Showing posts from November, 2014

OER Summary November 2014

A selection of the open educational resources that have been released from the School of Science and Technology at the University of Northampton. 

This post shows the number of views and downloads of these resources by the end of November 2014. Warning there may be some errors in the October data due to a change in the Jorum system:

"Following our recent upgrade to significantly improve performance and stability, we realised that there is now a difference in the way resource views are recorded. These will be artificially inflated for October only, and we are working on a fix; the stats will be post-processed at that point, so they accurately reflect real usage"

Pollution And Pollutants
Authors: Paul Cox and Nigel Freestone

Pollution is the undesirable introduction of pollutants (contaminants) into the natural environment (land, air and water) and can have an adverse affect on human health…

Learning Smart - a community-driven, best learning resource sharing website.

Dr James Xue from Department of Computing and Immersive Technologies, University of Northampton and Ahmed Salim (an MSc Computing student) have developed a community-driven, best learning resource sharing website. 

Originally developed as his Ahmed's dissertation under James supervision, it is now live at
The following are some of the main features:  Top-five resource list for each subject area is updated at real-time (nearly) automatically based on real users’ reviews (one user can only review a resource once, this stops fake reviews)Learning resources are classified based on levels of difficulty (e.g., beginner, intermediate, advanced) so that learners won’t waste time searching for the right resources or reading inappropriate resources.Any contribution (upload and review of resources, interaction with other learners) will be rewarded some points, top contributors are displayed on the home page. As a result, more good resources are expected.Users can create…