A Quora for Open Educational Resources?

Quick note: after writing the last post on choral explanations I’ve gotten more deeply into Quora. And while there are a number of things that would have to change to make a Quora-style site a viable OER collaboration tool the base interaction is amazingly on target for how collaborative OER repositories should work.

Again, I hasten to say that it is not an out-of-the-box solution for OER at the moment. But it comes closer to any product I’ve seen. And a lot of the genius is in the little UX details.

If you’re involved in open educational resources, I’d highly encourage you to explore the site. Take a day, set up a profile, fill out some areas of expertise, pose a question, follow a few questions, and ask a question to get a sense of the flow of the site. And then if you want to talk implications for faculty and student produced OER let me know, and we’ll chat.

I’ll also post some of my thought on this site in the coming weeks. But use the site, you won’t regret it.


2 thoughts on “A Quora for Open Educational Resources?

  1. You should also check out https://socratic.org/ a Q&A site specifically for education.

    There are some cool features: suggestions on how to answer questions well, good editing tools (especially for math), and a bot that updates answers to link key concepts to central entries with videos and a sampling of questions.

    Some challenges as well: with the academic intent, they got a whole lot of homework questions. So “How to factor ax^2 + bx + c?” for tons of different values of a,b,c. Of course, reading a bunch of these questions may be a reasonable way to learn the general approach, but I don’t think they’ve found the best approach there.

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