After 13 years delivering and sharing content to support teaching practitioners across higher education, further education and skills, Jisc will be retiring its Jorum service in September 2016.
Keith Cole, executive director Jisc digital resources said:
“After careful consideration and to meet the needs of our users we are refreshing our open educational resources approach.
Over the coming months Jisc will be testing and looking into the possibility of: bringing together existing resources and enabling educators to discuss, rate and use items within their own environments; building on our customers and users’ views that they are looking for forums and engagement spaces to be able to share resources peer to peer; and developing and making continual professional development for practitioners available.
We are exploring the desire from our customers to use a Jisc App and Content store, which will still be free to access, a digital platform where our customers can blog, share and discuss challenges and solutions as well as a further education online academy. The idea behind these different approaches is to develop digital literacy and confidence in using technology, bring together existing resources and allow crowdsourcing to promote the sharing of ideas and resource amongst the education and research community.
These changes are in response to the changing digital demands of our community. It is clear that Jorum has helped the sector take great strides towards understanding the potential and also the real challenges to sharing and discovering open educational resources.
We have consulted with stakeholders, users and the Jorum technical team who agree that with the evolution of apps and platforms which give greater user functionality and interactivity a next generation version will be welcomed.
We will now be working to archive the 16,000 resources available through Jorum and ensure that quality content is moved into our new platforms.”
For more information on our open educational resources offer contact our customer services team on 0203 006 6077.