I did say I would write more about last week’s CILIP course that I led on M-learning to E-learning. However, I’ve not had a chance, spending the end of last week drafting an information and digital literacy strategy and working on my literature review on lecturers’ attitudes towards lecture capture. Both fascinating, but pretty hard work!
However, today I was out the office again, with my colleague Maria Bell, and for once attending an information literacy where I wasn’t actually presenting. I’ve got really interested in open educational resources (or re-usuable learning objects as they are sometimes known). I realise there are differences between the two terms, but essentially it means bits of content that are used for teaching and learning developed at one institution that they are happy to share with others. In the library community we love sharing – sharing best practice, sharing ideas, so why not start working together to share information literacy resources. I know some of us do this informally, but the CaRILLO event brought together a group of us with an interest in hopefully doing this in a more coordinated way. We used the Twitter tag Carillo10. Well done to Nancy Graham and her team in Birmingham for organising a great day.
We had a great overview of the Cardiff Information Literacy Resource Bank, from my LILAC Committee colleague, Rebecca Mogg. I have to confess to only becoming aware of this resource properly a few months ago, although realise now it was launched in 2005! I’d really like something like this at LSE to promote information literacy to academic staff and provide them with resources to use in their Moodle courses. Becky was followed by Katy Wrathall, the former SMILE Project manager and the SmilyLibrarian in Twitter! Katy was talking about the challenges of re-purposing information literacy content and creating content from scratch during this project. Apparently not everyone is keen to share, that includes academic staff and students as well! The next presentation before lunch was from Professor Tom Boyle from London Metropolitan University, who was talking about the open source tutorial tool developed at his institution called GLOmaker. I’d seen a really quick demo of this from my colleague Matt Lingard recently, but was really interested to see Tom’s live demo which showed how easy it was to create learning objects. I can’t wait to get back and try this out and here’s an example learning object about referencing books. Nicola Siminson from Jorum was next up to talk to us about finding reusuable learning objects on information literacy in Jorum or OpenJorum which has a huge number of resources in it.
After a nice lunch we went into workshops and could choose from finding resources, repurposing resources and creating resources. I chose the repurposing resources workshop and our group had two scenarios where we had found some resources in Jorum we wanted to repurpose and had to work through the issues that were raised. We found quite a few issues including the need to amend resources to rebrand them and the practicalities of how you do that when you don’t always have the original files (either in HTML or other format). In some cases where you did have all the files it wasn’t always that easy to amend resources such as those produced in Flash for example. Overall we concluded sometimes it was better to find a good learning object and to be inspired by it but to create your own then! Our final presentation of the day was from Catherine Bruen from Trinity College Dublin, who works for the Irish National Digital Learning Resources (NDLR). All 21 Irish higher education institutions are signed up to this organisation which offers funding for large and small projects, runs training and coordinates community networks for higher education using Mahara. They have a DSpace repository for learning objects and have a Community of Practice for the Media, Information and Library world. I think Maria is going to write something on her blog too, but thanks again to Nancy and co for a great day. I can’t wait for CaRILLO 2!