ICOPER reference model

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Interoperable Content for Performance in a Competency-driven Society (ICOPER) “is a Best Practice Network co-funded by the eContentplus programme of the European Community. The 30-months-project started in September 2008 and has the mission to collect and further develop best practices for higher education tackling issues like creating learning designs and teaching methods, authoring content for re-use, transferring knowledge in an outcome-oriented way and assessing it, or evaluating learning activities.” (ICOPER homepage, retrieved 16:44, 15 March 2011 (CET))

According to the project page, the three main objectives are:

  • Analyse and facilitate the adoption of standards and specifications
  • Make educational resources like content, learning outcomes, teaching methods and learning designs accessible via the Open ICOPER Content Space
  • Validate standards and specifications and condense them into the ICOPER Reference Model (IRM)

The ICOPER reference model

“The ICOPER Reference Model (IRM) provides a common frame of reference for stakeholders who wish to contribute in HE to the development of outcome-oriented teaching, and the design and development of content, TEL systems and applications that are interoperable both at the level of processes, as well as at the technical level (i.e. data and services).” (ICOPER Reference Model Specification Draft D7.3a, retrieved 16:44, 15 March 2011 (CET))

ICOPER integrates various known standards such IMS Learning Design, IMS-QTI, LOM and some lesser known ones like PALO.

It then provides many BPMN models that describe various whole scale "scenarios" (this must be explained ....)