The Archival Sound Recordings (ASR) team is always looking for ways to expand the ASR site – not just in terms of content but in usability. And usability these days means a great deal more than having a clear design and easily navigated menus. What sites like ours really want to create is a community of practice around its content: a growing and dynamic body that will interact with the material, repurpose it, and share the results as widely as possible.
This is why two members of the team attended a seminar held by the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA) earlier this month. QIA describes itself as a champion of “excellence and innovation in the provision of learning and skills”. The seminar itself was the start of a four-month programme to see how the content of resources such as ours can be expanded upon and interacted with in Further Education colleges; in particular, how content can be recombined into multimedia learning “journeys”.