EdReNe - Educational Repositories Network

Activities and publications relevant for EdReNe members

Recent reports from the Special Educational Needs network - SENnet


European survey report on availability of digital resources for special educational needs: results of a survey of EdReNe members and of ministries of education of freely available digital content of particular value for students with special needs.

Provision of Learning Resources for Learners with Special Needs in European Schoolnet’s Learning Resource Exchange: The LRE now comprises a collection of 600 resources with content and accessibility features of particular benefit to learners with special needs, covering a wide range of ages, countries and languages. The project has adopted the approach of describing resources in terms of inclusion and functionality rather than of disability. See application profile below. 

SENnet is adapting the IMS Access for All Specification v3.0 Core Profile; Edited version: Wide dissemination.

EdReNe activities and publications


Building successful educational repositories

Stakeholders of educational repositories are advised by EdReNe's consolidated recommendations report, which sums up the key points grouped according to four major themes: Repository strategies, Engaging users, Rights Issues, and Standards and interoperability. (read more in EdReNe Consolidated recommendations report)

Planning for success – repository strategies

A successful educational repository requires a clear business case, early engagement with all relevant stakeholders, a strong focus on integration, open standards and build upon existing communities of practice …
(read more in EdReNe synthesis report on Repository Strategies)

Bringing the buzzing teacher room online

Community features are added to educational repositories to build a more active and engaged user community. Competent and engaged community management and implementing best-of-breed designs for repository functionality are key to success …
(read more in synthesis report on Engaging Users)

Are current standardization bodies in sync with actual user needs?

Many of the most successful repository initiatives - measured in terms of active users - have not heavily engaged with educational technology standards … does this indicate that current standardization bodies are not in sync with actual user needs …
(read more in EdReNe synthesis report on standards and interoperability)

Copyright legislation is not in tune with educators’ expectations

The EdReNe discussions illustrate that current copyright legislation is not in tune with what would be expected by the education sector using open licensing while waiting for a reform of copyright law …
(read more in EdReNe synthesis report on rights issues)

Who we are and what we do

EdReNe brings together members from webbased repositories of learning resources with content owners and other stakeholders within education.
We share, develop and document strategies, experiences and solutions on the organisation, structuring and functionality of repositories. The overall goal is to improve the provision of and access to learning resources.

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