Today sees the launch of a new look for Jorum as much of the site is migrated to the open source WordPress platform. The site has been redeveloped with a contemporary style and the main improvements include a:
Last October, Leicester City Council released guidance documents and a range of practical information to support school staff in understanding, finding, creating, and sharing Open Educational Resources (OER). Jorum felt these would make a useful contribution to its collections so we got in touch with Josie Fraser to seek permission to share them with Jorum. We also sought permission to update them in order to make them more widely usable beyond the schools sector in Leicester.
Jorum are currently investigating the implementation of Mozilla Open Badges toreward and encourage the depositing, repurposing and remixing of OERs.
Jorum will benefit from new online interactive resources for the Skills sector thanks to a Jisc initiative to develop new online interactive resources for apprentices in order to support the requirements of the FELTAG report.
Siobhan Burke and Peter Collins were both in attendance at CoPilot comes to Cardiff on Monday 24th November and delivered a thirty minute session to the assembled delegates.
The Jorum service upgraded its repository to the latest version of DSpace yesterday as well as migrating its services to a Cloud environment. You can read more about the reasons in our previous news item. The cloud environment will allow Jorum and other services at Mimas to gain the benefits of a more flexible way of managing the IT infrastructure that hosts these services and to make cost savings in the long term by reducing the need to purchase physical machines and pay for these machines to be hosted and supported.
As we’re now firmly part of the Digital Resources Division at Jisc, this months resources are all deposits from Jisc departments, or have been funded by Jisc initiatives, such as the UKOER programme.
It has been a busy time for staff at Mimas as we have now moved into the Jisc family. As of the 1st August, the Learning, Teaching and Professional team will form part of the Digital Resources Division at Jisc.
Jorum and the LRMI
Jorum was delighted to receive grant funding from Creative Commons to participate in the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) project. Across the last 10 months, in parallel with 8 other funded US organisations, Jorum has been developing and testing features which will enhance both the resource discovery system and interoperability of Jorum content.
Jorum’s first Annual User Survey ran during March and we received a good response – 80 in total from across HE and FE, and from different roles across the education sector. There were some very useful comments but Jorum was pleased that there weren’t many surprises in the responses. The Jorum team already had a good idea of the areas we need to improve on and also some things that we are doing well, such as the ability to filter resources which came with new Jorum in September 2013. The survey has provided some user based evidence showing that the team are on the right track and can continue with it.