It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the launch of the Woruldhord collection, a set of free reusable resources to help with the teaching/study of Old English and the Anglo-Saxons. The project ran from July-October 2010, and asked academics, museums, and members of the public to submit – via a website – material that had to do with the period that they wouldn’t mind sharing with others. The response was very impressive, and we assembled about 4,500 objects covering art, archaeology, history, language, literature, music, and modern day representations. The database actually holds over 16,500 files as some of the objects submitted were entire web sites.
We are deeply grateful to all those who assisted, especially the museums and societies who supported this (seehttp://projects.oucs.ox.ac.uk/woruldhord/acknowledgements/index.html). The project was part of our RunCoCo project (Running a Community Collection – http://projects.oucs.ox.ac.uk/runcoco/) funded by the UK’s JISC. In summary then it demonstrates the powr of the new technologies, and the community collection model, for generating a wealth of freely reusable educational resources.
To find out more about the project and to look at the collection (and to start reusing the objects) see: http://projects.oucs.ox.ac.uk/woruldhord/
This is also a living collection. If you have anything you would like to add to it now that you have seen all the material available then simply choose ‘Add to the Collection’ on the left hand panel, register, and follow the steps for contributing a new item.
There is also a Google Group to discuss items at: http://groups.google.com/group/project-woruldhord
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Dr Stuart Lee, Oxford
Dr Anna Caughey, Oxford
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Dr Stuart Lee
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Member of the English Faculty, and Merton College
HEA National Teaching Fellow
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