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Monday, January 02, 2012

eLearning Learning Adds Personalized Subscriptions

Aggregage, the platform that powers eLearning Learning has added a powerful personalization engine.  That means that eLearning Learning now allows users to sign-up and have their content personalized based on their interests.

You can sign-up via the "Personalize Your Content" button on the right side of the interface shown to the right of the red arrow below.  Or put another way, just above and right of the picture of Justin Bieber. 

eLearning-Learning-Personalization

By the way, I should point out that the four top articles on the site when I took the screen shot were all great:

It's what I love about the site.  It always has great, fresh content from a wide variety of industry professionals.  Every time I visit it, I find something that I missed that was really good content.

Now with personalization it's even better. The picture below gives a sense of what's happening:

Aggregage-Personalization

Curators handle finding the best sources of content.  The system then uses social signals such as those coming from Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, delicious as well as clicks and views.  These are compared to averages for the source and also looks at who is providing the signal, how often they signal things, how often they signal for that particular source, etc.  Those aspects existed before and it does a good job of finding great content.  You can read a bit more about these aspects in eLearning Learning Launches New Features.

What's new now is that the site allows you to sign up and provide your Twitter and LinkedIn information.   The site will look at your activity on these sites and the content of what you share.  It will use that to find interests as well as to cluster you with other users who are like you based on interests and sharing.  You can partially control your interests via the Subscription page as shown below:

eLearning-Learning-Subscription

This will change over time based on your LinkedIn and twitter activity.  You can always visit and manually select interests as well.  You can read a bit more here: Personalization Explained.

The system then can combine three pieces of information to figure out what will be most interesting to you:

  • Social signal score – are people in the audience finding it interesting
  • Topic match – does it match up with your interests
  • Like sharing – are individuals who are like you sharing this

The system uses these to both rank things on the site and to generate Daily and Weekly newsletters.

The reason that I'm most exited about this is that I partly use eLearning Learning to make sure I don't miss things that is good content that is relevant to me.  Now with personalization, it is even less likely that something will sneak by. 

I also personally like the format of the new newsletter.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

13 comments:

Kelly Meeker said...

Congratulations on these improvements! Very cool.

Kelly Meeker said...

Also, we'd love to see the OpenSesame blog make an appearance on eLearning Learning!
www.OpenSesame.com/blog

We work hard to offer tips and tricks for elearning developers, insight on tools used for learning and guest blog posts from cool folks.

Tony Karrer said...

Kelly - I'll contact you about this.

Kevin Thorn said...

Congrats to you and your team, Tony! Looking forward to a more personalized feed tuned to my interest. Thanks!

Sahana said...

Very nice improvement, Tony! I am looking forward to a more personalized experience.

rucsb said...

This is a very good start to a New Year. Congratulations. I will try out and look forward to a personalized feed.

greg said...

with the world leaning more towards e-learning I really like how Aggregage has made things a lot more easier. Thanks for sharing

Michael said...

Very nice post Tony, I like things that help in the learning process.

Robin Green said...

eLearning is opening up so many opportunities. Since it is no longer brand new there is a large focus on things like this now. Great article. Do you mind if I use some of this on my site?

Melissa said...

Firstly Congratulations for Aggregage! Must share that you greatly integrated LinkedIn and Twitter. You made things simplified.

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Diana Verhalen said...

I like the idea of personalization, as long as it is made explicit, i.e., points me to the option to manually edit filtering selections.

That said, there was an interesting TED Talk challenging the use of filtering algorithms that use your typical interests to edit (censor?) what you are shown, with an associated negative impact on creativity and innovation. Something to consider in the world of personalization.

http://timkastelle.org/blog/2011/05/the-innovation-filter-bubble/

Greg Chua said...

I want to congratulate with this improvements; this was a big tutorial with other people and also with me. I am glad that I saw your very nice post. I like the Aggregage of how made things a lot easier towards to the elearning learning power in the world. Thanks for sharing and keep on posting.