For Content Creators
For creators of educational content, at the most basic level a standard metadata framework for learning resources means increased interoperability—content that plays well with other content and across platforms. However, the ultimate goal of LRMI is the creation of a de facto standard for online tagging of educational content and products not only among publishers, but among the search vendors as well. This has far-reaching implications.
If all educational content—or at least a critical mass—is described in a consistent and uniform manner, web searches will return more relevant results, and it will become easier for users to find the exact educational resources they need at the precise moment they need them.
To see an example of how search engines are already applying this concept in the food industry, simply conduct a Google search and key in “Potato Salad Recipes.” Using “Search tools,” you’ll find the ability to narrow your search results based on cook time and calories. You may have also experienced this while shopping online.
Aside from improved search, the LRMI also has the potential to:
- Facilitate personalized learning—the right content at the right time
- Decrease production costs through industry standardization
- Address demands of states for standardized description of learning resources
Since the success of this project relies heavily on adoption and implementation of the new framework, LRMI leaders have worked hard throughout the initiative to encourage publishers, educators, and all individuals with a stake in educational search to provide guidance and feedback on the LRMI Discussion Forum.