Introducing World University School Presentation August 2009


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Introducing World University School Presentation August 2009

  1. 1. Introducing World University & School in SL An Open, Free World University & School Like Wikipedia with MIT Open Course Ware Scott MacLeod / Aphilo Aarde in SL
  2. 2. With your Web Cam Stream what you'd like to teach into Second Life or to the web ( has made this possible on a trial basis). Post when you're teaching to the World Univ & Sch Wiki & Second Life Educational Events' Calendar
  3. 3. With your Web Cam With your web camera, Record what you'd like to teach Post it to a video site Post the link to this 'World University and School' Wiki (editable web pages):
  4. 4. World Univ & Sch Conversation Add your lesson, course or any class here now Take any course or class you want, and talk about ideas ~ WUaS is about conversation as learning, mediated digitally.
  5. 5. World Univ & Sch Wiki Be creative (a course on 'Beings Enjoying Life'?) Teach what you want in the way you'd like to, academically, too. Add great courses or instruction you find on the web, as well.
  6. 6. World Univ & Sch in Facebook Join the open 'World University and School' Facebook Group: Second Life group is in development
  7. 7. World University & School is World University & School is an open and free Teaching and Learning Wiki Where Interactivity takes place In Second Life and virtual worlds
  8. 8. World University's Long-term Goals <ul><li>Open </li></ul><ul><li>Free-to-students </li></ul><ul><li>Global </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual </li></ul><ul><li>University & School </li></ul>
  9. 9. World University's Long-term Goals (cont.) <ul><li>A Wiki (editable web pages) </li></ul><ul><li>which anyone can edit: </li></ul><ul><li>Teach in Second Life or to your webcam </li></ul><ul><li>Add classes or courses </li></ul><ul><li>Request classes </li></ul><ul><li>Take courses </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule classes </li></ul><ul><li>All on the World Univ & Sch Wiki </li></ul>
  10. 10. World University's Long-term Goals (cont.) <ul><li>All Languages </li></ul><ul><li>Nation States </li></ul><ul><li>Subjects </li></ul><ul><li>At all Levels </li></ul><ul><li>It's like Wikipedia – add a language, a course, or a subject, etc. - </li></ul><ul><li>Add a language, start a school </li></ul>
  11. 11. World University's Long-term Goals (cont.) <ul><li>Great universities as key players – </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. MIT Open Course Ware </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. Stanford Engineering Everywhere </li></ul><ul><li>& Berkeley, University of Michigan, Oxford, Cambridge, Sorbonne, Ivy League Schools, MIT, etc. e.g. through iTunes University, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>for its academic side </li></ul><ul><li>- All of these Univs. are developing free, open content, so this will grow </li></ul>
  12. 12. World University's Long-term Goals (cont.) <ul><li>World University & School is potentially degree-and credit-granting well in the future </li></ul><ul><li>Ph.D.s </li></ul><ul><li>Medical degrees, Veterinary degrees </li></ul><ul><li>International Baccalaureates </li></ul><ul><li>& Music Schools, etc. </li></ul>
  13. 13. World University's Long-term Goals (cont.) <ul><li>But I'd like World University & School to always remain open and free </li></ul><ul><li>- like Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>An open access, free World University & School, where we can teach to each other, and learn </li></ul><ul><li>- where learning flourishes for everyone </li></ul>
  14. 14. Example in Second Life <ul><li>Goethe Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Language and culture learning organization </li></ul><ul><li>Language Get-Togethers in SL </li></ul><ul><li>5 days a week – 8-9 am PT and Sundays. </li></ul><ul><li>Language class – 7-8 am Tuesdays </li></ul><ul><li>Goethe Institute's island in Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Free, open, high quality </li></ul>
  15. 15. World University's Long-term Goals (cont.) <ul><li>WUaS is for everyone: </li></ul><ul><li>Especially the DEVELOPING WORLD, beginning with </li></ul><ul><li>One Laptop per Child (OLPC) countries: </li></ul><ul><li>Rwanda, Ethiopia, Colombia, Haiti, Mexico, Peru, USA (Birmingham, Alabama), Uruguay, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Cambodia, & Papua New Guinea </li></ul>
  16. 16. WUaS for Knowledge Generation <ul><li>Since knowledge production is central to the Information Technology revolution </li></ul><ul><li>- World Univ & Sch aggregates Classes and Knowledge Generation </li></ul><ul><li>- World Univ. & Sch. makes it easy for us to teach and find the knowledge we need. </li></ul><ul><li>- People to people Teaching and Learning </li></ul>
  17. 17. WUaS as Aggregator of Content <ul><li>As a teaching and learning wiki </li></ul><ul><li>This World University & School wiki makes possible the aggregation of free & open content </li></ul><ul><li>which people and universities have posted already to the web </li></ul>
  18. 18. Fulfilling Computer Users' Educational Needs <ul><li>WUaS Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Open </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching and Learning Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Where all of us can teach or take classes or courses. </li></ul><ul><li>In all languages, subjects, nation states and at all levels. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Cost Analysis <ul><li>The financial advantages for the computer end user in WUaS is that it's free </li></ul><ul><li>It's people-to-people teaching and learning. </li></ul><ul><li>It's thus competitive, yet complements the vast educational opportunities around the world. </li></ul><ul><li>WUaS won't replace them, just complement. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Cost Analysis (cont.) <ul><li>WUaS focuses on: </li></ul><ul><li>Group Knowledge Production </li></ul><ul><li>Great universities </li></ul><ul><li>Freeware & Open source </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. MIT Open Course Ware </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. Stanford Engineering Everywhere </li></ul><ul><li>the quality and price compared with any competition are unmatchable. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Strengths and Advantages <ul><li>Open access, free university & school where all of us can teach, learn & share knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>People-to-people teaching, using digital technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Build on group knowledge production processes, - like Wikipedia where its openness allows everyone to shape something together </li></ul>
  22. 22. Strengths and Advantages <ul><li>Focuses also on the Developing World </li></ul><ul><li>As languages come online, a free, open wiki will be there for teaching and learning for everyone. </li></ul><ul><li>Even illiterate people will be able to potentially use this wiki on video capable handheld devices with icons, as they come online. </li></ul><ul><li>- Second Life is potentially the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Second Life for handhelds </li></ul>
  23. 23. World School and Illiteracy <ul><li>For example, an ILLITERATE farmer in India could teach a farming practice to their handheld using icons – in Second Life, for example - upload it to a video site, link it to WUaS, and someone 100 miles away could access it. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Archive <ul><li>- World University & School will create potentially </li></ul><ul><li>- an archive of Teaching & Learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>- that reach hundreds of years into the future. </li></ul>
  25. 25. World Univ. & Sch.'s Structure <ul><li>Series of links organized around </li></ul><ul><li>Following wiki pages </li></ul><ul><li>& Sections </li></ul><ul><li>Infinitely extensible as a wiki (editable web pages) – both pages and sections </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons law </li></ul>
  26. 26. Courses <ul><li>Courses: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  27. 27. Subjects <ul><li>Subjects: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  28. 28. Languages <ul><li>Languages: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>All languages </li></ul><ul><li>Start a language, start a school </li></ul>
  29. 29. Library Resources <ul><li>Library Resources: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  30. 30. Nation States <ul><li>Nation States: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>All Nation States </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregate free content </li></ul><ul><li>If degree and credit granting take shape - legal questions emerge </li></ul>
  31. 31. Educational Software <ul><li>Educational Software: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Freeware </li></ul>
  32. 32. You at World University <ul><li>You at World University </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  33. 33. Hardware Resource Possibilities <ul><li>Hardware Resources </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  34. 34. WUaS Foundation <ul><li>World University & School Foundation </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  35. 35. Wiki Scheduling Calendar <ul><li>Wiki Scheduling Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>In Development </li></ul>
  36. 36. Next Steps of Action for WUaS <ul><li>Build World Univ. & Sch. community, like Wikipedians </li></ul><ul><li>Universitians? Schoolians? </li></ul><ul><li>Find moderators for 3,000 – 8,000 languages </li></ul><ul><li>Network with OLPC, so that this easy Teaching and Learning Wiki becomes familiar in every language </li></ul><ul><li>Scale Second Life for this </li></ul>
  37. 37. Second Life: Next Steps of Action <ul><li>Aggregate Second Life related content </li></ul><ul><li>Join the Facebook group </li></ul><ul><li>Teach in Second Life and post these to World University & School </li></ul>
  38. 38. Next Steps of Action <ul><li>World University & School Foundation </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>If you have ideas about building a significant endowment, please come talk to me </li></ul><ul><li>Eventually, if degree- and credit-granting emerge, paying instructors / universities makes sense. </li></ul>
  39. 39. How to Teach at World Univ. <ul><li>Let's do this together </li></ul><ul><li>You'll laptop will need a web cam </li></ul><ul><li>Teach something about Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>for a minute in SL to Jing - - </li></ul><ul><li>or video screen capture software </li></ul><ul><li>Upload it to a video site (youtube, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Link it to World Univ & Sch </li></ul>
  40. 40. Teaching at World Univ <ul><li>You can teach anything. </li></ul><ul><li>Here's something I'm interested in learning: </li></ul><ul><li>How to conceive of the building a whole sim from the beginning in Second Life using topographic or Data Elevation Maps (DEMs)? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the steps? </li></ul><ul><li>So, for example, if you know how to do this … teach this to your web cam in the next 5 minutes, upload it, and post it ... </li></ul>
  41. 41. Thank You <ul><li>Let people know about World Univ. & Sch. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach in Second Life, and post what you're teaching to this Wiki (or to the Second Life events' calendar education section, which I've linked to WUaS. </li></ul><ul><li>Post a link to great teaching & learning content you go to anyway, - a link per day, for example. </li></ul>
  42. 42. Questions <ul><li>Network World University and School with Second Life? </li></ul><ul><li>Build on Second Life's Strengths? </li></ul><ul><li>Existing free, open courses you know of? </li></ul>
  43. 43. Contact <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>