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Everybody can take part in building up the BEST European web-based learning resources network! Are you a teacher with some good resources to propose? Or do you have your own repository of web-based learning resources? Either way, here you can find out what to do.

If you wish to make your learning resources know among other teachers in Europe, you are welcome to propose your very own resources to the ETB network. Be sure to read carefully the quality recommendations below before proceeding.

Want to take part of the ETB network? This allows you to exchange collections of learning resources in the European level? You are fully able to maintain your own editorial policy; you can receive only the resources that you are interested in, and send the ones that you think might be of any interest to a larger European audience.
First you need to fill in a form (also know as Collection Level Description) letting us know more about you.

1. Set of Recommendations on Quality for Teachers

The First Set of Recommendations aims at teachers working in the educational settings using web-based material. On one hand the recommendations deal with the aspects educators must keep in mind while creating the content of their own material. In other words these recommendations are focused on the process of developing the resources. The recommendations are also to consider when a teacher or a student wants to submit material to the ETB-network through the EUN native repository.

On the other hand these recommendations are good to keep in mind when searching and selecting already existing material or products from the Web. The recommendations on the developing process of material are much in agreement with GEM's indications and with DESIRE. This list will be further developed in the future.

- Appropriateness: the resource should contain information for the intended learners' level; the resource should use an appropriate and suitable vocabulary, language or concepts, avoid mistakes or stereotyping.

- Clarity: information should provide a clear tie between the purpose (goals, objectives) and the content and procedures suggested. Correlation should be comprehensive and obvious. Redundancy is usually unwelcome and isolated activities without a relationship are superfluous.

- Completeness: the resource should be complete, i.e., offer all essential information and elements, as well as inclusion of such components as self-contained activities, materials required, prerequisites, information for obtaining related resources, assessment criteria, links to quality indicators and standards. The resource should offer wide and in-depth information related to the topic.

- Motivation: the resource should achieve the active engagement of the learner and be interesting, innovative and appealing, build on prior knowledge and skills, and promote relevant action on the part of the learner.

- Organisation: the resource should be easy to use and logically sequenced, with each segment of the resource related to other segments. It should flow in an orderly manner, using organising tools (i.e. headings, a map, etc.) and avoiding use of unrelated elements that are potentially ineffective or overpowering; it should provide for references, bibliographies and other supporting materials available for the users.

2. Set of Recommendations on Quality Assurance for Repository Owners

The Second Set of Recommendations is for repository owners, i.e. managers, curators and/or administrators of an educational server. This group is strictly responsible for submitting and administrating the metadata records circulating on the network. The recommendations will deal with issues that matter for the network; i.e. what kind of material is wanted for the ETB-network.

The first task to do before becoming a member of the ETB network is to fill in an information sheet about your repository. This will on the one hand give the ETB administrators information about you, your quality assessment and the entire content of your repository. On the other hand this will be valuable information for endusers helping them to understand your repository's policy, the scope of material, the language possibilities, and the most importantly the quality assessment that you apply to your content. Proceed here to fill in the form (also called Collection Level Descriptors).

Every joining repository carries out documentation processing (source selection, documentary processing, information processing and diffusion) in relation to its target users. However, after populating the ETB-network, it is emphasised that repositories should think of added European value of their resources to the audience when submitting the records of resources and collections to the network. Quality, European level and good practice of resources are a priority issue of ETB rather than sheer numbers.

The following check-list have been established to guide the selection of material to the ETB-network highlighting the ETB-quality factors.

Quality Selection

ETB recommendations as regards the lifecycle
and organisation of the resources

Tick boxes:




a) Information on Collection/ Repository

  • Are there stated criteria for inclusion of a new learning resource to the collection?
  • Has the learning resources been filtered, e.g. peer-reviewed?
  • Is the subject matter of sites linked to the resources important?
  • Does the resource have an added European value?
. . .

b) Information provider/ Source

  • Is the resource attributed to a reputable author or organization, and is that information stated?
  • Are commercial resources acceptable?
  • Are private resources acceptable?
. . .

c) Validity

  • Does the information appear to be well researched, e.g. are references and contact data given?
  • Is the content of the resource verifiable, e.g. can you cross check the information?
  • Is there information that has a limited period of use?
  • Is information is current and up-to-date?
  • Are all the pages dated with the last revision date?
  • Are you able to check the accuracy of the information?
. . .

d) Information Coverage

  • Are resources that contain advertising acceptable?
  • Is biased information e.g. are opinions and ideologies acceptable?
  • Are there subjects which could be censored, e.g. for ethical reasons (please specify)?
  • Does the resource contain substantive information?
  • Could the resource be used in another European language/cultural/learning environment?
. . .

e) Composition and Organisation

  • Is the information clearly organised, i.e. arranged logically and consistently?
  • Is the resource organised by the needs of intended users' level?
  • Are key words given to indicate the information content?
  • Is it important that the grammar and spelling is accurate?
. . .

f) Evaluation of the Medium

  • Are you considering the resources' ease of navigation/browsing/searching?
  • Are you considering the resources' provision of user support, e.g. online help, documentation?
  • Are you considering the resources appearance for different users, e.g. valid HTML, older browsers?
. . .

Author: Riina Vuorikari
Web Editor: Riina Vuorikari
Published: Friday, 7 Jun 2002
Last changed: Friday, 10 Jan 2003
Keywords: qualtiy, etb

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