UKDA learning materials in Jorum

Article dated: 7 June 2006

UKDA has recently submitted its X4L Survey Data in Teaching (SDiT) learning materials to the Jorum service. Jorum is a free online repository service for teaching and support staff in UK further and higher education institutions, helping to build a community for the sharing, re-use and repurposing of learning and teaching materials.

The Jorum repository offers a searchable online library of learning and teaching resources for use by academic and support staff in the UK. The system contains information about resources, i.e. metadata, and in most cases the resources themselves. Users can search or browse resources using specific educational classification systems and vocabularies and then preview and export them for use within their institution.

The SDiT materials were developed in 2003-04 as part of the Exchange for Learning Programme, and use the study of crime in society to show how existing data sources can be utilised. The outputs from the project are a variety of free teaching and learning resources relating to social science and statistics based on data from the British Crime Survey. The materials use learning strategies that encourage the teaching of research methods within a substantive context, saving teachers considerable time and effort and also offering ideas for utilising data sources in their own teaching.