Curricula came from the Resources site as well as Documents of Freedom. You can drill down into a curricula to see its units or lessons. Planned near term improvements: None. Total Items: 12See it
This is all units, including those on LLPH and Documents of Freedom. You can drill down and see a unit's lessons. Note that some units do not have descriptions. This is the case in the current site as well. Planned near term improvements: None. Total Items: 38See it
These are all lessons, including those from Documents of Freedom and LLPH. You can drill down and see each lesson mapped to its Activities and Resources. Planned near term improvements: LLPH lessons have no images and have erroneous characters in the description field. Total Items: 446See it
Activities can be found in the Resources site, LLPH and Documents of Freedom. Activities are currently PDF documents, which is why they have no image or description. They eventually will be converted from PDF, so they will have descriptions and we will assign them a picture. Planned near term improvements: Add a generic image for all activities. Total Items: 1670See it
Resources include both content intended for teachers in lessons as well as content from other sites. Planned near term improvements: Add images for LLPH resources. Total Items: 40.See it
In addition to essays imported from the resources site and the main site, the Reading tab of the Documents of Freedom were imported as essays. Planned near term improvements: None. Total Items: 306.See it
Total Items: 298 Users can now find Videos here that were previously only found on YouTube. We have a separate page displaying the contents of each BRI YouTube playlist. You can see all these pages here. Planned near term improvements: Add a generic image for card display.See it
This page separates the videos by type, like Homework Help.See it
We imported founders as a unique content type. That way we can do more with them in the future. Planned near term improvements: None. Total Items: 25.See it
eLessons were imported from the main site. They are paired with Current events in the Teaching With Current Events product. Planned near term improvements: Develop the Teaching With Current Events homepage. Also add a generic image for those eLessons that have no image. Total Items: 210.See it
This page shows the Fabric of History podcast episodes. Total Items: 13See it
These are all the primary sources from the main site. We have separated the actual source content from annotation content. Total Items: 21See it
Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
This is a collection of Resources, Essays, Activities and Lessons that was exported from the OpenStax Tutor site.See it
Think the Vote
This is a "doorway" into the Think The Vote siteSee it
This, along with educator spotlight, was content from the current site we brought over and reformatted. Currently it shows both educators and students. We are waiting for a site coding change to allow us to filter students or educators. Total Items: 59See it
This, along with student spotlight, was content from the current site we brought over and reformatted. Currently it shows both educators and students. We are waiting for a site coding change to allow us to filter students or educators. Total Items: 59See it
This is a page we recreated from content from the current site. It is currently broken.See it
Founding Principles and Virtues
This is a page we recreated from content from the current site.See it
Landmark Supreme Court Cases
This is a page we recreated from content from the current site. It is currently showing more than it should and is waiting for a dev fix.See it
Current Events ELessons
This is the new version of the teaching with current events page. Site bugs will be fixed soon so you can see it.Learn More
Most popular site pages
We used Google Analytics to establish what the most popular pages are on the BRI sites today. Below is a before and after view of the top pages on the list. The below pages get 4,650,000 visits per year, and represent about a third of the traffic to BRI sites.
The Bill of Rights
Federalist Papers No. 10
Federalist Papers No. 50
The Constitution of the United States of America
The full list of pages we are watching can be found here.
About the migration of educational content
Content originated from the main BRI site, the Resources (Voices of History) site, Documents of Freedom and the Textbook hosted on OpenStax Tutor, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Various techniques were employed to extract and transform the content, including exports using a Wordpress plugin, XML conversions, scripts and tapping directly into the site's database.
An Amazon S3 directory was created to centralize all the PDF documents across the sites. Most documents were moved to that new directory. Images were extracted from the existing sites to serve as the cover image for each product.
The total number of content items extracted and loaded into this new site was 3,897. Additionally, a number of customized pages were added to present views into content, bringing the number of searchable educational content items close to four thousand.
A significant aspect of the migration is maintaining the thousands of relationships between these content items. Consider all the activities and resources roll up to a lesson, then up to a unit then to a curriculum.
Work that remains
While we have the content in the site now, there is a lot to do before our soft launch on December 9 and our marketing launch on December 15. The primary work that remains is:
- Polishing the content, improving the display
- Building more entry pages that display collections of similar content
- Enhancing the "card" appearance by creating and applying new cover images
- Building event and program related pages such as Constitution Day
- Enhancing the metadata applied to each content item, such as duration and grade level