Tuesday, November 14, 2006

RLO evaluation

I've just read the evaluation of our RLOs by two of our librarian colleagues. They're really valuable and both come up with some excellent suggestions. I suppose it's a bit like having our very own editoral board looking at what we've created and quality assuring the content. Having an outsider look at your work and criticise it is really very useful.

It's brought up issues that we were already aware of, such as the technical aspects that we need to improve upon to make the RLOs more user friendly. What we'll need to do is put some time aside to make improvements to the RLOs and release new versions of them. These learning objects can't stand still, they must constantly evolve and be allowed to change as appropriate.

We've also decided that we need to make several versions of RLOs available at the same time. Our colleagues have had problems downloading the eLibrary podcasts and we're thinking about putting up three or four different software types to choose from.

Colleagues also made the point that these RLOs can be embedded not only in course material but also within appropriate library web pages so that our referencing RLOs are linked to from our referencing website and so on.

Another interesting point made by a colleague is that we should have a clearer framework for each RLO, focusing on who our intended users are and maybe even putting together learning outcomes for each learning object. I think this would make a crucial part of a workflow document each time an RLO is produced, especially if we then contribute it to JORUM.

More soon....

1 comment:

Beth Gwinnett said...

Some general feedback on how your RLOs could be used, etc: Many of the BRUM RLOs would be a great bonus to our IL provision. Having them available on a 'highly-visible' and neat-looking website for tutors to use would be great- as would having them available for users to access from the relevant bit of the website, i.e. all of the RLOs relevant to referencing available from the i-cite guide (UoB's in-house referencing website) etc. I’d certainly promote these RLOs to Schools and users once they become widely available.