GT-VoA: Videos On Demand as Learning Objects
Soares Neto, Carlos de Salles
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The use of multimedia resources inside classroom is increasingly common, making the learning process more participatory and interactive. Learning objects (LOs) are entities that can be used, reused or referenced during teaching. The Videos on Demand as Learning Objects Working Group (GT-VoA) is an ongoing development pilot that uses a multimedia authoring tool to build LOs with interactive multimedia content for use in distance learning (DL). The objective of this paper is to present Cacuriá, a service consisting of an authoring tool integrated with an online repository of LOs, that allows teachers and tutors to create and share videos enriched with interactive multimedia content. The LOs generated by the service can be saved in HTML5 format to be published in the Web or translated to NCL (Nested Context Language), the Brazilian Standard for Digital TV and ITU-T IPTV Standard. The tool empowers the creation of LOs with autonomy and flexibility without requiring multimedia technical skills. The pilot phase under development, includes experiments to store these LOs in the video on-demand service from RNP (Video@RNP) and in the distance learning object storage from RNP (VideoAula@RNP). Usability tests results show that Cacuriá can be used by teachers with efficiency and consistency. Partnerships with Brazilian institutions Federal Universities of Juiz de Fora (UFJF) and Federal University from Maranhão (UFMA) is key to project development, collaborating and definition of systems requirements and software enhancements, as well as new features for Cacuriá. Escola Superior de Redes (ESR) a technical and management training division from RNP is also engaged in the pilot phase to evaluate Cacuriá adoption to its authoring process.