Discover CORA, The Community Of Online Research Assignments

Concurrent Session 8
MERLOT Award Winner

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Brief Abstract

This Emerging Ideas session will feature CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), an Open Educational Resource (OER) developed for librarians and faculty in higher education. CORA evolved from two Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) grants. CORA is a teaching exchange that spares educators from having to reinvent the wheel. It fills a gap for teachers in need of practical examples and applications that model good instructional design.

The CORA site was built using Drupal, an open source content management platform. All assignments and learning objects contributed to CORA are released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by other educators, allowing them to be enhanced by user feedback. Assignments are searchable by discipline, information literacy concept, ability level, or keyword. Popular tags include “social justice,” “media literacy,” “K-12,” and “fake news.” Ongoing assessment and marketing have led to an expansion of the standards and frameworks for an international audience outside of the United States. Recent improvements include customized suggested citations for each submission, metrics to see usage statistics, and leaderboards. Pay a visit to http://www.projectcora.org to see this new virtual community of practice.

 

Presenters

Susan Gardner Archambault is Head of Reference and Instruction at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.

Extended Abstract

This Emerging Ideas session will feature CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), an Open Educational Resource (OER) developed for librarians and faculty in higher education. CORA evolved from two Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) grants. CORA is a teaching exchange that spares educators from having to reinvent the wheel. It fills a gap for teachers in need of practical examples and applications that model good instructional design. 

The CORA site was built using Drupal, an open source content management platform. All assignments and learning objects contributed to CORA are released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by other educators, allowing them to be enhanced by user feedback. Assignments are searchable by discipline, information literacy concept, ability level, or keyword. Popular tags include “social justice,” “media literacy,” “K-12,” and “fake news.” Ongoing assessment and marketing have led to an expansion of the standards and frameworks for an international audience outside of the United States. Recent improvements include customized suggested citations for each submission, metrics to see usage statistics, and leaderboards. Pay a visit to http://www.projectcora.org to see this new virtual community of practice.