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1 Content Management: Cultural Misfit or Solution Fit for Investment

2 What we will cover The LTS approach to its Senior Management on why it should roll out a production version of an LCMS Our findings on the use of Hive as a LCMS Comparisons with other LCMS products Swinburne is using or trialing with other projects What may be done to foster academic commitment to an LCMS to realise a win win in LO repackaging and adaptation

3 What we wont cover Will Swinburne implement an LCMS as a core production environment in 2005/2006? Is Swinburne likely to be implementing one system or many systems? Which system or systems are likely to be implemented: They all do the job they just do it differently University politics rules

4 All Hail DigC To DigC or not to DigC Self sourced Saved on media somewhere Loaded from source and placed on destination eg Blackboard subject area Use Blackboard as backup area Externally sourced Get a version of content sent from author – arrange digital rights or dinner Get course cartridge from publisher Get library to copy materials and arrange digital rights and link to resource within BBGet library to copy materials and arrange digital rights resource within BB Grab URLs

5 And so it was written! Content is king The king is dead long live content management (content structures) Content aint useful in a learning situation until its made meaningful eg given a context. LCMS gives content a way of being discovered in relation to contextual search via metadata – long live metadata (our bastard prince) The trick is to spend less time reinventing the wheel but more on coding existing content so it can be discovered by the learner through appropriate meta data But what do the decision makers really think?

6 Senior Management What is Content Management? Confusion over content on websites and records and learning content We dont have a problem with content management Library control it via online reserve? Blackboard and WebCT house all the content? Why do we need it? Space efficiency – but havent we created policies to control archiving of subject materials etc? archivingetc Version control of subjects Consistency across subjects ROI on expensive interactives

7 Hiving off content Hive pilot got off the ground because Three directors had a vision They backed their vision with strategic funds and resources Harvest Road were able to support our vision and Hive interfaces Blackboard eBusiness academics were keen to explore LO LTS staff were keen to support the academics ITS, IRG and LTS staff had the skills to test and manage the application (availability was a problem so timing was the trade off)

8 The Hive Pilot Project June 2003 Briefing Paper recommends HiveBriefing Paper August 2003 Hive Licence acquired for Pilot September 2003 Administrators trained October 2003 LILO Metadata Schema March 2004 eBusiness agree on sem 2 rollout June 2004 content migrated from WebCT to Hive (then BB) Metadata added using IMS1.2.1 fill in LILO fields 10 subjects created within BB LMS

9 Primary Pilot Outcomes Assess how an LCMS could be used to realise the reported benefits of Learning Object adaptation and reuse documented audit and edit trail of detailing the workflow of all authors, administrators and digital rights managers etc report on whether or not Hive should be introduced into production system for 2005

10 Pilot project with Hive LCMS Depth and Breath of Pilot include multiple subjects that share resources that can be tracked, identified and compiled at three levels of granularity, the Learning Object (LO) level, the asset or artefact level (to allow LO to be altered or adapted to suit different contexts) and the lesson or topic level (a functional combination of LO and contextual artefacts) deconstructing a large learning object into smaller learning objects arises as one of the key things to test

11 Building the Hive eBusiness review WebCT content Remove references to module and topic numbers Finding the right content relies on getting the right metadata recorded LTS list type of metadata required (LILO) (Hungarian born Nicholas Kove invented the Li-Lo air mattress in 1939, his company name was AirFix) The right Metadata Schema : LILOLILO eBusiness use LILO for their resourcesresources LTS staff publish into Hivepublish

12 Harvesting the Honey Outcomes were: Over 200 students exposed to CMS during semester 2 Staff exposed to use of CMS New organisation of material paradigms due to lack of reference to module and topic numbers Staff endorse conceptual advantages of CMS Time and effort associated with publishing with Metadata the key problem area PD program required is less about software and more about change management

13 Spreading the Honey Staff comments: Still excited about the vision Pilot may not have been given the justice it deserves lack of resources from the academic side Staff insights Metadata should accommodate the original source Better examples of Metadata tagging and resultant searches – quality of the metadata affected the value of the search PD program required is less about software and more about change management

14 Not getting stung Need a CMS – but phase in eg international Best practice – not all learning objects need extensive metadata Who decides what can be adapted and reused Reusability is foreign to academics

15 Harvest Rd Hive

16 The Learning Edge & P-12 P-12 Pilot Project BB Application Service Provider Early days – approaching schools to gauge interest in both BB and the Learning Edge Learning Federation Learning Objects Banks of Reusable materials

17 Blackboards LCMS Evaluation copy access to see how it looks

18 Tale of CMS LCMS applications solve problems but they also create them. While they solve: Reuse and re purpose Effectiveness and Efficiency of resource utilisation and storage They create Complexity in publishing student resources New ways to work – new work flows More time invested in cataloguing is less time for research

19 Concluding Comments LCMS is a cultural misfit at present Collegial sharing of materials happens but is based on who knows who rather than who can find what Quality of the student experience is more about the interactions with people than software LCMS is a solution fit for investment Managing information should take less time than creating knowledge Adapting materials to create new learning opportunities is dependent on finding them in the first place

20 What we said wed cover The LTS approach to its Senior Management on why it should roll out a production version of an LCMS Our findings on the use of Hive as a LCMS Comparisons with other LCMS products Swinburne is using or trialing with other projects What may be done to foster academic commitment to an LCMS to realise a win win in LO repackaging and adaptation

21 What we said we wouldnt cover Will Swinburne implement an LCMS as a core production environment in 2005/2006? Is Swinburne likely to be implementing one system or many systems? Which system or systems are likely to be implemented: They all do the job they just do it differently; University politics rules Any Questions? We will try and cover these!


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