Posted by Louise Egan
on 24th October 2012
In celebration of Open Access Week
As our open resources continue to grow, (thanks to our wonderful contributors), it is encouraging to see how the global shift towards sharing more openly is brought to the forefront via Open Access Week.
A growing collaboration
This worldwide event, which is now in its sixth year, provides the opportunity for the academic and research community to learn more about the benefits of Open Access and to share ideas, thoughts and questions with like-minded colleagues, rather like posting on one big noticeboard!.
We of course encourage all things open, so if you want to find our more, or participate, do get involved and share your views.
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on 1st October 2012
This October, Jorum is proud to celebrate Black History Month, not just to recognise the important people and events that helped to shape contemporary British society, but as an opportunity for Jorum to add new and interesting resources to our collection. Go to our website front page to see our Black History Month Featured Resources!
Last month Joanne Anthony from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London asked if Jorum was taking any targeted "positive action" in terms of seeking and capturing teaching and learning resources that relate to and/or are important to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups, or other under-represented groups in British...
Posted by Sarah Currier
on 10th September 2012
... or, how this skeptic was won over
Everyone's heard of Wikipedia. Not everyone thinks it's a good thing for education. However, these days, most people with access to the Web, including skeptics, have used Wikipedia at some point, even if only to settle a pub quiz controversy. It is the 5th (sometimes 6th) most used website in the world - and it's the only one anywhere near the top that is totally non-profit. Increasingly, education has been embracing Wikipedia; meanwhile, its governing body, the Wikimedia Foundation, has been embracing education in a number of innovative ways. The passionate advocates at Wikimedia UK held the inaugural EduWiki Conference in Leicester last week, and...
Posted by Sarah Currier
on 30th August 2012
Jorum fans watching closely over the past year or so will have picked up a whisper here, a blog post there, a Tweet somewhere else, hinting at improvements coming. You'll have seen me (Sarah Currier) and Dr Ben Ryan (Jorum's Technical Manager) come into post, and you'll have seen us building a new team of technical and educational experts, alongside Jorum stalwarts like Laura Skilton (nee Shaw), now Jorum Business Development Manager and Jackie Carter, Jorum's Director.
So far we have been ...
... working since last year on a new, user-friendly interface for Jorum, to sit in front of the standard DSpace interface. Hedtek did the initial development on this (and wrote the blog post...
on 10th August 2012
This month the total learning and teaching resources in Jorum has shot past the 17,000 mark and is growing week by week!
We have increased the Jorum collections by nearly 2000 resources in the last four months alone thanks to the generosity of OER creators and collection owners here in the UK and around the world, and this trend is set to continue over the coming months.
Our latest acquisitions are typically diverse: we have lots of new resources surrounding the staging of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games thanks to the Oxford Brookes University “2012 Legacies for learning” (Incidentally the Oxford Brookes’ page views went through the roof after they were featured resources in...