The Mechanisms and Impact of Encouraging Community Engagement in Teaching Repositories
Authors: McSweeney, P., Borthwick, K., Hargood, C., Millard, D. and Howard, Y.
Start date: February 2011
HumBox is a community repository for humanities-focused resources. It was created using a co-design process that revealed that for the repository to successfully support a community its users needed to have an identity in the repository, control of their own resources and lightweight communication tools. Now that HumBox has been running for over two years it is possible to reflect on these ideals and the tools that support them, and in this paper we present a survey of HumBox users that has discovered that the community tools were used to refine resources, encouraged engagement and led to a perceived improvement in pedagogic practices.