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Feedback from past initiatives relating to the use of video in learning and teaching, notably the BFI/BUFVC/JISC Imagination/Universities Network Pilot project and HEFCE's Shotlist initiative, demonstrated that unless the collection of visual resources is of sufficient quality and comprehensive in coverage it is unlikely that lecturers will feel inspired to change their teaching habits. Lifesign will compile a collection of resources relevant to practical teaching within the life sciences and achieve the critical mass necessary to impact upon the delivery of the curriculum and effectively evaluate the educational potential of streamed video within a subject discipline. The overall aim of the project is to evaluate the use of networked moving picture and sound material for learning and teaching in the life sciences. This aim revolves around 3 main areas of activity: the development of a comprehensive set of resources focusing on a particular aspect or aspects of the life sciences; the development of appropriate metadata and the integration of resource discovery and retrieval facilities within a hybrid library system; and the development and implementation of an evaluation methodology for the material and its use in learning and teaching. The specific objectives are to: - Compile a comprehensive collection of video resources, in association with the relevant Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN4) Subject Centres, relevant to the practical teaching of a range of life science disciplines. This will comprise material already in existence and new commissions; - Structure and digitise the catalogue in a format appropriate for networked delivery via Metropolitan Area Networks; - Develop software that enables the full integration of multimedia resources in library catalogues and hybrid library systems; - Index, catalogue and compile the associated metadata for the resources in a format that can be integrated into existing library database systems; - Work with the JISC's Managing Agent and Advisory Service for Moving Pictures and Sound in order to clear rights for use of all resources identified and develop a licensing framework to facilitate the continued production of related resources from within the HE sector; - Install the digital collection on two Metropolitan Area Networks (SWMAN and LENS) providing local access for up to 18 HEIs; - Evaluate the pedagogical effectiveness of streamed moving images within the life sciences and assess the impact upon current curriculum delivery; - Provide guidelines, supporting material and staff development to the Advisory Centre for Moving Pictures and Sound in order to embed the use of networked moving images within the DNER; - Develop the infrastructure necessary in order to sustain the continued development of this initiative beyond the lifespan of the project. Project start date: 2000-08-01. Project end date: 2003-01-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.lifesign.ac.uk/">this source</a>)

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