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Presentation given at JISC-CETIS Repositories and the Open Web meeting 19th April 2010

Presentation given at JISC-CETIS Repositories and the Open Web meeting 19th April 2010

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What do people look for when they search online for learning resources? Presentation Transcript

  • 1. What do people look for when they search online for learning resources? David Davies, University of Warwick Jackie Wickham, Intute
  • 2. HEFCE/Academy/JISC OER Programme Subject Strand OOER Project http://www.medev.ac.uk/oer/
  • 3. Image CC-BY-SA J Brew SurveyMonkey + Focus Groups = Evidence of resource discovery behaviour
  • 4. Image CC-BY-NC-ND Matthew Field 155 survey respondents
  • 5. How would you describe your main role? Teacher Learning technologist Teaching support Healthcare worker Administrator Manager Student 0 15 30 45 60
  • 6. What discipline area do you work in? Medicine Veterinary Dentistry Nursing Health science Biological science Social science Physical sciences Humanities Arts 0 10 20 30 40
  • 7. In what sector do you normally work? Higher education Further education NHS Health-related Commercial sector 0 23 45 68 90
  • 8. How often do you search online for learning resources? I'm often searching for learning resources online whether or not I have a specific need I tend to only search when I have a specific need for learning resources I seldom search online for learning resources
  • 9. How often do you search online for learning resources? I'm often searching for learning resources online whether or not I have a specific need I tend to only search when I have a specific need for learning resources I seldom search online for learning resources 5% 49% 46%
  • 10. It's relatively easy to find what I'm looking for even if I need to hunt around a bit I often have difficulty finding learning resources 25% 75%
  • 11. Which sites do you use most often to search for learning resources? Google Journal search e.g PubMed etc Wikipedia Google scholar YouTube HEA Subject Centre Flickr Intute Amazon iTunesU Jorum iTunes Yahoo Bing (the decision engine?) 0 25 50 75 100
  • 12. Which sites do you use most often to search for learning resources? Google Journal search e.g PubMed etc Wikipedia Google scholar YouTube HEA Subject Centre Flickr Intute Amazon iTunesU Jorum iTunes Yahoo Bing (the decision engine?) 0 25 50 75 100
  • 13. Which sites do you use most often to search for learning resources? Google Journal search e.g PubMed etc Wikipedia Google scholar YouTube HEA Subject Centre Flickr Intute Amazon iTunesU Jorum iTunes Yahoo Bing (the decision engine?) 0 25 50 75 100
  • 14. Which sites do you use most often to search for learning resources? Google Journal search e.g PubMed etc Wikipedia Google scholar YouTube HEA Subject Centre Flickr Intute Amazon iTunesU Jorum iTunes Yahoo Bing (the decision engine?) 0 25 50 75 100
  • 15. When choosing a learning resource, how influenced are you by who created it? It's highly important to me and has a major influence on which resource I choose It's not usually important to me providing it's the right resource for my purpose
  • 16. When choosing a learning resource, how influenced are you by who created it? It's highly important to me and has a major influence on which resource I choose It's not usually important to me providing it's the right resource for my purpose 49.7 50.3%
  • 17. How influenced are you if required to register to gain access to a learning resource? Prefer not but would consider Prefer not choose such resources Don’t mind 0 15 30 45 60
  • 18. How influenced are you by the target audience or educational context? Highly important Useful but not essential Not important
  • 19. How influenced are you by the target audience or educational context? 18% Highly important Useful but not essential Not important
  • 20. How influenced are you by the target audience or educational context? 18% 55% Highly important Useful but not essential Not important
  • 21. How influenced are you by the target audience or educational context? 18% 28% 55% Highly important Useful but not essential Not important
  • 22. Link in place or download? Prefer to link Prefer to download No preference 0 13 25 38 50
  • 23. If you prefer to download, why? Control over how students access a resource Will disappear if I don't download it Might only want a part, not the whole thing Might reformat or mix with own content 0 20 40 60
  • 24. How useful are comments and ratings?
  • 25. How useful are comments and ratings? Not important Seldom use Will use if available Won’t use a resource with a bad review/rating Irrelevent as most sites don’t support this Wished all search sites had user reviews/ratings 0 25 50
  • 26. Have you ever left a comment or review? Yes 32% No 68%
  • 27. Do you usually ask for permission?
  • 28. Do you usually ask for permission? I normally ask for permission I try to look for licensed resources so don't need to I know I should but it's such a hassle I seldom ask for permission If it’s on the web then I shouldn’t need to ask 0 15 30 45 60
  • 29. What is most important to you when searching for learning resources?
  • 30. What is most important to you when searching for learning resources?
  • 31. What is most important to you when searching for learning resources? That learning resources should... ...be easy to find ...meet teaching needs ...be of good quality
  • 32. Recommendations
  • 33. Make your learning resources easy to find
  • 34. Clearly license your learning resources
  • 35. Make sure your resource is downloadable
  • 36. Make sure your metadata is searchable by Google
  • 37. Make sure open really does mean open
  • 38. Don’t worry about peer review