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TELSTAR Project overview
Library, Seminar Rooms 1 & 2
Owen Stephens, Jason Platts

This event took place on 17th June 2009

TELSTAR (Technology Enhanced Learning supporting STudents to achieve Academic Rigour) is a 16 month project funded under the JISC's Institutional Innovation Programme (Phase 2 - Large-scale Institutional Exemplars). The Open University Library is leading the project and working in collaboration with Open University Learning and Teaching Solutions and with RefWorks.

TELSTAR is aiming to replace MyOpenLibrary with a more robust integrated technical solution for managing library content within the the VLE (Moodle). The solution, based on RefWorks will enable the presentation of course bibliographies (including bibliographic references, links to Library databases, full-text articles and other Library resources and services) on course websites in the VLE and also within the ePortfolio system. Within the ePortfolio system end-users will be able to view their course bibliography and add their own references and resources using an interface to RefWorks. They will manipulate references and resources (for example tag them with keywords, add comments to them), share them with others and reuse them within their assignments.

The solution will be scalable and sustainable, supporting eProduction and eLearning practices, processes and systems. The Project's evaluations will focus on staff (involved in e-production and in e-learning delivery and support) and students, researchers and other end-users experience of the solution and its impact, including change management requirements.

The seminar will present an overview of the project and its progress to date. It will also include a demonstration of our walk-through models. We are using these models to gather feedback to aid the design and development of our prototypes.

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