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Re: MOOCs, crowdsourcing and Berners-Lee's vision

From: Stephen D. Williams <sdw@lig.net>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2014 22:07:45 -0700
Message-ID: <53802921.7050402@lig.net>
To: Paul-Olivier Dehaye <paul-olivier.dehaye@math.uzh.ch>, Sören Auer <auer@informatik.uni-leipzig.de>, semantic-web@w3.org
I'm definitely interested.  We're working on some new ideas for a new type of educational ecosystem combining education with 
entertainment, especially games, focusing on a broader market than typical MOOCs.    I'm very enthusiastic about MOOCs too, having 
taken and finished very well on two out of three of what I think of as the original MOOCS: AI and ML at Stanford.


On 5/23/14, 5:44 PM, Paul-Olivier Dehaye wrote:
> Hi Soren, all,
> As I understand it, Slidewiki lets professors collaborate on content production for courses. When I asked my question on the list, 
> I had a different user base in mind: students. In most big MOOCs right now, students organise themselves spontaneously and start 
> typing up the notes of the professor, write glossaries, etc. They usually do that via a wiki, and many professors report that the 
> notes there end up more polished than their own. I am convinced that these same students could also semantically annotate these 
> notes, if offered proper tools. I see three reasons why they would do it:
> 1) they understand this is useful for semantic web goals (citizen science-style)
> 2) just doing it helps the participant to study the material
> 3) if additional services can be offered, they might find it useful for themselves and their peers (cheat sheet of definitions, 
> for instance, or flash cards)
> It is really hard to overemphasise the dedication of some students in those courses, I really think this could attract lots of 
> users quickly. Coursera for instance just set up a global translator network of volunteers, to handle all the translations.
> If a tool is implemented, and implemented in the right way (for instance via LTI standard), it could be hooked up right away with 
> Coursera and edx.org <http://edx.org>, collecting approximately 10M potential users. edx, via its XBlock API, would actually be 
> the easiest way to reach the most students as a tool could be integrated more tightly in the platform.
> Bear in mind also that these annotations would apply for content that is typically more specialized than what is found on wikipedia.
> Anyone interested in this? Any existing semantic tools to recommend as a good starting point?
> Thanks,
> Paul
> Paul-Olivier Dehaye
> SNF Professor of Mathematics
> University of Zurich
> skype: lokami_lokami (preferred)
> phone: +41 76 407 57 96
> chat: paulolivier@gmail.com <mailto:paulolivier@gmail.com>
> twitter: podehaye
> freenode irc: pdehaye
> On Wed, May 14, 2014 at 1:44 PM, Paul-Olivier Dehaye <paul-olivier.dehaye@math.uzh.ch <mailto:paul-olivier.dehaye@math.uzh.ch>> wrote:
>     Thank you, that is relevant. Any others, maybe introducing semantic games in MOOCs?
>     Paul
>     Paul-Olivier Dehaye
>     skype: lokami_lokami (preferred)
>     phone: +41 76 407 57 96 <tel:%2B41%2076%20407%2057%2096>
>     chat: paulolivier@gmail.com <mailto:paulolivier@gmail.com>
>     twitter: podehaye
>     freenode irc: pdehaye
>     On Tue, May 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM, Sören Auer <auer@informatik.uni-leipzig.de <mailto:auer@informatik.uni-leipzig.de>> wrote:
>         Dear Paul-Olivier, all,
>         I'm not exactly sure, what you have in mind, but maybe our SlideWiki.org
>         initiative is related:
>         With the open-courseware authoring platform SlideWiki.org, we aim to
>         facilitate the collaborative creation of hightly structured
>         multi-lingual courseware (consiting of slides organized in reusable
>         decks, self-assessment questions, figures etc.) which could be used to
>         create MOOCs. See http://slidewiki.org/documentation/
>         We use SlideWiki for a number of courses, e.g. a lecture series on
>         Semantic Web topics:
>         http://slidewiki.org/deck/750
>         BTW: We are currently running the SlideWiki OpenCourseWare Summer
>         (SOS2014) Competition, which will award good Open Course Ware projects
>         on SlideWiki:
>         http://education.okfn.org/slidewiki-opencourseware-summer-sos2014-competition/
>         Best,
>         Sören
>         On 5/12/2014 9:53 PM, Paul-Olivier Dehaye wrote:
>         > Hello,
>         >
>         > I was wondering if anyone here has started thinking about or acting on
>         > opportunities for semantic web research when combining the emerging
>         > ideas of crowdsourcing and MOOcs.
>         >
>         > Paul-Olivier Dehaye
>         > skype: lokami_lokami (preferred)
>         > phone: +41 76 407 57 96 <tel:%2B41%2076%20407%2057%2096>
>         > chat: paulolivier@gmail.com <mailto:paulolivier@gmail.com> <mailto:paulolivier@gmail.com <mailto:paulolivier@gmail.com>>
>         > twitter: podehaye
>         > freenode irc: pdehaye

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