SCORE - Learning Object/Document Repository
SCORE, for Shareable Common Resources, is a database or repository system that allows an institution to store and manage access to a wide variety of content in digital or electronic format, including curriculum material, forms, policies, graphics, and multimedia files.
Login to SCORE
You will be required to login. Use your normal RRC network login and password.
We have prepared a short guide to help users access the SCORE Repository and upload general Red River College documents such as guides and manuals. Click here for guide.
There is a Help document that explains how Red River College Faculty and Staff can add SCORE Content to their WebCT courses. Click here for guide.
What is SCORE?
SCORE is Red River College’s implementation of the software product called Equella, which is produced by The Learning Edge, in Hobart, Tasmania. Equella has also being implemented by the BCcampus consortium of universities and colleges and Open School BC (K-12 institutions), and many other educational institutions worldwide. Red River College's implementation of Equella is unique and ground-breaking.
What can I expect to find in SCORE?
SCORE is fully configured – that means it is set up for our purposes – but it is in a pilot stage. That means it doesn’t contain a whole lot of items yet. We invite all RRC staff to contribute to building up the database – it’s really quite easy! Our project has one more full year to run, and there are many, many items already in existence at the College that could be contributed.
We hope that as instructors convert their courses to the CE6 version of Web CT , they will contribute their course materials. Distance Education, PLAR, CAE, Program and Curriculum Development, and Library staff are actively contributing items that they have, and other support areas are also participating as time permits. College forms and policies will soon be there. If there is a category of material that you would find particularly useful, please suggest it!
SCORE Frequently Asked Questions
- What makes SCORE different from any other database or shareable content system like Outlook Public Folders, Course Offers or SharePoint?
- Will SCORE replace Outlook Public Folders, Course Offers and SharePoint?
- What about Desire2Learn? Does SCORE replace it?
- Would other staff benefit from having a repository?
What makes SCORE different from any other database or shareable content system like Outlook Public Folders, Course Offers or SharePoint?
For one thing, SCORE has sophisticated search capabilities that allow a user to locate material in a number of different ways. By enabling the creation of a metadata record (information about the item, like the information in a library’s catalogue), SCORE provides access to the item by author, keyword, format, etc. For another, SCORE has a built-in workflow function that can be tailored to specific needs. For example, curriculum material could be placed in the repository by an instructor then reviewed by a program coordinator or subject expert before it is made more widely available. SCORE can manage that process, by notifying reviewers that an item needs to be reviewed, and requiring sign-off before it is released for others to see and use. And, we can have as many different workflows as we need. SCORE provides a way for others to comment and rate an item. SCORE has version control, and full digital rights management that provides a way to deal with copyright, intellectual property issues, and licensing. As a bonus, SCORE also provides a federated search capability that allows you to search a number of databases simultaneously. For example, you could look for items on a specific subject in SCORE, RRC’s library, University of Manitoba’s library, MERLOT, CAREO, and Google, all at the same time.
SCORE can certainly replace Public Folders – which is scheduled to vanish in the next version of Outlook – and can do a much better job than Course Offers and SharePoint when it comes to storing and sharing access to digital files. SCORE could work well in conjunction with other features of Course Offers and SharePoint.
No, SCORE does not replace Desire2Learn. SCORE is not a learning management system but a content management system. I
What are the advantages for instructors of having a repository like SCORE?
The most significant benefit of a repository is the reduction in duplication of effort. Instructors and other course designers would be able to see what resources have already been created, or what resources may be available from outside sources, and spend their development time more wisely in creating new or enhanced resources. Overall, the quality of learning resources would tend to improve. A repository would also facilitate the achievement of such goals as standardisation across courses, peer review of course materials, control of copyright, and maintenance of intellectual property rights. Access to a common repository would make it easier for new instructors, or instructors filling in on short notice, to become familiar with course requirements and reduce preparation time by the ability to use existing resources. Conversion of courses for online delivery would be easier. Because a repository makes it easy to record learning outcomes, it would help in the goal of making learning outcomes a required facet of all courses.
For departmental chairs and program coordinators, a repository would facilitate curriculum management by providing an easy way to review the currency and appropriateness of course materials and justify hiring for subject competency rather than course creation skills. The workflow management aspect would provide a way to ensure quality and consistency, and to manage course outlines.
For support staff, it would provide a single location to manage college-wide resources like forms, policies, handbooks, guides, maps, etc. The variety of avenues by which resources can be searched and retrieved would provide significant improvements to the very limited web search capabilities currently available. Having a single location in which to store digital material would also assist in succession planning by facilitating the deposit of course-related and other material by retiring instructors. And, because intellectual property rights would be maintained by ensuring the author’s name is associated with the material, it offers legacy possibilities and ongoing recognition.