Philadelphia, PA, July 22, 2014 – Nearly 6 in 10 learning resource providers (58%) are now tagging their resources with metadata, according to a new survey published by the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI). The LRMI Survey Report: July 2014 Update details findings of two separate online surveys targeting educational publishers and educators.
The publishers’ survey targeted traditional commercial publishers, online educational content providers, and organizations that provide open educational resources. Results will help inform the LRMI as it continues to promote the use of metadata tagging in order to improve the discoverability of educational resources and online content. Key findings from the publisher survey include:
Notable results from the educators’ survey include:
Although the surveys targeted different groups, opinions overlapped on several significant points. Both educators and publishers view content/subject area and grade level as the most useful search criteria for finding educational resources online. Alignment to specific standards and intended user are other key criteria cited by both groups. Moreover, both groups cited faster, more productive searches and access to resources educators might otherwise not have known about as top advantages of more precise search and filtering methods.
Additionally, telephone interviews were conducted with seven district-level leaders across the U.S. to collect qualitative comments regarding opinions, ideas, and experiences with online educational resource search. Interviewees were probed on their level of familiarity with metadata tagging, their impressions of the LRMI, and more.
When asked what the benefits of improved online search would be, an assistant superintendent of curriculum in Tennessee stated: “Number one is time. … I would say quality. I would say alignment.” A computer technology director in Texas added: “We’re just flooded with so many results…. It has always been an initiative in education to make sure that people can get to resources quickly and efficiently.”
For the full list of quotes, along with the detailed survey report, click here.