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Integrating Repository Function with Work Practice

About Streamline

Streamline is a 2 year research project, starting in March 2007, funded by the UK’s JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) under their Users and Innovation: e-administration initiative. We are looking at the work flow associated with the use of learning object repositories and are developing a suite of tools and practices that will reduce the administrative impact of this on teaching and research staff. It is based Leeds Metropolitan University.
Learning object repositories have the potential to enhance productivity and quality through effective management of assets relating to assessment, learning and teaching. However unless their use is integrated into existing work practices there is a danger that they will increase rather than decrease the overall workload of staff and therefore be under-utilised. The activities of managing assets and resource discovery, though pivotal to the successful deployment of repositories, are viewed by staff as adding to their administrative overload. Streamline is therefore exploring ways of integrating these essential functions into the tools and work practices already in place.

The main aim of the project is to develop integrated tools and processes to support staff in their use of learning object repositories. Streamline is taking a user-centred approach to designing these tools and the primary focus is reducing the administrative workload of staff.

Streamline is involved in the following activities:

  • Observation and analysis of existing practice associated with learning object creation and repository use, initially focusing on video and audio podcast learning objects.
  • Iterative and participatory design and evaluation of tools and processes to support these practices.
  • Abstraction and representation of domain and usage knowledge within the e-Framework.
  • Development of novel approaches to metadata creation, resource discovery and personal learning object management.
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