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Deborah Proctor
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities


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July 1, 2008
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July 6, 2008
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Digital Marketplace Briefing at the MIC 2008!
Friday, August 8, 2008
10:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Symphony II Room

Come and learn about the Digital Marketplace (DM), an innovative one stop shop on the web for the discovery, selection and authoring of digital learning materials!  You may have heard about this innovative project at last year’s MIC, read about it in the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, “Turn the Page” report, or have already spent some time learning from colleagues about this exciting solution to increase affordability, choice and accessibility of our teaching and learning resources. 

This all day briefing will give you the opportunity to see a demonstration of the Digital Marketplace prototype while providing you the in-depth information you need to get your institution involved in its development.  Here’s how the day will be organized, please plan on spending the day with those leading this effort or come to an individual session that meets your needs!

10:00 – 12:00 p.m. Digital Marketplace Defined and Demonstrated
This session will introduce you to the many services being developed within the DM and how these services will provide value back to your institution.  Services within the DM include:  Federated Search Service, Authoring and Submission, “Get it Now” service to facilitate purchase and the Accessibility Profile Service.   A demonstration of the prototype will also be given.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Digital Marketplace Advances the Cause of Accessibility
This session will detail how the Digital Marketplace development process and design principles help to advance accessibility compliance on your campus.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Digital Marketplace Development Processes
This session will explain the ever growing partnership model which includes publishers, technology companies, and higher education institutions key stakeholders (faculty, students, librarians, and DSS offices).  In addition this session is devoted to explaining the rigorous design methodology and how standards and metadata frameworks are incorporated to insure interoperability and consistency.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break

2:45 – 5:00 p.m. Digital Marketplace as an Organization
This session describes how the DM can be supported and governed by higher education institutions through the formation of an independent non-profit organization.  Come and review a draft proposal shaped by MERLOT project directors which describes how your institution can support development and insure success of the DM.  Engage in open dialogue about this endeavor as we map out next steps.

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