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Introduction to SOL*R


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Invited Presentation to UBC Teaching and Learning with Technology series on Friday, January 20, 2006 introducing BCcampus' new Shareable Online Learning Resources system.

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Introduction to SOL*R

  1. 1. Introducing SOL*R Scott Leslie BCcampus January 20 th , 2006
  2. 2. 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>
  3. 3. <ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 9. Online Program Development Fund <ul><li>Funding to public post-secondary 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 $1.5 million OPDF have taken place — one in 2003, 2004, and 2005. </li></ul>
  5. 10. 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>
  6. 11. Some of the challenges we’ve tried to address…
  7. 12. 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>
  8. 13. 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>
  9. 14. 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>
  10. 15. … 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>
  11. 16. Opportunities these could enable with UBC I <ul><li>Connect existing UBC 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>
  12. 17. Opportunities II <ul><li>Use this for storing other kinds of data </li></ul><ul><li>UBC specific collections; collections shared between smaller consortia of institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted model for UBC collections </li></ul><ul><li>Direct access to resources for designers from with WebCT and other CMS </li></ul>
  13. 18. ... and some real obstacles we face <ul><li>Reluctant contributors </li></ul><ul><li>The “just one more revision” syndrome </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural antagonism to reusing other peoples’ materials </li></ul><ul><li>The model may just be wrong ;-( </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The production model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The delivery model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The sharing model </li></ul></ul>
  14. 19. Next Steps <ul><li>OPDF content currently being uploaded; public announcement in next 2 months </li></ul><ul><li>Other content welcome! </li></ul><ul><li>Apply for a BCcampus portal account at </li></ul><ul><li>Contact me at [email_address] or 250-383-2456 </li></ul>