ANTS Data, Impact Factors and Promotions
The other day I discovered that our DSpace site now provides ample data on Views and Downloads - including where these views and downloads occur (by country). Iniitally I thought GREAT - we can use this to demonstrate how much usage ANTS Tutorials are getting. Then this morning I realized that it also is important for librarians who are looking at ways to demontrate the value of their learning objects when they apply for promotion.
I think that the Downloads from DSpace might be a great way for people to learn about the impact of their tutorial (after all it is Librarians who are downloading it - which they would not do if they did not think the content has value.) It may not be Peer Review, but it is Peer Acceptance and a measure of Impact.
Also, if you are a content developer and want to measure impact by viewing, be aware of three things:
1. DSpace provides viewing stats (by year and country) for your tutorial(s) https://dspace.ucalgary.ca/handle/1880/43471
2. LION TV provides Viewing Stats (under Metadata in each issue) http://liontv.blip.tv
3. Paul Betty's work with Google Analytics also means that you can measure how many views your tutorials are getting locally - as well as learn where to best place them (by measuring where they are getting the most usage.) You can find more information on how to use Google Analytics under our Best Practices in Screencasting.
On the other hand if you want to use student reviews of your tutorials - like a prof would use student reviews of a class for promotion - check our Richard Baer's tutorial that incorporates a survey at the end of his tutorial. This is also under our Best Practices sites.
We would love to hear what others think about this, or learn about how you will be using this data.
May 22 2008, 10:21 AM EDT by Kazakoff