OER Assistant: Finding Learning Materials with Text Analytics

ID: 49480 Type: Poster/Demo
  1. Russell Walker, DeVry University, United States

Wednesday, June 29 5:15 PM-7:00 PM Location: Grand Ballroom C

Presider: Jodie Hemerda, Bridgepoint Education, United States

Abstract: Sharing of Open Educational Resources (OER) can help universities address pressures to improve quality and reduce costs, but OER adoption to date has been limited by poor discoverability of these resources. This poster/demonstration introduces OER Assistant, an interactive web application that uses advanced text analytics provided by IBM’s Watson cognitive-computing platform to help educators find OER suitable for use in a course, based on the course description and learning objectives. This tool has so far been in limited use at a single academic location, with positive results. The aim of the poster/demonstration is to gather feedback on the tool from a wider audience, in preparation for making it more broadly available and launching a formal evaluation process.

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