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Virtual Campus Supported by Novel Efficient Knowledge Sharing


Virtual campuses need efficient, user-friendly and seamless creation, search and consumption of open access and internal (restricted access) knowledge resources.

Today’s workflows typically create knowledge resources such as learning objects using standalone tools, subsequently publishing them separately to internal and external knowledge stores. Loss of productivity is an obvious disadvantage, due to manual re-entries, file copying and versioning woes across sources and destinations. Resources published in one or more Internet accessible systems are often lacking study information system (SIS) furnished metadata. Add to this differing metadata schemes and manual entries of storage systems and publishing targets. The resulting cumbersome and non-intuitive workflow and lack of relation between related resources published more than one place, hampers the production and sharing of resources.

NTNU and BIBSYS (now Unit) cooperated in bridging this gap in the Digtal Learning Resources (DLR) effort, taking care of both internal (eLS/LMS/eAS etc.) and open access publishing, while offering high productivity features. DLR has evolved from a simple open source tool with learning technology interoperability (LTI) support of eLSs, into a high-productivity tool facilitating both open and restricted access resources, with a uniform high productivity user interface experience with support for eLS-specific features. Multi-author versioning (in a forking fashion) can be supported, in addition to active resources (code checking, digital twins, simulators etc.) and single click automatic open publishing with a palette of preconfigured licenses (Cc etc.), DOI’s generated automatically and with optional moderation of open access publishing, to one or more open access systems. NTNU and BIBSYS have sponsored the initial development, with the Norwegian Business School (BI), and Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) as well as the University of Bergen joining in to develop this as a vital learning object platform (LOR). The presentations of DLR will discuss some central use cases and features.


Academic article




  • Arnt Richard Rørvik
  • Per Atle Eliassen
  • Jan Erik Garshol
  • Trude Eikebrokk
  • Gry Ane Vikanes Lavik


  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Unit – The Norwegian Directorate for ICT and Joint Services in Higher Education and Research
  • OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University
  • University of Bergen



Published in

European Journal of Higher Education IT – EJHEIT



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