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Implementing the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) in Jorum

Posted by Benjamin Ryan on 7th July 2014

Jorum and the LRMI

Jorum was delighted to receive grant funding from Creative Commons to participate in the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) project. Across the last 10 months, in parallel with 8 other funded US organisations, Jorum has been developing and testing features which will enhance both the resource discovery system and interoperability of Jorum content.

First of all … What is LRMI?

The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) is an extension of schema.org that adds education-specific mark-up to the existing mark-up that schema.org defines. So what does schema.org do? Put simply it allows the addition of “structured data” to web pages that machines can...

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Annual User Survey - the results!

Posted by Siobhán Burke on 2nd June 2014

Summary

Jorum's first Annual User Survey ran during March and we received a good response - 80 in total from across HE and FE, and from different roles across the education sector. There were some very useful comments but Jorum was pleased that there weren't many surprises in the responses. The Jorum team already had a good idea of the areas we need to improve on and also some things that we are doing well, such as the ability to filter resources which came with new Jorum in September 2013. The survey has provided some user based evidence showing that the team are on the right track and can continue with it.

Key metrics

66% agree or strongly agree that 'Jorum is easy is easy to...

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Reflections on the OER14 Conference

Posted by Siobhán Burke on 15th May 2014

by Siobhán Burke, OER Service Manager

Last month, the Jorum Team attended OER 14 to deliver a number of sessions on different aspects of our work over the last year, and also keep up to date with OER developments happening both nationally and internationally. We also contributed to chairing sessions and Ben Ryan was on hand as technical support throughout the conference. As of last week, some of the team have earned their first Open Badge for speaking at the conference.

OER 14 Presenter Open Badge

Jorum Team presentations

Susanne Boyle chaired a session during OER 14 and delivered an oral paper addressing the new Jisc FE Skills Window Project. The oral paper was well attended and there were some interesting...

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Sharing the love for OER (and you should too!)

Posted by Louise Egan on 9th May 2014

We’ve come a long way in sharing open educational resources (OERs) and for most people working in education, they’ve become second nature.

Open Source

Those who create OERs are becoming much more comfortable in sharing resources through open repositories such as Jorum, Merlot, Humbox and institutional repositories, through increasing numbers of resources deposited. However, finding evidence of the re-use of these resources can be as straightforward as finding a raindrop in an ocean.


Jorum has come some way in the reporting of resource usage, such as views and downloads. This means that we can begin to get a clearer picture about how particular resources are popular. However, actually...
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Information Literacy Resources - to be sure!

Posted by Louise Egan on 17th March 2014

Shamrock

To coincide with March being the month of St. Patrick and all things Irish, Jorum is delighted to present 5 Featured Resources from the Emerald Isle.

These Information Literacy resources have been created at the Institute of Technology Tallaght in Dublin (ITT Dublin). Included are the four original interactive online tutorials created by the ITT Dublin covering research, referencing, plagiarism and core academic skills. The fifth resource is an example of how another Irish University, University College Dublin (UCD), has re-purposed one of ITT Dublin’s originals. Author Jenny Collery explains below how she built on ITT's Plagiarism resource to create a new OER for plagiarism:

I...

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