This article by Tita Beaven was originally published on the Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, volume 9, issue 1.
In the last ten years prestigious Open Education Resources projects have been set up, often with generous support from funders. Funders and institutions that support OER want evidence of their use and reuse; it seems, however, that OER have not yet been widely adopted by teachers as part of their daily practice.
This paper investigates the use and reuse of OER from a subject-specific repository for language teachers. In particular, the small scale study investigates how and why language teachers use OER in their teaching and rework existing resources. It also examines whether the teachers understand the resources and how to use and adapt them effectively, as an inability to do so has been considered an impediment to their reuse.
OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories. Each OpenDOAR repository has been visited by project staff to check the information that is recorded here. This in-depth approach does not rely on automated analysis and gives a quality-controlled list of repositories.
As well as providing a simple repository list, OpenDOAR lets you search for repositories or search repository contents. Additionally, we provide tools and support to both repository administrators and service providers in sharing best practice and improving the quality of the repository infrastructure. Further explanation of these features is given in a project document Beyond the list.
The current directory lists repositories and allows breakdown and selection by a variety of criteria - see the Find page - which can also be viewed as statistical charts. The underlying database has been designed from the ground up to include in-depth information on each repository that can be used for search, analysis, or underpinning services like text-mining. The OpenDOAR service is being developed incrementally, developing the current service as new features are introduced. A list of Upgrades and Additions is available.
Developments will be of use both to users wishing to find original research papers and for service providers like search engines or alert services which need easy-to-use tools for developing tailored search services to suit specific user communities.
More information on the project is available here.
This paper was published by Erik Duval and Katrien Verbert at eLearning and Education, Vol. 8.
The article provides a brief introduction to the domain of ‘learning analytics’ by explaining the background and idea behind the concept, and providing a brief overview of current research and controversial issues.
This repository holds the University of Leicester's contribution to the wealth of Open Educational Resources (OERs) already available via the Internet. OERs are learning materials that are freely available for use, repurposing and redistribution. All OERs in this repository are created under an Attribution / Non-Commercial / Share Alike (BY-NC-SA) Creative Commons licence.
RODA reúne las colecciones digitales de archivos, bibliotecas y museos gestionados por la Consejería de Cultura y Turismo, de acuerdo con la Iniciativa de Archivos Abiertos (OAI-PMH) que promueve la Unión Europea. Se constituye como principal proveedor de contenidos de las colecciones digitales extremeñas a los agregadores/recolectores de contenidos Hispana y Europeana.
ReStore is a repository of online research methods resources which preserves, sustains and actively maintains web resources developed as part of UK's Economic and Social Research Council funding focused on research methods in the social sciences. These online resources do not only provide a valuable personal development resource for researchers unable to participate in face-to-face training, but also provide an important repository of social science knowledge.
AMS Campus è il deposito istituzionale dei materiali didattici dell'Università di Bologna. Consente di accedere e consultare in modo agevole ed efficace i materiali didattici preparati dai docenti dell'Ateneo nell'ambito dei propri corsi.
UCrea ofrece acceso electrónico a los documentos generados por miembros de la UC en su actividad académica, de aprendizaje o de investigación. El objetivo es dar mayor visibilidad a la producción académica, aumentar el impacto y asegurar la preservación.
A Biblioteca Sonora Digital é um repositório electrónico, acessível em linha, de fonogramas não musicais (“livros falados” ou áudio livros) produzidos e disponibilizados pela Biblioteca Sonora da Biblioteca Pública Municipal do Porto. O acesso à Biblioteca Sonora Digital é gratuito, mas restrito – autenticação requerida – exclusivamente a cidadãos portadores de deficiência visual: cegos e amblíopes.