Emerging trends in Academia: finding synergies in Education and Computer Science

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It goes without saying that VideoLectures.Net wants to be in the game of shaping the future of education. As HigerEd is trying to catch up with the changes of the digital age and the internet, we would like to form a do-tank of participants to answer to the problems of the academic economic reality with tools and solutions. For this purpose we summoned some of the key players we believe will be at the forefront of these changes. On 7th of November 2012 we hosted a workshop in Ljubljana, Slovenia with the OpenCurseWare Consortium, Opencast Community and the TransLectures project.


The idea was to connect the dots. How do we do this?


The main goal of this one day event was to clarify how emerging technologies based on machine learning, machine translation, text mining, semantic web, combined with open access, academic video journals, free video libraries, open lecture capture systems, OER and more can change and help co-create emerging publishing, curriculum, designation, filtration, validation and research trends in Academia in Europe and in general. At the workshop we understood that new technologies offer universities and academic communities new solutions to old familiar problems. At the end of the day it was decided that to wrap up all the discussions and move forward into designing the “Internet of Education” conference in 2013 as the yearly flagship conference of Knowledge 4 All Foundation Ltd. The keywords we came up were: Emerging Online publishing models, EmergingOnline educational technologies, EmergingOnline technology transfer, Emerging Business models, EmergingResearch in education.


John Shawe-Taylor, Director K4A Foundation, Head of Computer Science dept. at UCL


John Shawe-Taylor opened the workshop with an introduction to the issues we wanted to address and the background of the players involved in the organisation. Although John’s main research area is Statistical Learning Theory, but his contributions range from Graph Theory through Cryptography and Neural Networks to Machine Learning, he is very interested in Open Education – not to forget is that the last wave of MOOC‘s have originated and are closely related to the area pf Artificial Intelligence. He was also the coordinator of the PASCAL Network of Excellence and is the scientific coordinator of the PASCAL2 Network of Excellence bringing together over 50 sites across Europe involved in the development and application of principled machine learning. This originated into the creation of the Knowledge 4 All Foundation Ltd. in London, early 2010.


What are the trends in technology?


Hype cycle on EduTech technology produced by Gartner, a graphic representation of the maturity and adoption of technologies and applications, taken form Mitja Jermol’s slides on Education trends


Concepts emerging from research fields in a Gartner Hype Cycle


What is needed in real life?


Abel Caine, Unesco Communication and Information Adviser


Abel Caine spoke about the UNESCO OER Programme as a comprehensive range of services to Governments and education institutions to sustainably develop, use, and share OERs to achieve learning objectives. He emphasized in a very long Q/A session that OERs require a very challenging paradigm shift for teachers and learners, namely they expose their best teaching materials for critique, copying, and refinement. For students – OERs eliminate the disadvantages of lack of local training and present huge opportunities to freely learn from the world’s best lecturers and possibly earn assessed credits. We were asking ourselves, how can VideoLectures.Net help?


Dr Clive Young, Coordinator of REC:ALL project, Learning Technology Advisor, Learning Technology Support Service at UCL, Coordinator IPon learning


Dr Clive Young  gave a great talk on trends on new academic models of lecture capture being mapped out by the Erasmus REC:all project (Recording and augmenting lectures for learning). Given the importance that an increasingly core component of the virtual campus, video also enables better distance learning, marketing and is often the main component of important trends such as MOOCs and ‘flipped’ learning designs. Lecture capture is therefore rapidly evolving both technologically and conceptually. What was once seen as a passive recording method is now seen as an enabler of more participative and student-centred models and a way of extending the global reach of the academy. We were asking ourselves, how can VideoLectures.Net adopt a more curriculum like based structure for video?


Abraham Hsuan, Attorneys, Founding Partner at Irwin Hsuan LLP


Abraham changed his presentation during the workshop so as not to make it redundant and made a case of the “Open Data”-type thinking and the web in general.  Coming from a bias that education and the educational mission is helped by maximizing “open”ness, I will look at some recent examples of copyright and patent enforcements and the concerns about piracy, lowered standards, etc. to see what the publishers, academia and others have been doing to protect their interests and whether these actions complement or contradict the educational mission.


Make sure to check all the videos for the Workshop on Co-creation of Emerging Trends in Academia, Ljubljana 2012. And as per usual the video editors had their own fun in making a collage of me getting into the camera’s way – thank you Adis.


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