A needs analysis framework for the design of digital repositories in higher education

Bennett, Sue and Parrish, Dominique and Lefoe, Geraldine and O'Reilly, Meg and Keppell, Mike and Philip, Robyn (2010) A needs analysis framework for the design of digital repositories in higher education. In: Cases on digital technologies in higher education: issues and challenges. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), Hershey, PA. United States, pp. 257-278. ISBN 978-1-61520-869-2


As the notion of learning objects has grown in popularity, so too has interest in how they should be stored to promote access and reusability. A key challenge to all repository projects is to understand the various motivations and needs to those wishing to contribute to and access the collection. To date there has been considerable attention given to technical issues of repositories, with much less consideration of how to attend to the needs of those who will use them. This chapter presents a needs analysis framework that was developed to guide the design of a new repository currently being created for the Australian higher education sector, The Carrick Exchange. The project to develop the framework is described, outlining the findings from analysis of literature and existing repositories, with input from a survey of potential users. The purpose of the framework was to distil key issues that should be considered in the design of the repository and we offer it here as an analytical tool that could be applied by others.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2014 03:57
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 03:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning objects; repositories; Carrick Exchange
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210201 Archival, Repository and Related Studies
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-869-2.ch018
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25806

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