A needs analysis framework for the design of digital repositories in higher education

Sue Bennett, Dominique Parrish, Geraldine Lefoe, Meg O'Reilly, Mike Keppell, Robyn Philip

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As the notion of learning objects has grown in popularity, so too has interest in how they should be stored to promote access and reusability. A key challenge to all repository projects is to understand the various motivations and needs to those wishing to contribute to and access the collection. To date there has been considerable attention given to technical issues of repositories, with much less consideration of how to attend to the needs of those who will use them. This chapter presents a needs analysis framework that was developed to guide the design of a new repository currently being created for the Australian higher education sector, The Carrick Exchange. The project to develop the framework is described, outlining the findings from analysis of literature and existing repositories, with input from a survey of potential users. The purpose of the framework was to distil key issues that should be considered in the design of the repository and we offer it here as an analytical tool that could be applied by others.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCases on digital technologies in higher education
Subtitle of host publicationissues and challenges
EditorsRocci Luppicini, A. K. Haghi
Place of PublicationHershey ; New York
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781615208708
ISBN (Print)9781615208692, 9781616923273
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


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