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Introduction to SOL*R

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Introduction to the Shareable Online Learning Resources (SOL*R) service, presented to the BC Educational Technology Users Group, June 2006

Introduction to the Shareable Online Learning Resources (SOL*R) service, presented to the BC Educational Technology Users Group, June 2006

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    • 1. Introducing SOL*R Scott Leslie BCcampus June 2, 2006
    • 2. Outline
      • SOL*R Overview
      • Getting an Account/Logging In
      • Finding Resources
      • Contributing Resources
      • What Opportunities Can SOL*R Enable
      • Discussion
    • 3. What is SOL*R ?
      • A service for BC post-secondary educators aimed at facilitating the
        • Sharing
        • Discovery
        • Remixing &
        • Reuse
      • of provincially-funded (and other) learning resources under “open content-” style licenses
    • 4.
      • http://solr.bccampus.ca/
    • 5. Online Program Development Fund
      • Funding to public post-sec institutions to increase the number of online courses, programs, technologies, and services
      • Encourages inter-institutional partnerships
      • Resources produced through this fund become accessible system-wide for sharing and reuse.
      • Three rounds of the $4.5 million OPDF have taken place — one in 2003, 2004, and 2005, 4 th just closed its RFP in April.
    • 6. BC Commons License
      • 1 of 2 license options for OPDF content
      • Developers to retain IP
      • Supports free sharing of content among a regional consortia
      • Developers retain commercialization potential outside consortia.
      • Reduces effort for permission to reuse
      • Requires sharing of modifications of original content with larger community
    • 7. Some of the challenges we’ve tried to address…
    • 8. Resource interoperability and granularity…
      • Learning Resources come in all shapes and sizes:
        • Different formats and media types – images, animations, web content, PDFs, Powerpoints, Word docs, course management system exports…
        • Different levels of ‘granularity’- concepts, lessons, modules, courses, programs
    • 9. Different kinds of “Reuse”…
      • Instructors need to be able to
        • Reuse content "as is“
        • Wrap existing content "as is” in new contexts (re-aggregate)
        • Alter the content (either for quality, accuracy or to suite their own needs)
    • 10. Sustainability…
      • BCcampus needs to be able to
        • Track content use and reuse
        • Support the cataloguing of content
        • Support versioning of content
        • Secure content which should only be available to validated BC Educators
    • 11. … and some opportunities we’re trying to enable
      • Federation with other repositories
        • Open Archives Initiative
        • Edusource Communications Layer
      • Interoperation with different tools
        • Web Services interfaces
      • Flexible item definitions and security model
      • Coming Soon…
        • Multiple front ends
        • Integration with multiple back-ends
    • 12.  
    • 13. Getting An Account/Logging In
      • Need validated BCcampus Portal Account to access SOL*R
      • Go to http://portal.bccampus.ca/
    • 14.
      • http://solr.bccampus.ca/
      • Click ‘Login to SOL*R’
      • Then login with
      • username: lortest
      • password: lortest
    • 15. Finding Resources
      • Browsing
      • Free Text Search
      • Advanced Search
      • Federated Search
    • 16. Contributing a Resource
      • What kind of resource?
      • Which license?
      • Websites, WebCT exports, IMS Content Packages, Word documents, Flash movies…
      • Moderation Process; New Versions
    • 17. Lesson Assembly Tool
      • Drag and Drop content from the repository to make new resources or
      • Create new resources from scratch
      • Can use templates (which can be specific to individual users or groups)
      • Can export as IMS Content Package, SCORM file, PDF or plain web page
    • 18. Potential Opportunities for your institution
      • Connect existing repositories to provide seamless search and retrieval to validated BC educators
      • Connect up different editing and authoring environments through the web services interfaces
    • 19. Opportunities II
      • Use this for storing other kinds of data
      • Institution specific collections; collections shared between smaller consortia of institutions
      • Hosted model for Institutional collections
      • Direct access to resources for designers from with WebCT and other CMS
    • 20. Demo Vista/WebCT CE 6 Integration
      • http://vista4demo.webct.com/webct/entryPageIns.dowebct
    • 21. Next Steps
      • 450+ resources from OPDF Rounds 1 & 2 uploaded so far, more to come
      • Other content welcome!
      • Contact me at [email_address] or 250-383-2456
    • 22. Questions?
      • (oh please let there be questions!)