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The Significant Role of Metadata in Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) : Mobilizing BCcampus OER into active use Padilla, Elizabeth


If knowledge mobilization is about ‘getting the right Information to the right people in the right format at the right time so as to influence decision making’ (Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, 2005), then OER metadata has a significant role to play in knowledge mobilization. The biggest barrier to using OER is the difficulty instructors have in finding the right OER at the right time. The proliferation of OER is relatively recent, and the ways of describing them have been ad hock, inconsistent, localized, and discriminant, which burden search strategies for finding OER. I will talk about how BCcampus is improving the findability of our OER resources by employing FAIR (findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability) principles to our metadata, and how we are working collaboratively with new partners on OER metadata standards that impact the creation, dissemination, exchange of OER, improve findability, and help facilitate the uptake of open educational resources.

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