As well as providing a critical mass of content, MELT is seeking to work with educational bodies, cultural heritage organisations, broadcasters and both non-profit and commercial educational content developers. The aim is to bring additional content into the project that can be enriched with new metadata and then to make these resources available via a publicly available Learning Resource Exchange (LRE) service for schools that the EUN will launch later in 2008.
If you are interested in finding out how to become a LRE Associate Partner, please download the LRE Associate Partner Brochure.
EUN also organized a major seminar for potential LRE Associate Partners on 9 November 2007. You can download the presentations from this event and find out more detailed information on how to join the LRE here.
Benefits for LRE Associate Partners
As an LRE Associate Partner, we will provide you with:
- The opportunity to have your learning resources exposed to schools all over Europe and globally. Your resources can be found through different portals including those from connected Ministries of Education, EUN’s own Learning Resource Exchange portal and the ARIADNE & GLOBE network.
- Access to a critical mass of open educational resources for schools (including those from the MELT and CALIBRATE projects) provided by 16 Ministries of Education, the ARIADNE Foundation, commercial publishers and a selected number of other content providers. These resources, the majority of which are made available under Creative Commons licenses, can be freely used for educational purposes.
- A first level of free advice and support, including attendance at workshops and access to tools, that will show you:
- how to connect your own portal or virtual learning environment to the LRE federation, allowing access at your own site to all resources from these repositories.
- how to make your metadata available for harvesting.
- how to make your resources visible via the LRE by using an easy ‘mass upload’ facility.
- how to implement the LRE LOM-based application profile for schools in Europe that provides access to elaborated multilingual vocabularies including a multilingual thesaurus of 1200 terms.
- how to automatically translate LOM metadata, automatically generate metadata from given learning resources and how to organize the metadata tagging workflow.
- Regular feedback on your learning resources in terms of popularity, annotations and ratings by teachers.
- Enrichment of your existing metadata by teachers using a LRE social tagging tool.
- Access to open source turnkey solutions for learning resource repositories including advice on how to install and manage these. These turnkey solutions are offered by the European Schoolnet (MINOR), ARIADNE (Knowledge Pool System), or the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (SCAM Nimble).
- Participation in the LeMill community for finding, authoring and sharing learning resources and support from the developers of the LeMill open source server software.
- Opportunities to help shape the future direction of the LRE for schools and to participate in future projects associated with taking forward this initiative.