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This project will deliver a set of services to e-learning professionals based on a set of three linked repositories and associated tools. It will be hosted by the University of Manchester, Cranfield University and ALT.

ALT Open Access Repository

This project is now complete. See the ALT Open Access Repository

See the final report

Repositories Start-Up project


This project is a repository start up project. A key issue for the sector is the skills and knowledge of new entrants to a rapidly growing professional body. In order to be effective, a resource base for such staff development requires frameworks both to support practice and for professional accreditation. This project aims to provide a resource base and supporting technologies to ensure effective support for e-learning professionals. It builds on a number of existing resources, bodies of knowledge and expertise, technologies and professional frameworks and provides the first stage in a planned evolution path for a growing sustainable resource base.

Aims and Objectives

wALTer is designed to produce a single web service to support e-learning professionals in practice and in achieving professional recognition. The creation and maintenance of a repository to support e-learning professionals is coincidentally an objective of each partner organisation. The On-line Learning Knowledge Garden at Cranfield University, OLKG and ALT-J pre-prints and post-prints' will be incorporated, developed and extended in this resource. wALTer will also investigate how Web2 technologies can be in-built to support professional communities and to build knowledge resources as the sector adopts new ways of working with network technologies.

Project Methodology

Existing elements available to support this design include:

  • Ontology of e-learning 
  • Wiki technologies
  • Framework for planning, designing, developing and delivering e-learning
  • Framework for professional accreditation
  • High quality resource in the On-line Knowledge Garden
  • Supported repository technologies
  • Research journal resources
  • Search tools

These services, delivered through a web interface, will be based on a set of linked technologies comprising of a:

  • semantic wiki
  • state of the art repository comprising a content management system, content development system, rights management system, work flow control system
  • set of knowledge driven process interfaces

Anticipated Outcomes and Outputs

The core elements of the proposed services are a proof of concept searchable repository of resources for e-learning professionals composing:

  • exemplars of best practice
  • guides for good practice in design & use of education technologies
  • research papers
  • sector reports related to e-learning
  • journal articles
  • A semantic wiki linked to the repository that can be added to and extended by practitioners
  • A guide to the CMALT Scheme with guidance and support for accreditation based on metrics of skills, competencies and experience
  • A pedagogic planner to guide practitioners through processes of planning, design, development and delivery of e-learning

Technology / Standards used

The project will examine viable combinations from the several technical solutions currently available to us, and the most efficient way to combine the live repository/ies function with local sites’ requirements for hosting, bulk upload from development servers, and application of community-oriented software to provide extended services around the resource base. Interoperability issues and standards that will apply to the project will depend on the specific technology combination that emerges and will build on the technical strengths of the live systems.

Project Staff

Project Manager
  • Katie Janota, Cranfield University
Project Team
  • Bernard Scott, Cranfield University
  • Piers MacLean, Cranfield University
  • Mark van Harmelen, The Association for Learning Technology, Oxford Brookes University
  • Seb Schmoller, The Association for Learning Technology, Oxford Brookes University

Documents & Multimedia

Start date
1 April 2007
End date
31 March 2009
Funding programme
Repositories and Preservation Programme
Repositories Start-up and Enhancement projects
Project website
Lead institutions
Cranfield University
Partner institutions
  • University of Manchester
  • Oxford Brookes University