Applications, Updates

Developing Linked Data Approaches to OERs – where next?

In our last group workshop, some scenarios for use emerged which we hope to explore in the coming months. In Higher Education teaching and learning settings these can be summarised as:

  • A means for academic and teaching staff to structure learning activities for distance learning students, or students being guided through self-study tasks.
  • A way of making and sharing annotated video case studies.
  • An alternative to assessed oral presentations for students. This emerged as a particularly attractive option for courses where numbers are very high and staff have to assess many face-to-face presentations in a relatively short period of time, and where posters (submitted online) are currently being used as a more viable alternative.
We hope to explore these and other uses of the tool at our hands-on dissemination workshop, on 16 January 2013. This will focus on our semantic web apps which are built around the uses of video. This workshop, which runs from 10 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. and includes lunch, will be free for participants to attend, though we can’t pay travel and other expenses. Sessions will include short talks on the research behind the applications, practical demonstrations and hands-on use of the tools, supported by the project team: no technical expertise is required to participate. Click on the thumbnail to download the printable flyer, or sign up here.

This workshop will also introduce participants to our other video-based semantic tool, ViPER, which was built in the summer of 2012 and was supported by funding from Liverpool John Moores University. You can find more about ViPER, a generic version of a tool built specifically for students in contemporary dance by the Ensemble Project, here.

Aside from the potential uses of the tool outlined above, the project itself, and the involvement of staff throughout the faculty in it, has lead to interest in pursuing other, related work which builds on the outputs of both this project and the work done by Ensemble. At the time of writing, in October 2012:

  • Dr Louise Platt (participant in the OERRI project’s design workshops) is preparing an application for the AHRC’s ‘Care for the Future’ exploratory awards scheme, with Dr Kate Litherland as co-investigator. This bid proposes to draw on the technologies developed by the¬†Ensemble/ensemble@ljmu teams to develop a resource which records the stories and displays the inter-relatedness of these stories to materials produced, other stories told or wider social history.
  • The Centre for Sport, Dance and Outdoor Education at Liverpool John Moores University has applied to the HEA’s Departmental Teaching Development Grants scheme for funding to develop teaching practice, using and embeding the novel technologies developed by the Ensemble/ensemble@ljmu teams into programmes across the department.

Future outcomes and applications of the tool will be posted on this blog and shared with participants at the workshop in January 2013.




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