Online repositories for e-learning


Berit, Sarah, Rolf, Zdena, Maria, Miguel

Active Surveys:

For e-learning providers (incl. EUNIS members):
Snapshot of Media Archives and Learning Object Repositories (LORs): http://survey2.au.dk/index.php?sid=24176&lang=en(external link)

For teachers at universities:
Usage of digital media in teaching practice:
http://survey2.au.dk/index.php?sid=46926&lang=en(external link)

Both surveys will only take approx 2 minutes and your contribution is highly appreciated.


The group will carry out a survey of repositories and media files in use and include within Snapshots in future. Group members will discuss how to engage tutors (via discussion, wiki). Report back in June.

The following tasks have been defined:

1. Survey

To carry out a survey of repositories and media archives. This task consists of developing the appropriate questions for the e-learning snapshot form, collaboration with the snapshot working group (Marc), and the subsequent processing of the data. The results should be published as a EUNIS conference paper. However, Andrew has advised us NOT to use the snap-shot survey due to low answer-rate, but instead to use simple e-mails or similar. This survey hasn�t been carried out yet.

Survey: Snapshot of media archives
Which university do you work at?
Which department to you work at?
What is your position?
Which systems do you use at your university for web-based media (such as audio, video, and learning objects) in teaching practice:
- VLE without media repository? If yes, which system(s)?
- VLE with media repository? If yes, which system(s)?
- Media archive(s)? If yes, which system(s)?
- Learning objects repositories? If yes, which system(s)?
- Podcast systems? If yes, which system(s)?
- Content management system? If yes, which system(s)?
- Other media or object systems or repositories? If yes, which system(s)?
- We do not use systems for digital media.
Do you University make use of external media, learning object, or video repositories? (Eg. Youtube, iTunes, Microsoft Video etc.). If yes, which system(s)?

(Group members please feel free to comment the draft!)

Yves: I do not believe that sending a survey by e-mail will work better and you will not be able to use the statistics provided by the tool.

Yves: Define precisely the meaning of learning object.

2. Understanding and engaging the instructors.

a) analyzing how instructors are characterized; which technologies are they using (video, learning objects etc.) and what their preferences are with regards to implementing these technologies in teaching practice (this could also be carried out as a survey). Maria and Mikkel have done a similar survey in Aarhus autumn 2008 which may inspire this work.

Mikkel: I suggest that we skip answering 2a, since I am afraid that the results would not be very representative having the low response rate of the EUNIS surveys in mind.

b) analyzing how they can be engaged to use video and other digital learning material in their teaching practice. The outcome of this task could be a EUNIS paper.

Mikkel: I suggest that we analyze this with a survey as well. The overall aim could be to identify which factors influences the motivation of the teachers to use webbased media in their teaching practice. If we would get a low response rate, I don't think it would be a problem. If would still make sense to know what different teachers need to be more motivated.

We could write a EUNIS paper about this - anyone interested in participating?

Here goes my draft - comments are more than welcome!:

Survey: Motivating the teachers

Which university do you work at?

Which institute/department to you work at?

Do you lecture students? (yes/no)

To which extend to you use web-based media such as audio, video, and interactive learning objects in your teaching practice?
- never
- seldom
- occasionally/fair
- oftentimes
- all the time

Which of the following factors would motivate you to a higher usage of web-based media in your teaching practice:
- easy accesses to publication and upload
- easy access to production facilities - equipment and software
- easy access to existing and relevant materials
- easy access to technical support
- easy access to pedagogical support
- easy access to legal advice about intellectual property and copyrights
- easy access to digital recourses such as clip arts, templates, animations etc. for your productions
- access to knowledge exchange and networking group
- acknowledgement by students
- acknowledgement by peers/colleagues
- acknowledgement by university management/administration
- your own equipment and software for production
- time for production
- honorarium for materials
- Other factors___
- none

Which of the listed factors would be most important to you? (drop down)

Do or are you willing to share your digital media with other teachers?

Future Work

- Redefining the group
- Carry out the surveys electronically
- Author papers (EUNIS 2009) and reports

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