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Technology Innovation Loves Humanities: Open Education on the Blockchain

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‘Internet of Things’ era is about collecting, connecting, and making sense of data. We need a ‘Diploma of things’ mechanism to collect, connect and make sense of learning. Therefore the distributed education and career development ledger is what we work on at www.OS.UNIVERSITY.

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Technology Innovation Loves Humanities: Open Education on the Blockchain

  1. 1. Tech. Innovation ♥ Humanities Open Education on the Blockchain Hristian Daskalov, Open Source Uni Project Lead PhD Candidate @ Brno / Riga / Sofia Technical University SlavConf, Sofia University, 13.10.2017
  2. 2. Language is about communication, but communication is not (only) about language. It is about reaching beyond our own, limited knowledge and understanding of us, and the world.
  3. 3. Source:blog.hackerearth.com
  4. 4. The open source model is a decentralized development model that encourages open collaboration. (Eric S. Raymond, 2001) Source: medium.com
  5. 5. University А Life-long learning Consultants Corporate L&D P2P University B Government L&D Online e-learning Non-formal education NGO L&D State of Art
  6. 6. Life-long learning University III Cluster University II Corporate e-learning Online education University I Government L&D Non-formal education NGO Students community Concept
  7. 7. Our underlying technology
  8. 8. • H1 2015 - OSUni research project initiated at the Faculty of Management within the Technical University of Sofia, resulting in scientific publications on the subject, published in Bulgaria, Latvia, and the Czech Republic. • H2 2015 - OSUni proof-of-concept phase initiated, along with corporate partners from Bulgarian industry and software development sectors, resulting in early versions of system's architecture and design. • H1 2016 - OSUni announced among top 10 social innovation ideas globally, in competition with 400 technology concepts and 130+ project proposals as part of the Living Progress Challenge of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. • H2 2016 - OSUni receives positive reviews and engages in expanding its partnership network under programs for support of young entrepreneurs, led by the Ministry of Economy and the Open Society Institute, as well as through the Sofia Business School. • H1 2017 - OSUni announced as 2017 "YouthSpeak'' forum winner in Latvia, based on a scaled-down prototype, resulting in a distributed learning program implementation project at a community center in Sao Paulo, Brazil. • H2 2017 - OSUni development work reaches important milestone, under the project leadership of IO.Era, software consultancy, specializing in blockchain- based applications, leading the way to an initial currency offering (ICO). Project R&D Background
  9. 9. Itisashareddatabase.This databaseiscalledaledger. Likeabank,theledgerskeep trackofdata(financialor other).Unlikeacentralized bank,everyonehasacopy, i.e.fulldecentralization, independentverification. The Blockchain
  10. 10. Bulgarian Egyptology scholars are among the best and most productive scientists in the filed, worldwide. Problem is that despite the Age of Information, they operate in a small market, restricting visibility and returns. It is all about Information coordination relationships.
  11. 11. Universitiesandother learningproviderswilleasily populatetheircourseand programofferingsintothe blockchain,makingtheir knowledgeproduction scalable,opening-upforthe world.
  12. 12. Learnerswillbeableto recordandstoreprogress directlyintotheblockchain, usingsmartcontractsto validateandshowcasetheir accomplishmentsonaglobal stage.
  13. 13. Businesseswillhavedirect accesstoaglobalpooloftalents, whilebigdatawillenablethem totargettherightcandidates andmeetthelearningand developmentneedsof employeesthroughcustomized pathwayson-demand.
  14. 14. ‘Internet of Things’ era is about collecting, connecting, and making sense of data.We need a ‘Diploma of things’ mechanism to collect, connect and make sense of learning.Therefore the distributed education and career development ledger is what we work on at www.OS.UNIVERSITY.
  15. 15. Thank you! Source: blockchain.open.ac.uk hristian.daskalov@opensourceuni.org

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