Evidence to support content development and, particularly the reuse of materials has proven challenging to find in the education sector. Our work, therefore, has focused on identifying best practices in this area that include the efforts of both individuals and institutions across Europe (and beyond) who use, adapt, innovate and share such educational materials. Our surveys have revealed that a variety of learning platforms, tools and standards are used to promote the sharing of such materials as well as uncovering the reasons why these activities are so important. Awareness about the benefits of this work has been raised through a series of research reports, the development of an interactive online course about reuse as well as the promotion of a dedicated content development and reuse innovations space within the ICOPER website.
How did we get there?
There are several key issues to be taken into account when reusable content is initially developed. Findings from our best practices case studies as well as from previous investigations suggest that several factors can facilitate the greater adoption and improvements to the effective reuse and creation of reusable resources. There appear to be a number of recognizable phases, namely: searching, authoring, adapting and publishing reusable content.
Our primary solution to this problem is to raise awareness of the key issues around Content Development for Reuse. This can be done at an early stage of development whilst continuing to keep communities of practice engaged in sharing all relevant OER-related information.
Details of further suggested solutions, using the previously described headings, revolve around awareness raising, e.g.,:
Searching for reusable content
Authoring reusable content
Adapting reusable content
Delivering reusable content
In addition we have produced a New Media Library containing assets that can be been reused in numerous ways.
ISURE:Recommendations for extending effective reuse, embodied in the ICOPER CD&R
ISURE: Quality control and Web 2.0 technologies report
ICOPER media wiki
New Media Library