Jorum Blog

Jorum celebrates Open Education Week 2014

Posted by Siobhán Burke on 12th March 2014

The following list details some of our current initiatives for supporting Open Education in the UK and the wider world.

University of Leeds ‘Open Window’

On Monday 10th March, The University of Leeds in collaboration with Jorum launched their Open Window, the first of its kind but certainly not that last! You can read more about how and why this initiative came about in our blog post.

North West OER Network

Jorum is supporting a HEA-funded initiative which aims to develop a regional network for Higher Education institutions in the North West of England around the use and development of Open Educational Resources (OER). Interest has been significant already and Jorum will provide...

Read more

University of Leeds collaboration produces Jorum's first Open 'Window'

Posted by Siobhán Burke on 10th March 2014

Today sees the launch of the University of Leeds' Open Window - a collaboration between the University of Leeds and Jorum, which coincides with Open Education Week. It marks a turning point in Jorum's evolution and is a significant development for Jorum and Leeds alike, both in terms of their commitment to improving and enhancing the education landscape and to the open agenda.

Open Window homepage

What is the Window?

A Jorum Window is a customisable web interface to Jorum tailored to your community that allows your institution or organisation to showcase resources held in Jorum, alongside other resources you may wish to feature.

The Leeds Open Window supports them to deliver on their landmark policy on...

Read more

Important notice about our statistics (or how we got 400,000 hits in a month)

Posted by Paul Madley on 23rd January 2014

Jorum usage spike

Regular users of Jorum may have noticed a large spike of 500,000 extra views and downloads in our stats throughout December & January. This is due to the fact that we invested considerable effort (late 2013) in making your resources more visible via search engines. These spikes in statistics represent search engines re-indexing all 16,000 OERs we currently hold.

Increasing visibility is clearly a good thing, but we will be updating the process of removing search engine activity from our stats. This will ensure that the data represented is a reliable source of evidence surrounding the use of your resources solely within the Jorum repository.

Please do continue to provide feedback on...

Read more

User friendly searching in Jorum - testing and analysis

Posted by Louise Egan on 15th January 2014

Our latest guest blog post has been kindly written by Dr Ian Piper, Tellura Information Services Ltd. He was involved in the recent release of new Jorum, and discusses here the processes undertaken in user testing and capturing the findings.

Jorum homepage

Some Background

What makes a website usable? What makes it memorable? What makes you want to come back and use it next time? There are some quirky sites that reflect the vision of one person, and regardless of how it looks or performs, users like it and come back for more. Think about or The Oatmeal. For the most part, though, sites that work well tend to have had two things going for them: good information architecture and design for...

Read more

It's a goodbye from me, and a goodbye from her: A festive farewell from Sarah Currier and Jackie Carter

Posted by Siobhán Burke on 20th December 2013

hello goodbye

As 2013 comes to end, we celebrate a banner year for Jorum, with a whole new interface and feature set rolled out, new collections available, and some exciting projects under way, including collaborations with the College Development Network in Scotland, the University of Leeds, and Creative Commons. And there is more coming in 2014, including a major Jisc initiative to provide easy discovery and use of further education resources for teachers and students in colleges across the UK.

We also say goodbye to two key figures behind Jorum’s successes. Jackie Carter and Sarah Currier are both moving on to new adventures, leaving behind an OER service that has developed to address user...
Read more