Federal Library of Open Educational Resources

The federal digital library aims at coping with the scarcity of open and high-quality educational resources by offering access to public collections created by and for educators.

Abstract

 

Despite the broad availability of educational platforms, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the scarcity of open and high-quality educational resources to digitally support learning activities in the classroom and at home, as well as the digital precarity of the society at large.

 

To cope with such challenges and to support innovative and agile blended learning scenarios, the FREE project is designing and implementing a federal digital library of open educational resources (OERs) for various levels and study programs in Switzerland and beyond. It complements the Swiss Digital Skills Academy initiative focusing on helping teachers to develop the new required competences (d-skills.ch).

 

This federal library neither replaces nor competes with existing cantonal repositories, rather it helps to federate educational resources and make them public. Resources range from simple multimedia documents, presentation slides, and videos, to capsules integrating interactive tools, simulations, AR/VR components, active learning scenarios, as well as embedded learning analytics for teachers and learners.

 

The project follows a participatory design methodology integrating educational specialists, domain experts, teachers, interaction designers, and software engineers to fulfil the actual requirements of the practitioners.

 

Acknowledging that the only way to provide enough resources is to empower educators to co-create and share educational resources, the library is combined with the Graasp.org platform that supports to full open educational resources life cycle, from their initial pedagogical design to their actual classroom implementation.

 

This project is carried out in three phases enforcing translational research. The first phase (2022) aims at eliciting the requirements and prototyping a first scalable version of the digital library. The second phase (2023) aims at harvesting high-quality resources from other repositories and encouraging regional production by domain experts. Evaluation and adaptation of the ecosystem are also planned. Finally, the last phase (2024) aims at large-scale public dissemination and teacher training.

 

Project Website:
https://library.graasp.org

 

Main Contact Person:
Denis Gillet

Beteiligte Institutionen

Deutsch (Schweiz)