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    Publishing Online: does it make a difference? E-print repositories, web pages and expertise profile
    O'Brien, Linda ; MCLAURIN SMITH, NICKI ( 2006-06)
    Powerpoint covers Open Access, online repositories, research impact benefits, what the repository contains, importance of statistics, and the Themis researcher profile.
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    Single Copy Re-use of Sharable Content Objects
    Ip, Mr Albert ; Canale, Dr Enrico (Causal Productions, 2004-05)
    This paper puts forward a generic solution to the problem of re-use of Sharable Content Objects (SCOs) from multiple content repositories without making new copies of the SCOs. The solution has already been partly implemented by Open Learning Australia using Avilar’s WebMentor as the Learning Management System (LMS) and Harvest Road’s Hive as the Learning Content Management System (LCMS). The use of this technique to enable multiple LMSs to access SCOs stored in a single LCMS has already been demonstrated at Plugfest 7, a forum sponsored by the Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Laboratory. This paper further develops previous work, provides technical specifications and proposes an extension to the IMS content packaging specification to encourage adoption of this approach by LMS vendors to enable delivery of SCOs from multiple repositories.This technique has little overhead in terms of SCO development, management of courses and installation of courses. The model also enables the implementation of secure fetching of SCOs (via server-side authentication techniques) and hence is compatible with enforced digital rights management. The model includes a proposal for a technically minor extension to the content packaging specification. This is one of several proposed extensions that pose wider implications for the potential use of SCORM within education and training. Wider adoption has been hindered by SCORM’s pedagogical inflexibility and the maintenance problems associated with large scale re-use of learning objects. These significant problems can be solved with extensions to the SCORM specifications, demonstrating a robustness in design that gives SCORM the potential to become widely used across all sectors of education and training.
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    Managing, Communicating and Facilitating Research in a Hypertext University
    Porter, Mr Simon ( 2005)
    In a University that operates as a hypertext organization, additional work is required and expected to communicate across organizational boundaries. In the area of research, we make this work harder for ourselves by fragmenting our research data across university communities. Creating an enterprise record of research activity, and coordinating our research processes around this record, is a serious response to the question of how we can help administrators and academics alike collaborate across complex research structures more effectively.
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    METTLE 2005 Evaluation Report
    Fritze, Dr Paul ( 2005-02)
    The METTLE 2005 Forum and Showcase was held on November 10, 2005 hosted by the Information and Education Services program of the Information Division. Its aim was to support community networking and sharing of ideas between teachers, support staff and managers interested in the use of technology in teaching at the University of Melbourne. This document reports on outcomes and suggestions for future events and examines profiles and personal benefits reported by attendees.