Jorum Blog

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...

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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...

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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...
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Opening up routes to Jisc FE content - a new project for Mimas

Posted by Louise Egan on 20th December 2013

Early next year Mimas will embark on an exciting new Jisc-funded project within Further Education (FE). It’s a big project so we wanted to inform the community early, as we’ll need your help and guidance too - especially FE Colleges and the Jisc Regional Support Centres (RSC).

The overarching aim of this new, Jisc funded project is to support the FE and Skills sector by harnessing existing Jisc content and infrastructure, and to develop accessible and flexible routes to relevant open content without further cost to FE. This project complements the work of the Jisc FE and Skills development and resources programme.

Project Vision:

To provide teaching practitioners within the...

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Building a library for Information & Digital Literacy Skills

Posted by Siobhán Burke on 26th November 2013

Today, Jorum launches its long-awaited Information and Digital Literacy Skills Collection. This follows the successful creation earlier this year of a collection for Research Data Management (RDM) resources as a result of our involvement in the Jisc-funded DaMSSI-ABC project and demonstrates again how Jorum responds to the needs of its users. The new collection will improve discovery and usage of these resources, which we hope will encourage more sharing and re-use within the sector.

Information Literacy

Why did we create the collection?

It was obvious from feedback received from the Jorum community that the existing classifications for Further and Higher Education, based on LearnDirect and JACS...

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