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Presenting personal recommendations

Generating personal recommendations is one thing, presenting them to the user in a way that they find them useful is something else. Here are our plans for

Personal recommendations page – For each user, provide a personal recommendations page. Visually separate recommendations that they have already clicked on.
Personal recommendations tool – Include a personal recommendations [...]

A personal recommendation algorithm

We’re in the process of building out personal recommendations for The basis for the recommendations is user attention metadata. The data we use includes:

Identity feeds – RSS feeds that users register that represent their interests. For example, their blog or their delicious account.
Clicks – The articles that the user clicks on.
Shares – The articles [...]

Encouraging the creation of assessments to measure deep understanding

I had the chance to talk with David Yaron again about how to generate more and better assessments that get at deeper levels of knowledge than what typical assessments do. I didn’t realize this but, Turadg, whose presentation I attended is one of David’s students. I shared my reaction to Turadg’s study with David: in [...]

ATE – A sister program to NSF

Rachel Bower – Internet Scout Wisconson Madison, ATE Central, AMSER. Advanced Technological Education is a sister program to NSDL. Designed to connect NSDL with community and technical college faculty. Instead of focusing on a content area, they chose to focus on an audience and to cover all of applied math and science. AMSER is being [...]

per central – Conference services as a sustainability model

Lyle Barbato, the comPADRE lead developer talked about conference services as a model for sustainability. Each collection in comPADRE is focused around supporting existing community or a particular course. Teachers, Courses, Specific Students, Specific faculty. They offer workshops etc to those communities. The Physics Education Research community has existed since the 60s. It has grown [...]

Open Source Physics – Adoptable, Adaptable, and Understandable – Power to the people

Bruce Mason – Open Source Physics. Modern Physics is done with computation no matter whether you are a theoretical or experimental. Our current classroom practice doesn’t allow with this well. A tri-partrate learning platform. Their project combines Open Source Physics, Easy Java Simulation, and the Compadre Library.
Modeling is important because it is what scientists do. [...]

90-9-1 principle – getting people to contribute

Dan Garcia is charged with motivating users to participate. 90-9-1 principle. 90% of users are audience, 9% of users are editors, 1% of users are creators. Creators are not representative of who the community is. Cites alertbox/participation_ Nielson research about 90% of postings come from 1% of the users. We want to reward participants for [...]

Remixing web content

Lois Delcambre is talking about the new ensemble portal and the CS1 project being motivated by the CSTA. There is an intellectual debate about what you should use to introduce people to computer science. Their community site is intended to promote discussion. The site uses drupal as a platform. They have added their own content [...]

Modeling users to provide recommendations

Frank Shipman has worked for years on a Interest Profile Manager (IPM) that runs locally on a users’s computer. They model users based on 3 sources: (1) interaction with their knowledge browser, (2) browser history, and (3). They are starting a new project to explore pooling individual models to community models while anonymizing the data. [...]

Fostering Learning in the Networked Role – The Cyberlearning Opportunity and Challenge

I’m listening to Arlene De Strulle, Bruce Mason, Kimberly Lightle, Cathy Manduca, Darrell Porcello in the opening panel at the NSDL annual meeting.
Dr. De Strulle is talking about the report Fostering Learning in the Networked World: The Cyberlearning Opportunity and Challenge.
Highlights of the report:

Crossdisciplinary approach – use
Platform perspective – adopt & integrate with [...]