CAMILOE (Collation and Moderation of Intriguing Learning Objects in Education)
This project reclaims and updates 1800 quality assured evidence informed reviews of education research, guidance and practice that were produced and updated between 2003 and 2010 and which are now archived and difficult to access.
These resources were classified using a wide range of schemas including Dublin core, age range, teaching subject, resource type, English Teaching standard and topic area but are no longer searchable or browsable by these categories. Over 140 academics from more than 40 universities contributed to their creation and analytics data showed over 1,600 visitors per day with over 6,000 page views per day.
Advances in Open Educational Resources (OER) technologies provide an opportunity to make this resource useful again for the academics who created it. These tools include enhanced meta tagging schemas for journal documents, academic proofing tools, repositories for dissemination of OER resources, and open source software for journal moderation and para data concerning resource use. Furthermore, these tools will be employed to enable these resources to be annotated, classified, collated and augmented using digital systems for moderation and quality assurance. As well as providing resources for individual and group study within education courses at all levels, it will provide models and exemplars of open educational practice by providing tools for collaboration within the context of trusted resources.
The project will be led by the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) who will harness iterative agile project management methodologies (eg SCRUM) to regularly consult the user community via individual contacts, community events and invited steering group comments, to ensure the project plan results in an increased usability value of the existing resources which, in turn, enables users to enhance the academic value of the resources.
The project will use analytics software to gather quantitative data and online forms to invite qualitative feedback in order to guide the development of the resource.
Project Aims and Outputs
The project will make the reviews available on a university server in a searchable, browsable and discoverable format according to enhanced classification systems employed to describe the materials. It will also make available 40 previously unreleased peer reviewed reviews including three extensive briefings on education evidence. It will increase the number of visits to the material to 8000 page views per day by the end of the project, through community engagement. It will increase the user time spent on the site and the number of items visited per session compared to previous figures (eg 3.4 items & 4.4 minutes)
The Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN) and the Universities Consortium for Education Training (UCET) are both significant sector partners for this endeavour so that the resource will be embedded within sector based practice and, thus, prompt further development.
- Mike Blamires, Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Rd., Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU, Tel: 01227 782394, Michael.Blamires@canterbury.ac.uk