:sync: WeLearn: Organise and Share your Learning Ressources Efficiently

Authors: Iryna Nikolayeva, Eric Cherel
Institution: CRI
Country: France

Topic: Technologies for Open Education
Sector: Higher Education
UNESCO Area of Focus: Building capacity
Session Format: Presentation

Abstract

On any given subject, chances are that thousands of online learning resources already exist. But which ones are fit for a specific learner? How can she find the right one, on her exact area of interest, of the right complexity for her unique needs? Our project aims to provide a solution.

We designed a tool that leverages artificial and human intelligence to qualify semi-automatically any online resource. We link it to concepts based on the full list of Wikipedia articles, therefore covering a broad range of human knowledge. Using this ontology has powerful benefits, as Wikipedia covers millions of subjects in dozens of languages and evolve quickly as new concepts emerge, leveraging hundreds of thousands of contributors. Our system also does a rough evaluation of the complexity of the resources, assessed automatically through its lexical complexity.

This results in an annotated library of resources. This library can be shown on an interactive concept map, allowing the browsing to be fun, visual and organized. This map, along with its resources, can then be shared via a link, or with a given group or WeLearn users. After presenting the tool, we will make a live demo. WeLearn is open source, free to use, and already available online.

Keywords

EdTech, artificial intelligence, collective intelligence, crowdsourcing, online learning ressources, wikipedia

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Dear colleagues,
Thank you for listening to us and for your nice comments.

You can check out the Youtube presentation of WeLearn here :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM_cBUmSK5M&feature=youtu.be

You can try WeLearn here by yourself :
http://welearn.cri-paris.org/

And the slides of our presentation are here :
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1rXO-tjPlzKBDO7yW-vZftbBSkWQZiF2oWlGbmdEkOs4/edit?usp=sharing

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This is such a fascinating project, I can’t wait to try it out.

I have a question, I noticed at the bottom of the site it said that it is Accessible, but I could not locate anymore information on it.

Could you share a bit more about what aspects are accessible and if there are features that are less so (for instance, is map browsing accessible?)

Thank you!

Session recording:

I agree this is an interesting project to promote OER and to help students in curating their own collection of resources. I am looking forward to how this project can bring mentors and learners closer.

As a note, @Ksenia_C, it might help to mention the authors or other users in :connect: like this: @Iryna_Nikolayeva or @EricCherel to get their attention :slight_smile: :call_me_hand:

Hi Ksenia, thank you for your interest. Indeed, it is something we have in mind for the future but we have not yet implemented accessibility features. We are planning for instance to have a full text mode and to be able to evaluate the accessibility of external resources and filter by it. If you have any suggestions, we will be glad to discuss them. We will remove the “Accessible” inscription from the homepage while it is not done yet. Best, WeLearn team.