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Making Your Connexions Lens Public

Module by: Kenneth Leroy Busbee. E-mail the author

Summary: The benefits and drawbacks of creating a public lens. How to point users to your Connexions lenses.

Benefits and Drawbacks

Making a lens public is like watching (hearing) a singing contest on television. Some performers should be told not to audition. Some lenses are not very useful. When you make lenses public, your reputation (the quality of your work) is out for everyone to evaluate. So the primary drawback to making a lens public is embarrassment.

Lenses that serve a purpose, that is focus the user (or viewer) to see only part of the repository are desireable and are beneficial to users. Lenses focus to what ever content the lens creator desires. They decide how to tag and make comments. Here is a list of some of the concepts involved with focusing a lens:

  • Specific area of study – such as high performance computers or Shakespere.
  • Materials for a specific course – such as British literature. Different than a collection that might be used as a textbook, but more of the concept of reference materials for a course. You the creator of the lens an we assume the instructor of the course, whan to easily point students to a specific protion of the repository contents.
  • Materials produced by an organization
  • Materials reviewed for a professional journal
  • Materials endorsed by a professional group or institution
  • Materials published by a University Press – Rice University Press uses the Connexions repository for its publication efforts.

During the construction phase of a lens, we strongly encourage that the lens be kept private.

Figure 1: Example of a private lens that is under construction
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Common Ways that You can Point Users your Lenses

Via Your Personal Web Site

On your personal web site place a link to your lenses.

Figure 2: Links from your web site
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Via a Learning Management System (LMS)

If you are using an LMS include a web site link entry to your lenses.

Via an email

Copy and paste the URL to your lens into an email. Your URL is partially established by you when you create the lens.

Figure 3: Math Materials URL
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Definition of a lens

Lenses

A lens is a custom view of the content in the repository. You can think of it as a fancy kind of list that will let you see content through the eyes of organizations and people you trust.

What is in a lens?

Lens makers point to materials (modules and collections), creating a guide that includes their own comments and descriptive tags about the content.

Who can create a lens?

Any individual member, a community, or a respected organization.

What are tags? tag icon

Tags are descriptors added by lens makers to help label content, attaching a vocabulary that is meaningful in the context of the lens.

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'My Favorites' is a special kind of lens which you can use to bookmark modules and collections. 'My Favorites' can only be seen by you, and collections saved in 'My Favorites' can remember the last module you were on. You need an account to use 'My Favorites'.

| A lens I own (?)

Definition of a lens

Lenses

A lens is a custom view of the content in the repository. You can think of it as a fancy kind of list that will let you see content through the eyes of organizations and people you trust.

What is in a lens?

Lens makers point to materials (modules and collections), creating a guide that includes their own comments and descriptive tags about the content.

Who can create a lens?

Any individual member, a community, or a respected organization.

What are tags? tag icon

Tags are descriptors added by lens makers to help label content, attaching a vocabulary that is meaningful in the context of the lens.

| External bookmarks