Student Guidance and Advising Services
Students are mobile and follow paths to credentials on their own timetable and often through multiple institutions. 60% of students transition between two or more institutios by the time they graduate with an undergraduate degree. Adults are re-entering the education system like a kids playing hop scotch exploring interests and opportunties. Helping and assisting students (and learners of all ages) requires access to information that is protected and behind the curtain of most institutions, or it is summarized redundantly on web sites (even with through content management systems) that duplicates and controls the duplication. Much of the information exposed becomes stale and missleading, thus advising is hampered by the reluctance of institutions (and their departments) to commit to 'answers' or 'simulations' when they know the underlying data systems could be out of date or in error. New applications could be built to serve student guidnance by using the lookup service and ontology tags to find answers that relate to the questions with greater accuracy reducing the guessing and missinformation we have exposed today across thousands of portals and websites, because there is no common way of taggingOnce EdUnify and its interoperability services are available, it would be possible for anyone to build an application that used the search and interoperability services to find all available web services at K12 institutions and all available web services at colleges and universities to serve student guidnance applications to link out from their location to other web services that address health, work, academic, etc. engaging interoperbility services to connect and transform such services for tutoring, career placement and outsourced service providers such as credentialling verifications.
Applications to Accelerate Learning, Research, and Knowledge Gathering
With a lookup service, new applications could be developed to Once EdUnify and its interoperability services are available, it would be possible for anyone to build an application that uses the search services to make knowledge and semantics made relevant programatically. Today, we all utilize Google or other search engines (which utilize indexes) to find what is most relevant determined by page ranking, a means of simply measuring the reference links. Imagine using ontology services to link services, documents, artifacts, or anything, that relates to a keyword used by a common dictionary. This form of index would be more useful and accurate than a web search, and could offer new applications to find things on the web across repositories that have been uncoded until now. The Cancer research project funded by the NSF is an example of enabling researches to codify and now find who is researching what in greater detail. Imagine if we could do the same for the business of teaching and learning across all courses. Imagine building simulation games that would have access to smart tags.
Imagine video streaming a class and allowing me to poll the index of videos created by a course. There could be hundreds for just one course and thousands across my academic year. How would I find what is relevant to me without an index? Imagine making the registries of video streaming of classrooms or presentations or special events available thru the lookup service. Podcasting is indexed. But, I have to go thru the proprietary service utilized, which complicates my search or limits it. Imagine how course and media applications could be cataloged and found. The index search and the ability to develop new applications is similar to how Libraries back in the 70's and 80's put their proprietary catalogs online and then began to allow interchange requests. New applications can be developed for subscribing to new media, old media and making the seach much easier.
A Better Way to Help Students find and apply for Find Aid
Today, financial aid, grants, scholarships and such are recorded and published by a huge number of outlets to help students and parents find what is available to help pay for college. Imagine building an application that could poll sponsors of aid, grants, etc. to determine the good matches for a student's query for aid. Instead of aggegating the aid opportunities in a database, which is static and disconnected from the source, a real-time accurate service could be developed allowing the student to know if the aid available, deadlines, and what is remaining of the fund allocation. If I publish an grant opportunity in other words, and I have five $1,000 scholarships with certain criteria, imagine an application that would show their status of award (respecting confidence). If the awards have been made, the student can see how may are remaining to determine if an application can still be made, and what the rules are. Applications can be built to help the student find the aid and apply for it using the index online.