Kalev Leetaru, an American Academic, has uploaded over 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, with searchable tags automatically added. Sourced from more than 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organisation making this a free resource. This releases images that would otherwise have been embedded in PDF or text searchable formats.
The pictures range from 1500 to 1922, when copyright restrictions come into effect so are free to be copied and reused.
There are exciting opportunities for the DiAL-e to explore some of the functionality associated with the scanning process, showing timelines and morphing of images.
Leetaru’s reported to explore a project to link the resource to Wikipedia,which will enhance both and we’ll be watching that carefully.
Kalev H. Leetaru is the Yahoo! Fellow in Residence of International Values, Communications Technology & the Global Internet at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. – See more at: http://www.kalevleetaru.com/#sthash.N3QSsJ8E.dpuf
The Higher Education Academy is currently running a Teaching International Students project which aims to support teaching staff in the classroom (either at ‘home’, online or overseas) rather than issues of pre-arrival support. However, the project team advocates a coordinated approach to supporting international students and believes in a ‘life-wide’ approach. To this end they have listed of some of the resources that universities and other support services have already developed and implemented to support prospective or newly-arrived international students. Follow this link to access these resources.
The EdMediaShare site from JISC Digital Media is developing some serious traction to support useful and usable video content. I think it has proved itself as a ‘proof of concept’.
The EdMedia Share site allows for the sharing of educationally useful content, provide opportunities for ‘finding’ content and allows for ‘critique’. The browsing by discipline and collection is very useful. We hoped the search by ‘learning design’ will also prove a successful attribute and are thrilled to see the DiAL-e being integrated. The original ‘community’ site on the JISC pages as part of the original 2006 project was less successful than we would have liked so hopefully EdMediaShare will fill that gap. It was always our intention that the framework would create a community of practice.
The Australian Flexible Learning Framework (Framework) has this month released a user guide on Digital Video Principles which it says is “designed to help e-learning content developers make informed decisions about the use of video formats, codecs and delivery systems”.
A new YouTube channel has been produced in order to bring together a disperate range of video exemplars, explanatory videos and training & development material from the different DiAL-e projects in one place. We hope to develop this channel in the near future with your help, to make it a useful place to critique the framework and its applications, as well as a site to upload examples of good practice in using video resources.
We invite you all to join the site as a subscriber (we promise NOT to bombard you with emails) so that you can comment on the videos, provide insights for colleagues on what has worked best for you, and develop a community that is focused on using video resources in our teaching, particularly in higher education, as a focus for learner engagement rather than as ‘content’.