TYPICAL USE CASES
TAFE Queensland (TQ) is a vocational education and training provider with over 120,000 learners enrolled in approximately 650 qualifications, courses and micro-credentials offered across 60 locations in the State and internationally. As a single entity operating across such a wide spectrum of geographic locations, reducing duplication by having a central repository of reusable teaching and learning resources was not a ‘nice-to-have’ – it was an imperative. Adopting openEQUELLA in 2007 and subsequently implementing an internal content management and quality control team has resulted in TQ being able to offer a high-quality, consistent student experience. For teachers, creating new courses and enhancing course content as new resources and assessments are developed has been significantly more efficient.
Learning and teaching
At its core, openEQUELLA is a platform designed to store and manage any type of learning content – it’s perfect for those seeking an LCMS or LOR. It’s typically the primary use case, with openEQUELLA seamlessly integrating with all leading learning management systems.
openEQUELLA provides a powerful tool for organisations with a focus on OER. Many users of the platform combine their private content management needs with a public collection of open educational resources.
An emerging use case for openEQUELLA users, is the establishment of commercial collections for the purpose of distributing best practice content to other organisations. For sectors with a common curriculum but limited competition, this is an ideal way to avoid duplication of effort. Methods for sharing involve openEQUELLA-to-openEQUELLA harvesting, as well as direct download.
Macquarie University Use Case
Macquarie University (MQ) has been using openEQUELLA since 2013, initially as a centralised digital repository and copyright management system for their Library eReserves, before expanding its use into other areas, such as for Learning and Teaching Resources and as an integrated Multimedia Library. openEQUELLA’s interoperability was a key factor for MQ when choosing which digital content management system they would adopt, as well as its copyright management and highly customisable permissions management capabilities.
openEQUELLA’s copyright compliance features include the ability to activate specific attachments (typically book chapters and journal articles) for particular periods within a course to ensure compliance with local copyright laws. openEQUELLA automatically tracks content usage of the activated items and produces the appropriate reports, reducing the reporting workload for institutions.
openEQUELLA provides eReserve functionality that enables institutions to manage online IP-restricted materials effectively.
openEQUELLA has been implemented both for ongoing and archival requirements relating to management of digital assets contained as part of a thesis.
Swinburne University of Technology Use Case
Swinburne University of Technology started using openEQUELLA in 2013 when they were looking for a place to store and share digital media as part of their iTunesU project. openEQUELLA was implemented as a discovery layer so that media files could be easily catalogued, searched and used. From there, Swinburne Commons was born and continues to develop as a centralised digital media platform for staff and teachers. Use of openEQUELLA has expanded to service all of the institution’s internal multimedia resources, such as staff communications, webinars and online events. Additionally, numerous historical collections have been catalogued and shared with the public, a significant cultural archive for the University.
For organisations not seeking a fully-fledged research repository, openEQUELLA provides an ideal solution for the storage and retrieval of research materials and publications. The platform possesses key functionally relating to discoverability, and integrates with systems such as Google Scholar.
openEQUELLA has been implemented for the purpose of storing archival resources for future use, often known as ‘dark archives’.
Knowledge hubs (ICT)
Greater content efficiencies are achieved through the consolidation of content stored across disperse databases, applications, and servers.
Providing rich search functionality, openEQUELLA provides an ideal platform to store and manage knowledge base articles. In creating a knowledge base collection, organisations can choose whether these are made available to both internal and external users.
As a platform capable of storing any type of digital resource, openEQUELLA is perfectly suited for any internal document management requirement.
With powerful workflow capabilities, openEQUELLA can be configured to map to specific internal and external processes.