Draft: Repository Conceptual Architecture

The CAREO conceptual architecture is constructed around a three-tier, client-server model, and is comprised of three main components: 1) the repository application itself, 2) the clients or users; and 3) the metadata store.


Draft: CAREO Advisory Board Terms of Reference. by Terry Anderson & Tim Buell (May 2001).

“The CAREO Advisory Board (CAB) will be a special sub-committee of Alberta’s Advisory Committee on Educational Technology. With the exception of the Alberta Learning representative, members of CAB will be nominated and appointed by ACET members, in consultation with their respective individual SAO/VPA’s. ACET will also solicit advice from Alberta Learning in the selection of the K-12 representatives.”


Report: CAREO Overview and Goals. by Michael Magee & Norm Friesen (May, 2000 – revised April 2001).

“CAREO (Campus Alberta Repository of Educational Objects) is a project supported by Alberta Learning that will create a searchable, Web-based collection of multidisciplinary teaching materials for educators across the province.”


Paper: What are Educational Objects? by Norm Friesen (October, 2000). To appear in a forthcoming issue of Interactive Learning Environments.

“Variously described as learning, educational, or knowledge objects, reusable curriculum components are said to hold out the promise of easy and low-cost multimedia course creation. This paper explores the idea of the ‘educational object’ that underlies this promise.”


Draft Document: CanCore Guidelines for Alberta (1 Mb; PDF format), Norm Friesen. March 15, 2001.

“…provides a set of recommendations for the implementation of the CanCore protocol (a simplification and interpretation of the 86 elements of the IMS Learning Resource Metadata Information Model). The recommendations are intended to serve the needs of Alberta Learning, but could also have a broader application for other purposes.”


Presentation: What is an Object Repository? by Michael Magee (March 2001).

Presented at the 1-day workshop, Building a Vision for Sharing Educational Objects in Alberta.


Discussion Paper: Building a Vision for Sharing Educational Objects in Alberta (PDF Format). By Norm Friesen (February 2001)

“This paper is concerned with four closely interrelated principles that hold great promise for educators and educational administrators alike. These principles are:

The reuse of modularized educational resources or learning objects.
The organization of these resources through standardized metadata.
The provision of single-click access to these resources through a distributed repository architecture.
The continued development and enhancement of these resources through quality control, peer review, reward and support practices.”


Presentation: Teaching Resources on the Web. By Norm Friesen (September 2001)

Provides practical suggestions for the discovery and use of distributed educational resources on the Web, including those in collections such as MERLOT.