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An overview of how the Open University has incorporated bibliographic references within their Moodle-powered VLE …

An overview of how the Open University has incorporated bibliographic references within their Moodle-powered VLE

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  • In collaboration with the RefWorks Reference Management software
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    • 1. Jason Platts Lead Technical Developer The Open University An overview of how the Open University has incorporated bibliographic references within their Moodle-powered VLE References and bibliographic management within Moodle
    • 2. TELSTAR (Technology Enhanced Learning supporting STudents to achieve Academic Rigour) www.open.ac.uk/telstar/ Funded under the UK Higher Education Joint Information Systems Committee's Institutional Innovation Programme (Phase 2 - Large-scale Institutional Exemplars)
    • 3. www.refworks.com “An online research management, writing and collaboration tool is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.”
    • 4.
      • What is a Reference?
    • 5.
      • What is a Reference?
      1. An acknowledgement of other’s work and ideas 2. A description of a resource intended to identify the resource to the extent a copy of the resource can be discovered
    • 6.
      • What is a Resource?
      • Course materials
      • Web sites
      • Books (electronic or print)
      • Articles (electronic or print)
      • Journals (electronic or print)
      • Online databases
    • 7. Where do our students come across references in their online learning experience?
      • Course materials
      • Library Resources e.g. reading lists
      • Student content (essays, Assignments, ePortfolios)
    • 8. Generating reference data and importing into Moodle. We need data in a structured format Title: Using Moodle: Teaching with the popular open source course management system Author: Cole, Jason Publisher: O'Reilly Community Press Place of publication : Sebastopol, CA Year of publication : 2005 ISBN: 0596008635 Format: Book We need to collate references
    • 9. Course references Generating reference data and importing into Moodle. RSS feed XML Course content (Word docs)
    • 10. Generating reference data and importing into Moodle.
    • 11. Providing links to reference sources (resources) XML OpenURL service (SFX) Online source
      • Generate OpenURL from data in XML:
        • Looks at reference format (e.g. book)
        • Uses set of ‘rules’ to form URL
        • Manual override using set data fields
      SFX connects to Library catalogue and authentication services to ensure source is accessible
    • 12. Adding functionality to references
    • 13. Adding functionality to references
      • Move reference data into other areas of the VLE
        • MyStuff (e-portfolio)
        • MyReferences (Moodle module)
        • Collaborative activity (Moodle filter) – enables sharing of references
      Download reference data for import into bibliographic management software e.g. RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero
    • 14. Adding functionality to references Moodle filter
    • 15. MyReferences Connects via API to users RefWorks accounts “Core” RefWorks functionality Simple familiar interface
      • Extra functionality:
        • “ Shared” accounts
        • Connect to other services
        • “ Push” references to students
      MyReferences – Bibliographic management module; integrating Moodle with RefWorks.
    • 16. MyReferences No data stored in Moodle
      • Uses RefWorks XML as data format
        • Reference functionality
      • RefWorks API:
        • Supports all RefWorks features
        • RESTful service (HTTP + XML)
        • Authentication (access key + password)
        • Accesses institution instance
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      • Benefits for teaching and support staff
      • Easily create a set of reusable references
      • Import references into Moodle as course ‘resources’
      • Automatically adds links to full-text online where possible
      • Display references in a consistent reference style
    • 22.
      • Benefits for Students
      • Create a library of references within a familiar environment
      • Create a bibliography from their personal library
      • Share references with others
      • Brings consistency to their course material
    • 23. “ It would be time-saving for students and stop them having to worry about the details” OU Staff member, Focus group 2009
    • 24. “ Wish I’d had it through my course” OU student, Focus group 2009
    • 25. www.open.ac.uk/blogs/telstar Want to find out more? Code released under open-source licence http://code.google.com/p/telstar/ [email_address]

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