JISC/JLeRN case studies on the Learning Registry

posted Nov 19, 2012, 9:14 AM by Steve Midgley

 JLeRN Experiment is a collaboration among UK universities and JISC. During the study, JLeRN members set up experimental node set up to help better understand the potential of the Learning Registry in a UK Higher Education context. The funding for JLeRN has come to and end, and so they have drawen together some of the experiences and lessons.

JLeRN had a meeting of the people interested in the experiment a few weeks ago. Various people summarized their involvement with JLeRN for that meeting, and some summarized the meeting itself. Sarah Currier (JLeRN project manager) and I posted a summary of these summaries on the JLeRN blog:

A report into the wider potential of the Learning Registry was commissioned, this also is on the JLeRN blog

Case studies were commissioned from various people who had used or have ideas for using the experimental node. These also will be posted to the JLeRN blog. Phil Barker would like to highlight the case study from the EngRich project who have set up their own node at the University of Liverpool(*), see

Note: The text above is adapted from an email Phil Barker sent to the Learning Registry list.

The Learning Registry for Connected Educator Month

posted Aug 15, 2012, 9:10 AM by Marie Bienkowski   [ updated Aug 15, 2012, 9:20 AM ]

The Learning Registry has a Chrome Browser plugin available for use during Connected Educator Month. Use the plugin to quickly submit information about online and open learning resources, including standards alignment data (Common Core or state standards), quality ratings (using the Achieve OER rubrics), keyword tags, and comments.

You can get started with the Collector by reviewing this step-by-step guide, which also explains how the Learning Registry benefits connected educators. For the quickest start, jump in and download the plugin from the Chrome App Store. For questions and comments, contact

New White Paper on the Learning Registry for State Decision Makers and Strategists

posted May 16, 2012, 3:42 PM by Ashley Lee   [ updated May 16, 2012, 8:07 PM ]

Check out our new paper, “Building a Network of Resource-Sharing States: An Overview of the Learning Registry for State Decision Makers and Strategists.”

What is the Learning Registry and why does it matter? In this paper, we introduce some of the core ideas behind the Learning Registry, and describe how state education agencies can benefit from using it. The paper offers examples of how the Learning Registry is being used today, and discusses data services and applications that are being developed on top of the Learning Registry infrastructure. The technical appendix includes a case study on how two educator portals in California have integrated with the Learning Registry.

Read the paper and find out why your state should get involved and how!

The paper is available for free download here:

Register Now: PlugFest 3 in San Diego (June 23-24)

posted May 9, 2012, 8:35 PM by Ashley Lee   [ updated May 9, 2012, 8:38 PM ]

Registration is now open for PlugFest 3!

Saturday, June 23 – Sunday, June 24 (ending mid-day)
San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego, CA

Registration is free and open to all. Register here to attend.

The two-day hands-on technical event is designed especially for developers working with state educational agencies.

Do you have metadata or paradata that describes your learning resources that you want to get into the Learning Registry (you have access to the data and you know what format you have)? Do you have data about how learning resources relate to, or align with, the Common Core or state curricular standards that you want to share via the Learning Registry? Do you want to operate a node in the Learning Registry network? Are there additional features that you would like to help implement? Do you want to create mashups with the Learning Registry? Do you want to build value-added services on top of the Learning Registry?

If you said yes to any of these, we would like you to join us! The Learning Registry core team will be available at the PlugFest to help you make things happen.

Got projects you’d like to work on at PlugFest? Please share your ideas here:

For event details, visit

See you in San Diego!

Save the date 6/23-6/24: PlugFest 3 in San Diego

posted Apr 23, 2012, 2:28 PM by Ashley Lee   [ updated May 9, 2012, 8:31 PM ]

Save the date! The Learning Registry is pleased to announce the third PlugFest. The event will take place June 23-24 in San Diego, two days just prior to ISTE 2012 in San Diego. We'll start with a reception Friday evening, June 22nd, followed by collaborative group work sessions ending mid-day Sunday June 24th.

About the event: The multi-day hands-on event will be focused on collaborative work to connect state repositories, portals, content collections, and communities to the Learning Registry; to build tools to explore the data we have; and to work on the Learning Registry code to add new features.

More details to follow. In the meantime, check out to learn more about how you can get involved. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego this summer!

Learning Registry Orientation Webinar - January 9, 2012

posted Dec 23, 2011, 2:46 PM by Ashley Lee   [ updated Jan 10, 2012, 8:25 AM ]

Join us for a Learning Registry orientation webinar on January 9, 2012 (1:00 pm Eastern) to explore how the Registry can be leveraged by state and local education agencies, publishers, aggregators, and other digital learning providers.

Speakers include Steve Midgley, U.S. Department of Education; Marie Bienkowski (moderator), SRI International; and Susan Van Gundy, National Science Digital Library.

Registration is free and open to all:

For more information, please visit the event page.

SIIA's Learning Registry Webinar/Webcast - December 20, 2011

posted Dec 14, 2011, 9:56 AM by Ashley Lee   [ updated Dec 23, 2011, 9:51 AM ]

The Learning Registry: A How To Primer for Digital Content Publishers and Aggregators

DECEMBER 20, 2011 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm (Eastern)



The Learning Registry (LR) is an open source technical system designed to facilitate the capturing, sharing, and analyzing of learning resource data to broaden the usefulness of digital content to benefit educators and learners. The LR aims to support resource creators, publishers, curators, and consumers who are collaborating to broadly share resources, as well as information about how those resources are used by educators in diverse learning environments across the Web. The LR was initiated with federal leadership and launched last month. Join LR leaders on this SIIA webinar to understand how the LR can be leveraged by publishers, aggregators and other digital learning providers.



Steve Midgley, U.S. Department of Education

Susan Van Gundy, National Science Digital Library

Gail Lewis (moderator), Capstone Digital Solutions

Registration for SIIA Members Only:

Watch SIIA's Webcast

Register now: Learning Registry Plugfest - December 13-14, 2011

posted Nov 17, 2011, 5:25 PM by Web Master

I'm happy to let you know that we're revving up for a second Learning Registry Plugfest from December 13-14 in Boulder, Colorado.

To honor the DIY spirit, the event will be run more in a BarCamp/unconference model. We're going to have a very small amount of structure, in favor of providing a venue, tools and experience for people interested in working with the Learning Registry to come together and make.

In the two days we'll have at the National Science Digital Library, we'll have a full complement of the core Learning Registry team available to help you achieve whatever you're interested in doing: building tools, exploring the data we have, connecting your repositories and content collections and communities and/or work on the Learning Registry code, itself, to address features you need.

We encourage design thinkers, developers, engineers, entrepreneurs and educational technologists to join us. We want to sling code and discover the needs at the edges that will one day be the core needs.

More information on the event and suggested accommodations is located here:

We are also launching a new mailing list for people interested in integrating, developing applications, working with Paradata… using the Learning Registry to make awesome things happen. We'll be using this new list for any traffic related to projects we're working now and for Plugfest itself:

Group email:

Learning Registry Launch @ SETDA 2011 Leadership Summit

posted Nov 9, 2011, 8:05 AM by Ashley Lee   [ updated Nov 16, 2011, 2:40 PM ]

We had a great launch event for the Learning Registry open community and open technology on November 7, 2011 at the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)'s 2011 Leadership Summit. Thanks again to everyone who participated.
Speakers at the event included: Arne Duncan (U.S. Secretary of Education), Aneesh Chopra (U.S. Chief Technology Officer), Dr. Laura Junor (Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness), Richard Culatta (Education Fellow, Office of U.S. Senator Patty Murray), and Steve Midgley (Deputy Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education).

Press releases:

Ignite Smithsonian Video

posted Apr 19, 2011, 9:16 AM by Daniel Rehak

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