Thursday, 27 November 2014

Learning Smart - a community-driven, best learning resource sharing website.

Dr James Xue from Department of Computing and Immersive Technologies, University of Northampton and Ahmed Salim (an MSc Computing student) have developed a community-driven, best learning resource sharing website. 

Originally developed as his Ahmed's dissertation under James supervision, it is now live at

The following are some of the main features: 
  1. Top-five resource list for each subject area is updated at real-time (nearly) automatically based on real users’ reviews (one user can only review a resource once, this stops fake reviews)
  2. Learning resources are classified based on levels of difficulty (e.g., beginner, intermediate, advanced) so that learners won’t waste time searching for the right resources or reading inappropriate resources.
  3. Any contribution (upload and review of resources, interaction with other learners) will be rewarded some points, top contributors are displayed on the home page. As a result, more good resources are expected.
  4. Users can create learning groups and other learners at similar levels can join the groups.
  5. Messaging service allows learners to discuss issues on a one-to-one basis.
  6. Seamless Facebook integration to reach wider audience. e.g.,Facebook login, cross comments on both sites.
  7. Personalised reading lists allow learners to create their own learning portfolio.
James Xue "... this site will benefit our students and other learners in general in many aspects. e.g., it’s a good addition to our “Module Reading List” as they are created and reviewed by the community (instead of the lecturers). It encourages collaborative learning..."

Go have a go yourself go to 

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