Searching an LOR

The Search page is the default search method when you access Learning Repository. The search gives you results based on occurrence of your search words in a learning object’s title, description, or keywords. It also suggests alternative spellings for you to help your search.

Searches are case insensitive and results include all the words that you type in the Search For field. For example, if you search for mineral sciences the results include matches for both mineral and sciences. However, the matches do not necessarily have mineral sciences included as a phrase.

A search sent to MERLOT might not use the exact matching criteria as the local repository search because of differences in the MERLOT service.

You can also now click in the Browse area on the name of the ten most recent browse types to go directly to the results for those.

Perform a basic search

  1. Start from one of the following:
    • LOR in the navbar
    • The Manage Content page and click Add Learning Object.
    • The Manage Files area and click Learning Object Repository.
    • The LOR Widget on Course Home or My Home, type your search terms.
  2. Type your search terms. Enclose phrases with quotation marks. Use “OR” to search for instances of one word/phrase or another by adding “OR” (uppercase, no quotes).
  3. Click Search.

Searching an LOR using advanced search options

The advanced search enables you to specify more criteria for retrieving LOR content than the basic search. This feature is especially useful if your LOR has a large amount of content on the same subject.

Perform an Advanced Search

  1. Start from one of the following:
    • LOR in the navbar
    • The Manage Content page and click Add Learning Object.
    • The Manage Files area and click Learning Object Repository.
    • The LOR Widget on the course or My Home, type your search terms.
  2. Click the Advanced Search icon in the top tool menu, or click Search in the LOR Widget.
  3. Type your search terms in the Search For field.
  4. Limit the search using the Title, Description, or Keyword fields.
  5. Choose specific repositories, listed under Local Repositories and External Repositories, to search.
  6. If you want to further narrow your search, choose from restrictions in the Search Restrictions area:
    • Search for resources with set licensing cost and restrictions.
    • Limit Results to learning objects/assets that you created.
    • Select the types of learning objects that you want to find.
    • Select the rating of the learning objects or assets that you want to find.
    • Select the status of the learning objects or assets that you want to find.
    • Search the metadata of a learning object’s sub-objects.
    • Select the time frame during which the learning objects or assets were published.
  7. Select a Metadata view from the Select Metadata View drop-down list.
    • The field associated with the metadata category is either a text box or drop-down list. For text boxes, the search string follows the same rules as those for a basic search.
  8. If you want to narrow your search of the metadata, add or remove fields from the search.
  9. Click the Search button.

Browsing an LOR's content

Browse presents a directory view of learning objects according to the IEEE LOM Classification Taxonomy fields. The classification organizes objects according to a hierarchical or tree structure. Individual learning objects in the tree are nodes, and the path from the root node to any other node is a classification taxonomy path (or taxon path).

Browse enables you to traverse this hierarchy of learning objects. At any level in the hierarchy, you can search for all learning objects classified at that level and below. This includes objects from external repositories whose metadata has been harvested.

The browse page includes a count of objects in each category. You can browse by author, publisher, or course.

Example of a Classification Taxonomy Path hierarchy 

Example of a Classification Taxonomy Path hierarchy

For example, in the above diagram:

Browse the LOR

  1. Click the  Browse icon in the top tool menu.
  2. On the Browse page there are two ways to browse:
    • Use the taxon path.
    • Use the browse grid to access categories directly.
  3. Click a link to refine your browse and narrow the result set returned or click the Magnifying Glass icon to browse all objects in the category.
  4. To change your browse path, click Refine Browse or use one of the drop-down menus in the browse path.
  5. To start over, click New Browse.

From the Search Results (Category Browse), depending on your permissions, you can perform the same actions as those for any LOR search results.

Filtering search results

When Learning Repository returns your results, you can filter them, except for results from federated repositories (i.e., MERLOT).

Filter your search results

Click on the links in the Search Filters panel.

Remove a filter you've used

Click the Clear link beside the filter you want to remove.

Set which filters display in search results

  1. Click the DOME link in the My Admin Tools widget on My Home.
  2. Expand the Config Variable Browser node, select Tools and click LOR.
  3. In the treeview, click the variable you want to edit from D2L.Tools.LOR.SearchResults.Filters.
  4. In the main content frame, click the Edit button.
  5. Change the number in the Default Value field.
  6. Click Save.

Viewing versions in search results

Learning Repository enables users to view, manage, and use older versions of learning objects in local repositories. You can access versions of any learning objects that can have a locked link.

Search results display the available learning object versions in the Course Builder tool and Insert Stuff. You can create a locked link to older versions of learning objects or the newest version by clicking change.

Note  Versions are not available for objects in federated or harvested repositories.

Working with LOR search results

Work with search results

From the search results, you can (depending on permissions):

Changing what is displayed in LOR search results

Change display settings for search results

  1. Click the Display Options on the Search Results screen.
  2. Edit your display options.
  3. Click Save.

 

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