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Re: Link sharing on Xpert

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Patrick Lockley <[log in to unmask]>

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Open Educational Resources <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 29 Mar 2011 16:56:52 +0100

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A lot of the links are shared on more than one platform - that's what got me - and the popularity of the facebook app.

I would widely agree with this - but also that the notion of a "shallow search" in that we aren't always looking for an answer.
For Mr Pearce's "serendipity", I give you Lockley's "it'll do" quality of search.
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From: Open Educational Resources [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Amber THOMAS [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 3:20 PM
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Subject: Re: Link sharing on Xpert

Sometimes I google for websites that I haven't bookmarked but I know what they are, I know they're there. I'm re-searching for something i already know rather than searching for something new.
I wonder if people use xpert like that? A sort of "i know i found it on xpert" - and remembering the search parameters so you can find it again.
Especially when services share thumbnails/previews on screen so you don't even have to click into the result items, you recognise it.

I agree with chris its likely sometimes to be highlighting their own stuff. No shame in that!


-----Original Message-----
From: Open Educational Resources [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Christopher Taylor [BIS]
Sent: 29 March 2011 14:59
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Link sharing on Xpert

Really interesting stats there, though I wonder what the value is in simply re-publicising content that you haven't even actually looked at and evaluated yourself?

Presumably the re-publiciser is just simply making a value judgement based only on the metadata/description of the resource? That certainly reinforces the need for good quality descriptions. Also offers a strong case for displaying the right metadata on a search results page.

Could it perhaps be the author/contributor themselves using the enhanced discovery options of the repository to further promote their own resources? Not that I\m suggesting that in a sinister/spammy manner, just could be a useful way of taking advantage of the tools. (As I've just noticed you've alluded to in your post)

Chris.

-----Original Message-----
From: Open Educational Resources [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Patrick Lockley
Sent: 29 March 2011 12:47
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Subject: Link sharing on Xpert

http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/learningtechnology/2011/03/29/the-links-effect/

Keen not to prejudice this blog post with my own analysis, but it brings up some interesting usage results.

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