Linking OpenCourseWares and open education resources: Creating an effective search and recommendation system
Procedia Computer Science
With a growing number of digital libraries and other open education repositories being made available throughout the world, effective search and retrieval tools are necessary to access the desired materials that surpass the effectiveness of traditional, all inclusive search engines. This paper discusses the design and use of Folksemantic, a platform that integrates OpenCourseWare search, Open Educational Resource recommendations, and social network functionality into a single open source project. The paper describes how the system was originally envisioned, its goals for users, and data that provides insight into how it is actually being used. Data sources include website click-through data, query logs, web server log files and user account data. Based on a descriptive analysis of its current use, modifications to the platform's design are recommended to better address goals of the system, along with recommendations for additional phases of research.
Shelton, B. E., Duffin, J., Wang, Y., & Ball, J. (2010). Linking OpenCourseWares and open education resources: Creating an effective search and recommendation system. 1st Workshop on Recommender systems for Technology Enhanced Learning (RecSysTEL 2010). Procedia Computer Science 1, 2865- 2870.