The JLeRN Experiment

JISC's Learning Registry Node Experiment at Mimas

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Welcome to The JLeRN Experiment at Mimas

Welcome to the JLeRN blog!

We’re a small team at Mimas in the UK, working on a JISC-funded experiment, setting up and testing a node as part of the U.S.-based Learning Registry project:

“JISC will be participating in the Learning Registry project by setting up an experimental node in the UK with a focus on content from the higher education and cultural sectors. Utilising the expertise and content available to JISC, the project will explore contributing data and analysing it. JISC hopes to collaborate with the Learning Registry in exploring the infrastructure considerations and to help specify and support useful applications.”

We’re collaborating across the globe with other edtech development teams on this technical proof-of-concept initiative. The Learning Registry is exploring the development of a decentralised network of nodes for sharing ‘paradata’ about learning resources and their use:

“Paradata provides a mechanism to openly exchange data about how resources are discovered, assessed for utility, and integrated into the processes of designing learning experiences. Each of the individual and collective actions of favoriting, foldering, rating, sharing, remixing, embedding, and embellishing that are the hallmarks of today’s teacher workflow around digital content are points of paradata that can serve as indicators about resource utility and emerging teacher practices.” – NSDL page on the Learning Registry site.

The team consists of me, Sarah Currier, leading the effort, and two awesome developers, Nick Syrotiuk and Bharti Gupta.

We’re going to use this blog to share all of our adventures, mis-steps, solutions, and creative ideas while working on the Learning Registry. It’s open notebook science in action!

We’re also staying in close communication with JISC CETIS, who have a separate watching brief and advisory role on behalf of the UK with the US Learning Registry project. John Robertson, Lorna Campbell and Phil Barker have already been a great help. I highly recommend following the links on John and Lorna’s names there, to read some useful, accessible blog posts on the Learning Registry. You might also want to check out the presentations and guidance documents here, follow the project on Twitter at @learningreg and #learningreg, and read Learning Registry maven Dan Rehak‘s guest blog post for CETIS here.

And we’ll be working, of course, with the Jorum team, also based here at Mimas, as one source of learning resource data.

We’d like to work with any technical teams who would like to experiment with the node we are setting up. If you have data and/or you are setting up your own node, and wish to collaborate with us, please get in touch: sarah [dot] currier [at]

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