LRMI Webinar Updates Proof of Concept Progress

Key players in the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) Proof of Concept project led a webinar on September 5 to provide updates and insight to project participants and those considering joining.  The LRMI aims to improve online search for learning resources by creating a standard metadata framework for marking up educational content on the Web. As part of the Proof of Concept, LRMI co-leader AEP is spearheading a project to:

  • create a diverse body of LRMI tagged resources from a variety of publishers,
  • feed the development of an LRMI search application,
  • document best practices for tagging with the LRMI tagger tool, and
  • provide support for publishers by helping them understand the “real world” application of the LRMI.

Webinar speakers included:

According to Jay, 616 resources have been evaluated, tagged, and aligned to date. Evans reported that another 450 plus resources have been submitted for upcoming rounds of tagging.

Weiss gave an LRMI Tagger application demo that highlighted some key new features, including an Output Tab that enables users to review tags that have been applied as they work. He also demonstrated the refined Alignment Tab, which currently enables alignment to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) via a dot notation lookup feature and will eventually include other achievement standards. “Common Core is just the tip of the iceberg,” Jay later explained in the webinar. The LRMI Tagger will be published as an open source application later this fall. Look for updates on this at lrmi.net.

Gladney then discussed next steps for the LRMI as a project. The LRMI specification is expected to reach its next major milestone—adoption by Schema.org—this fall. Schema.org is the collection of Web markup standards documented and acknowledged by Bing, Google, and Yahoo!

Two related projects that will soon have an important impact are the Learning Registry and Shared Learning Collaborative. The Shared Learning Collaborative is developing a technology infrastructure that will be shared across states and districts and will enable the development of tools and services that align with Common Core State Standards. The goal is to help schools provide more personalized learning options for all students. In order for instructional materials to be available via the SLC, they must be tagged with LRMI metadata. Pilot states launching SLC in December include Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and North Carolina. Four more states will roll out SLC in March 2013 (Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, and Louisiana).

The Learning Registry is an effort by the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense to aggregate data about learning resources and make it easily accessible and available to application developers. The Agilix Tagger offers the ability to publish LRMI metadata about your resources to the Learning Registry. Weiss explained that the availability of the Learning Registry index (expected December or January), which will enable search within Learning Registry resources, will mark the first demonstration of the complete LRMI cycle, from tagging, to publication, to search and discovery.

Jay then talked about what’s next for the Proof of Concept. He urged interested publishers to get involved in the Proof of Concept, to be LRMI evangelists within their organizations, and to work on ways to integrate LRMI into their workflows. He pointed out that in February of 2013, AEP’s role will transition from tagging services provider to tagging support provider.

Click here to download slides and audio from the webinar. To find out more about the LRMI Proof of Concept or get involved, contact Teila Evans. You can also find out more at these upcoming events:

Watch the LRMI website in the weeks and months ahead for further project updates.