Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Zebrasoma scopas: Envisioning A Cohesive Open Educational Learning System (COELS), I think WUaS, like Wikipedia with MIT OCW, does what you've outlined in your G+ post - - from Oct 11, 2012

Envisioning A Cohesive Open Educational Learning System (COELS)

Hi Kimberly,

It's exciting to see your post from last year.

In many ways, I think World University and School, - - like Wikipedia with MIT OCW, does what you've outlined in your G+ post ( - from Oct 11, 2012 ) - and we've aggregated many, but not all, of the links you have there, as a wiki. And WUaS just got the 'green light' from the state of California to accredit to offer free, online, C.C. university degrees (somewhat MIT OCW-centric, and for multiple languages, with their translated courses).

WUaS is planning to be in all 7,105+ languages ( and 204 + countries (, offering online, university and I.B. degrees in many countries in those languages; Wikipedia is in 285 languages by way of comparison. WUaS is planning to move to the newly developed Wikidata repository, a database written with Wikipedia's 285 languages in mind, for inter-lingual reasons.

I've talked for an hour on the phone recently with Creative Commons' director of Global Learning, Cable Green, and took an hour long walk with Howard Rheingold (we both went to Reed College) about a year ago. I've also talked with Peter Norvig for 20 minutes on the phone not too long ago. And I've also met with Michael Rouan at Stanford about 2 years ago.

Would you like to chat on the phone about this, and perhaps meet to explore this further?



I added this G+ post to the 'Courses' page at World University and School in the References' section ...

Hayworth, Kimberly. 2012. Envisioning A Cohesive Open Educational Learning System (COELS). Stanford, CA:

Kimberly Hayworth

Envisioning A Cohesive Open Educational Learning System (COELS)

Executive Summary

I originally posted this just to get all the threads I'd been seeing around an open educational system together in one place. I had hoped by doing that, people could start to see the connections of how such a system might fit together. The amount of new ideas and refinements that have been added by the Google + community have been incredible.

I think a Cohesive Open Educational Learning System (COELS) is about people getting just-in-time information automatically delivered to them via any device when they need it. Because the content would have been updated and vetted by a vast community it would be absolutely up-to-date, accurate and relevant. Because industry would have contributed to learning objectives based on needed skillsets, people would be able to get certification, mentoring and internships and be able to go to work as soon as they finish a learning sequence. Because it would be open there would be no exorbitant charges for people to access this information (or in the case of Elsevier their own content.) Because it would contain the knowledge of our greatest thinkers in addition to the wisdom of crowds it would change the world.

I had envisioned this as all open source with the Learning Registry as a central repository for Learning Resources Metadata Initative (LRMI) tagged content with support for API/hooks into and out of proprietary systems like Blackboard.

With Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) we could use the analytics to track students over time, provide individualized scaffolding and support with low stakes Q&A +James Salsman +Martin Dougiamas both online and in-person perk for the f2f Stanford contingent +Howard Rheingold , not to mention the networking opportunities and individualized interactions possible with Ed Roulette +Mike Caulfield then publish it out to an ePortfolio +Helen L. Chen students could take with them after graduation. The ideal system would also support peer-reviewed publication for scholarly content +Elijah Meeks that could then be used in the curriculum and institutional repository, Electronic Theses and Dissertations Hannah Frost.

See +Luis von Ahn TED Talk on Massive Scale online collaboration: With 160k + enrollments, crowd sourcing on this type of research could be incredible. G+ hangouts with luminaries in the field, synchronous or asynchronous communication for those who are shy about participating in a large group setting...VERY large group setting.

Using eTextbooks /digital interactive apps would make it more effective with a mobile learning option All the data would be LRMI tagged with paradata that would send content to subscribers who could use it most. +Cable Green describes this scenario

Localization teams could also work with various local instructional technologists and training staff to tailor content and language for local cultures. (Thanks +Harring Figueiredo )

Ideally, this could be funded via one or more foundations ( Gates, Mellon, Hewlett ?)

The questions raised about actually operationalizing from here are crucial:
How the business model could work here ?
Who are the stakeholders and decision makers ?
Who provides/sources funding ?
Is there a plan to bring all of the Open Source material to one center ?

(Thanks +Eileen O'Duffy )

We're collaborating with +Gregory Esau and the the #Glia circle

What are we missing? What is mission critical? What is feasible with existing infrastructure? What do we have to build ?

Special thanks to +Ryan Crowe sorry for monopolizing your thread.

It's been a huge help for me in organizing my thoughts/stream of consciousness:

It was a great exercise to try and organize everything from all the G+ posting I've been doing the last couple of weeks while researching around the idea of an open educational system.


Massive Online Collaboration
+Luis von Ahn TED Talk

Massive Open Online Courses

MOOCs at Stanford

+Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun's Fall 2011 Artificial Intelligence Class
(Please use Chrome or Safari to view timecode links.)


Free, online courses from Stanford, Princeton, University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania, Georgia Tech, Duke University, University of Washington, Caltech, Rice University, University of Edinburgh, University of Toronto, EPFL Lausanne (Switzerland), Johns Hopkins University (School of Public Health), UCSF, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Virginia.



EdX is a joint partnership between The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), UC Berkeley and Harvard University to offer free online learning to millions of people around the world.

Pedagogical/Andragogical Methodologies

Digital Media Learning
Read the comments. Robert Talbot and +Derek Bruff have added some especially thoughtful insights .

Next Generation Teaching and Learning (+Bryan Alexander )

+Howard Rheingold

+claudia engel +Jeremy Sabol
iTunesU, iBooks, and the Future of Teaching
+Kenneth Romeo
+Daphne Koller

Ed Roulette Wire Frame Walk Through
+Mike Caulfield +Jim Groom +Tim Owens

Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University

Open Educational Resources

Metadata Standards
Learning Resource Metadata Initiative
Metadata & Paradata (data about how content was used

Capture Platforms + Repositories?
OpenCast Matterhorn
Kaltura (.edu's are using SaaS or on-prem not community version)

Collaborative Learning Environments (Stanford CourseWork (Stanford MOOCs - currently no integration with CourseWork)

Platforms for Sharing
Open Classroom (Stanford MOOCs - currently no integration with CourseWork)
The Open University
Social Media Classroom
Learning Registry
Open Course Library
CUNY Academic Commons
iTunes U
Entrepreneurship Corner
Open Content Archive (via +Nathan Finley )
Scholarly Communication Institute
Open Academic Analytics Initiative (OAAI) (via +John Whitmer )

Learning Analytics
Khan Academy software: +salman khan

ASU & Knewton adaptive learning platform

Learning Resources Metadata Initiative

Learning Registry

Open Educational Resources: Access, Impact, and Sustainability Through Policy

+Cable Green
Director of Global Learning
Creative Commons

& Joel M. Smith
CIO and Vice Provost
Carnegie Mellon University

eTextbooks (thanks +Jeff Jockisch )

Digital Interactive Apps

TED Talk with the Push Pop Press developer

Challenge is that Facebook acquired Push Pop more titles and no more sharing of publishing platform. All proprietary now to FB.

M.I.T. Expands Free Online Courses, Offering Certificates (Thanks to +Phil Wagner for sharing this)

MITx: The Next Chapter for University Credentialing? | Inside Higher Ed

Openness: Decoupling the Future to Radically Improve Access to Education
(ID: LIVE1128). Moderator: Diana Oblinger (EDUCAUSE).
Speaker: +David Wiley (Brigham Young University).

The idea of openness, popularized by open source and open educational resources, pertains to more than just software and textbooks. In this session, we will briefly explore issues related to the affordability and availability of higher education, examine how the principle of openness is already making concrete improvements in these areas, and discuss future models for radically improving access suggested by current trends.

Learning objectives could include support for consulting with industry to determine baseline skillsets for entry level and beyond. Get certified, badges?

Mozilla Open Badges Project

Mozilla is exploring badges as an alternative pathway to accreditation and credentialing. It includes the development of a broad and open infrastructure that can support the growing badge ecosystem and let learners create a living transcript of skills and achievements.

Mobile Learning

15 Education And Learning Startups You Need To Know

Top 10 Ed-Tech Trends of 2011
Thank you +Audrey Watters for all your insightful views on Ed Tech.
Your articles on, Edutopia, O'Reilly Radar, and KQED's MindShift are fantastic resources.
Plus we get a bonus when you post comments on G+
Your articles are the source of much of my shared content in G+

Google Augmented Reality Glasses Could Come Soon, What Would They Mean?

Imagining the Future of Higher Education
+Kenneth Romeo
Stanford Academic Technology Specialist

Thoughtful analyses and strategic thinking. The best part is that he writes it all down and shares it

New Media Consortium

NMCTab list is also a fantastic resource for ideas, tips, recommendations and finding collaborators.


EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (7 Things You Need to Know...)

Professional Development/Training
Social Media Classroom
Ripple Training
Hack the Future:

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
New Media Consortium

+Tara McPherson

Community (still working on populating content)

Thanks and I'd love to hear feedback. I'm sure there are some things missing.

Please feel free to share but I'd appreciate if you would refer folks back to this post ( for commenting and suggestions for improvement so we can keep everything consolidated.



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