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Introducing Content Reviewing with Lenses


Connexions is pleased to announce the addition of a new content selection feature, known as Lensing. Lenses enable both organizations and individuals to give their stamps of approval to content in the Connexions repository, allowing for user-driven quality control of Connexions modules and collections. Through these lenses, Connexions users can also provide their own tags and descriptions for items in the repository.

Connexions lenses are available in three different forms. First, organizations, such as professional societies, can create endorsement lenses containing content they have carefully reviewed and deem to be of high quality. Second, organizations can also create affiliation lenses identifying content created by members of that organization (but not necessarily reviewed). Finally, anyone with a Connexions account can create member list lenses, identifying and describing content they deem to be of particular interest in the repository. All Connexions lenses can either be made privately viewable for personal use only or publicly viewable for anyone to see.

A list of all publicly-viewable lenses can be found at The subset of endorsement lenses is at, with affiliation lenses at and member list lenses at

Lens information is shown in a pair of new panes appearing on the left hand side of modules and collections. Endorsements and affiliations display in a “Quality” pane listing the names of the organizations that selected the content in their lenses. (Figure 1)

Figure 1: New "Quality" pane in module and collection interface.

Member lists display in a “Lenses” pane. The tags assigned to the module or collection by any lens selecting it are also shown in this pane. (Figure 2)

Figure 2: New "Lenses" pane in module and collection interface.

Clicking on any of the lens links (in endorsements, affiliations, or member lists) will take you to a page about the lens and the person or organization who created it, as well as all other content selected in the lens. (Figure 3)

Figure 3: Lens page for an author.