[unrev-II] OHS and open standards and opportunities

From: Jack Park (jackpark@thinkalong.com)
Date: Tue Sep 18 2001 - 13:55:13 PDT

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    While reading the manuscript I mentioned earlier about the future of higher
    education, I got interested in the phrase "global learning." Google that
    and I find some interesting stuff.

    http://www.imsproject.org/ aka IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc.
    "The growth of the Internet and the World Wide Web is transforming teaching
    and learning at all levels of education, in the workplace, and at home. IMS
    Global Learning Consortium, Inc. (IMS) is developing and promoting open
    specifications for facilitating online distributed learning activities such
    as locating and using educational content, tracking learner progress,
    reporting learner performance, and exchanging student records between
    administrative systems.
    IMS has two key goals:
    Defining the technical specifications for interoperability of applications
    and services in distributed learning, and
    supporting the incorporation of the IMS specifications into products and
    services worldwide. IMS endeavors to promote the widespread adoption of
    specifications that will allow distributed learning environments and
    content from multiple authors to work together (in technical parlance,
    "interoperate").
    IMS is a global consortium with members from educational, commercial, and
    government organizations. Funding comes from membership fees, with
    organizations choosing to join as either Contributing Members or Developers
    Network Subscribers. "

    There is a focus on *metadata* here and you can download kits to maintain
    ims-specific metadata from both Sun and MS, as listed at the site. The
    site includes copies of the standards they are creating. Metadata
    standards are going to be important to interoperability between the many
    different variants of knowledge repositories springing up all over the world.

    I didn't download the pdf files to see how much it costs.

    http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/rmext05/glo/ aka Global Learning On-Line
    "This site is for anyone interested in finding out or teaching about global
    issues. We aim to:
    provide activities and information about global issues
    share good and bad experiences of using the Internet as a resource
    for global education, particularly in school "

    The site provides some *user experiences* and activities, all of which
    could be valuable as grist for the facilitated evolution mill of the
    bootstrap project.

    http://www.wgln.org/ aka Wallenberg Global Learning Network
    "To tackle the challenges of global learning, the partners of the
    Wallenberg Global Learning Network are committed to collaborative research
    and development in technology-supported pedagogical practices. The goal is
    to improve and assess learning across cultural, institutional, and
    geographic boundaries."

    "Established in 1999 by the founders Stanford University and the Wallenberg
    Foundation to develop collaborative forms of learning with the aid of
    information and communication technologies (ICT), the Wallenberg Global
    Learning Network (WGLN) currently comprises three members, the Stanford
    Learning Lab at Stanford University (SLL), USA, the Swedish Learning Lab
    (SweLL), and the Learning Lab of Lower Saxony (L3S), Germany. The Swedish
    Learning Lab consists of three educational and research institutions:
    Uppsala University (UU), the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and
    Karolinska Institutet (KI). The Learning Lab of Lower Saxony co-ordinates
    projects at the University of Hannover, the University of Braunschweig, and
    the Braunschweig School of Arts.

    The overarching objectives of WGLN are:
    to provide human expertise and technical resources to formulate and solve
    the complex challenges of global learning;
    to support a constellation of innovative teaching and learning
    laboratories in a variety of institutional settings distributed around the
    world;
    to develop and deliver pedagogically informed technology for world-class
    learning experiences."

    This one has an enormous IPR link back to Stanford. Members need a solid
    financial background.

    http://globe.fsl.noaa.gov/ aka Global Learning and Observations to Benefit
    the Environment
    US Government project.

    This site includes data sources, teacher's guides, and lots of information
    and events such as:
    "Celebrate World Space Week, October 4-10. Join GLOBE schools worldwide
    observing and reporting data on clouds, demonstrating how your students
    assist space satellite missions. Join Student and Teacher Web Chats on
    October 2 and 4 to talk with scientists and educators about how students
    and satellites, specifically NASA's, work together to help understand our
    Planet Earth. Learn how to be involved in this inspiring and educational event"

    Clearly a candidate DKR in there somewhere.

    http://www.glo.org/ Global Learning Outreach
    Open source knowledge about the world for the world.

    This site looks very much like a slashdot.org-style format.

    http://www.globallearningnj.org/ Global Learning Inc of New Jersey
    "Global Learning, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization that
    translates the world's growing interdependence into educational activities
    for teachers, students, librarians, and educational systems, from
    elementary school through college and in community settings"

    At http://www.globallearningnj.org/glbook1.htm they offer:
    "A Sustainable Development Curriculum Framework
    for World History & Cultures
    Sustainable Development ...
    meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future
    generations to meet their own needs
    A practical secondary teacher resource book with sample lessons,
    reproducible handouts, guide to student action, test questions, resource
    lists, and more " for $25.

    Perhaps there is a model for nonprofit revenue streams here.

    http://grove.ufl.edu/~pgl/ Partnership in Global Learning
    "The Partnership in Global Learning (PGL) is an unprecedented initiative,
    international in scope, designed to produce technologically enhanced and
    distributed learning on a global scale. It is a collaboration between
    universities and corporations to produce e-learning in three arenas: K-12
    teacher training, university teaching and research, and corporate training.
    PGL will create a broad-based learning community for technologically
    accelerated economic, social and cultural advancement"

    Unprecedented?

    Lead university is University of Florida with quite a few world-wide member
    universities.
    Corporate sponsors appear to include IBM and Lucent.

    * * * *
    There were 1.3 million hits in 0.09 seconds, according to google. I
    decided to stop early. Indeed, I filtered out lots of commercial ventures
    just in this list.

    In any case, I believe that I am making the case that there already exists
    a market place "out there" for robust OHS/DKR technology.

    Cheers
    Jack

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