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Re: UNMOOC on Web Science to start!

From: Sören Auer <auer@informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:43:49 +0200
Message-ID: <526A4B65.3090500@informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
To: Steffen Staab <staab@uni-koblenz.de>
CC: semantic-web@w3.org, public-lod@w3.org, Rene Pickhardt <rpickhardt@uni-koblenz.de>
Steffen, all,

I agree Wikiversity is an interesting platform and of course its great
you started this project there. However, "reuse" is also one of the main
rationale of SlideWiki:

* all content published in SlideWiki has exactly the same licensing
conditions as in Wikipedia (hence its easy to reuse content on either of
the two platforms)

* in SlideWiki, we optimized the CourseWare content representation for
both presence courses held by a teacher and individual online/offline
learning even from mobile devices

* the SlideWiki content is highly-structured - a course is actually a
tree of sub modules and individual slides and self-assessment questions,
which can be easily reused and repurposed

* SlideWiki also aims to facilitate the multi-lingual reuse, by offering
semiautomated and crowdsourced translation support and facilities for
syncing different language editions of the same course

There are still many issues and things around SlideWiki we want to add
and improve and everyone is invited to get involved - its completely
open-source and open-content.

Great to see more open courseware initiatives such as UNMOOC. I think
the availability and accessibility of qualitative, multilingual open
courseware is still a major issue.

Best,

Sören


Am 25.10.2013 10:30, schrieb Steffen Staab:
> Dear Sören,
> 
> thanks for your pointer! This is  very interesting!
> 
> However, we favor a slightly different approach.
> We are interested in facilitating reuse beyond the creation of material
> for a course,
> hence our contents are put into the the wikimedia foundation space
> where they are also easily available, e.g., for Wikipedia (where
> appropriate).
> 
> For instance, the wikipedia entry
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethernet_frame now reuses our video
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File%3AHow_to_build_an_Ethernet_Frame.webm
> 
> which is part of our course
> https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Topic:Web_Science/Part1:_Foundations_of_the_web/Internet_Architecture/Ethernet/Ethernet_Header
> 
> 
> This has already (at this very early stage) generated useful feedback from
> people that would never have considered to look at course material
> and it reaches an audience that would otherwise not benefit
> from our course material.
> 
> Cheers,
> Steffen
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Am 25.10.13 09:17, schrieb Sören Auer:
>> Dear Steffen, all,
>>
>> This seems to be indeed a very interesting endeavor. In particular the
>> "creation of open and evolving content with interactive,
>> community-oriented feedback sessions" seems an interesting concept. Have
>> you seen our OpenCOurseWare authoring platform SlideWiki
>> http://slidewiki.org - its now open-source, used with dozens of courses,
>> several hundred students. There are btw. also comprehensive lecture
>> series on Semantic Web, Information Retrieval, Intelligent Systems. The
>> Semantic Web lecture (>700 slides, >100 self-assessment questions) is
>> available in 12 languages (Thai, French Portuguese, Spanish, Italian,
>> Hindi, Greek, Persian, Arabic, Russian, German, English). We are really
>> interested to build a larger user/author communities around SlideWiki
>> content and any ideas in that regard are highly appreciated.
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> Sören
>>
>> Am 25.10.2013 08:47, schrieb Steffen Staab:
>>> Institute WeST is about to start an UNMOOC -
>>> an UNusual Massive Open Online Course - on *Web Science*
>>>
>>> A MOOC is "an online course aimed at large-scale interactive
>>> participation and open access via the Web" (quote from Wikipedia).
>>> Usual MOOCs combine canned content (text, videos, etc.) with
>>> interactive, community-oriented feedback sessions.
>>> In contrast, our unusual MOOC targets the creation of open and evolving
>>> content with interactive, community-oriented feedback sessions.
>>>
>>> Find more basic information at our starting page:
>>> http://studywebscience.org/
>>>
>>> The course itself will be hosted on wikiversity and wikimedia commons,
>>> two free and open siblings of the Wikipedia platform:
>>> https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Topic:Web_Science
>>>
>>> There are three models for certification
>>> 1. Joining exams in Koblenz and earning ECTS credits
>>> 2. Examination by an outside institution.
>>>     If you are an outside institution and want to award
>>>     credits based on participation in the MOOC exam, please contact us.
>>> 3. Informal certification (no earning of ECTS credits)
>>>     by remote participation in the MOOC exam.
>>>
>>> Rene Pickhardt & Steffen Staab
>>> Institute for Web Science and Technologies
>>> University of Koblenz-Landau
>>>
>>> http://west.uni-koblenz.de
>>>
>>>
>>
> 
> 
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