Invitation to connect your OER repository

Project X5GON aims to interact Open Educational Resources from very different sites. In X5GON we will index the resources and, whenever possible, enrich them (for example, if these contain videos, transcription and translation will be done). In order to gather the different resources, we need these to be made visible which, in fairness, is one of the reasons for which we declare our education resources as open, isn’t it?. The way we technically aim to do this is by adding a code snippet – literally two lines of JavaScript – to each resource you want to see indexed. This snippet will itself call a library which will be on your site.

The effect of the snippet is the following:

  1. The X5GON server is notified that the resource A is being accessed by a user identified by a simple identifier;
  2. A list of recommendations is sent to the OER server;
  3. At a later stage, if resource A was not known to the X5GON server, resource A is fetched, analysed, enriched (with transcription/translation when needed) and indexed. It will in the future be linked to other resources and appear as recommendation when relevant.

For this to be possible the partner OER site should:

  1. Include the snippet on each webpage you wish to share as Open Educational Resource. We recommend you have the material licensed (possibly with a CC license);
  2. Include the library on your server (please note that the snippet should point to this library);
  3. Allow the code to execute;
  4. Decide how you use the recommendations which will be sent to you.

Please fill out the form below with details on your OER repository and in as much details possible. Completing this form does not commit you in any way, but it does give essential input in order to understand the nature of your repository. Information provided is strictly confidential and commits neither party.

We have also prepared a Frequently Asked Questions section in order to support you in your decision making process

OER repositories Information

  • Open Education Resources basic information

  • The URL to the OER repository - location where the learning materials are stored.
  • Is there a public API which can be used to access the OER material?
  • Statistics what the OER provider has to offer, separated by material type, e.g. 1200 videos, 500 moocs, 300 slides, 20 pdfs, etc.
  • Example of the URL that shows/downloads the learning material.
  • Languages supported by the OER repository
  • Licenses under which the learning materials are secured by - allowing free usage or are there limitations in sharing the materials. Create Commons Attribution 4.0 License, external resources under providers License, etc.
  • What technologies, libraries, frameworks are used in creating the repository and it's access point (website and server technologies separately). For e.g. Website: angular, javascript, handlebars, html or Server: php, nodejs, apache
  • How is the repository structured? Are the learning material bundled together on the same webpage or do each material have it's own webpage? Is the webpage layout the same for all materials or do they all have a custom layout (to some extent)? E.g text (e.g. text/plain, text/html, ...), HTML element (e.g. iframe), URL (e.g. youtube videos), PDF, eBook formats, video, audio, single image, image gallery, interactive web page (slid.es presentations), presentation file (PPT, PPTX, ODP,…)
  • OER Snippet Integration

    Recommendations will also be personalized to the users but for this to work efficiently we would need to gather user activity on your repositories. This would be done in the following way: OER providers would insert a small snippet/script which would send information, such as who is the user (in a form of a token), what page he or she visited and at what time, to the X5gon server. This data is then used to create the personalized recommendations and return it to the OER provider - who has complete control over the received recommendations. Now, we are interested if the snippet can be added to your OER repository and to what extent (all of the material, some of them, none)?
  • Open Educatioal Resources Acquisition

  • List links to phrases, dictionaries, taxonomies and other that are used when talking about OER. This will be helpful in information extraction and learning analysis. E.g. these are the files/dictionaries/taxonomies we use when talking about OER on our portal: 1. link to taxonomy
  • List of OER material formats. Some have been already written down but a lot of them are probably missing. Having a complete list would be helpful in knowing what are all of the formats we should be aware of. Please be exhaustive when writing the format list. For instance the list contains eBooks as a format but there are many different eBook formats as seen here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_e-book_formats. E.g. PDF, eBook formats, video, audio, single image
  • The MIME types allow us to automatically find the learning material in the OER repository. A learning material can have several MIME types - that is why we would appreciate if you could write as much MIME types for a OER material as possible. E.g. application/pdf, video/mp4, video/quicktime, video/x-ms-wmv, other
  • The file extensions list shows the possible file extensions OER material can have. Similarly as MIME types a material can have zero or several possible file extensions - for instance, an html file is mostly seen with the .HTML extension, but there is also .HTM which is a less known extension for an html file. Here we would be greatful if you could write all of the extensions that are possible for your OER material. E.g are .PDF, .HTML, .HTM, .DOCX, other
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