Pilot Program Perspective: LRMI Helps Meet Demands of 21st Century Learning

As the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) moves deeper into its proof of concept phase, with various educational publishers and content curators using the LRMI specification to conduct metadata tagging of selected content, we thought it might be interesting to explore WHY participants think it’s important to take part in this pilot program. Here’s what Rosen Publishing, CK-12 Foundation, and LearningStation had to say about their participation and about AEP’s leadership of this important initiative.

“A streamlined electronic gateway and repository of content systematized by common metadata will provide the ease of access for educational online content that 21st century learning demands,” noted Roger Rosen, CEO of Rosen Publishing. “This ease of access benefits all stakeholders within the educational environment: students, teachers, and content providers.”

Nimish Pachapurkar, Senior Developer at CK-12 Foundation, added that creating a common metadata tagging specification will help further expand access to online educational content by shortening the path between learners/educators and their search for relevant content. “The benefit to CK-12 is increased exposure of its educational content to students and teachers worldwide.”

“The LRMI is important as a common schema to coordinate intelligent connections to resources for users (students and teachers) to learn correctly the parts they are missing,” said Jim Kirchner, CEO of LearningStation. “If we can diagnose the specific area of misunderstanding, the LRMI will allow us to connect to valuable resources for learning.”

“At LearningStation we have painstakingly worked to coordinate linkage between our assessments and good resources to provide help,” Kirchner noted. “We want to provide resources directly aligned to diagnosed challenges of the user. The LRMI will enable us to pinpoint the right content for users.”

All three participants applauded AEP’s leadership in the LRMI, with Rosen saying, “The industry knowledge and insights that the AEP provides its members—and Rosen Publishing is an active member—is invaluable. The LRMI implementation has the potential to be a game-changer in electronic learning.”

CK-12 echoed that sentiment, noting that searchability is vital for educational materials. Through its leadership in the LRMI, AEP is helping to ensure that the highest quality resources–both commercially and openly published–are available to teachers and students under the same interface and that these materials can be more easily found, concluded Pachapurkar.

Browse the LRMI website for further information about this initiative and ways you can get involved.