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

 David Davies, University of Warwick
       Ja...
HEFCE/Academy/JISC OER Programme
          Subject Strand

          OOER Project

    http://www.medev.ac.uk/oer/
Image CC-BY-SA J Brew


                             SurveyMonkey + Focus Groups
                                         ...
Image CC-BY-NC-ND Matthew Field


                                  155 survey respondents
How would you describe your main role?


             Teacher

Learning technologist

    Teaching support

  Healthcare w...
What discipline area do you work in?

        Medicine
       Veterinary
        Dentistry
         Nursing
  Health scien...
In what sector do you normally work?


 Higher education


 Further education


             NHS


    Health-related


Co...
How often do you search online for learning resources?

I'm often searching for learning resources online whether or not I...
How often do you search online for learning resources?

I'm often searching for learning resources online whether or not I...
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 learnin...
Which sites do you use most often to search for learning resources?

                       Google
Journal search e.g PubM...
Which sites do you use most often to search for learning resources?

                       Google
Journal search e.g PubM...
Which sites do you use most often to search for learning resources?

                       Google
Journal search e.g PubM...
Which sites do you use most often to search for learning resources?

                       Google
Journal search e.g PubM...
When choosing a learning resource, how influenced are you by who created it?



   It's highly important to me and has a ma...
When choosing a learning resource, how influenced are you by who created it?



   It's highly important to me and has a ma...
How influenced are you if required to register to gain access to a learning resource?



   Prefer not but would consider
...
How influenced are you by the target audience or educational context?




                         Highly important
       ...
How influenced are you by the target audience or educational context?




                                         18%




...
How influenced are you by the target audience or educational context?




                                         18%




...
How influenced are you by the target audience or educational context?




                                           18%
  ...
Link in place or download?



     Prefer to link




Prefer to download




    No preference



                      0 ...
If you prefer to download, why?


Control over how students access a resource



         Will disappear if I don't downlo...
How useful are comments and ratings?
How useful are comments and ratings?

                                 Not important


                                   ...
Have you ever left a comment or review?




    Yes
    32%




                              No
                         ...
Do you usually ask for permission?
Do you usually ask for permission?


                       I normally ask for permission


I try to look for licensed res...
What is most important to you when searching for
               learning resources?
What is most important to you when searching for
               learning resources?
What is most important to you when searching for
               learning resources?



      That learning resources shoul...
Recommendations
Make your learning
resources easy to find
Clearly license your
learning resources
Make sure your
 resource is
downloadable
Make sure your
metadata is searchable
     by Google
Make sure open really
  does mean open
Don’t worry about
  peer review
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  • What do people look for when they search online for learning resources?

    1. 1. What do people look for when they search online for learning resources? David Davies, University of Warwick Jackie Wickham, Intute
    2. 2. HEFCE/Academy/JISC OER Programme Subject Strand OOER Project http://www.medev.ac.uk/oer/
    3. 3. Image CC-BY-SA J Brew SurveyMonkey + Focus Groups = Evidence of resource discovery behaviour
    4. 4. Image CC-BY-NC-ND Matthew Field 155 survey respondents
    5. 5. How would you describe your main role? Teacher Learning technologist Teaching support Healthcare worker Administrator Manager Student 0 15 30 45 60
    6. 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. 7. In what sector do you normally work? Higher education Further education NHS Health-related Commercial sector 0 23 45 68 90
    8. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 18. How influenced are you by the target audience or educational context? Highly important Useful but not essential Not important
    19. 19. How influenced are you by the target audience or educational context? 18% Highly important Useful but not essential Not important
    20. 20. How influenced are you by the target audience or educational context? 18% 55% Highly important Useful but not essential Not important
    21. 21. How influenced are you by the target audience or educational context? 18% 28% 55% Highly important Useful but not essential Not important
    22. 22. Link in place or download? Prefer to link Prefer to download No preference 0 13 25 38 50
    23. 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. 24. How useful are comments and ratings?
    25. 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. 26. Have you ever left a comment or review? Yes 32% No 68%
    27. 27. Do you usually ask for permission?
    28. 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. 29. What is most important to you when searching for learning resources?
    30. 30. What is most important to you when searching for learning resources?
    31. 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. 32. Recommendations
    33. 33. Make your learning resources easy to find
    34. 34. Clearly license your learning resources
    35. 35. Make sure your resource is downloadable
    36. 36. Make sure your metadata is searchable by Google
    37. 37. Make sure open really does mean open
    38. 38. Don’t worry about peer review
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