Content in the MLE
Information about accessing and sharing content in your school's Managed Learning Environment (MLE).
It is now easy and cheap to create and reproduce digital content, and today there is more content available than ever before. But there is still a lot of replication of content creation. We are working to make content easier for schools to reuse and move around, while respecting the rights of resource creators.
Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI)
TKI is New Zealand’s bilingual education portal. An initiative of the Ministry of Education, it provides New Zealand schools and students with a wealth of information, resources, and curriculum materials to enhance teaching and learning, raise student achievement, and advance professional development for teaching staff and school managers.
DigitalNZ, an initiative located within National Library, is making New Zealand content easy to find, share and use. The DigitalNZ repository includes content from government departments, publicly funded organisations, the private sector, and community groups.
DigitalNZ offers an interface (an API) for other software systems to search. Four learning management systems (Ultranet, Moodle, KnowledgeNET and MyClasses) are able to search across the metadata held by DigitalNZ, allowing schools to perform seamless searches from within their LMS and gain access to digital resources indexed by DigitalNZ.
Contact your LMS vendor for further information.
The New Zealand government advocates the use of Creative Commons (CC) licences for the purpose of open sharing. The CC licences are free to use, and are based on New Zealand legislation. There are six types of licences to choose from.
As well as the resources and information available on the Creative Commons website, our publications page has an introduction to Creative Commons, designed as an information sheet to assist schools considering using OER licenses for resources they wish to share, as well as a policy template available to help school boards when authorising teachers to share their resources.
Learning Resource Meta Data
Meta data is an important piece in the content picture as it facilitates searching in the content repositories. A report on learning resource meta data is available on our publications page. We are acting on many of the recommendations in this report during 2011 and 2012.
WikiEducator and OERs
Open Education Resources (OERs) are digital materials used in teaching, learning and research that allow educators to reuse, redistribute, revise and remix resources.
WikiEducator is a website that provides a venue and community for the sharing of OERs. The home for New Zealand schools in WikiEducator is known as Open Education Resources for New Zealand or OERNZ. OERNZ acts as a home for shared content, a collaborative authoring tool, and a community of content contributors and users. It includes sample OERs for you to use and base your own on.