Below are descriptions of the conference sessions. Links to PowerPoint presentations are included.
Open Education Repositories: A Dynamic And Interrelated Future
Punch cards and magnetic tape have met the magazine and the result is the digital repository. We are headed toward a future where optical drives and petabyte storage devices meet Hal 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Hopefully this future will not leave us all adrift in space. J This talk frames the discussion for the conference activities around access, standards and interoperability from legal and technological perspectives; strategies for social change within the academy; and sustainability strategies. These topics provide the framework for the repository community of practice, including future of educational repositories as well as transitioning from current repository structures to repository structures of the future.
Session 1: Access, Standards, and Interoperability
In a digital world, objects can be shared easily at a global scale with no loss of fidelity or increased cost. Indeed, a typical institutional repository is likely to garner far greater impact and value by making the repository content as accessible and reusable as possible. In this session, participants discussed some of the key characteristics that should inform the design of open digital repositories, including legal, technical, and usability issues. Particular attention was paid to the types of standards that are likely to be necessary to facilitate interoperability (recombination) of content among different repositories, including perceived challenges and possible solutions to building and sustaining open repositories for learning.
Session 2: Open Source Options for Digital Repositories for Learning
A project team at the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge, University of North Texas, with funding by the Florida Distance Learning Consortium’ OnCoRe Blueprint Project, undertook a review of seven open source software (OSS) platforms and applications that can be used in the context of a learning object repository (LOR). The project focused primarily on the technical specifications, features, and functions of the underlying software. The review also examined implementation-specific LORs’ use of the OSS platforms, which included discussions with the LOR implementors. This presentation presents results and findings as well as discussing the opportunities and challenges of using OSS.
Session 3: Strategies for Change
Strategies for Change is an important topic that encompasses faculty, leadership and students. Recent studies show that digital content can improve student performance. The primary targeted users of many digital content repositories are faculty. If you build a repository, faculty will not necessarily use it to teach in new ways or to share content with their colleagues. Its not a natural behavior! This panel shares their strategies to encourage faculty use of the repository, including lessons learned.
Session 4: Repository Sustainability Strategies
Repositories are sustained in many ways. Money is critical, but there are many other issues to consider. The approach to sustainability varies greatly among states and institutions. Learn successful sustainability strategies from the panel and contribute your own approaches and tactics for solving this ongoing challenge.