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talk for OPDF recipients on some practical issues for making their content more widely usable

talk for OPDF recipients on some practical issues for making their content more widely usable

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    • Practical Interoperability and Sharing for OPDF Recipients Scott Leslie BCcampus January 12, 2009
    • Outline
      • Why Interoperability
      • What is SOL*R
      • Getting an Account
      • Licensing Your Resource
      • Contributing Resources
      • Formats/Practical Interoperability
      • The Wiki
    • Why Interoperability
      • The OPDF is a SHAREABLE CONTENT fund
      • It funds content that SHOULD be EASILY REUSABLE by others
      • For content to be REUSED it should be
        • Previewable in SOL*R
        • EASILY imported and used in MANY different environments, NOT just the one it was built in
    • What is SOL*R
      • http://solr.bccampus.ca/
      • Mechanism to share OPDF-funded resources securely
      • Contains a copy of your course content that others can link to or download for use in their own environments
    • Getting an account/Logging In
      • Go to https://portal.bccampus.ca/
      • Follow the links to “ Access Shareable Object Learning Resources (SOL*R)”
      • You will either be prompted to login if you already have an activated account, or to get one
      • Activation can take up to 1 day, but usually just a few minutes
    • License your content
      • It is completely optional, but you may want to include a clear license IN the content itself (e.g. in a footer or front page)
      • Go to http://solr.bccampus.ca/bcc/BCcommons/publish/publish.html follow the instructions
      • Paste the resulting license text in your course template’s footer or front page
    • Contribute a Resource
      • Log into SOL*R
      • Click on ‘Contribute a Resource’
      • Is it a ‘Full Course’? A ‘Learning Object’? A Tool or Technology?
      • Which license did you choose, BC Commons or Creative Commons
      • The format you are submitting (more later)
      • OPDF Tracking Number
    • More on Formats
      • SOL*R can accept pretty much anything, BUT…
      • … it can only create PREVIEWS for
        • IMS Content Packages
        • HTML files and sites
        • Word and other relatively common web formats (PPT, PDF, image formats, Flash)
      • Previewing is important because
        • It helps people to EASILY assess if the content is useful to them
        • People can LINK to content they want to reuse instead of having to import it
    • Examples
      • IMS Content Package
      • Zip of Web Content ( Example 2 )
      • Individual File
      • Binary File
      • WebCT Backup
      • WebCT Module Export
      • Moodle Export
    • Current Issues (WebCT)
      • WebCT BACKUPs are NOT an interoperable format
        • They can not be previewed
        • ONLY other WebCT users can restore them
      • WebCT ‘Exports’ only work a Module at a time
        • This can be problematic if you are contributing a Full Course worth of content
    • Current Issues (Moodle)
      • Moodle Course Backups are NOT an interoperable format
        • They are not previewable
        • They are only EASILY useable by other Moodle users
    • Best Practices
      • Create IMS Content Packages OUTSIDE of LMS and then import these
        • Challenge: IMS Content Package authoring can be difficult if you are not familiar with this
      • Create HTML (and other) content OUTSIDE the LMS, add a single ‘Index’ file to organize it, zip and upload
        • This will work in ALL environments
    • Best Practices (2)
      • Create Web standards compliant content
        • Use a good Web page editor
        • Ideally, if the editor has such settings, set pages to be Strict XHtml 1.1 conformant
        • Cf. http://validator.w3.org/
      • Create Accessible content
        • Not just Web Content Accessibility Guidelines ( http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/ ) but
        • USABLE content for people with disabilities
    • Best Practice Wiki
      • http://solr.bccampus.ca/wiki/
      • An attempt to create a space for community contributed suggestions on what works best
      • PLEASE contribute; a solution that originates with practitioners is FAR more likely to work than one which is centrally imposed
    • Thanks
      • PLEASE feel free to contact me at
        • [email_address]
        • Or
        • 250-415-3490
      • If you have questions or want help planning out your strategy for getting your content reused widely