Project Curl: A Curricular Resource Library
 
Nercomp March 1999
Sturbridge, MA
 
Michael Roy
Director of Academic Computing Services
Wesleyan University
mroy@wesleyan.edu

Outline
What is CuRL?
Why CuRL?
Project Participants
Workflow for Collection
Curricular Uses
Infrastructure/Technology
Related Projects
Next Steps
 
 

What is CuRL?
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CuRL stands for Curricular Resource Library. It is a database of links to web resources for use in the curriculum, collaboratively developed by librarians, faculty, and computer services at five New England schools.
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Why CuRL?
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curricular uses of the web
Of the various ways that the web is used in the curriculum, Project CuRL seeks to provide an improved method for the manner in which faculty generate links to external resources from their course pages.
 

Links on class-related pages
There exists a fundamental problem with the way that links to pedagogically useful resources are presently collected, managed, and displayed.
 
 

Project Participants
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actual names here
 
     
    library
    its
    faculty
    students
    Dartmouth
    2
    1
    1
    0
    Connecticut College
    1
    1
    1
    0
    Williams
    1
    2
    0
    0
    Trinity
    1
    1
    1
    0
    Wesleyan
    3
    3
    5
    1
 
 Workflow for Collection
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1) Faculty member searches for sites/ read sites
2) Creates record for site, including keywords
3) Librarian adds Subject Headings
4) Record now available for public
 

demo (requires password)

 

Curricular Uses
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example one: faculty uses to collect materials that she then links in to her course (requires password)
example two: faculty requires students to use database to inform class discussion by bringing quotes, summaries, and new ideas culled from the database in as required reading summaries.
example three: point to the database and refer to it as resource for the course
 
demo of reader module
 

Infrastructure/Technology
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Oracle Database on a Sun server

Database Design five inter-related tables

Linkbot a method for tracking the status of links.

 
Related Projects
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IMS Instructional Management System. In particular, its metadata specification.

Project Isacc A research project from the people who publish the Internet Scout Report.

Dublin Core OCLC's efforts to promote a standard for describing the contents of web resources. ( Of particular interest is the Dublin Core projects page. )

Gateway to Educational Materials An effort to collect meta-data about educational materials, which are then published at The Gateway.

University of Michigan Library Digital Registry

 

Next Steps
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Add more disciplines

Add more links within each discipline

Refine notions of discipline

User-defined storable subsets

Better define how the database can be used in teaching 

Assessment


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