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This project will aim over the course of 18 months to create a substantial body of research and learning outputs from across the institution and elsewhere by building on an established institutional repository. In particular we have the expertise to offer a considerable resource in the dance and product, automotive and transport design areas, as well as at the transition from FE to HE in health boundary.

Coventry University Repository Validation & Enhancement

Repositories Enhancement project

Coventry University Repository Validation & Enhancement (CURVE) is an online repository that will be fully integrated with CUOnline (Coventry University Online). It will enable the sharing of e-resources between modules as well as allowing direct access to them via a sophisticated search facility. Tutors will be able to control the access to any material they place in CURVE.

The content of the repository (and the harvestable metadata) will be freely available to the HE and FE community and beyond. The population, enhancement and management of the repository will form the core of the project work. Learning outcomes on cultural issues and institutional implementation from these activities will also be shared with the community in a variety of ways.

Aims and Objectives

The project is aimed at enhancing the Coventry University institutional repository, to add high quality content, and to technically enhance it to interoperate with the network of repositories being created through the JISC funding for digital repositories and preservation.

In addition to the creation of the repository itself, it is proposed to carry out detailed investigations into the usefulness of learning objects deposited in it. Particular emphasis will be placed on the practical issues associated with the possible implementation of standards.

The proposal will achieve several key objectives outlined in the JISC Circular 04/06, namely:

  • A sustainable and embedded interoperable repository for learning, teaching and research
  • Deposit supporting institutional policy
  • Content deposit built into workflows in learning, teaching and research
  • Documented strategies for content population

Project Methodology

The population, enhancement and management of the repository will form the core of the project work. Learning outcomes from these activities will also be shared with the community in a variety of ways.  The project team leaders will be responsible for directing the work in their particular content area (library, automotive design, dance, research objects, inter-professional learning and HE in FE resources).

We will work with other JISC approved projects in the programme and other JISC programmes, building on the existing repository to effectively contribute to a network of distributed and cooperating services.

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

The work will result in a number of sector wide benefits. In particular the dance learning objects collection, resources in the area of design and the internationally important digital archive of material on the Coventry motor vehicle industry, that will made available to all.

A use case study of HE in FE collaboration, focussed on the joint development and use of the institutional repository, will also be published.

Technology / Standards Used

Learning Edge focuses on dealing with the resources users commonly use for learning object creation (i.e. HTML, Word, PDF, Flash), and tries to assist with re-use by integrating a simple java-based authoring environment directly with the repository that allows people to drag and drop existing content into new collections. It interoperates with the VLE and we will also be building links into external content and repositories for use by our staff.

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Project partners

Project Staff

Project Director
Project Manager
Project Team Leaders
  • Lynn Clouder (Director) Centre for Inter-Professional e-Learning and teaches in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University
  • Chris Jones (Business Development Manager) The Learning Edge UK
  • Ian Marshall (Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research) Coventry University
  • Caroline Rock (Deputy Librarian) Coventry University
  • Richard Trigg (Learning Technologies Development Manager) Warwickshire College
  • Sarah Whatley (Professor of Dance) Coventry University

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