This project will establish a lightweight repository for language learners and teachers to share their resources, based on the CLARE repository (a version of ePrints).

Repositories for Sharing Learning Resources in Distributed Social Spaces

Repositories Enhancement Project

Through a number of previous workshops with the language teachers community of practice we have noted two important lessons:

  • The community is eager to share their resources and wants a lightweight repository that they can incorporate into everyday practice  
  • Practitioners are enthusiastic about sharing learning assets: simple resources such as videos, audio files and presentations

There is a real need for a straightforward usable repository that fulfils these requirements in order to begin to explore the difficult issues concerning authorship, provenance, authority and copyright in the context of a real system with real users.

Aims and objectives 

To build on our existing engagement with the languages community to provide the type of lightweight community repositories that they are asking for, and bootstrap their individual use of repositories for exchanging learning assets.

We will:

  • Deploy a lightweight repository early in the project lifetime and engage directly with the community throughout the project to encourage the sharing of assets
  • Develop official plug-ins for ePrints to enable Web 2.0 functions such as tagging and virtual structures
  • Provide a number of bootstrap activities to support the community in identifying, uploading and describing their learning assets

Project methodology

The project will be undertaken by three groups: the Learning Societies Lab and eLanguages Centre (at the University of Southampton) and the School of Languages and Area Studies (at the University of Portsmouth). The project has two broad themes: engagement with the community to support the take-up and population of the repository, and the parallel technical development of the repository based on user needs and feedback. The University of Southampton will manage the project, host the repository, and undertake its gradual development. The University of Portsmouth and the eLanguages Centre will co-ordinate the community engagement.

Anticipated outputs and outcomes

Broadly the project will be in two phases, the first concerned with engaging with the existing community and refining a live repository based on their feedback and participation, the second will be concerned with broadening the appeal of the repository to the extended community. The explicit outcomes are:

  • A live and evolving repository site for teachers to share resources
  • A number of community workshops to promote the repository, and drive its continued development
  • A number of ePrints plugins to extend the functionality of the repository, particularly to support Web 2.0 style community tools

Technology / Standards used

The repository will be based on ePrints 3 and will build on metadata standards such as Dublin Core and UK LOM.

Lead Institution

University of Southampton

Project partners

Learning Societies Lab , The University of Southampton

eLanguages Centre , The University of Southampton

School of Languages and Area Studies , The University of Portsmouth

 

Project Staff

Project Principal Investigator
  • Dr. David Millard, Learning Societies Lab, Univeristy of Southampton, Tel: 023 8059 5567 dem@ecs.soton.ac.uk

Project Manager
  • Dr. Yvonne Howard, Learning Societies Lab, Univeristy of Southampton, Tel: 023 8059 5749 ymh@ecs.soton.ac.uk

Project Team
  • Miguel Arrebola, Co-Investigator, School of Languages and Area Studies at the University of Portsmouth
  • Kate Dickens, Co-investigator, eLanguages, School of Humanities, University of Southampton Kate.Dickens@soton.ac.uk
  • Dr. Les Carr, Co-investigator, Intelligence Agents and Multimedia research group at SouthamptonUniversity, Tel: 023 8059 4479 lac@ecs.soton.ac.uk
  • Dr. Gary Wills, Co-investigator, Learning Societies Lab, University of Southampton, Tel: 023 8059 2831 gbw@ecs.soton.ac.uk