Educators and Publishers Want Improved Online Search for Learning Resources

Thanks for checking out our second LRMI blog post. In our first installment, we asked AEP’s LRMI project manager, Dave Gladney, to give us a project overview. If you missed it you can check it out here.

As you may recall, in April 2012, the LRMI surveyed educators and educational resource providers about their needs and desires regarding Internet searches for learning resources. We released preliminary results from these surveys in June, and full results are now available. Download the final survey report here: LRMI Survey Report: July 2012. Here are selected highlights from the findings.

Of the educators surveyed

  • 72.6% said they search for instructional resources on the Internet at least several times a week
  • 25.8% search daily
  • 66% of educators said they get many “irrelevant results”
  • 9 in 10 said they would be more satisfied with Internet searches if they could filter results by standard instructional criteria such as grade level, subject area, and media type

On the resource provider side:

  • 46.4% said they are either “dissatisfied” or “somewhat dissatisfied” with the current online visibility of their products
  • 57.1% stated that their customers find it “difficult” or “somewhat difficult” to find their content and products when conducting online searches
  • 65% agreed that they would either “definitely implement” or be “highly likely” to implement a new markup schema if discoverability would improve

Educators and publishers agreed that the most important search criteria for educational resources would be

  1. Content/subject area,
  2. Grade level, and
  3. Standards alignment.

The results of both surveys are clear – the vastness of the Internet makes it increasingly difficult for educators to find the resources they need, and publishers are unhappy with the online visibility of their content. The beauty of the LRMI is that it allows all types of learning resources to be described or “tagged” in the same way. This makes it easier for search platforms to slice and dice results, serving up more useful and accurate searches. This translates into happier searchers (who are finding what they need faster) and happier publishers (whose resources are now more discoverable). Everyone wins!

Download the complete survey results: LRMI Survey Report: July 2012.

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