Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bluefin Tuna: 'Not endorsed by MIT OCW' - I've added this to the following pages at WUaS‏


Dear Universitians, 

I've added 'Not endorsed by MIT OCW' - to the following pages at WUaS - 

https://www.youtube.com/WorldUnivandSch


WUaS's G+ profile page ( worlduniversityandschool@gmail.com ) - 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/115890623333932577910/posts -

WUaS's G+ company profile page ( worlduniversityandschool@gmail.com ) - 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/108179352492243955816/108179352492243955816/posts


http://scottmacleod.com/worlduniversityandschool.html

http://scottmacleod.com/worlduniversityandschool.htm
 
http://scottmacleod.com -  


Subject Template page which updates the other 601 wiki pages at WUaS - 

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/SUBJECT_TEMPLATE

I've also add this to many of WUaS's and my signatures in email. 



I've added 'Not endorsed by MIT OCW' in response to MIT OCW External Relations' Director Steve Carson's email below, and this is the important paragraph from it in regards to the use of the MIT name - 

"I do feel as though you are in dicey territory with respect to MITs use of name policy, which is also part of our terms of use.  You should take great pains to indicate that the program is not endorsed by MIT or MIT OpenCourseWare, and to avoid using MIT trademarks.  You should attribute them materials as required by the license, and can make factual statements regarding your use of the materials, but anything that looks like using the MIT name to imply our endorsement will draw scrutiny" - 

which does seem to leave open the use of MIT OCW in a factual way in our very first ad in the Quaker "Western Friend" magazine. 

Cathy Casserly, Larry Lessig and Diane Peters were all carbon-copied in mine and Steve's email. 

Steve took me (and WUaS, by extension) out to lunch at MIT in January 2012. 

The above are the main pages at WUaS presently, and am attaching one of the flyers upon which you'll find this for you to share, if you'd like to. 

All the best, 
Scott








- Scott MacLeod - Founder & President 
- Tel. 415 480 4577 - P.O. Box 442, (86 Ridgecrest Road), Canyon, CA 94516 
http://scottmacleod.com/worlduniversityandschool.htm - worldunivandsch@scottmacleod.com 
- World University and School - like Wikipedia with MIT OpenCourseWare (not endorsed by MIT OCW) - is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, educational organization. 


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Hi Universitians, 

I've included MIT OCW External Relations' Director Steve Carson's email below, and this is the important paragraph from it in regards to the use of the MIT name - 

"I do feel as though you are in dicey territory with respect to MITs use of name policy, which is also part of our terms of use.  You should take great pains to indicate that the program is not endorsed by MIT or MIT OpenCourseWare, and to avoid using MIT trademarks.  You should attribute them materials as required by the license, and can make factual statements regarding your use of the materials, but anything that looks like using the MIT name to imply our endorsement will draw scrutiny" - 

which does seem to leave open the use of MIT OCW in a factual way in our very first ad in the Quaker "Western Friend" magazine. 

Cathy Casserly, Larry Lessig and Diane Peters were all carbon-copied in Steve's email. 

Steve took me (and WUaS, by extension) out to lunch at MIT in January 2012. 

Please let me know what you think. 

Best, 
Scott





- Scott MacLeod - Founder & President 
- Tel. 415 480 4577 - P.O. Box 442, (86 Ridgecrest Road), Canyon, CA 94516 
- http://scottmacleod.com/worlduniversityandschool.htm - worldunivandsch@scottmacleod.com 
- World University and School - like Wikipedia with MIT OpenCourseWare - is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, educational organization. 


worlduniversityandschool@gmail.com 
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----- Original Message -----
From: World University & School worldunivandsch@scottmacleod.com
To: "Stephen E Carson" scarson@MIT.EDU
Sent: Fri 31/05/13 12:52 PM
Subject: Fwd: Re: WUaS Creative Commons' licensing questions vis-a-vis BPPE

Steve, 

Thanks for your email and helpful information, as External Relations' Director of MIT OCW. 

BPPE California state approval requires some kind of institutional charges be paid to an educational organization (WUaS) seeking approval, and suggested possibly charging for "completion verification documents," in lieu of tuition, for example, since WUaS is Creative Commons' licensed and would like to accredit on C.C. licensed, great Open Course Ware, in general. 

In WUaS's all-country focus (204+ per the Olympics), and especially for Africa, the developing world, and very poor countries, (and with plans for all 7,105+ languages, each a wiki page to begin; Wikipedia is in 285 languages, by way of comparison) WUaS would plan, as we begin to accredit - potentially in most countries for university degrees - to make diplomas available online for free, with the option to print them from WUaS for a charge. As WUaS proceeds with accrediting with various agencies, such as WASC senior (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and possibly nationally in the U.S.A. with DETC (Distance Education Training Council), WUaS will probably have to decipher various similar requirements, for which your email is particularly potentially helpful. 

WUaS will add to our relevant web pages that the wiki, WUaS program, with our focus on great universities' OpenCourseWare, and Creative Commons' licensed OER, - see these universities in particular ... http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Courses#University_course_listings - is not endorsed by MIT or MIT OpenCourseWare. Indeed, I've already begun to add "The World University and School program is not endorsed by MIT or MIT OpenCourseWare" - to World University and School's wiki pages. 

Thank you again. 

Best regards, 
Scott



P.S. I'm adding Diane Peters, Creative Commons' general counsel, to this email. 






On Thu 30/05/13 4:56 AM , Stephen E Carson scarson@MIT.EDU sent:
Scott,

If you are charging for printing of diplomas, and not for printing of MIT OCW materials, then this is not a concern.  As long as your use of our materials themselves is in accordance with our terms of use--and users can freely access them, and know they can get to them on our site, all is well from the license perspective.

I do feel as though you are in dicey territory with respect to MITs use of name policy, which is also part of our terms of use.  You should take great pains to indicate that the program is not endorsed by MIT or MIT OpenCourseWare, and to avoid using MIT trademarks.  You should attribute them materials as required by the license, and can make factual statements regarding your use of the materials, but anything that looks like using the MIT name to imply our endorsement will draw scrutiny.

Hope this is helpful.

Steve Carson
External Relations Director
MIT OpenCourseWare
One Broadway, 8 th floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
Ph: 617.253.1250 | Cell: 617.633.4659

Sent from mobile device.


On May 21, 2013, at 11:01 AM, "World University & School" <worldunivandsch@scottmacleod.com> wrote:

Dear Larry, Cathy and Steve (as external relations' director of MIT OCW), 

Greetings from the SF Bay Area. 

I'm writing with a Creative Commons' licensing question vis-a-vis 

a) C.C. licensed World University and School (which became incorporated in California in 2010 and received 501 c 3 tax exempt status in 2011, but which hasn't yet begun the accreditation process, for which CA state Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education - BPPE - approval is a first step), 

b) C.C. MIT OCW (which WUaS is planning to accredit on, first with BPPE and then with WASC senior), and 

c) the BPPE in the state of California, and California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, which has a requirement of an "institutional charge" for an educational organization such as WUaS, a startup university, in seeking initial, state approval. 


If WUaS charged nominally for printing its planned university and high school (I.B) diplomas (but perhaps not for WUaS's digital diplomas), would WUaS not be in accordance with Creative Commons' licensing, either of, for example, MIT OCW, in terms of their 'commercial clause' - http://ocw.mit.edu/terms/ - or WUaS's less defined C.C. licensing, as you understand, (and are developing), the implications of particularly 'non-commercial clauses' in C.C. licensing (or any other relevant clauses), in this new form of licensing / law. 

The chief of the BPPE, Laura Metune, recently wrote to WUaS: 

"The requirement for institutional charges does not specify an amount; there is nothing in statute or regulation that would require the charges to be above a nominal amount paid to the institution to cover, for example, the cost of printing completion verification documents."

As WUaS seeks to receive initial, BPPE approval, and then accredit with WASC senior (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), as a Creative Commons' licensed, online, startup, MIT OCW-centric university, - with plans to accredit on C.C. MIT OCW - could WUaS ask a nominal fee for printing documents and still be in accordance with the non-commercial clause, for example, in MIT OCW's C.C. licensing terms (which will probably be a basis for the development of WUaS's)? 

Thank you.

Best, 
Scott



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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Nudibranches: John Searle in a TEDxCERN talk (from Geneva, Switzerland) on Consciousness, Added this UC Berkeley philosopher's talk in 7 WUaS' wiki subjects (a record, I think) - Robotics, Computer Science, Consciousness, Neurobiology, Science and Philosophy ... fascinating talk.


John Searle in a TEDxCERN talk (from Geneva, Switzerland) on Consciousness -



http://www.ted.com/talks/john_searle_our_shared_condition_consciousness.html ...


added this UC Berkeley philosopher's talk in 7 WUaS' wiki subjects (a record, I think) -



Brain and Cognitive Sciences:
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Brain_and_Cognitive_Sciences


Robotics:
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Robotics -

Computer Science:
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Computer_Science -

Consciousness:
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Consciousness -

Neurobiology:
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Neurobiology -

Science:
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Science -

Philosophy -
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Philosophy -


fascinating talk.


He defines consciousness at the 4:40 minute mark.

I'd hazard the arguments from behaviorism about consciousness are still germane vis-a-vis his talk.


Consciousness will be a main focus in WUaS's online, MIT OCW-centric, Philosophy department, and in all languages.



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Monday, July 29, 2013

Bee in Poppy: Quakers, Accreditation and World University and School, "Green Light" from BPPE, The next steps


Hi Sebastian,

Nice to see you today at Berkeley Friends Church. (I'm listening to J.S. Bach's Invention # 8 as I write this :)).

I just talked with Dave on Thursday in person about accreditation and World University and School, (he had asked me to email him the initial accreditation forms a few weeks ago), and he's focusing on writing / editing two books at the moment, so isn't available to help with the writing involved in this Quaker-informed, MIT OCW-centric WUaS accreditation process at the moment. Dave also isn't available to be the Chief Academic Officer, either nominally or in a participatory manner, on the BPPE forms at present.

I'm including the web sites and some of the BPPE and WASC accreditation forms below for your reference, without as yet any resources about accrediting an online WUaS Law School or online WUaS Medical School. As clerk of San Francisco Friends' Meeting, I wonder if there might be a way for you to inquire with San Francisco Friends' School and Woolman Semester and related Friends, as well as Pacific Yearly Meeting, about co-authoring some of this.

I know today you mentioned how you're participating in a nominating committee meeting at PYM at 2 pm on Monday afternoon, and wonder if you might be able to bring up this accreditation process with them, as well, for example.


Here are the forms:

BPPE (Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education) -

http://www.bppe.ca.gov/forms_pubs/approval_nonaccredited.pdf

http://www.bppe.ca.gov/lawsregs/ppe_act.shtml

http://www.bppe.ca.gov/lawsregs/regs.shtml

http://www.bppe.ca.gov/schools/comp_tools.shtml


WASC senior (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) -

http://www.wascsenior.org/


IB Programme (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme) -

http://www.ibo.org/diploma/development/dponline/index.cfm


I also talked recently with a prospective Chief Operating Officer, (who went to Stanford, and would be a really good COO), who might be willing to take on this position, or more, - so we potentially have one of the names we need for the BPPE documents.

See you at Meeting tomorrow, and looking forward to exploring these possibilities further!

Quaker-informed World University and School will help so many people worldwide, and its emergence from San Francisco Friends' Meeting would be a real feather in both the Meetings' and your caps!  And Friends have such a rich and remarkable history of creating Quaker schools, at all levels, except perhaps at the graduate and professional ones!

With Friendly regards,
Scott














- Scott MacLeod - Founder, President and Head Clerk
- Tel. 415 480 4577 - P.O. Box 442, (86 Ridgecrest Road), Canyon, CA 94516
- http://scottmacleod.com/worlduniversityandschool.html - worldunivandsch@scottmacleod.com
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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Giant Pandas: SPICES - Simplicity, Peace, Integrity (Honesty), Community, Equality, and Stewardship, Quaker-informed WUaS's mission and vision to provide online, MIT OCW-centric, universal education, with university and high school degrees


SPICES: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity (Honesty), Community, Equality, and Stewardship

How is World University and School Quaker-informed?

Besides open, WUaS monthly business meeting, in the manner of Friends, - online, hour-long and welcoming (2nd Saturdays of the month at 9am Pacific Time) - with now a years' long history,

and these WUaS f/Friendly, wiki, Subject pages -



Peace and Social Justice, wiki, Subject page -

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Peace_and_Social_Justice_Studies - as well as the -

Nonviolence, wiki, Subject page -

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Ahimsa_-_Nonharming_-_Nonviolence_-_To_avoid_violence - and the -

Quakers, wiki, Subject page -

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Quakers_-_Religious_Society_of_Friends.



and extensible, - anyone can create further, wiki, Subject pages at WUaS ...

Friendly testimonies also inform WUaS, and in all 7,105+ languages and 204+ countries.


These include ...

SPICES: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity (Honesty), Community, Equality, and Stewardship

See the writings about the Testimonies on the Quakers' wiki page at WUaS about Friendly Testimonies (as kinds of historic witnesses, values or principles influencing Quaker thinking and practice), and here, too ...


An Introduction to Quaker Testimonies. https://afsc.org/testimonies/introduction

Quaker testimonies. http://www.quaker.org.uk/testimonies

Quaker Testimonies. http://www.quakersintheworld.org/home/testimonies.html

The Quaker Testimonies. http://www.quno.org/newyork/Resources/AllQuakerTestimonies.pdf

S-P-I-C-E-S: The Quaker Testimonies. http://www.friendsjournal.org/s-p-i-c-e-s-quaker-testimonies/

This last Friends' Journal article explores Quaker testimonies in the modern world, including in terms of education and the media. Both of its authors are involved in a Quaker school in Connecticut.



As someone with nontheistically f/Friendly leanings and leadings, the above f/Friendly testimonies, for me, aren't informed by cultural or textual understandings of the divine. What's fascinating to me about Quaker language is how, out of history, most/much of its language can be understood multivalently, without reference to God, etc., for example.

With nontheistically Friendly leadings, I would add these to the above Friendly Testimonies -

"Like traditional Friends, nontheist Friends are actively interested in realizing centered peace, simplicity, integrity, community, equality, love, joy, - as neurophysiologies {e.g. loving bliss} - and social justice in the Society of Friends and beyond" ...

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nontheist_Quakers ... much of which I drafted and which I also began - where you'll also find a WUaS link to the 'Nontheist Friends (atheist Quakers),' wiki, Subject page -  http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Nontheist_Friends_(atheist_Quakers%3F)  ...

including especially love and joy and social justice (the latter of which is very much part of Quaker history and practice).


In Quaker-informed World University and School's mission and vision to provide online, MIT OCW-centric, universal education, with university and high school degrees in many, many languages and countries, and as a wiki school in each of all 7,105+ languages and 204+ countries, for people-to-people teaching and learning, WUaS seeks to come into conversation with these testimonies, particularly in the name of peace or nonharming, as we grow.











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