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Surfacing and encouraging good content

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In college, you express your thoughts through content -- essays, performances, stories, and so on.  To the extent that college is successful, you get better at writing, performing and expressing yourself as you learn.  In the same way, a primary objective of Dream to Learn is to help users to produce good content, and always to be learning to produce better content.  

So how do we identify and encourage good content?  We use algorithms (processes) that identify good content, and that gently encourage users to produce better content.  We're spending a lot of our time working on these algorithms, but you can already see some of the results -- as you look through the Dream to Learn site, you'll see that a lot of content (including this blog) has a "score".  We'll come up with a better name than "score", but whatever the name, the number is a reflection of how interesting we think the content will be for you.  I've blogged elsewhere on the details of the algorithm; here are some examples of things that will increase the score and ranking of content:

  • share your content with your friends to get it viewed more often
  • write more blog entries, or publish more versions of a document
  • write documents with co-authors
  • have a healthy discussion in the public and private comments
  • rate more content than you write (this increases your own rating)

For more detail, see concrete tips on how to improve the ranking of your Dream to Learn content.  

 

Look for a lot more from us in this area -- we want to help everyone who is part of this project to learn and improve, and the scoring algorithms are going to be an important part of that.

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Chris Tennant

Chris Tennant

I co-founded Dream to Learn in 2013. I love the outdoors, growing and building things, and the challenge and beauty of writing computer code. I live in Eugene, Oregon with my wife Giuditta, my two kids Joshua and Rebecca, and our cats Sprinkie and Hugino.

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