Campaign: Search Engines

Tune search engines better for learning not just discovery

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 »

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LODE

I took a pretty deep look at LODE (an IMS working group) recently. It has a lot of features that we are going to need. I think it's potentially a huge step forward in the concept of registries for learning. I also saw it as maybe missing a few pieces, such as non-centralized augmented metadata: the ability for anyone to post defining/categorical information about anyone else's resources. So if NASA publishes a photo ...more »

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Paradata formats and storage

Are there any good/popular formats for structuring "paradata?" Also, how should paradata be stored? Is the publishing agent responsible for storing and sending it to anyone who asks for a period of time? Could we use a bittorrent concept to help make paradata available to all but without having to be stored by everyone? (Share the storage?) Paradata is any kind of usage data (whether raw weblogs, ratings, reviews, ...more »

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Solution Design

From my perspective the four problems areas that were partly elaborated on the blog and also fed into the discussion topics below are all interrelated. I don't believe you can arrive at independent solutions and expect them to work as a whole (not suggesting that is what you are actually trying to do but has an impact on the discussion). Normally in solution design there needs to be clarification of the "business" requirements, ...more »

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Campaign: Search Engines

Make the Search Engine the Registry

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 »

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NEON - Nat. Ecological Observatory Network

An interesting project that could provide input as learning resources is NEON - http://www.neoninc.org. The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is prototyping an architecture that will collect data across the United States on the impacts of climate change, land use change and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity. NEON is a project of the U.S. National Science Foundation, with many other U.S. ...more »

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Assistive Technology for Any Student Who Needs Extra Support

Please help educators understand the full benefits of using assistive technology to accommodate students who need extra reading and writing support. These tools aren't just for kids with special needs. If administrators clearly recognized the value of these tools, more students would get the help they need earlier in their schooling years and school budgets would enjoy more economies of scale to spread the cost per ...more »

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like an iTunes for classroom content

Allow educational publishing companies of all sizes to make their materials available for download, whether fee-based or free. The Learning Registry should function like an iTunes for classroom content, providing a digital bridge between content providers and teachers/students. Flipcharts, eBooks, quizzes, special events that schools can sign up to stream, video modules on any subject for any grade level...all can and ...more »

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Metadata augmentation and performance

How can we get metadata augmentation from many different sources in a way that doesn’t create gatekeepers but also permits high performance searches? Metadata augmentation would permit classification or other information about a resource to be searchable from any node on a network, regardless of who publishes the resource. In traditional metadata models, only the publisher of a resource can provide metadata and search ...more »

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