RECAL: creating computer-assisted alternatives using a sustainable
learning objects approach
The mainstay alternatives to using animals in higher education are multimedia
computer-assisted learning (CAL) programs simulating pharmacology
practical classes. CAL development intrinsically ties the
educational content and learning design to the authoring application.
As technologies change, authoring applications become obsolete
leaving redevelopment at further expense as the only option.
RECAL is developing methods and tools to break this cycle
by disaggregating existing CALs to separate their constituent
learning objects from its runtime environment. By basing this
work on principles of standards, objects and reusability,
the long-term viability of CAL alternatives has been improved
and their adaptation by teachers to meet divergent learning
needs has been facilitated.
RECAL is funded by the Lord Dowding Fund and is based at the
University of Edinburgh.