PCAST Talk 2011

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Presentation to President Obama's Science & Technology advisory council (PCAST) on STEM Education. See http://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm/109290-our-big-idea-open-social-learning/

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PCAST Talk 2011

  1. 1. Open Social Learning ! Dr. Ashwin Ram! Georgia Tech" & OpenStudy!
  2. 2. Education: What s the problem? ! Access! More than one-third of the world s population is under 20. An estimated 100 million people qualified to enter a university have no place to go. ! To meet this staggering demand, a major university needs to be created each week. " !— Sir John Daniel (1996)!
  3. 3. Education: What s the problem? ! Access! Almost one-third of community college students can’t get into a class they want.! 20% can’t get the help" they need." !— Pearson Foundation (2010)!
  4. 4. Education: What s the problem? ! Engagement! 88% of high school dropouts have passing grades.! ! — Gates Foundation study" ! Silent Epidemic (2006)! 47% of dropouts say classes are not interesting .! 60% find video lectures boring .! 60% read less when using " e-textbooks.!
  5. 5. What Engages Our Students? ! Social Media! 95% spend 10-15 hrs/wk " on Facebook! 80% go to Wikipedia! 55% use IM for homework!
  6. 6. What Engages Our Students? ! Games! “Im calling for investments in educational technology that will help create ... educational software that is as compelling as the best video game.”! — Barack Obama (2011)!
  7. 7. Imagine “Open Social Learning”! Imagine a Facebook where "the point is to study together," not trade pictures and jokes.! Imagine a World of Warcraft where " students earn points by " helping each other learn.!Not educational games. Education experience itself is structured as a “social game”.!
  8. 8. OpenStudy ! MIT! Purple Math! HelpWithFractions! Gates/Hewlett" Yale! Tutorial.Math.Lamar.edu! CalculatorSoup! NSF NIH"Michigan! FreeMathHelp! DavidDarling Info! GRA GT Emory!
  9. 9. Community of learners! No boundaries! From 3rd graders" to college students" to professionals! Anytime! Anywhere!
  10. 10. Community of learners! Multi-student! study sessions! “Make the world" your study group”!
  11. 11. Community of learners! “Gamification”!Need math teachers?!
  12. 12. 9 months of OpenStudy!OCW! OER! Community! •  MIT OCW! •  CDC (TRAIN)! •  50,000 users! •  Open Yale Courses! •  SmartHistory (MOMA)! •  600,000 views/month! •  OpenMichigan! •  Purple Math! •  18 minutes/session! •  UC Irvine! •  Tutorial.Math.Lamar.edu! •  20,000 questions/month! •  Notre Dame! •  FreeMathHelp! •  70% answered in 5 min! •  NYU! •  HelpWithFractions! •  •  Emory! •  BiologyCorner! •  10,000 math students! •  Georgia State U! •  CellsAlive! •  1,000 achievements! •  Korea University! •  Physics 1728.com! 350 math superheroes" •  NCTU! •  HyperPhysics! with over 75 medals! •  Tufts! •  CalculatorSoup! •  STEM groups! •  TU Delft! •  Videolectures.net! •  Math! •  Tokyo University! •  Connexions! •  Biology! •  Process.Arts! •  DavidDarling Info! •  Physics! •  African Virtual University! •  HippoCampus! •  Chemistry! •  Distance Education Univ. •  Prof. Damodaran! •  Engineering! Costa Rica! •  Technology! •  Monterey Inst. Technology! •  Computer Science! •  Purdue Online Writing Center!
  13. 13. Student feedback! “Addictive”!“Revolution”!
  14. 14. Student feedback! “Awesome”! Study help! Peer support!
  15. 15. Student feedback!“Love it”! “Explanations, " not answers”!
  16. 16. Open Social Learning! Self Learners! Traditional! Home ! Community! Schoolers! Colleges!Open! Communities of Learning! Peer-to-Peer!
  17. 17. Open Social Learning! Open! Communities of Learning! Peer-to-Peer! “Massively It is not accidental that social Let students teach multiplayer networks are so well adapted to each other, earningonline learning” education. [The] value is in the social capital via a —students human connections it creates while system of game-like everywhere, relieving the drudgery of studying rewards. ! connected, alone. — Rich DeMillo, C21U! learning together!
  18. 18. Vision: A national Study Corps! A national “guild” of students "interacting, helping, collaborating, studying together.! “Addicted” to studying…" and “loving” it. !
  19. 19. Contact!linkedin.com/in/ashwinram! ashwinram@me.com!

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