eLA 2011 "learning portals in practice", Dar es Salaam@24mai2011


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A ppt: "learning portals in practice", explaining the "Organic-Edunet" open repository of educational resources on organic agriculture and agroecology, presented at the e-learning Africa Congress, Tanzania 2011.

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eLA 2011 "learning portals in practice", Dar es Salaam@24mai2011

  1. 1. Learning Portals in practice:The case of the Organic.Edunet Web portal. Hatzakis Ilias, Project Manager, GRNET e-mail: hatzakis@grnet.gr
  2. 2. • The general idea of open learning networks of digital educational repositories and the impact to all educational levels• The case of the ORGANIC EDUNET project• A learning portal in practice: Practical issues for the targeted communities
  3. 3. Fundamental principlesThe Universal Library – Public Agora – A contribution to democracy open access movement – A human right Open access Open source – A fair return to the tax payer Open data OER – Access to original data – A means to improve the knowledge changing knowledge ecosystem/ new chaotic data production/ roles/ profitable value added services gigantic data volume
  4. 4. learning object"any entity, digital or non-digital, that may be used for learning, education or training" ΙΕΕΕ Learning Technology Standards Committee (2002)
  5. 5. learning object"any entity, digital or non-digital, that may be used for learning, education or training“+ metadata describing this use
  6. 6. metadata Author SubjectID Title Publisher Date Catalog
  7. 7. educational metadata
  8. 8. definitions• digital repository: system for the storage, location and retrieval of digital resources• digital learning repository (DLR): – nature of resources or their description reflects an interest of use in an educational context Holden C., “From Local Challenges to a Global Community: Learning Repositories Summit”, Academic ADL Co-Lab, 2003
  9. 9. networks of repositories• learning repository federations – interconnecting learning repositories – facilitate metadata exchange – allow searching throughout whole network
  10. 10. required: networked learning repositories problem to solve:metadata polymorphy
  11. 11. • Achieves interoperability between the digital collections of Organic Agriculture and Agroecology content that producers in various countries have developed,• Facilitates publication, access, and use of this content in multilingual learning contexts through a single reference point (the Web portal).
  12. 12. rationale irreversible damage done to the environment by current agricultural practices  soil and water pollution  depletion of natural resources  destruction of delicate ecosystems Organic Agriculture (OA) & Agroecology (AE) as alternative approaches  safer agricultural & food products  environmentally sound production “…need for actions supporting the training and education of all stakeholders related to OA…” EU Action Plan for Organic Food & Farming, 2004 13/56
  13. 13. need systematic collection and categorisation of learning resources related to OA and AE  integrating online environment  increase use and reuse study & assessment of usage scenarios  in the context of formal educational programs 14/56
  14. 14. Objectives1. support stakeholders producing content about OA & AE – describe according to multilingual, standard-complying metadata – publish in online federation of learning repositories2. deploy a multilingual online environment on top of the online federation of repositories – to facilitate end-users’ search, retrieval, access and use of learning resources3. study educational scenarios to support the teaching of OA & AE relevant topics – use Organic.Edunet Web portal to find learning resources in the repositories4. involve various schools & universities to evaluate project results – focused pilot trials within Organic.Edunet partner institutions – open validation events within Organic.Edunet affiliated institutions and dynamic users5. create organisational structures to support the sustainability of project results – reinforce the cooperation of stakeholders in the OA & AE content area http://www.organic-edunet.eu 15/56
  15. 15. targeted users tomorrow’s consumers: highschool children  to be familiarized with concepts & benefits of OA & AE tomorrow’s professionals: students of agricultural universities  to be educated about methods and practices of OA & AE 16/56
  16. 16. THE PORTAL• Organic.Edunet Web portal http://www.organic-edunet.eu• Provides access to 11,000 digital learning resources from 11 digital repositories (more to come soon!)
  17. 17. WHAT’s IN THERE?• High quality multimedia/ multilingual training content on OA, AE, certified by the community• WHO? – FAO – Norwegian University of Life Sciences – European Network of Organic Agriculture Teachers (ENOAT) – University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Bucharest – Corvinus University of Budapest (BCE) and the Association for Hungarian Organic Farming (MOGERT). – Organic Agriculture & Agroecology from the Agricultural University of Athens – Organic Agriculture & Agroecology from the Estonian University of Life Sciences – Organic Agriculture & Agroecology from the Bundesministerium fur Land- Austria – Sociedad Espanola de Agricultura Ecologica (SEAE) and the Centro di Investigacion y Formacion de Agricultura Ecologica y Desarrolo Rural (CIFAED), Spain• AFFILIATE PARTNERS (82)• Open/ new collections: – The “slow food” movement – WWF
  18. 18. Home Page Language selectionMain menu Browse resources Shortcut to semantic search Shortcut to text basedLogin to your account searchCreate a new accountor manage accessproblemsReview portal’s statsOrganic.Edunet Webportal satisfactionsurvey
  19. 19. Home Page Main links about guidelines on finding and contributing resources Short presentation of the featured resource, dynamically selectedLinks to mostrecent/popular/viewedresources Panel for social activities (rating/reviewing history)
  20. 20. available learning resourceshttp://www.organic-edunet.eu 21/67
  21. 21. Organic.Edunet portal stats* 2200 registered users almost 11.000 available resources 11 institutional collections so far More than 44.000 visits *01/01/2010 -15/05/2011 182.300 page views  ≈11.000/month , >360 per day almost 34.000 unique visitors 75% new visitors / 27% direct traffic
  22. 22. educational scenariosavailable through the portal
  23. 23. educational aim tested & revised handbooks for teachers on organic scenarios  introducing OA & AE topics in curriculum  design of learning activities using content  process for adaptation of existing scenarios/content in other countries & contexts
  24. 24. university scenario (3/3)
  25. 25. school scenario (3/3)
  26. 26. pedagogy• handbook for scenario implementation at school level http://confolio.vm.grnet.gr/scam/6/resource/285• handbook for scenario implementationat university level http://oe.confolio.org/scam/34/resource/296
  27. 27. How to contribute resources?Individual users contribute through participation in one of the user communities that have been taken under the umbrella ofOrganic.Edunet. These communities use the Organic.Edunet Repository Tool in order to set up their working space in their ownlanguage, upload and share their resources with their peers, and connect this working space with the Organic.Edunet federation.Examples of existing user communities are the Greek Rural Schools’ Community (that connects teachers from Greek ruralschools that are interested in using the school’s organic garden as a teaching/learning aid) and the AGROASIS Community (thatconnects university teachers of Organic Agriculture that are located in Nordic countries). In order for the community’seducational resources to be made available through the Organic.Edunet portal, the community needs to adopt and follow someminimum Quality Assurance procedure. Here you can find more information on how to join an existing community or create anew one.Organisations or initiatives contribute through the connection (federation) of their institutional collections with the rest of theOrganic.Edunet ones. These collections may either use the Organic.Edunet Repository Tool to set up a learning repository andorganize their resources, or can use their own repository/database systems and make their metadata available through the OpenAccess Initiative – Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Examples of existing institutional collections that are connectedto Organic.Edunet are the ones of the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and of the ECOLOGICA Association. In order for aninstitution to make its collection of resources available through the Organic.Edunet portal, they should follow a publiclyavailable Quality Assurance procedure that is compliant to the Organic.Edunet requirements. Here you can find moreinformation on how to connect an institutional collection.
  28. 28. How to connect yoursThere are two different ways of integrating new repositories into the Organic.Edunet federation.• If the institution interested in integrating its repository already has an existing repository with support for OAI-PMH (with support for IEEE LOM format) AND the learning resources stored in it have an Application Profile equivalent to the one set up in Organic.Edunet, THEN there is only one step: Write an email to Web Portal responsible person (info [at] organicedunet [dot] eu) to agree on the parameters of the harvesting process: – URL – Port – Set – Date interval• If the institution repository does not support OAI-PMH OR the Application Profile is not equivalent to the one installed in Organic.Edunet, THEN it is mandatory the installation of the confolio tool. After the installation of confolio, write an email to Web Portal responsible person (info [at] organicedunet [dot] eu) to agree on the parameters of the harvesting process: – URL – Port – Set – Date interval
  29. 29. Thank you  Hatzakis Ilias, Project Manager, GRNET e-mail: hatzakis@grnet.gr