We are currently developing a Web search engine specifically designed for finding high-quality educational materials on any topic, including web pages, online forums, videos and experts. You can see the demo video of it on our website: http://www.instagrok.com We are releasing a public beta version in the next few weeks. We would really appreciate any feedback and/or possibilities for partnerships. Sincerely, Kirill ...more »
Provide context based learning content delivery, i.e. according to the potential difficulties of the pages or activities performed by users
There are several reasons that educators and/or learners cannot find the content the learning content they would like find on the web. Some of those reasons mean that even this suggestion will not solve the problem but it may provide some interim steps to improve discovery until some of the underlying causes are remedied. For the purpose of this suggestion I will temporarily ignore the issues of content that is not ...more »
Thinking about this off and on for awhile...CORDRA was an idea to metatag learning content into a global repository. Build on that concept by allowing owners and developers to maintain rights while search engines can find their content via various tags related to content, category, resource, etc. Additional tags can be for cost, seat time, or similar companion courseware. When searching, you immediately know the content ...more »
Something I have personally been thinking about for some time is that there are three distinct modes for organizing and finding resources and answers. Aaron's citation of the Dewey system is that of an authoritative taxonomy. The pros of these are that they are authoritative, relatively stable, and efficient at getting you somewhat near to the resources you want. They also work well as filtering methods if you are familiar ...more »
Kids and Teachers alike are still familiar with sections in their school library classified by the Dewey Decimal system. Librarians and Technology Coordinators in K-12 use it daily. If search engines supported search by explicit classifications (Dewey, Library of Congress, others), it could make use of existing taxonomies.
I've tried to reflect on "how a search engine would be integrated with the Learning Registry?" - but since I don't know what the "Learning Registry" is yet, it's a difficult question to ponder. My first reaction is that registries don't "learn" - people "learn". So, perhaps it should be called an "educational content" registry so that it's clear that this is a place to find educational content (if in fact that is what ...more »
Address the accessibility and usability of resources to individuals by supporting searching on simple Accessibility Metadata for resources such as IMS AccessForAll 3.0, the release of which is imminent.
A web search engine crawler could use the same algorithms found in some commercial metadata generation products to intelligently extract metadata (interpolating such things as seat time for the learning object, intended audience, etc.). This metadata would then be available to search against and display in results through the "advanced search" function. And it could be submitted to a Learning Registry sandbox as a proposed ...more »
Understand better the nature of learning and reflection. Search Engines have a role, a range of roles, but learning involves much more than discovering "learning content" through the use of keywords, tags, & other forms of metadata. Discovery needs to align better with query & sense-making. Support for well-formed questions would help -- "natural language search" only goes part of the way. Other scaffolding is necessary ...more »
Given how much educational content is put online in Zip format (or similar): encourage search engines to support selective indexing of the contents of Zip archives, for example through an extension to the Robots Exclusion Protocol [posted on behalf of Scott Wilson - CETIS]
when it's available incorporate simple license info into default search results [eg Creative Commons symbols]