The paraportal pilot activity is now moving ahead:
· We have put online an instance of the Paraportal, which we demonstrated at the IDEA event (and described in a previous blog entry). This instance currently demonstrates usage data from the live production instance of Scootle, on how often users have associated learning resources with content descriptions through inclusion in the same learning path. You can view the Paraportal online.
· We are planning to expand the Paraportal to allow more queries. In particular, we will be exposing usage data from Scootle on resources that have been frequently viewed, and on resources associated with content descriptions through the various sources of information used internally (common ScOT thesaurus terms, expert alignment through ANZ-LOM, as well as inclusion in learning paths).
· The Northern Territory Department of Education & Training have expressed interest in contributing to the national Paradata Exchange usage data out of their Moodle learning management system. Their particular interest is in identifying resources popular with particular demographic groups, such as indigenous students and remote schools, and sharing this information with other jurisdictions serving similar groups. To provide an easy pathway for jurisdictions to contribute paradata to the Paradata Exchange, ESA will accept CSV files of usage data, and will convert them to the JSON format consumed by the Learning Registry infrastructure.