Repositories are a new feature in the May 2011 release. Race to the Top funded two weeks over the 2011 summer where Hall County teachers entered items (or Learning Objects) into repositories. All HallConnect users can search all items in any repositories.
If you or your teammates have write access to a repository you can use the repository to create items, search items, and then drag them into your courses. If you do not have write access to a repository you can still search the repository and drag items into your courses. Any HallConnect user can search any and all repositories.
When searching the repository there are several ways to refine the search.
- Source: Hallco Content
- Keywords *if you are creating in a repository see future post on tagging with metadata
- Aligned to Objective
- of Type:
Once you have found a resource you want to include in your Syllabus simply click on the item in the Resources Pane and drag it to your Syllabus where you would like the item to appear in any module.
When opening up the item to edit please note that currently the only thing that cannot be edited is the Description. Hall County has expressed our interest to the company in changing that; we will update all users as soon as that is possible.
The icons to the left of the Results returned tell you what type of item each is. Refer to HallConnect: Objectives Pane, Covered Versus Assessed for which items are graded/non-graded. Bear in mind, that items which are non-graded can be converted to graded activities once in your syllabus, but graded items cannot be changed to non-graded items. Your syllabus has a built-in key to these icons when you click on the green plus button, Add.
Repository items take over night to be found through the search feature. Please leave yourself enough time between creation of the item and when it needs to be added to your courses.