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Integrating Repository Function with Work Practice

All set for Belfast

Posted by Dawn on February 26, 2009

Had my first video conference today, which went rather well considering how I feel about cameras of any sort. Regardless, the conference was with Pat and Paul from Belfast Met who we (Nick and I) will be visiting very soon. They have a greater experience of using learning objects then we do here in Leeds. This is probably, as expressed by Paul, due to the difference in structure between a HE and an FE and the impact this puts on staff time. There is it seams a greater impetus in FE to get into anything that is going to increase productivity and free up valuable time. Something that for them LOs have clearly achieved. They have a strong repurposing culture and it will be interesting to see how they deal with versioning and re-assigning metadata on the extended LOs. They are very interested to exchange experiences on the software that is being used by both institutions. This will be good for comparison with the prototype, both from a usability and workflow perspective. They suggested we talk to various people who are heading initiatives around the institution, so that we can get an idea of how they have approached the same problems we are currently facing. All in all a very positive experience and I’m looking forward to meeting them in person and having an interesting week.

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