Our project, Mediterranean Virtual University , is only just beginning to look at a digital library to complement the learning enviroment (ie Moodle) so we don’t have any papers so far. The aim is to provide a central resource that can be referenced by individual Moodle courses providing mainly background material and readings, rather than packaged learning objects. In this context Dublin Core metadata is sufficient for our purposes (indeed there is a debate whether the way IEEE LOM is actually used in practice really adds much more than is already in the Dublin Core). However, the main thing is to manage the authentication so that access to materials can be restricted to the appropriate students.
Incidentally, we are also looking at setting up a handle server to manage and maintain links to external web resources. Course developers will then be able to reference a handle rather than a URL for a particular website secure in the knowledge that the handle will be kept up to date and pointing to the right resource even if its URL changes. In this case there is not much integration required with Moodle.
very interesting. Especially the ‘handle server’. “secure in the knowledge that the handle will be kept up to date and pointing to the right resource even if its URL changes.” — this is huge. We need this now!Posted by markp at February 27, 2006 11:37 AM