MSc Thesis at TU Delft Library – Smart Access to Open Educational Resources

 

Research and product development of ultimate smart search tool open educational resources (€400,-/Month)

Are you in to make the world a better place by supporting us in educating the world?

We are living in an era where more digital information than ever is created, and it is becoming easier to access this information. This provides us with opportunities to solve societally relevant matters and to not just educate ourselves, but the entire world. However, with the enormous growth of available resources, it is becoming harder to assess this information, to find the best and most applicable knowledge and resources. The TU Delft Library has the important responsibility of supporting researchers, educators and students in assessing information that they use in their daily practice.

Recently, the TU Delft has joined the Open Education Movement, which stimulates the development of Open Education through adopting, adapting and creating open educational resources (OER) and the practices that are performed to apply those resources to higher education. The availability of free educational resources has proven to significantly save study costs for students and to improve their study results. Survey results also show that working with OER benefits educators as well, as they indicate that it helps them to learn about new topics and to develop new ideas for teaching. We see that with the rapid growth of OER, the need to assess the quality and usefulness of these resources is growing as well and unfortunately, due to the available tools, it is still very time consuming to find the right OER that fits your needs. This does not just depend on the subject of the video, but by the quality and relevance of the material as well.

Quality and relevance of OER are typically determined by the reputation of the creator, but also by how often it is reused and how many people are discussing it on social media. As the largest technical Library of the Netherlands, we at the TU Delft Library have decided to create an Ultimate Smart Search Tool in cooperation with other universities that combines content extraction with (peer) evaluation. We aim to facilitate and support the Open Education Movement by creating a community of OER users and creators.

The project is a collaboration between the Web Information Systems (WIS) group of the Department of Software Technology and the TU Delft Library. You will be based at the TU Library and you will be working closely together with Christoph Lofi of the WIS group.

What you will be doing:

  • You will do research on search methods (automated content recognition, extraction, indexing, weighing) and apply them to content from multiple different (non-)institutional OER repositories and find relevant and reliable results.
  • Developing theory: You will research and develop a useful and recognized quality model that can be used to assess the quality of the search results.
  • Interpretation of the results: You will test your quality model.
  • The significance of the work: You will deliver a search tool with the ability of performing quality assessment of the search results. You will write recommendations for the client how to develop a product in the form of a search engine.

Who are you:

  • A critical thinker: You are dedicated to developing an excellent quality model that can be applied to different subjects of education. This means that you will perform an extensive literature review of OER quality assessment.
  • A creative mind: You will develop a method of searching through (non-)institutional repositories that have different metadating standards. You will find a way to end up with a uniform set of results. You develop a way of applying your quality model to the results.
  • An initiative taker: You can figure out how to apply computer science with the client and you know when and how to further develop your computer skills at your research group.
  • A communicator: You can explain your work to the client and you are able to translate the client’s needs to your work.
  • A planner: You keep track of the progress of your work and you can make accurate estimations of the results you will produce.

For more information and to apply for this project, please contact:

 

Michiel de Jong, Tu Delft Library                                              
m.dejong-1@tudelft.nl
           

Christoph Lofi
C.Lofi@tudelft.nl

Christoph Lofi