Very exciting projects! Keep us posted where we might help with
ideas or references to dev resources, etc.
The Learning Maps project is super cool and relates to what we are
doing with data services for learning objectives. I believe at the
heart of any learning map is a set of curricular standards or
learning objectives (in K-12 US common core standards are getting a
lot of attention but LR is by no means limited to them).
The data service is designed to make it easier to share and consume
standards alignment assertions across LR. That might make a nice
building block for the learning maps, which would presumably share
how learning objectives themselves are related to each other?
If so, the magic bullet would be then being able to walk around a
map of standards, and then drill onto one or more standards to find
all the resources that are connected to it?
We're still not settled on the best way to sharing standards
alignment data (LRMI being the likely scenario). I'm not aware of
any public data structures yet that handle non-linear (or
semi-linear really) learning map data structures. Gates SLI below I
think will release one sometime, and if you want to contact them to
see, let me know and I'll put you in touch.
The HE Academy / JISC OER3 Programmeï¿½s new Rapid Innovation
strand projects kicked off last week in London at the
Programme Meeting. We are thrilled that there are four
projects within the strand who want to work with us on
Learning Registry related developments.
With only four months left for JLeRN, we want to make the
most of the time we have, and participating in
well-thought-out projects meeting real requirements in the OER
space seems like a good way to consolidate what weï¿½ve learned
so far. All of these projects involve folk who supported us by
coming to the Hackday in January and the CETIS Conference
Learning Registry session in February so itï¿½ll be nice to give
The four projects we are working with are as follows (NB:
There were a few other sparks of interest in the OER Rapid
Innovation projectsï¿½ breakout session, so I think we may pick
up a few more along the way: donï¿½t be shy to get in touch if
youï¿½d like to work with us):
Based at Newcastle University, and led by Simon Cotterill,
this project will build on their Dynamic Learning Maps work,
and their FavOERites social bookmarking project, to develop
ï¿½open APIs to harvest and release paradata on OER from
end-users (bookmarks, tags, comments, ratings and reviews
etc.) from the Learning Registry and other sources for
specific topics, within the context of curriculum and personal
Sharing Paradata Across Widget Stores (SPAWS)
Based at Bolton University (with partners KMi (Open
University); IMC AG, Saarbruecken; Katholieke Universiteit
Leuven, Belgium) and led by Scott Wilson, this project will
use the Learning Registry infrastructure to share paradata in
the form of user views, reviews and ratings about educational
widgets across four existing widget stores.
Xerte Experience Now Improved: Targeting HTML5
Based at Nottingham University (with partners JISC TechDIS,
EDINA and Mimas (us!)), and led by Julian Tenney, this project
builds on the Xerte Online Toolkits, which integrates directly
with the Xpert Repository. As an adjunct to its main
development work, it will explore sharing metadata and
paradata about Xerte resources with the Learning Registry.
Track OER: Tracking Open Educational Resources
Based at the Open University, and led by Patrick McAndrew,
this project aims to ï¿½develop software that can help track
open educational resourcesï¿½ as they are used away from their
point of origin. JLeRN has already entered discussions with
them to ensure mutual affordances are identified.
In addition to these projects, the University of Liverpool
will soon be working with the JLeRN team to set up their own
node. As well as assisting with meeting Liverpoolï¿½s
requirements, this will enable JLeRN to experiment with
sharing data between nodes at different locations. Work with
Jorum will continue, and discussions have begun with the JISC
Resource Discovery Programme to widen the reach of the
Learning Registry concept. Watch out for blog posts on all of
Cheers all, comments and questions welcome: the blog post has
project links in it.
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