SOLR:Content Strategies Intro

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Thanks both to all of you for coming, and to all the presenters for their willingness to share their work

Why This Meeting

"The development and acquisition of digital learning content represents a huge investment in each of our institutions, indeed often far outstripping the actual costs of the systems used to deliver it.
Yet this investment is constantly under threat: each time a new LMS upgrade (or product) comes along; each time new course revisions are required; indeed even the regular term to term turnover put stress on our instructors, content developers and support staff to make sure courses are rolled out the same as before. These stresses are increased by the proliferation of sources and types of digital learning content that 'must' be made to work in our digital environments, more collaborative approaches to content and learning, the increasing demands to share content across and outside our institutional boundaries and systems, and by the promise and issues that Open Content approaches represent. "

SOL*R and Problems Sharing Content Across the Province

  • 4 main LMS around the province (& other smaller ones, variations) that don't always play well together
  • Some, but not all, schools have strategies in place that ameliorate this
  • We've developed some specific workarounds, but any solution HAS to reflect your local realities, issues, and priorities
  • As we discussed the issue, it became clear it became clear it was a small part of a much larger issue

The Larger Issues

  • Local LMS and related issues (& upgrades, migrations)
  • Sustainability of content production models
  • The cost of content, the cost of not managing it, the cost of not sharing it
  • Copright and IP Issues
  • New Approaches and Movements, their threats and opportunities
    • Web 2.0, Syndication
    • Open Content, Open Educational Resources

Goals for the day

  • Identify common issues institutions are facing around learning content
  • Demonstrate some possible solutions already in place around the province, both within and outside the LMS paradigm

Outline of the day

- Morning Discussion

- Identifying Common Problems and Issues

- Morning Presentations

- LMS-Oriented Solutions to Managing Learning Content

- Lunch

- Some New Offerings from BCcampus

- Afternoon Presentations - Loosely Coupled and Open Content Approaches

- Closing Discussion - Roundtables - Next Steps Forward

On to Opening Discussion Questions