Linney is a learning object repository that aims to promote an atmosphere of sharing where learning objects can be searched, reused, repurposed and contributed. A learning object is a digital, open educational resource that is created to assist in a learning event.
Developed by Memorial University's Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL), Linney began as a repository to house forty years of multimedia objects and assets created by CITL and to make them available to the wider teaching and learning community. Since then, Linney has evolved into a comprehensive repository that will be available to Newfoundland and Labrador's K-20 public education system so that expertise and resources can be shared. Digital rights will be acknowledged through the use of Creative Commons in a self-serve model where users access, use and contribute learning objects to the repository.
What's a linney?
In the colourful history of Newfoundland and Labrador a linney, or lean-to, occupies our cultural landscape as a small shed or room attached to the back of a house and used for the storage and shelter of a range of useful items needed from day to day.
Memorial University hosts the provincial learning object repository, called Linney, which is a place for rich learning objects to be discovered and used to augment a world of projects and curriculum. It's a place where we keep a wide range of value-added interpretation on the past through a variety of media to use as tools for better education. They are housed in much the same way as useful items are stored in a linney, where members of the household can search, reuse, repurpose, and even contribute learning objects.
The spelling of Linney is derived from the English dialect, which defines a linney as a shed attached to the back of a dwelling. It is, at once, an expression of Newfoundland and Labrador’s rich history and part of our heritage. From this past we look to the future as we harness the possibilities of our learning object repository.