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Developing a framework for a useable and useful inventory of Computer-facilitated learning and support materials in Australian universities

McNaught, C., Phillips, R., Rossiter, D. and Winn, J. (2000) Developing a framework for a useable and useful inventory of Computer-facilitated learning and support materials in Australian universities. AusInfo, Canberra, ACT.

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Abstract

There are two aspects to this report - general issues related to the adoption of computer-facilitated learning (CFL) resources, and specific issues relating to setting up a useful and usable inventory of CFL resources.

The project team began the project with the idea that we could develop a prototype national inventory using 'snapshots' obtained from institutional surveys, case studies and literature work. However, sufficient data about existing CFL resources is simply not yet available. The emphasis in this report evolved into the development of a framework about how a successful national inventory could be set up and maintained. As we outline later, we are recommending a system of distributed databases 'held together' by metadata standards.

The report relates to key themes which emerged from the five case studies conducted in this study. These themes are Policy, Culture and Support. We have woven these themes into the report because we have been convinced that Australian university teachers will look for and use existing CFL resources only when these policy, culture and support issues are addressed. Otherwise any national inventory system will be used only minimally (and then only by enthusiasts rather than those who might benefit most).

Publication Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation: Teaching and Learning Centre
Series Name: Evaluations and Investigations Progam Report; 99/11
Publisher: AusInfo
Copyright: 2000 Commonwealth of Australia
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/12299
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