Project Greenfield Presentation at OpenEd 2010

Brandon Muramatsu presented on the Greenfield project at the Open Education 2010 conference in Barcelona, Spain on November 2, 2010.

Cite as: Muramatsu, B. (2010, November 2).
Project Greenfield: A New Way of thinking about MIT OpenCourseWare. Presentation at Open Education 2010 Conference: Barcelona, Spain, November 2, 2010. Retrieved March 25, 2011 from YouTube Web site: http://www.youtube.com/user/Elearncenter#p/u/46/8B49iS9WOAA
Cite as: Muramatsu, B. (2010, November 2). Project Greenfield: A New Way of thinking about MIT OpenCourseWare. Presentation at Open Education 2010 Conference: Barcelona, Spain, November 2, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2010 from Slideshare Web site: http://www.slideshare.net/bmuramatsu/project-greenfield-a-new-way-of-thinking-about-mit-opencourseware

How did we prepare the i.Experience mirror?

We recently updated the Greenfield site in preparation for:

  • An internal OEIT project to replace the video players in selected courses with SpokenMedia project player.
  • An internal OEIT project to demonstrate search through SpokenMedia transcript files for delivery via MIT’s Google Search Appliance integrated with Greenfield OCW courses.
  • A joint project with MIT OpenCourseWare to test OER Recommender/Folksemantic.com recommendations with select OCW courses.

Here are the steps we used to prepare the i.Experience mirror of MIT OCW. This is our first second implementation of i.Experience.

Notes:

  • I originally started writing this post in April, but I’ve updated it to include the most recent changes to the mirror site.
  • I expect to produce a new version of this guide in mid-/late-August as OCW issues a new version of their mirror.

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Dev Note: Google SA custom search

Summary

MIT’s OCW implementation uses MIT’s Google Search Appliance to support searching the OCW site.  This Development Note discusses customizing this search mechanism to provide richer, more useful results.

Background

MIT’s OCW site contains static content.  Unlike dynamic web sites where content can be assembled into a page on demand, each page at http://ocw.mit.edu exists fully formed waiting to be served.  While this approach has advantages, it limits the ability of users to query specific results.  The reason is that Google is simply looking for words; it doesn’t attribute any semantic meaning to these words.  For the query “Marx”, Google depends on the user submitting the query to distinguish between Groucho and Karl.

Objective

Use of MIT’s Google Search Appliance yields multiple benefits.  The primary benefit is that it leverages the current solution to return a richer query result set.  MIT’s OCW has very high standards for stability, scalability, and conventionality.  A solution that used its current solution would make it more attractive for future adoption.  Another benefit is the power of the Google search algorithms.  After all, “Google” is synonymous with online searching.

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Greenfield covered by Open Education News

Open Education News has a brief announcement on the Greenfield project’s presentation at OCW Consortium Global 2010.

Project Greenfield Announced at OCW Consortium Global 2010 Conference

Brandon Muramatsu presented on the Greenfield project at the OCW Consortium Global 2010 Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam on May 5, 2010.

You can also watch the OpenCourseWare Consortium published a video of the presentation.

Cite as: Muramatsu, B., Kumar, M.S., Merriman, J. & Wilkins, P. (2010, May 5). Project Greenfield: A New Way of thinking about OpenCourseWare and Open Educational Resources for MIT. Presentation at OCW Global 2010 Conference: Hanoi, Vietnam, May 5, 2010. Retrieved March 25, 2011 from Vimeo Web site: http://vimeo.com/12000518

Cite as: Muramatsu, B., Kumar, M.S., Merriman, J. & Wilkins, P. (2010, May 5). Project Greenfield: A New Way of thinking about OpenCourseWare and Open Educational Resources for MIT. Presentation at OCW Global 2010 Conference: Hanoi, Vietnam, May 5, 2010. Retrieved May 5, 2010 from Slideshare Web site: http://www.slideshare.net/bmuramatsu/project-greenfield-a-new-way-of-thinking-about-opencourseware-and-open-educational-resources-for-mit

Integrating the SpokenMedia Player

We’ve put together an initial demonstration of how we might change the user experience for OCW videos

Updating OCW Video Player

Source: Brandon Muramatsu

Updating OCW Video Player

(There are still some CSS issues to work through. And we only converted over the first two minutes of the transcript file.)

And here’s the original.

i.Experience

i.Experience is OEIT’s first forary into a new, “Interactive Experience” for OpenCourseWare and Open Educational Resources.

We worked with MIT OCW to install a local mirror copy of OCW and have already modified it slightly (within the license and terms of use).

In the next few weeks we will do things such as:

  • Incorporate the SpokenMedia Player into the video pages.
  • Integrate the MITOEIT Recommender system (based on Folksemantic.com/OER Recommender technology)
  • And…who knows, the sky’s the limit!

Welcome!

Welcome to Project Greenfield!

The MIT Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT) has launched Project Greenfield in 2010 as an experiment to enable MIT faculty to explore how OpenCourseWare and Open Educational Resources might be used in new and innovative ways.

*As of 2015, OEIT is now Strategic Education Initiatives (SEI), part of MIT’s Office of Digital Learning.

We’re just getting started, and we invite you to join us on this journey.

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