Friday, October 16, 2009

Ladybug: Introducing World University & School in Second Life to Nonprofit Commons (SF Technology Group) in SL

Introducing World University & School in Second Life to Nonprofit Commons / (Netsquared?) (a San Francisco Technology Group - in SL

16 October 2009 (9 am, Pacific Time)
The avatar Aphilo Aarde is Scott MacLeod in actual life

[8:59] Aphilo Aarde: Good morning from Berkeley
[8:59] Aphilo Aarde: In the next 10 minutes
[8:59] Glitteractica Cookie: Good morning from san francisco!
[9:00] Aphilo Aarde: I'd like to let you know a little about World University & School
[9:00] Aphilo Aarde: like wikipedia - so open and free - with MIT Open Course Ware
[9:00] Aphilo Aarde: so with an academic focus - MIT has 1900 courses on line for the self oriented learner
[9:01] Aphilo Aarde: And then we can converse about what we might like to see further in this open university
[9:01] MacZ Urbanowicz is Online
[9:01] Aphilo Aarde: World University & School will focus
[9:02] Aphilo Aarde: potentially in all languages, nation states, levels and subjects
[9:02] Aphilo Aarde: and is potentially for One Laptop per Child countries as well
[9:02] Aphilo Aarde: There are about 3000- 8000 languages - so, as a wiki,
[9:02] Aphilo Aarde: as languages come online WUaS will be there, and open, -
[9:02] Aphilo Aarde: as a Teaching and Learning wiki (editable web pages).
[9:03] Aphilo Aarde: What WUaS facilitates is all of us being able to teach to our web cameras
[9:03] Aphilo Aarde: as well as to add the amazing amount of open, free Teaching and Learning content already on the web
[9:03] Aphilo Aarde: as well as to learn
[9:04] Aphilo Aarde: World University and School also focuses especially on the open content of great universities
[9:04] Aphilo Aarde: So Cambridge, Oxford, Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, ivy leagues
[9:04] Aphilo Aarde: aggregating all of their free open content
[9:04] Aphilo Aarde: for its academic focus
[9:05] Aphilo Aarde: but it's also an opportunity for creativity
[9:05] Aphilo Aarde: for us to shape education the way we want it
[9:05] Aphilo Aarde: Teach something to your web camera and post it to a free video hosting site
[9:05] Aphilo Aarde: then link it to WUaS
[9:05] MacZ Urbanowicz: brilliant aphilo
[9:05] Aphilo Aarde: WUaS's wiki has been up for about 2 years
[9:06] Aphilo Aarde: And it has the following main pages with subsections
[9:06] Aphilo Aarde: and there's already a lot! of material on it, and wikis (editable web pages)
[9:06] Aphilo Aarde: are infinitely extensible
[9:06] Aphilo Aarde: So the main pages are first
[9:06] Aphilo Aarde: Courses - add a course you teach or would like to teach or know about
[9:07] Aphilo Aarde:
[9:07] Aphilo Aarde: There are aggregates of courses -
[9:07] Aphilo Aarde: the best of which presently is I think
[9:08] Aphilo Aarde: But there are about 25 great universities on the list - each with their own collections of courses
[9:08] Buffy Beale: amazing!
[9:08] Aphilo Aarde: and then you can add more universities of course
[9:08] Aphilo Aarde: WUaS is very cool (and extensible)
[9:08] Aphilo Aarde: Let me in the last 2 minutes outline the other 7 or so main pages
[9:08] Aphilo Aarde: then we can converse
[9:09] Aphilo Aarde: Subjects is the next main page - add a subject -
[9:09] Aphilo Aarde: and add courses - or teach them yourself -
[9:09] Aphilo Aarde:
[9:09] Aphilo Aarde: WUaS languages list about 300 languages presently
[9:10] Aphilo Aarde: Each language as I see it becomes a university and School unto itself
[9:10] Rhiannon Chatnoir is Online
[9:10] Aphilo Aarde: And Facilitators will help this along -
[9:10] Aphilo Aarde: Universitians, like Wikipedians (Wikipedia has 175 languages and about 13 million articles)
[9:11] Aphilo Aarde: will help develop WUaS - it's the group knowledge production process
[9:11] Aphilo Aarde: which the web makes so easy and which is so cool
[9:11] Aphilo Aarde: To close let me just
[9:11] Aphilo Aarde: list the other secitons and then we can talk
[9:11] Aphilo Aarde:
[9:11] Aphilo Aarde:
[9:11] Aphilo Aarde:
[9:12] Aphilo Aarde:
[9:12] Aphilo Aarde:
[9:12] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks Aphilo, does anyone have questions?
[9:12] Aphilo Aarde:
[9:12] DrG Zeiler: Go MIT: Very nice, impressive! Will we not get lost in the massive bulk of it all?
[9:12] Aphilo Aarde: WUaS is cool (I hope search technologies like Google will get us to what we want).
[9:12] DrG Zeiler: I mean, search wise
[9:12] Aphilo Aarde: Thanks Gallatica and Penguin
[9:13] Aphilo Aarde: and NetSquared
[9:13] Glitteractica Cookie: it's glitteractica, but you are welcome. :)
[9:13] Aphilo Aarde: Check out the Educational FREEWARE - there's a lot! already
[9:13] DrG Zeiler: smile,
[9:13] Glitteractica Cookie: i know, strange name
[9:13] Aphilo Aarde: and the Library Resources are also rich
[9:13] MacZ Urbanowicz: DrG i see us each focusing on our own areas
[9:13] Aphilo Aarde: Questions?
[9:13] Smash Lane: Anyone can say do research from the Library on here?
[9:13] Aphilo Aarde: (Yes)
[9:13] Dusty Artaud: Have tried some of the free MIT stuff, not bad - definitely must be a self-learner
[9:13] Aphilo Aarde: What would you like to see?
[9:13] Aphilo Aarde: Agreed Dusty
[9:13] Tuty Inkpen: Do you have project management courses?
[9:14] DrG Zeiler: Community Psychology courses
[9:14] Dusty Artaud: how do you encourage self-learning?
[9:14] MacZ Urbanowicz: with some of the MIT stuff you really need the textbook
[9:14] Aphilo Aarde: WUaS is about video lecture (e.g. and interactive Teaching and Learning in virtual worlds (e.g. Second Life)
[9:14] MacZ Urbanowicz: hard to get in West Africa
[9:15] DrG Zeiler: Oh, just what I need, to work on ,thanks, I'll check it out after this meeting
[9:15] Dusty Artaud: hwere do you expect the highest usage - given tech constraints?
[9:15] Aphilo Aarde: Tuty - WUaS is a resource - I would first check out MIT and youtube (for project management courses)
[9:15] Tuty Inkpen: Aphilo...did u see my question?
[9:15] Bon McLeod is Online
[9:15] Tuty Inkpen: yes...ok TY
[9:15] Aphilo Aarde: Dusty - as a resource
[9:15] DrG Zeiler: got it
[9:15] Aphilo Aarde: But GoogleGroups in a way is a wiki calendar -
[9:16] Aphilo Aarde: If you would like to teach a class - post it to the googlegroups calendar
[9:16] Buffy Beale: Question: How do schools like the 'free' idea? (see below)
[9:16] Aphilo Aarde: or learn and develop a class
[9:16] In Kenzo is Online
[9:17] Smash Lane: I'm doing 2 papers for school on SL, could I get source info from this?
[9:17] Aphilo Aarde: (Yes - check out the Library of Congress in, for example)
[9:17] Aphilo Aarde: Tuty - to follow on - look through WUaS and add open, free material you know of and don't see
[9:17] Malburns Writer is Online
[9:17] Aphilo Aarde: Dusty ... usage will be variable ... OLPC is the beginning model for
[9:17] Glitteractica Cookie: This is great presentation and you are all asking great questions, but in the interest of time, i am afraid we are going to have to end pretty soon, just a fcouple more questions from the audience
[9:17] Aphilo Aarde: digital divide questions
[9:17] Dusty Artaud: OLPC?
[9:18] Aphilo Aarde: One Laptop per Child
[9:18] Rhiannon Chatnoir has an OLPC
[9:18] Dusty Artaud: yes, ty
[9:18] Aphilo Aarde: I hope anthropologists at great universities will facilitate this wiki in African countries and with many languages
[9:18] Aphilo Aarde: Thanks Gallactica
[9:18] Aphilo Aarde: Here are two groups to join
[9:18] Eme Capalini is Offline
[9:18] Dusty Artaud: very interesting Aphilo I will investigate on the links, thank you.
[9:19] Aphilo Aarde: to stay in touch
[9:19] Tuty Inkpen: Gallactica = Glitteractica
[9:19] DrG Zeiler: Aphilo likes that name: we can have Aphilo back another time, maybe, once we check it out.
[9:19] Michele Mrigesh is Online
[9:19] Aphilo Aarde:
[9:19] Buffy Beale: Nice Rhi I wanted one too missed the lottery :(
[9:19] Aphilo Aarde: (have to
click two "join this group" buttons)
[9:19] Glitteractica Cookie: Yes, GLITTERACTICA
[9:19] Glitteractica Cookie: :_)
[9:19] Glitteractica Cookie: ok, next we have a curriculum meeting update
[9:19] Tuty Inkpen: Seriously...we need delicious or another bookmarking tool in SL!
[9:20] Glitteractica Cookie: and tahnks again aphilo
[9:20] DrG Zeiler: thank you Aphilo, very very much, I have heard good things about MIT and its work
[9:20] Aphilo Aarde: GLITTERACTICA :)
[9:20] Buffy Beale: Thanks Aphilo great info and nicely presented :)
[9:20] MacZ Urbanowicz: Aphilo you might want to talk to the Geek Corps folks
[9:20] jacmacaire Humby: Thnaks.. :)
[9:20] Aphilo Aarde: Check out all of the great universities content - Berkeley and Stanford and Yale each have good collections of courses (all on
[9:20] Aphilo Aarde: Great MacZ - please add them
[9:20] MacZ Urbanowicz: mm
[9:20] Glitteractica Cookie: ok, who is going to give the next update
[9:21] Aphilo Aarde: "EDIT THIS PAGE" is what World Univ & Sch is about
[9:21] Glitteractica Cookie: Dr G?

[9:23] MacZ Urbanowicz: proceeding with evidence based curriculum, doing needs assessments
[9:23] Aphilo Aarde: One further followup - Degree and Credit granting may happen after a few years
[9:23] Glitteractica Cookie: Mac-- care to elaborate

[9:27] Kali Idziak: Just wanted to remind everyone that if they are in need of something to do, or simply want to see what volunteer roles are available, you can look at:
[9:27] Kali Idziak: or you can help us complete the revamps that the community suggested:
[9:27] Kali Idziak: also, please make sure you join Dusty, Brena, and Matthew in helping us greet, and if you are greeting, make sure you log your time on this sheet:
[9:27] Kali Idziak: Finally, I want to thank our very own Brena Benoir for finding me an amazing furniture designer named Mystical Miklos from LP Homes and Furnishings who Brena had custom make me brand new low prim furniture for the Techsoup Office remodel.
[9:28] Kali Idziak: and stop by the Techsoup office to take a look. ;-)
[9:28] Glitteractica Cookie: Hey Thanks!
[9:28] Aphilo Aarde: Please link free open teaching and learning content to World University & School, as well.
[9:28] Brena Benoir: yw

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[9:35] Aphilo Aarde: Hi Buffy
[9:35] Aphilo Aarde: Just noticed your question - about other schools and 'free' WUaS
[9:35] Buffy Beale: Hey :) ty for friendship
[9:35] Aphilo Aarde: :)
[9:35] Aphilo Aarde: public schools in this country (US) through high school are free
[9:36] Aphilo Aarde: and in Scandanavian countries and Japan, they are free, as well.
[9:36] Aphilo Aarde: I think we need a free high quality World University and School - in all languages (and nation states)
[9:37] Buffy Beale: yes I agree just was wondering how the universities were taking to it, no tuitution fees
[9:39] Aphilo Aarde: WUaS isn't offering degrees or credit yet, so we aren't competition, and we're a wiki ... but if degree granting emerges, WUaS may partner with existing universities - WUaS is unique and potentially therefore attractive …

( - October 16, 2009)

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