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George Chen
George Chen
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Part of our team’s project will take off from my internship’s project.


My internship is with the Center for Teaching Excellence, SMU, and my primary scope is to assist in developing e-learning materials.

How it came about

During this internship, I was tasked to take care of the technical portion of developing an e-learning resource generator, with the agreement that another team would take over subsequently. It was then that my supervisor and I thought it would be good if my FYP team could take up the project instead.

Discussion with Team

My team had a discussion on the feasibility of the project, and we thought that there were many other components that have to be included for a system to stand, and a few templates are merely insufficient. We had a meeting with our then-prospective client and gathered the following: By the end of George’s internship, 2 flash templates will have been created. Our team will move in to plan and implement the following: • Invoke the SDK to generate the flash learning objects • Host the service, as well as newly created objects • Survey professors from each school to find out their needs • Translate their needs into functionalities • Create more customized templates • Creating a portal that manages these templates • A database that stores all content to enable querying of information, even extending it to current module outlines to draw objectives from there. • Implement retrieve and edit functionality • Development server (in discussion) plus load balancing capabilities • An online repository with our built-in clip art • Packaging the learning object in compliance with SCORM • Creating an overall system that administrates all components and testing on server • Integration with LMS (testing) • Mobile learning (in discussion for its potential) • Ultimately becoming the 4th vendor for SMU for e-learning materials


We’ve had meeting with our clients a few times in effort to understand his requirements and to have a consensus on what solutions we are going to translate into. The above pointers are his general requirements, but he also opened the floor to us to take the project one step further, if it can help boost the attractiveness to users, both end-users and operating users. With our client’s flexibility in additional deliverables, we will keep ourselves open to new ideas and may add them into our scope from now till acceptance presentation.
At present, we have identified the software and technologies that we are using, and have started learning how to use these tools.

Reusable Learning Objects (RLO)

A learning object is based on a single learning or performance objective, built from a collection of static or interactive content and instructional practice activities (Cisco Systems Inc, 2003).

Benefits (to cite cisco)

For Faculty (Non-end users)

  • Consistency of learning products across SMU
  • Provides guidelines to write efficient and effective lessons
  • Enables searches to find or reuse across learning objects
  • ...

For Students (End users)

  • Provides mechnism for students to self-assess their knowledge
  • ....


5 Content Types
Type Definition Sample Objectives
Concept A group of objects, symbols, ideas, or events that are defined by a single word or term, share common features, and vary on irrelevant features. "Select any device that is not a router and describe which features led to your choice, given various networking devices"
Fact Unique, specific information in the form of a statement or data or pictures of specific objects. "List the number of slots found in the Catalyst 5500 switch"
Procedure A sequence of steps to be followed by one individual to accomplish a task or make a decision. A procedure contains directions, tasks, or actions that are done the same way each time. "Successfully log on to a computer on the first attempt, given a computer and a network connection, login ID, and password"
Process A flow of events that describes how something works. It is not necessarily a task done by one person, as many people or an organization may be involved. "Create an illustration of how a message is routed across a wide-area network using leased lines between the routers, from a collection of networking icons"
Principle Directions for tasks that provide employees with guidelines for action. The guidelines must be adapted by the employees to various job situations. Principles require employees to use judgment and discretion when they apply them. Ask yourself these questions: Is the task completed in a different way each time? Does the outcome of the task rely on the circumstances and on the learner's judgment? "Describe the guidelines that were used in each, and any limitations that those designs may encounter, given a series of multilayer switched network diagrams"

Source: Cisco Systems, 2003

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