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1 OnCoRe Blueprint: The Art & Science of Repository Creation Susie Henderson Florida Distance Learning Consortium

2 Repository background OnCoRe Blueprint Project – Unique repository features – A community of practice – The Blueprint Lessons Learned Future of repositories What we’ll cover…

3 What is a Digital Repository? A system that: stores and manages digital resources facilitates discovery of resources enables resource sharing and re-use provides multiple levels of appearance, accessibility, and control mechanisms Often large statewide, regional, or national systems

4 Why Build a Repository? Improve teaching and learning Decrease duplication of effort through the re-use of quality digital content Establish content independence Contain or reduce development costs: Content is created once and used or repurposed many times

5 Which states are developing repositories that we know of? California Florida Georgia Kentucky Louisiana Minnesota North Carolina Tennessee

6 How do you go about building a repository? What should you consider? Is there a guide or a cookbook?

7 provides information, resources, research, & lessons learned from actual repository projects The OnCoRe Blueprint

8 Blueprint Project Benefits Gather best practices Discover innovative or unique repository features Produce free monthly webinars on relevant topics Research open source repository products Create a community of practice Produce OnCoRe Blueprint as a dynamic online resource

9 Research Repositories & Interview Leadership

10 Gather Best Practices North Carolina CC Repository RFP Intute harvesting/federating info Standards – Metadata – Software

11 Discover innovative or unique features that benefit faculty and students. For example…

12 Rice University Connexions Free and open access Anyone can contribute resources Textbook publishing



15 Connexions – A University Press Re-mix content to create a textbook Order it online Delivered the next day by courier Cost effective – reduces the cost of a 300-page hardback engineering textbook from $122 to $22 Always up-to-date with the latest material from the global repository.

16 Wisc-Online Based at Fox Valley Technical College Funded by – Fox Valley Technical College – Wisconsin Technical College System – Grants (FIPSE, NSF, & others) – Corporate training efforts Create learning objects for faculty members Staff of 15

17 Wisc Online Learning Object Development A faculty member identifies a difficult topic – Hard for learners to understand – Presents challenges for instructional delivery The instructor creates a content outline and script

18 Learning Object Development Work with Wisc-online team to develop – Instructional designer adapts the content for multimedia and Web delivery – Technical developer builds the object – Reviewers and the editor evaluate the object – Faculty member reviews and approves the final learning object to be posted



21 MERLOT Partnerships –State University and College Systems –Individual Campuses –Professional Societies –Digital Libraries –Corporate Partners



24 Intute Based in UK Funded by Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Database of vetted web resources Web searching for scholarship




28 Create a Community of Practice No cost to participate Share information Explore issues Provide expert presentations via webinars Facilitate online discussions (blog, wiki) The OnCoRe Blueprint

29 OnCoRe Blueprint Project FIPSE funded 2006-2009 Website Blueprint – Planning – Implementation – Sustainability

30 OnCoRe Blueprint Project



33 Lessons Learned Involve state leadership – early – to create champions Planning and policies are key Core effective staff are: – Director – Project Manager – Technical/Programmer Adequate and sustainable funding are required Distribute workload to institutions to save money and achieve buy-in

34 Lessons Learned The term “learning object is overused and misunderstood Adopt a vocabulary that describes and defines repository resources – content asset – information object – learning object – learning component

35 Lessons Learned Content Development – Expensive, time-consuming, but rewarding professional development for faculty – Cross-functional team most effective Subject Matter Experts – 2 Instructional designer (at least 1) Developer (at least 1) You can’t build all the content your state needs – and - don’t want to!

36 Lessons Learned Repository software must be – Simple & easy to use – Intuitive – Customizable – Standards based – Supports federation and harvesting It’s difficult to overcome negative perceptions

37 The Future of Repositories Textbook publishing Publisher content Integration of LMS and repositories Repositories as portals

38 The Orange Grove Rice Connexions Wisc-Online BC Campus SOL*R MERLOT OER Commons Maricopa Learning Exchange CLOE Repository URL’s

39 Questions & Answers Susie Henderson, Principal Investigator, OnCoRe Blueprint850-922-3359 Miko Pattie, Kentucky Learning Depot, OnCoRe Blueprint Pilot Partner State

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