OCWC Global Conference 2013: The Development of Virtual Reading Room
The Development of VirtualReading RoominUniversitas TerbukaOCWC 2013-Dimas Agung Prasetyo /T. Eduard AZ
BackgroundAs an ODL institution UT:• provides flexibility and option for studentindependence in learning.• provides learning support services for thestudents.• has commitment developing e-resourcesfor students.
UT Learning System• Based on printed material:– students are required to ‘have’ the textbooks• buy from bookstore• read in local library / UT regional office• Borrow from friends
Ruang Baca Virtual• Initiated project in the middle of 2011• Need to answer 2 main problems– Logistical problem when providing/deliveringprinted textbook to the students– Widening access to learning materials /textbooks• ‘Free’ for UT Students
Problem• Printed Textbook development cost• Textbooks sales as one of UT mainrevenues• Digital security, how to prevent piracy indigital world
Development Approach• Security is the top priority• Platform selection– Flash VS HTML5– Flash was selected• Two modules– Repository– E-Reader• Login required• Launched in January 2012• http://www.pustaka.ut.ac.id/
Repository System• Based on jomla cms• Digital textbooks are categorized based onprogram of study• Security purposes– files are being encrypted– stored in secured directory / storage
RBV Today• More than 1000 E-textbooks. The collections areplanned to be increased by 2013.• Total 19,443 students (total access 77.926visitor) have accessed and read e-textbooksince January 2012 to May 2013 with averagetime of visit is 4:15 minute• 26.52% growth rate each week. Peak accessare 1-2 weeks before final exam.• Average page accessed are 3 pages each visit
Conclusion• There are no conclusive evidences thatRBV would disrupt printed textbooks sales• RBV and Printed Textbooks arecomplementary for students• The RBV has restrict the access becauseof university policy• The technology used in RBV can be usedas OER platform
Further Development• Increased security, bug fixes, userusability fixes.• Expand to tablets (android) using HTML5
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