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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

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Introduction to SOL*R

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