Spider and Search System for Learning Objects (SASSLO)

The latest version of SASSLO source code is 2.8 !

SASSLO Search Engine User Manual

Search for resources (learning objects) in the learning objects server.

Figure 1. Simple General Search GUI
This is a simple general search GUI, this search mode uses simple string matching to search the result. This mode allows the users who don't know computer well to use the search engine more easily. In order to access this simple general search page, you have to type the following link directly:
"http://<your hostname>/<sub-directory>/search/Search.php?mode=simple"

Figure 2. General Search GUI
You can click on the "Search for Resources" link on the menu for searching any learning objects stored in the Learning Objects Server. This mode is different from the mode mentioned above and provides different methods and parameters for searching. There are three search methods: general search, advanced search and file type search.

In general search, you can simply input any keywords and press the "search" button to search.
In this method, three options are provided to facilitate searching.

Match Case
By default, the search will not be case sensitive. This option makes the search case sensitive.

Match Whole Word
By default, the search will not be restricted to matching whole words only. This option allows the search to be restricted to whole words only. This is useful for searching for 'a', or 'A' without finding all words including 'a'.

Regular Expression
Regular expressions allow more complex search in a single operation.

You can click here for more details about the three options.

Figure 3. Advanced Search GUI
In advanced search, you can limit your search to a particular field or several fields together.

Figure 4. File Type Search GUI
In file type search, you can select which file types or file extensions you want to search.

Figure 5a. Search Results GUI
  • The title and the file name of objects found in the Learning Objects Server are displayed.
  • You can click on the "Try from this server" link to open the learning object in a new window or click on the "Download from this server" link to download the learning object into your hard disk.
  • The results can be sorted by clicking on the underlined columns according to the number of views, number of votes or the object titles.
  • You can click on the "Vote for this" button to vote the object if you think the object is useful.
  • You can click on the "Edit Info" button to edit the object information. This function will only be allowed when you are logged in as administrator.

Figure 5b. Learning Object Details
When you select "show details" checkbox of a particular learning object, the detailed information of that learning object is shown. You can hide the details by clicking on the "Hide Me" button or uncheck the checkbox.


Figure 1. Enter Username And Password
In this system, there are some operations which can only be used by the administrators of this system. The above screen shot is the login page.

Figure 2. Edit Learning Object Details
After you are logged in as administrator, you can edit the information of the selected object.
  • You can update the learning object details by clicking the "Update Info" button.
  • You can delete the learning object details by clicking the "Delete Object" button.

Figure 3. Search Engine Settings
You can enable or disable the features of the Search Engine when you logged in as administrator.
  • You can allows the user to vote the objects which they think are good.
  • You can allow the search engine to display the number of votes of the objects.
  • You can also allow the search engine to display the number of views of the objects.