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
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
Set of Recommendations on Quality for Teachers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Set of Recommendations on Quality Assurance
for Repository Owners
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).
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.
check-list have been established to guide the selection of material to
the ETB-network highlighting the ETB-quality factors.
ETB recommendations as regards the lifecycle
and organisation of the resources
on Collection/ Repository
- Are there
stated criteria for inclusion of a new learning resource to the
- Has the learning
resources been filtered, e.g. peer-reviewed?
- Is the subject
matter of sites linked to the resources important?
the resource have an added European value?
- Is the resource
attributed to a reputable author or organization, and is that
- Are commercial
private resources acceptable?
- 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?
you able to check the accuracy of the information?
- 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
- Does the
resource contain substantive information?
the resource be used in another European language/cultural/learning
- 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?
it important that the grammar and spelling is accurate?
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?