The JLeRN Experiment

JISC's Learning Registry Node Experiment at Mimas

Archive for the month “May, 2012”

JLeRN at Dev8eD next week: will you be there?

The JLeRN team (myself and developer Nick Syrotiuk) are working with CETIS to bring you some juicy sessions on the Learning Registry at Dev8eD: “A free event for building, sharing and learning cool stuff in education! Tuesday 29th – Wednesday 30th May 2012, Birmingham, UK.”

We are very interested in talking and hacking with people working on JISC and other OER projects, including the Rapid Innovation projects we already know about, and anyone else interested in “capturing conversations around OERs” and paradata. If you haven’t already signed up to Dev8eD and you want to spend some quality time with JLeRN, this is a great opportunity to do so!

We are planning:

  1. A Lightning Talk on Day 1 from Nick to update you on what’s new at JLeRN;
  2. A workshop / panel session on Day 1 for those working in this area to share what their projects are doing and identify common requirements or useful ways in which JLeRN and CETIS can help;
  3. A training session / hack session on Day 2 so that Nick can give you direct support with whatever you are working on with JLeRN or the Learning Registry.

If you are planning to come we would really like to hear from you to see how many projects will have something to talk about at the workshop / panel session on Day 1. Comment here or email me at sarah [dot] currier [at] manchester.ac.uk

I’d also like to hear if you have any further ideas about how we can best use our time at Dev8eD with you.

Node Explorer

We now have a prototype of a tiny app you can use to explore things on our node.  Our app is based on some work, called LR statistics, previously done by the LR developers in the U.S.  If you wanted to, you could clone the app and adapt it to explore any LR node.  The source code is available in our JLerN Github repository.

The app is here:
http://jlern.iriscouch.com/resource_data/_design/explorer/start.html

This version of the app runs on CouchDB in a cloud.  (It literally took seconds to create a CouchDB instance, hosted by Iris Couch.)  Once the prototype was ready, we replicated our resource data from the JLeRN Alpha node to the cloud and pushed the app there also.  The app is just another JSON document stored in CouchDB.

Tonight the document count is 15955.  This will not change if new documents are published to the JLeRN Alpha node.  Having said that, live updates could probably be implemented but this would require further testing.  [28 May: We have now implemented live updates.  With respect to IE 8 & 9, the app works as expected but the status information might say the node is down when it is actually up.  This has to do with your browser’s security settings.  In your Internet Options, (1) allow “jlern.iriscouch.com” as a trusted site; (2) lower your security levels for that zone to Medium-Low; and (3) answer “yes” to the security question when you start the app.  Or contact us.]

We could further develop the Node Explorer in any number of ways.  Please do let us know what you think would be useful.

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