Streamline News

Integrating Repository Function with Work Practice

Welcome to Streamline News

Posted by Janet Finlay on July 11, 2007

The Streamline project started in March 2007 to investigate and develop tools to support the use of repositories and in particular its integration into existing workflows.

We have set up this news blog to share our experiences on the project and, we hope, to encourage feedback and participation from the wider community.

We have decided to focus on learning object repositories within the project and as a test case are working closely with a new initiative at Leeds Met to pilot the use of podcasting across the university. This gives us a number of benefits:

  1. Users from across the University and our Regional University Network, covering a large range of topics and styles of podcast (content delivery, feedback, assessment etc). This gives us access to a consistent but varied user group that we can follow throughout the learning object development and usage cycle.
  2. The podcasts proposed represent a range of styles and work flows, and will be created using a range of tools, including video/audio editing tools, powerpoint, word and other office tools. This will allow us to explore tools that can be integrated with standard software.
  3. The podcasting project faces considerable real issues relating to metadata creation and resource management. These are live issues for the project which we can help address while also fulfilling the objectives of the Streamline project.
  4. There are also resource discovery issues relating to components of podcasts (particularly various media assets) which need to be addressed – users will be drawing on existing repositories to create their new learning objects which will then be shared via a repository. This cycle is typical of repository use and therefore ideal for our project.
  5. Given the nature of podcasts as multimedia learning objects, our findings should have application to other sorts of multimedia institutional repository.

We have been conducting detailed interviews with user groups to understand their work flow, the assets they are using and producing and their conception of the objects that will be produced. These interviews are still being analysed but what was immediately interesting was that none had considered the inclusion of metadata and even those who were familiar with the concept and its importance had not considered its capture within their project workflow.

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