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

From: Sören Auer <auer@informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
Date: Sun, 25 May 2014 21:07:33 +0200
Message-ID: <53823F75.2010405@informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
To: Juan Ignacio Vidal <ignacio.vidal@lifia.info.unlp.edu.ar>, "Stephen D. Williams" <sdw@lig.net>
CC: Paul-Olivier Dehaye <paul-olivier.dehaye@math.uzh.ch>, semantic-web@w3.org
Dear all,

One goal of Slidewiki is exactly to enable students and everyone else to
contribute notes, additional content and discussions. I experienced this
myself already, that students helped correcting things on the slides I
presented during the lecture.

Also, the translation of content and making it available in as many
languages as possible is a core aim of SlideWiki: We added the Google
translate API to easily create an automatic translation in any of the
more than 50 supported languages, after which it can be revised and
improved by a community of translators - our experience is that this
saves more than 50% of the translation effort and additionally the
crowd-sourcing effect reduces the required effort even further.

Other than many other initiatives, SlideWiki is *truly* open-content
(licensed by CC-BY-SA) AND open-source software.



On 5/25/2014 3:06 PM, Juan Ignacio Vidal wrote:
> Hello everyone, we are working in the developing of a wiki (a semantic
> media wiki installation) that works as a learning object repository.
> It has, as main feature, the possibility to edit by means of a (not so)
> simple form, the metadata of the learning resources. Also add new
> resources, and publish them via an oai target.
> We are currently working in adding this information in the linked data
> cloud, in order to harness the information published there; as main
> goal, we pretend to improve the quality in metadata records with this
> collaborative/open approach.
> If anyone is interested, we have a beta version on line at 
> http://moodle.lifia.info.unlp.edu.ar/_wikilor/ (it takes a while to load
> the first page, due to some big indexation issue).
> As Paul stated, is an interesting approach for us too, to harness the
> students/teachers community to improve the annotation in learning resources.
> Regards,
> Ignacio.
> On Sat, May 24, 2014 at 2:07 AM, Stephen D. Williams <sdw@lig.net
> <mailto:sdw@lig.net>> wrote:
>     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.
>     Stephen
>     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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