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EUN’s Learning Resource Exchange

The Learning Resource Exchange (LRE - http://lreforschools.eun.org) from European Schoolnet (EUN) is a service that enables schools to find educational content from many different countries and providers. It was developed in order to provide Ministries of Education with access to a network of learning content repositories and associated tools that allow them to more easily exchange high quality learning resources that ‘travel well’ and can be used by teachers in different countries.

The evolution of the LRE has been supported by Ministries of Education in Europe and a number of European Commission funded projects such as ASPECT, CELEBRATE, CALIBRATE and MELT. It is now being carried forward in projects such as iTEC, eQNet and with support from the LRE’s content partners.

Anyone is able to browse content in the LRE federation of repositories and teachers that register can also use LRE social tagging tools, rate LRE content, save their Favourite resources and share links to these resources with their friends and colleagues.

Additional resources from new content partners are also being regularly included in the LRE and the amount of content that schools can access is still growing rapidly.

 

More information
EdReNe member: EUN – European Schoolnet

http://lreforschools.eun.org

Current Related Projects:
http://itec.eun.org
http://eqnet.eun.org

Education personalised: the LOGOS PROJECT

The LOGOS project (www.logosproject.com) aims to build an innovative ubiquitous eLearning environment for almost everybody, including generating the new cross- media learning context with specially developed authoring studios using existing digital archives.

The LOGOS 3-year project has a budget of € 3,732,400, partly funded by the EU. It counts 15 partners including partners with repositories. Antenna Hungaria is the Hungarian broadcasting agency and has taken the role of the project co-ordinator.

The LOGOS project members develop an environment for effective exploitation of available material in digital archives in order to reduce the production costs and give added value to existing digitised knowledge.

The Platform consists of layered repositories supporting the gradual creation of learning experiences starting from existing content residing at multimedia archives. An Authoring Studio of tools provides the delivery of learning experiences integrating web-based, mobile and digital TV technologies. The delivery is handled by special (Moodle-based) Learning Management System and publishing services taking into account the characteristics of the different media and the learner’s individual profile. The most promising objective of the LOGOS Learning Platform is the provision of its personalised learning services in a ubiquitous way, enabling the learners to access their courses from different devices and different personal situations.


The LOGOS platform. Further details on the different components, e.g. the authoring studio (under development) and the LOGOS repository can be found in the presentation on edrene.org.

For users, it is a set of tools helping to create digital content which will then be played on the different devices. The LOGOS platform offers a personalisation framework model, an overall learning services model introducing the user roles of the Learning Platform and how they interact in the system to facilitate personalised experience, and detailed process definitions and role descriptions for the Course provider, Learner and Teacher users.

Course providers are able to introduce further collaborative and supporting elements and activities into the course to emphasize an organizational and pedagogical approach in the background of the contents. The teacher/trainer/professor can store the learning design and build e-content for educational purposes. The learner’s profile is stored with basic data. When the learner enrols he/she refines the profile, with his/her needs, how she/he learns, etc. The learners are able to access and actively take part in the learning services created by the course providers and teachers from different devices, including PCs, mobile phones and Interactive TV. The systems enables thus to support a high number of learning designs and to adapt to the needs of the learners. The detailed learning model (not final yet) can be found in the presentation.

At the moment the LOGOS framework is being evaluated. A user evaluation will take place in October/November including needs for further enhancements.

OLCOS – Open eLearning Content Observatory Services

OLCOS, the Open eLearning Content Observatory Services is a recently finished project, which was co-funded under the European Union’s eLearning Programme. The project consortium built an online information and observation centre for promoting the concept, production and usage of open educational resources, in particular, open digital educational content (ODEC) in Europe.

Presently the benefits and characteristics of open source software in education is apparent and widely acknowledged, this is not the case with respect to the concept of digital open content that may particularly benefit flexible and open learning models (e.g. collaborative knowledge and skills building) in schools, higher educational institutions and vocational training.

Results of the project include:

  • the ODEC Roadmap 2012 which explores the possible pathways towards a higher level of production, sharing and usage of Open Digital Educational Content (ODEC). The Roadmap will provide an orientation as well as recommendations on possible measures and actions to support decision making at the level of educational policy and institutions (first project year);
  • a set of online tutorials that provide information and guidance on how to practically work with ODEC. These tutorials are freely accessible on the web in several languages;
  • several awareness raising workshops in the European eLearning community designed to foster the take-up of the concept of ODEC, and how to develop the required infrastructures, legally sound practices, educational policies and organisational strategies (second project year).

The project consortium consisted of six institutions from five European countries (see Consortium) and was co-ordinated by the Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft (Austria):

ELEONET – European Learning Objects Network

The ELEONET (www.eleonet.org) (European Learning Objects Network) project aims to create a European catalogue of Learning Objects (LOs) metadata accessible by schools, teachers, and students for immediate retrieval and re-use of educational content. Digital educational resources available through the ELEONET catalogue will be persistently identified using the DOI, the international standard for managing any Intellectual Property in a digital environment.

The ELEONET portal is implemented together with partners and addresses markets in the UK, Italy, Germany and Spain.


From ELEONET searching in the category “exercise” with language=English

Many interesting functionalities, e.g. a unique access point to search in different LO-repository, an editor to add metadata and submit learning objects including SCORM validation etc.

The DOI/LOM application profile – the unique and stable identifier - is essential. Especially when referencing the same object from different portal (i.e. borrow, buy, demo …). The multiple resolution service now is in the testing phase. The DOI string is used to bring the user to the relevant resource (LOs/publisher’s web page/local repository).

The Share.TEC portal. A specialized system for retrieving Teacher Education resources

The Share.TEC portal connects a number of different Teacher Education-related repositories and offers a unified access point and query mechanism that adapts to the user’s specific language and context. By providing interoperability between these repositories, Share.TEC broadens content reusability perspectives across Europe.

Key innovative solutions adopted in Share.TEC include, among others, the portal functionalities and user interface, multilinguality approach, semantic layer (ontology and application profile), portal architecture and the user-oriented expansion tool RICK (Resource Integration Companion Kit).

To facilitate the access to relevant resources, query results are automatically ordered by relevancy and can subsequently be sorted by language, format or date. Results can be filtered by collection, language, format, educational institution, resource type, cost / free.

To make Share.TEC easier to navigate and use, the portal presents three main areas to explore and work in, namely TAKE, USE and GIVE.

Casual visitors have access to a limited range of basic functionalities. By contrast, registered/logged-in users can take full advantage of portal features, including personalisation and adaptivity and the possibility to enrich the portal and its community by adding their contribution. Being logged in or not can strongly affect the user’s experience, so it’s important to make their status clear to them. Accordingly, when they log in, the platform logo changes to MyShare.TEC, indicating that they have full rights accorded to registered/logged users and can expect personalisation and adaptivity during interaction.


MyShare.TEC

TAKE. This area is where users can search or browse to find TE resources of interest. Simple and advanced search are available as separate options. Simple search is designed to provide Google-like immediacy and ease-of-use; as text is entered in the search box indexed suggestions are provided automatically.
Advanced search can be performed by entering either free text or by selecting the values available for a range of metadata fields (e.g. digital content type, educational context, etc). Free text search is available, as well as different options for browsing resources (i.e. collection, educational Institution, teacher practice context, knowledge area, generic skills).

USE. This area is designed to give users an up-to-date view of recent activity on the platform and allow them to check and access their own artefacts and activity. General platform statistics are also available (e.g. resource number, collections, community members). Additionally, (registered) users can access personalized information, including:
Recommended for you - list of resource descriptions generated in response the user profile and history.
My Artifacts – link to the user’s bookmarks, comments and ratings.
Community – link to the groups area.
Search history – most recent searches the user has performed.

GIVE. This area allows (registered) users to contribute to the community by uploading and describing their own resources, adding annotations and ratings. To foster digital content reuse, Share.TEC users can add an experiential annotation (open text) and ratings (1-5 stars) that report their actual experience with a specific digital resource.
These are used within the system for facilitating users in (a) retrieving resources, (b) understanding them and (c) reusing them in various cultural contexts. Users can also add their own TE resources to the portal and describe them using the portal RICK tool, which assists users to tag resources that have not been previously tagged.

More information
Pan-European EdReNe members:
EDEN - European Distance and E-Learning Network
EENet - European Expert's Network for Education and Technology e.V.

ShareTEC - teacher education resources

Presentation
Education personalised: the LOGOS project
https://files.itslearning.com/data/826/open/CO15/326.ppt