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Reshaping the Structure of Learning Objects in Light of Metacognition

Reshaping the Structure of Learning Objects in Light of Metacognition
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Author(s): Salvatore Valenti (Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Italy), Carla Falsetti (Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Italy), Sulmana Ramazzotti (Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Italy) and Tommaso Leo (Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Italy)
Copyright: 2006
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Pages: 20
Source title: International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Mahesh S. Raisinghani (Texas Woman's University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jwltt.2006010102


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This paper is aimed to re-discuss the organization of learning objects in the realm of current research on metacognition. After a discussion on the structure of learning objects in the light of current standardization initiatives, a new model is proposed that explicitly introduces the representation of the learning design, expressed in terms of a metacognitive framework and of navigational aids. Then, an example of the proposed structure put in practice is discussed by showing the metacognitive framework for a learning object devoted to the fan-plate system (a basic experiment in a course on automatic controls). In the last section, a learning content management system currently under development, which natively implements our model of a learning object, is presented.

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