Implementing digital repositories in an educational setting
Apple University Consortium
Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
School of Communications and Contemporary Arts, Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications
Educationalists in higher education institutions cannot afford to ignore new technological advancements that provide clear benefits and promise to make online teaching and learning more efficient. This comes at time when there is increased pressure on institutions to provide more flexible delivery and increased quality with diminishing resources. The introduction of digital repositories has potential to help address these issues. This paper is in two parts. It firstly gives an overview of digital repository concepts related to higher education institutions by considering underlying principles related to online teaching and learning strategies, digital repository definitions, asset management, metadata and knowledge communities. The second part then gives a synthesis of relevant literature to provide guidelines for the successful implementation of digital repositories in an educational setting.