Using innovative social networking tools to foster communities of practice
The National Digital Learning Resources Service (NDLR), funded by the HEA, is an open educational resource service, providing an open online repository and community portal, shared between the seven Universities and the fourteen Institutes of Technology in Ireland. The NDLR uses innovative technologies and social networking tools to foster over thirty active communities of practice.
The NDLR, with the aim of promoting and supporting higher education staff in the collaboration, development and sharing of learning resources and associate teaching practices, has been a success on a national level for higher education in Ireland. It currently hosts over 20,000 open digital resources, developed by higher education academics and also contains a number for resources from Jorum, an open online repository in the United Kingdom. This paper provides an in-depth look at a selection of these resources and their use by participants.