DiscoverEd FAQ

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What is this?

DiscoverEd is an experimental project from ccLearn which attempts to provide scalable search and discovery for educational resources on the web. Metadata, including the license and subject information available, are exposed in the result set. We are particularly interested in open educational resources (OER) and are collaborating with other OER projects to improve search and discovery capabilities for OER, using DiscoverEd and other available tools. Contact us if you are interested in this work.

DiscoverEd is a prototype intended to explore how structured data may be used to enhance the search experience; there are a number of known issues.

Read our white paper that describes the rationale for and design of DiscoverEd, as well as our thoughts regarding possible future enhancements that could make the tool, or other search tools like it, even more compelling.

Where do the results come from?

Results come from institutional and third party repositories who have expended time and resources curating the metadata. These curators either create or aggregate educational resources and maintain information about them.

Curators include OER Commons, Connexions, the Open Courseware Consortium (OCWC), the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), among others.

Read more about the ccLearn metadata specifications for DiscoverEd.

How can I help?

If you're a producer or curator of educational resources and would like to be included in the search contact Ahrash Bissell or Nathan Yergler. If you're an educator, we want to hear from you. What works for you? What's broken? What can be improved?