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 www.learningsmart.co.uk
The following are some of the main features:
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- Users can create learning groups and other learners at similar levels can join the groups.
- Messaging service allows learners to discuss issues on a one-to-one basis.
- Seamless Facebook integration to reach wider audience. e.g.,Facebook login, cross comments on both sites.
- 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 http://www.learningsmart.co.uk/
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