The Jorum Developer Challenge 2012 at Dev8D: Releasing Open Educational Resources into the Wild

By jorum, published February 1, 2012

+++ UPDATE: See here for a report on what happened at Dev8D with the Challenge +++

Calling all developers! Jorum is offering a challenge, with prizes, as part of this year's Dev8D Conference. Follow this link to see all the developer challenges with prizes on offer at this year’s Dev8D, and this link for more details for developers. NB: for those interested in paradata / usage data, there will also be a JLeRN Experiment Paradata Challenge.

Are you interested in exploring new ways to extract, share, visualise, search, collate or mash up the thousands of open educational resources available in Jorum?

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Jorum has a challenge for you!

Jorum Challenge 1st Prize: Sponsorship up to £250 to attend the conference or other tech event of the winner’s choice. Jorum Challenge Runner Up Prizes: 2 prizes available of £50 Amazon vouchers each.

Jorum, the free repository of OERs for UK HE and FE, is built on the open source DSpace platform, and currently provides access to over 11,000 resources. The Jorum team would like more people in our sector to be inspired by new and innovative ways for their OERs to enhance learning and teaching.

Jorum’s DSpace platform offers a Read API that supports a number of ways to search for and get the content and metadata held in the repository. We’re interested in applications that demonstrate useful, innovative, original use the Jorum DSpace Read API for the benefit of HE and FE.

For more information, please read the Challenge Guidelines (see below), after which you can contact:

Ben Ryan at Benjamin [dot] Ryan [at] manchester [dot] ac [dot] uk or Yogesh Patel at Yogesh [dot] Patel [at] manchester [dot] ac [dot] uk

... with further questions.

The below-mentioned surgery has had to be cancelled but the Challenge is still on! Please contact Ben with questions

_Please note that pre-Dev8D developers' surgery for the challenge will take place on : Wednesday 8 Feb, 10:00-12:00

... where more information about the API will be made available. For more information about this, please contact Ben or Yogesh (contact details above)._

The above-mentioned surgery has had to be cancelled but the Challenge is still on! Please contact Ben with questions

There will also be a session on the Jorum API at Dev8D, and Ben and Yogesh will be available throughout the conference to help developers with their ideas and entries.

Challenge Guidelines

Jorum Challenge Criteria:

We don’t want to limit you with criteria that are too specific. Credit towards winning a challenge prize will go to those applications that:

  • enable significant educational content from Jorum to be accessed, used or re-purposed by users where they live and work, for example within subject/discipline communities, social media networks, institutional spaces online, etc., or,
  • enhance the user’s journey with Jorum content, e.g. discovery, or embedding in educational workflows, or,
  • help users with content in Jorum with promoting their content, enhancing their reputation, or seeing how others are using their content.

Extra credit will be given for applications which interact usefully with other relevant tools, services, or repositories. Extra super credit will be given if you come up with something we love that doesn’t exactly fit the first 3 criteria!

To be considered for a prize, you must be able to demonstrate to the judges and the community what your application can do by the closing date. This should be a video accompanied by some textual explanation, or other Web-shareable means of explaining and showing what your entry is about or can do. You should also make yourself available for questions from the judges and community during the judging period.

Rules and Judging:

  • Intention to enter to be registered with Ben Ryan or Yogesh Patel by the start of Dev8D sessions on Wednesday 15 February (they will be running a Jorum API workshop on Tuesday 14 February, 14:00-16:00).
  • All entries must be made available for judging via the Dev8D wiki.
  • Entries must be submitted to the wiki and Ben Ryan and Yogesh Patel notified by midday Friday 24 February.
  • Mimas reserves the right to offer no prize or fewer than 3 prizes.
  • Judges’ decisions are final and will be announced during Open Education Week (5-9 March 2012). Announcements will be made on the Dev8D wiki, the Jorum blog and the OER-Discuss email list.
  • Sponsorship prize will be provided via payment of expenses for the winners’ registration and/or travel and subsistence to the conference or other tech event of their choice, up to £250. Original receipts will be required, under standard Manchester University travel & subsistence expenses rules (e.g. not to be spent on alcohol, sorry!). Some items can be paid for in advance by Mimas. The event must be within 1 calendar year of the prize announcement date.
  • In the event that a winning entry is created by more than one developer, the winning team can divide up the prize amongst themselves as they see fit; they will need to make a final agreement with Mimas before booking anything.
  • Winners will be expected to write a guest blog post for the Jorum blog. This blog entry can simply replicate what is in their wiki entry, or expand on it; as long as we have a permanent promotional record of the winning entries.
  • This challenge is open to UK residents only.