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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.

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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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    This collection is included inLens: Connexions Documentation
    By: Connexions

    Comments:

    "The canonical how-to guide to using Connexions."

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    This collection is included inLens: Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy Affiliated Material
    By: Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy

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    This collection is included inLens: OER/LOR Connexions Training
    By: Connexions

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    "This collection has the basic training for authoring modules (chapters/sections) and collections (textbooks/courses etc)."

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Finding Content

Module by: Connexions. E-mail the author

Summary: This module describes how to use Connexions' Search and Browse features, as well as how to find related content from the content viewing page, through lens tags, and through author profiles.

Learn to

Browsing the Content Repository

Select the Content tab (above the You are here Breadcrumb bar) to display the browsing interface screen. This page also allows you to search for modules or collections by title, author name, or subject area.

Figure 2: Search bar and interface.
Search bar.

Or you can use the Connexions Browse feature to display a listing of all content by subject, title, author name, keyword, popularity, language or revision date.

Figure 3: Browsing interface
Browsing interface
  1. Browse by selecting the appropriate item under the Browse All Content heading on the tab. (The last filter criterion, "All Collections", will display a listing of only collections instead of searching individual modules.)
  2. Refine your results. The refinement differs depending on what you chose to browse by in Step 1.
  3. View a module or collection by clicking on its title.
Figure 4: Browsing interface and refinement.
Browsing interface.

On the right side of the browsing interface screen is the Repository portal. Use this to jump to a random module or random collection in the repository.

Figure 5: The repository portlet with links to random content.
Repository portlet.

Sorting Criteria

There are several pages on Connexions where you might see a list of content like those shown below. Some of the pages are the results of searching or browsing Connexions, but you will also see these lists through lens pages, author profiles, and elsewhere. This interface allows you to choose multiple views of the content listings, sort them by various criteria, and even quickly checkout or derive a copy of content to one of your Work Areas.

A typical listing is shown below. Notice the left side includes basic metadata like the title, author, summary, etc. and the right side includes further metadata which you can sort by.

Figure 6: Detailed search returns.
Search results with sort options.

Sort by

You can choose a new sorting criteria from the Sort by dropdown at the top of the listing. You can sort by:

  • Relevance - to what you searched by
  • Popularity - based on the number of times the content has been visited in ratio to the total number of page hits of all Connexions content.
  • Language - as specified by the author.
  • Revision date - to sort the most recently updated content to the top of the list.
  • Title - to list the content alphabetically
  • Type - to group collections together at the top, and modules together at the bottom.

Figure 7: Search returns with "Sort by" list shown.
Search results with sort options.

Views

On the left side above the content listing, you should see View: Detail | Compact | Statistics. Clicking on one of these changes the view. Often, the default view is "Detail". When you click on "Compact", you can view a compact listing of the content, which only shows the title and author on the left, and your current sorting criterion on the right.

Figure 8: Compact search results.
Compact search results.

Finally, the statistics view gives you a bit more information behind Connexions "Popularity" ranking. You can see the total number of times the content has been viewed, the average number of views/day, how high the content is ranked (a rank of "1" means that content is the most-viewed content in the Connexions repository), and the rank percentile (a percentile of 98.72% means that 98.72% of the content in the repository is ranked lower than the this content).

At the top of the statistics view are links that allow you to download a spreadsheet of the statistics, either for the past week or for all time.

Figure 9: Search returns with statistics.
Search results with sort options.

Discovering Content

If you are looking for quality content on a certain subject, or tailored for a certain audience, there are other ways to find what you are looking for.

Through content

You can use the Related Material portlet to find content similar to the content you are viewing. The "Related Material" portlet also lists other collections which include this content.

Through lenses

When viewing content, you can use the Lenses portlet to find lenses which include this content. Those lenses are likely to have similar content of high quality. You can also use the Tags portlet to search the repository for other content included in lenses that is associated with this tag.

You can always browse our list of public Lenses to find lenses related to the subject you are searching.

Through member profiles

If you enjoyed one module or collection, you might enjoy more content by that author. Click the author's name to go to the author's profile, where you will find links to all of their modules, collections, and lenses, as well as links to the profiles of any coauthors whom they authored content with.

Figure 10: Author profile, with link to author's statistics.
View of author profile.

In this figure, a link (view statistics) is circled in red. Click this to go directly to the popularity statistics of this author's content. Rank them by popularity to find the content by this author most visited.

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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'.

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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 (?)

'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