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CourseTalk Launches A Yelp For Open Online Courses

CourseTalk Launches A Yelp For Open Online Courses | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Today, CourseTalk is what you might expect — an early stage Yelp for MOOCs — a place for students to share their experiences with these courses and a way to discover new courses they’d enjoy. Given that it’s still nascent, the platform’s design is simple and its user experience is straightforward: Visitors can use the general search bar which is front and center, or peruse through “Top Rated,” “Popular” and “Upcoming” verticals, or search by category, like Business, Computer Science, etc.

 

The site has also begun to compile a (growing) list of the universities offering MOOCs and offers a vertical for the Top Reviewers, as well. As to which platforms it supports? Ultimately, CourseTalk wants to list all of them, but for now the focus remains on publicly available courses that anyone can take from anywhere — free or paid.

 

The platform is currently in the process of adding courses from Canvas.net as well as a bevy of classes from Khan Academy. The usual suspects — Coursera, Udacity and edX — are all there. Down the road, the founder also plans to add vertical services, such as Codecademy and Duolingo.

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YogiPlay Debuts “YogiMeter,” An Educator-Based Rating System For Children’s Learning Apps

YogiPlay Debuts “YogiMeter,” An Educator-Based Rating System For Children’s Learning Apps | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
YogiPlay, a Menlo Park-based company from husband-and-wife team Cedric and Michal Selling, is attempting to tackle the critical problem of surfacing appropriate, trusted, and carefully vetted educational apps for children.

 

“It’s using the same principles I’ve been using all along from my knowledge of child development and interactive media,” he says of YogiMeter. “I’ve structured in a way with some very specific ways to look at how and why kids would be engaged, and if they’re engaged, how and why they might learn.” He also vetted this rubric with other colleagues not associated with YogiPlay to get their feedback and input.

 

While there are a few startups working to rank and review mobile apps, like KinderTown, for instance (which also vets apps with educators), Dr. Gray says that he believes the YogiMeter system uses a more developmental approach with techniques common to those familiar in child development and education. “The others are not as rigorous, research-based, structured and consistent,” he says describing YogiMeter’s competition.

 

The system he developed ranks and analyzes apps in two main areas - engagement and educational quality. For determining an app’s engagement, it looks at things like user interactions, user experience, intrinsically motivated engagement, extrinsically motivated engagement and socially motivated engagement.

 

And to analyze the app’s ability to teach, it looks at whether the app will actually engage the child in learning, as it proposes to do, and whether that learning is deep, authentic, personalized, differentiated, and whether or not parents can track the child’s progress throughout.

 

 

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Huffington Post Now Has Its Own “Labs” Site For Online News Experiments

Huffington Post Now Has Its Own “Labs” Site For Online News Experiments | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

News publishers are becoming tech companies, right down to the Google Labs style experimental sites: The New York Times Company Research & Development Lab, The Globe Lab, WapPo Labs...

 

And now there’s HuffPost Labs, which will unveil its first project today: Highlights, a collection of the most popular sentences from articles and blog posts across the Huffington Post empire.Labs co-founder Conor White Sullivan explains that there are two ways a reader can “vote” for a sentence: either by selecting the text and clicking the new “Highlight” button that will start appearing on Huffing Post today, or by simply copying the selection.

 

The sentences are also judged by the ratio of highlights to page views, since articles and blog posts that are featured on the front page of Huffington Post or AOL.com get more traffic than posts that are deeper in the site’s navigation. So a sentence that received lots of highlights even though it got a relatively small number of page views will be treated as very interesting on the Highlights page. This should help surface interesting stories that might otherwise be overlooked.

 

Lead designer Andrew Sass, said the concept came out of the team’s desire to solve the information overload problem. “It’s sort of ironic working on this at HuffPost, but no person can read as much content as we’re publishing,” Sullivan says.

 

They hit on the idea of highlighting sentences because what people choose to copy, whether that’s into an e-mail or into some storage system like Evernote, is much more personal than choosing to share a URL. Also, Sullivan happened to really like finding news through e-mail lists, where people tend to copy snippets of articles to share with other subscribers.

 

 

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