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Repositories and the Learning Experience: Using a Repository for Learning & Support Prof Mark Stiles - Staffordshire University. Sestri Sept 2009. To store and manage the University and SURF collection of learning resources and other associated scholarly outputs.
Sestri Sept 2009
provide flexible delivery of e-learning content and resources
facilitate re-use and re-purposing of learning content
improve archiving, auditing and version control processes
facilitate avoidance of lock-in by freeing content from vendor systems
provide workflow for quality assurance processes, metadata, rights management, etcOur initial drivers?
…the results also show two thirds of modules of study being web supplemented which would seem to indicate that the ‘stuff your notes into your VLE’ model is prevalent and increasingWhat are we doing with VLEs?
Use internal resources to integrate repository with existing systems
Ensure solution can support QA etc procedures and not impact negatively on them
API functionality as selection criteria only for extending functionality or external integration
Standards and specifications conformance for content and interoperability
Integration with VLEs so resources may be delivered in a controlled environment
Flexible and customisable set of features allowing different metadata schemes etc to be usedConsultant Recommendations…
Excellent integration with VLEs
Built in for Blackboard and Moodle
Can extract existing content and serve back to any system
Technical compatibility with existing expertise
Good workflow and metadata features
Java-based APIsOur Choice…
Updated to Hive 3.0 and contributed to revised BB integration
Preparing for the “big suck” from Blackboard
Working on Configuration with project sub-groups
Developing ongoing roles, processes and policies
Harvest Road partner in JISC project with SURF partnersSo we…
A repository to:
promote use of new technologies
promote reuse & repurposing
deliver to diverse systems
provide access at point of need
remove “one size fits”
resources for more than the learner
Portals to support the facilitator and learner…
work-based mentors, employers, admin
access to learner information for learners
contextual accessSome ways forward…
Resources in Hive
Hive – feeding the WBL Support Point:
excessive hierarchy and over-heavy bureaucracy, the comfort of ingrained routines, strong vertical command structures and weak lateral and bottom-up communication, unbalanced and non-integrated authority across professional domains, conservatism and risk aversion, territoriality, defensiveness and insecurity as well as wilfulness (Middlehurst, 1998)
The individual experts may be highly innovative within a specialist domain, but the difficulties of coordination across functions and disciplines impose severe limits on the innovative capability of the organization as a whole. (Lam, 2005)
support function – covering technical, legal, strategic advice, workshops, support for deposit and aggregation of materials, communities of practice. Based around existing JISC services and the OU “SCORE” project.
OER infokit – a “how to” guide for future work
evaluation & synthesis function