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  • 1. Current Directions in Educational lre.eun.org Repositories Frans Van Assche European Schoolnet
  • 2. LRE Federation • Ministries of education • Publishers – Austria – FWU – Czech Republic – Cambridge-Hitachi – Estonia – Cambridge University Press – Finland Skolavefurinn lre.eun.org – – Flanders (Belgium) – France – Young Digital Planet – Hungary – Dunlem e-Learning – Iceland • Others – Israel – The European Schoolnet – Ireland – ARIADNE Foundation – Italy – Lithuania – KULeuven – Norway – OERcommons – Poland – Contento – Portugal – Promethean – Region of Catalonia – Cité des Sciences – Slovenia – Open University (UK) – Spain – Sweden – Siveco + Interested to become Associate Partners
  • 3. Experience with educational repositories • Responsibilities – 2000-2008 Managing EUN Learning Resource Exchange (LRE) • First federated search into heterogeneous network of LO lre.eun.org reporistories • LRE Application profile V1-V3 • LRE portal launched in 2008 • Metadata & Repositories – 1974 Semantic Interoperability, controlled vocabularies and thesauri – 1979 First paper on metadata repositories – 1996 Web for Schools. Educational resource repository
  • 4. Experience with educational repositories • Learning Technology Standards – Main editor of • Controlled Vocabularies for Learning Object lre.eun.org Metadata • Harmonisation of vocabularies – Coeditor • Simple Query Interface • Curriculum Exchange Format – Past Vice-chair CEN/ISSS WSLT – Past member of the board of directors of the European IMS Network
  • 5. What went wrong • In 2001 believing that commercal publishers were ready to engage in a federation of repositories lre.eun.org • In 2008 School teachers rejected the federated search – Unstable result sets – Unstable order – Speed – Is this a general rejection ? • Many errors when end users apply Creative Commons
  • 6. Unexpected positive • Adoption of the LRE application profile of the LOM including the LRE thesaurus lre.eun.org • Willingness of the community to contribute – Tags – Translations of resources and metadata – Improvements to metadata
  • 7. LRE public portal http://lreforschools.eun.org • LRE public portal officially launched Dec 2008 • Over 130,000 lre.eun.org resources/assets in May 2009 from 25 providers • Open free. Mostly Creative Commons • Being promoted initially to 60,000 eTwinning schools
  • 8. Features LRE portal • Search by language, subject, age range • Browse by subject • Filter results by learning resource type, … lre.eun.org • Sort by popularity, rating • Discover learning resources by tags • Add to Favourites • Provide Ratings, Annotations, Tags • See other persons’ favourites • Share favourites with other users
  • 9. LRE portal Features • Multilinguality – 24 languages – Multilinguality & social tagging lre.eun.org – Automatic translation of metadata • Integrating LRE functionality in other EUN projects. E.g. eTwinning through a widget • About 20-25 users (mostly teachers) registering every day
  • 10. lre.eun.org
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  • 28. Introducing an international educational resource repository • National reflexes vs. European attitude • Impatience • Travel well - Learning object quality lre.eun.org • National curriculum • Discipline/theme oriented social tag clouds • Searching process • Interest of teachers evolves • Object vs. idea/tool • Lesson plans • Virtual vs. face-to-face contact - Virtual international collaboration is still an issue • License issue; CC extremely useful 28
  • 29. Different Levels of Interoperability lre.eun.org Technical Semantic Political
  • 30. A typical usage scenario Find the weakest link Discovery Search Retract Soc. Recommend. Agent based Evaluate Expose Choose lre.eun.org Describe Resolution Create Integrate Get Reference Adapt & Reuse or LO Disaggregate Aggregate Modify the sequence Modify the content Integrate Use/Play Local Delete
  • 31. lreforschools.eun.org (teachers) lre.eun.org lre.eun.org (repository owners) info.melt-project.eu (see final report)