that have direct implication for the ongoing development of the digital environment designed specifica...
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This chapter introduces a number of theoretical perspectives in presenting an analysis of why the why dimension of inquiry – asking, learning, understanding, knowing, and explaining why – presents challenges and opportunities for the design and implementation of technology supported learning environments. Central to this theoretical discussion are...
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Asking why is an important foundation of inquiry and fundamental to the development of reasoning skills and learning. Despite this, and despite the relentless and often disruptive nature of innovations in information and communications technology (ICT), sophisticated tools that directly support this basic act of learning appear to be undeveloped, n...
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Three case studies are presented here to demonstrate some effective professional learning approaches set in remote contexts. Through the use of case studies, this chapter illustrates and discusses how remote workforce training is conducted in the school education sector in remote northern Australia. Workforce training in this chapter is geared towa...
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An attempt to connect the pursuit of wisdom with a research agenda focused on the ’why’ dimension - asking, learning, understanding, knowing, & explaining why
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Final Doctoral Seminar prior to examination: This thesis introduces the why dimension – asking, learning, understanding, knowing, and explaining why – that can inform development of inquiry-based digital learning. Set against a narrative on the evolution of digital learning this thesis explores, interrogates, and aims to scrutinise the opportuniti...
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An historical and technical account of the development of EdNA Online, a website which serves the education and training community within Australia and focused on maximising the benefits of the Internet for education. The collaborative framework that is EdNA (Education Network Australia) is outlined with an emphasis upon the aggregation of value ac...
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We begin with a simple vision: in the Knowledge Economy, those individuals and enterprises that share and process their knowledge effectively have a great advantage. To succeed in the Knowledge Economy, most of us will need an order-of-magnitude leap in our ability to create, acquire, assimilate, and share knowledge. Even the manner in which we exp...
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This book helps describe the order of magnitude change that will be necessary to compete in the Knowledge Economy. Included are descriptions of current and upcoming technological advances that directly effect educators and learners. Several short stories or vignettes are used to help the reader understand what "e-Knowledge" is and how it will direc...
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This chapter explores the potential of mobile education within the context of e-learning. Portable devices can help bring into education elements of physical mobility that do not exist as much in classroom settings, thus reconnecting with a more natural state of being. Wireless sensors, cloud computing, digital publishing, and educational interacti...
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This paper presents some theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives that might inform the design and development of information and communications technology (ICT) tools to support reflective inquiry during e-learning. The role of why-questioning provides the focus of discussion and is guided by literature that spans critical thinking, inquiry-...
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Asking why is an important foundation of inquiry and fundamental to the development of reasoning skills and learning. Despite this, and despite the relentless and often disruptive nature of innovations in information and communications technology (ICT), sophisticated tools that directly support this basic act of learning appear to be undeveloped, n...
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To execute good design one not only needs to know what to do and how to do it, but also why it should be done. For a standardization expert the rationale of a standardization project may be found in the proposal for a new work item or terms of reference, but rarely in the scope statement. However, it is also commonplace that the rationale of the pr...
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This small study set out to gain an overview of which organisations within Australia and around the world are actively undertaking ‘open data’ initiatives. Data was collected through a desktop review of existing open data portals; and through an online survey. Many of the agencies reviewed for this project are government departments that seem to be...
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This paper presents some theoretical perspectives that might inform the design and development of information and communications technology (ICT) tools to support integrated (in-session) reflection and deep learning during e-learning. The role of why-questioning provides the focus of discussion and is informed by the literature on critical thinking...
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Much has been said and documented about the key role that reflection can play in the ongoing development of e-portfolios, particularly e-portfolios utilised for teaching and learning. A review of e-portfolio platforms reveals that a designated space for documenting and collating personal reflections is a typical design feature of both open source a...
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This paper brings together two perspectives on current developments in information and communications technology (ICT) utilized for the purposes of learning, education, and training (LET). One perspective is concerned with governance and legitimacy issues regarding the process and relevance of standards development; the other, is concerned with the...
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This chapter discusses a range of issues associated with supporting inquiry and deep reasoning while utilising information and communications technology (ICT). The role of questioning in critical thinking and reflection is considered in the context of scaffolding and new opportunities for ICT-enabled scaffolding identified. In particular, why-quest...
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This paper brings together two perspectives on current developments in information and communications technology (ICT) utilized for the purposes of learning, education, and training (LET). One perspective is concerned with governance and legitimacy issues regarding the process and relevance of standards development; the other, is concerned with the...
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This paper summarises the current context of metadata standards development relevant to Information Technology for Learning, Education, and Training (ITLET). A number of issues are identified that need further discussion in order to harness the potential of ICT in LET. In particular, issues related to assessing quality of standards; how to scope IT...
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This paper is concerned with investigating existing and potential scope of Dublin Core metadata in Knowledge Management contexts. Modelling knowledge is identified as a conceptual prerequisite in this investigation, principally for the purpose of clarifying scope prior to identifying the range of tasks associated with organising knowledge. A variet...
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The VET E-portfolio Roadmap was commissioned by the Australian national training system’s e-learning strategy, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework’s (Framework1) national E-portfolio business activity in 2008 to assist in the development of a national standards-based framework to support interoperable e-portfolio systems in the national trai...
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This report is written for BECTA and the community it supports. The report covers: - Repositories in context - Standards and Specifications - Sharing Mechanisms - Marketing to Users - User Interface - E-Safety - Accessibility - Quality - IPRs and Copyright
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This paper proposes a model that can be used to inform a strategic approach for the design, development, implementation and application of e-learning standards. It presents a working hypothesis that distills the abstract "problem space" spanning e-learning and knowledge management in holistic, simple terms. It does this by placing emphasis on the i...
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This paper is divided into two main sections that cover the theory and practice of metadata application profile development in Australian education and training. A range of historical and theoretical perspectives are discussed with emphasis upon the fact that there exists scope for a variety of interpretations as to how best to develop and/or expre...
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This paper is divided into two main sections that cover the theory and practice of metadata application profile development in Australian education and training. A range of historical and theoretical perspectives are discussed with emphasis upon the fact that there exists scope for a variety of interpretations as to how best to develop and/or expre...
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This study was commissioned by the E-standards for Training Project, which is part of the national training system’s e-learning strategy, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework. The purpose of the study is to identify current practice and trends in electronic portfolio (e-portfolio) systems and implementations, to inform policy development and...
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This paper discusses the broad context of what we describe as the 'open agenda' – the aggregate effect of trends within the education and training sector toward a growing advocacy and adoption of 'openness'; as in open source software, open standards, open content licensing and open access to such content. The discussion on these topics is illustra...
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This paper is concerned with the theory and practice of deploying information and communications technologies (ICT) in contexts that facilitate and optimise activities associated with learning, education, training, and research (LETR). Utilising the Web for learning takes place in many contexts and is deeply interconnected with other kinds of activ...
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Over the past three years, knowledge-based practices have advanced, driving the development of low/no-cost, mass-market tools for knowledge sharing and reducing some barriers to change. The revolution we identified in 2003 (A Revolution in Knowledge Sharing) is taking place globally but unevenly. New investors in higher education are developing str...
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There are numerous discourses associated with knowledge management but it is only in recent times that e-learning has been identified as a strategic resource that can be utilised in an increasing diversity of venues (home, workplace, cultural and entertainment venues, as well as traditional institutions of learning, education, and training). This c...
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The focus of interest is the diversity of definition, interpretation, usage, and application of metadata in contexts where the World Wide Web is used to facilitate sense-making and learning. Problems identified with this interest involve conceptualization and development of shared conceptual models, semantics, terminology, politics, the technologic...
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One in the IDEA Summer 2005 [1] series of e-learning technology interoperability events, the First International CORDRA Workshop brought together a range of communities with an interest in repositories. Because the Content Object Repository Discovery and Registration/Resolution Architecture (CORDRA) is essentially an agreed, scalable way to join up...
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A White Paper for alt-i-lab 2004 prepared on behalf of DEST (Australia) and JISC-CETIS (UK). Its principal aim is to provide a summary of trends in the development of e-learning technical infrastructure, with a view to provide feedback to a wide range of stakeholders interested in extending the boundaries of enriched technology-enabled learning.Bec...
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This paper is presented in two parts, as two aspects of an evolving context. Firstly, it discusses the development and application of metadata standards as a feature of the evolving requirements of the Australian education and training sector as it harnesses the capacities of the Internet. Secondly, and more conceptually, the notion of value creati...
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This white paper aims to present a succinct overview of the current (2004) environment or state-of-play (as opposed to the state-of-the-art) in the area of Repository Management and Implementation. The intended audience for this white paper is the global e-learning community and the issues raised are likely to be of key interest to policy makers, s...