12th October 2006, Glasgow

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The following report is from the 12th October 2006 joint Assessment and Metadata & Digital Repository SIG Meeting, held at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Report by Neil Fegen. Presentations are available in PowerPoint, MP3 and Breeze formats, which we hope you find useful.

A list of attendees is given at the end of this report and a summary of the evaluation forms is also available.

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Phil Barker gave a brief introduction to the day and to the aims and activities of CETIS.

For more details, download Phil's presentation:

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Introduction to QTI and item bank requirements

Steve Lay of the University of Cambridge presented an introduction to the IMS Question & Test Interoperability (QTI) specification, describing it as a ‘run-time model for question and test delivery’. Steve also discussed the importance of the IMS Content Packaging specification and the benefits of binding items, tests, media files, etc. together.

For more details, download Steve's presentation:

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Item banks and the JISC Information Environment

Andy Powell of Eduserv talked about the JISC Information Environment (IE) and item banks, looking at how to bring the two together by comparing between 'JISC IE' and 'Web 2.0' approaches.

For more details, download Andy’s presentation:

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Learning Object Repository as item bank

Charles Duncan of Intrallect discussed the similarities and differences between repositories and item banks, looking at: what each contains; why they should be used; and related systems.

For more details, download Charles’ presentation:

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Architecture of an item bank

Mhairi McAlpine of the SQA talked about essential features for a sustainable itembanking system, highlighting the approaches to futureproof development and a common architecture blueprint between key stakeholders.

For more details, download Mhairi’s presentation:

Also, see Mhairi's talk from the York meeting in March 2006:

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In a close to the day, the discussion session attempted to answer a number of questions related to item banks and repositories.

In considering whether item banks are repositories, it was felt that a repository is at the heart of an item bank system. In terms of the core repository needed to create an item bank, the following were proposed:

For more details, download the Discussion slide:

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The following people registered for the meeting.

Michael AherneWeb DeveloperReid Kerr College
Bill AustinUnspecifiedInteractive University
Dave BainesUKCDR AdvisorUniversity of Manchester
Phil BarkerMetadata & Digital Repository SIG CoordinatorCETIS
Victoria BoydDDC Case Studies OfficerUniversity of Glasgow
Lorraine CampbellBusiness AnalystQuestionmark
Brian CaseyUnspecifiedIntrallect
Sarah CurrierProduct ManagerIntrallect
Ellen DalyKnowledge & Information AssistantUniversity of Strathclyde
Dave DixonSoftware DeveloperBTL Group
Charles DuncanDirectorIntrallect
Neil FegenMetadata & Digital Repository SIG Research AssociateCETIS
Jackie GrahamInformation Systems TechnologistCOLEG
Ambikesh JayalPostgraduate StudentBrunel University
Wilbert KraanUnspecifiedCETIS
Steve LaySenior Research AssociateUniversity of Cambridge
Steve LoddingtonResearch AssistantLoughborough University
Mhairi McAlpineProject Manager, Computer Assisted AssessmentSQA
Sheena McLeodSales ExecutiveIntrallect
Sheila MacNeillEducational Content SIG CoordinatorCETIS
Sue ManuelResearcherLoughborough University
Colin MilliganCD-LOR Project ManagerUniversity of Strathclyde
Andrea OwenUKCDR Project ManagerUniversity of Manchester
Martin PoulterTechnical DeveloperUniversity of Bristol
Andy PowellHead of DevelopmentEduserv
John RobertsonRepositories Research OfficerCETIS
Jalshan SabirTOIA Project ManagerUniversity of Strathclyde
Alan SlevinInstitutional Repository CoordinatorUniversity of Strathclyde
Graham SmithCAL ConsultantUniversity of Leeds
Garfield SouthallDirector, Cheshire & Warrington New Technology InitiativeUniversity of Chester
Jenni SquireUKCDR Project OfficerUniversity of Manchester
Amber ThomasProgramme ManagerJISC
Iain TullochResearch FellowUniversity of Strathclyde
Iain WallaceDigital Services Development LibrarianGlasgow Caledonian University
Graeme WrightUnspecifiedIntrallect
Rowin YoungAssessment SIG CoordinatorCETIS

Many thanks to all who attended, especially those who gave presentations and those at Strathclyde who helped with the organisation.
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