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Practical Interoperability for OPDF Recipients


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

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Practical Interoperability for OPDF Recipients

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