Qu’est-ce Ketady peut apporter à l’éducation / What can Ketady bring to Education ?

Pour les lecteurs francophones, j’ai écrit ici tout le bien que je pensais de Ketady. C’est un site où l’on ne fait QUE poser des questions et donc les applications dans l’enseignement semblent couler de source. J’aimerais bien savoir s’il y en a parmi vous qui ont pu identifier ou envisager des usages concrets. (Commentaires bienvenus).

I think english readers of this blog cant’ have heard of Ketady so I’m posting about this because I think it’s a fantastic idea.

Ketady is a “social answering engine” (I’m the only one responsible for this definition). In french, Ketady means something like “What’d u ask” and you can basically think of it as a “social” Google answers. This is a very new idea (about 2 months old) and the community is still pretty small (about 5 000 users) but I can tell you result quality is already better than Google answers, for most questions.

You have to register the first time you use Ketady and to tell a little bit about yourself (you give them a few lines profile in free format). You can then ask any question to the “system” but you also accept to receive questions from others. In fact, as soon as you register, Ketady classifies you as an “expert” (based on your profile). This classification will improve with time since Ketady also analyses all questions you ask and all answers you give and the more you play with the system, the more pertinent their analysis becomes.

So when a user asks a question, the question is automatically passed to the best rated “experts” for the question. If they decline to answer or don’t answer satisfactorily, it will be passed to other experts, etc…(I simplify the approach: Ketady holds several patents about the algorithms and the related workflows).

The beauty of the concept is that it is a 100% social approach. It is free. Ketady expert rules are also defined in such a way that we are all experts about something, but we will not receive more than one or two emails a week (a little and fun price to pay for the help the system gives).

I think this is an extraordinary idea. The french article I wrote about Ketady was titled Die Luft der freiheit weht in reference to Stanford and Google (I really think that Ketady’s concept is THAT big).

This approach has lots of implications in education. I know it is hard for english readers to test Ketady which only exists in french right now (Ketatdy’s founder told me that they planned to go international in 2006). But what do you think ? Do you have ideas ?

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