[unrev-II] Interesting IC explicitly developing an UNREV-type DKR

From: Doug Engelbart - Bootstrap Institute (doug@bootstrap.org)
Date: Mon Apr 03 2000 - 22:48:00 PDT

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    Presentation Tues Apr 4 at the regular EOE meeting in San Jose, "ISSUES IN

    Dr. Nancy Glock-Grueneich, Vice-President for Learning for the Foundation for
    California Community Colleges.



       Universal access to higher learning is or soon will be technologically
       feasible. To serve economic purposes such learning must be certifiable = in
       terms of some ?standard currency? by which its graduates can be credite d
       with equivalent professional capacities wherever they may find themselv es
       in the global economy. And this certification must be accomplished acr oss
       the widest possible diversity of cultures, languages, and societies who se
       total stock of knowledge keeps doubling in ever shorter time frames.

       All societies are now drawn into the one global society, affected by its
       planetary difficulties, and moved by its unprecedented opportunities. Thus
       even as formal learning is required to become more universal and in som e
       senses more ?standardized? than ever before, it also is required to bec ome
       more diversified and adaptable than ever before. It must address local
       needs. It must preserve, deepen, and build upon local knowledge. It must
       protect the individuals and traditions that contribute, preserving their
       ownership, autonomy, and integrity. It must draw upon all cultures and
       peoples to enrich the worldwide repertoire of human solutions to human

       How can we have it all ways, universal standards and cultural diversity,
       reliable indices of learning, good for a lifetime, and yet the capacityto
       change overnight, a higher learning able to keep up with the nano-second
       world of the future? That question will occupy us with increasing urgency,
       and there is no one answer. Yet the structure of the Internet itself
       suggests a solution that I want to explore: Combine a deep core
       structure--HTML coding (soon to be XML) in this case, modest in its scope,
       voluntarily adhered to by all participants, and utterly rigorous in
       itsimplementation, and purchase with that deep rigor an unprecedented range
       of diversity and creativity at the level of its far-flung surface.

       I will suggest a similar approach to the double challenge of rigor and
       diversity in a system of higher education rapidly moving towards
       universality in its reach. My point of departure in this is to make tertiary
       (i.e. post-secondary) learning not only universally available, but truly
       "higher". That is, to make of such learning the means by which as many
       people as possible, from as many and varied circumstances as possible, may
       increase their capacity to create a livable future.

       The model I will propose as a "common core" defining the deep structureof
       knowledge may stimulate further thinking about this challenge and possible
       solutions. As of 6pm Monday, April 3, 2000, this model and commentary may be
       found at <www.higheredge.org/mandala> The aim of the model is greater
       integration of knowledge, greater utility and adaptability, and the capacity
       to advance and integrate rather than denigrate diverse forms of
       knowing"while preserving and even enhancing the integrity and power of the
       formal disciplines as traditionally taught.

       Those seeking to carry out Doug Englebart's "unfinished revolution" may also
       find within this model some assistance in conceiving of DKR"s (dynamic
       knowledge repositories) that can readily synthesize information from a wide
       variety of sources into new knowledge useful for "improvement communities"
       of all kinds.


       The presentation will be made by Dr. Nancy Glock-Grueneich, Vice-President
       for Learning for the Foundation for California Community. Nancy is currently
       developing a comprehensive "dynamic knowledge repository" for community
       college faculty, administrators, and students. She recently gave a paper at
       Oxford University on principles for sound partnerships between business and
       higher education.

       She was with the California Community College Chancellor's Office for 14
       years where she approved new academic and technical programs for the 107
       colleges and trained faculty in curricul um design, improved instructional
       methods, and cultural awareness.

       She ha s taught college at all levels for 12 years, had her own business
       training federal supervisors in performance management, was a senior
       technical writer for Data General, and a community educator working with
       differen t cultural groups.

       Her doctorate from Harvard University is in Philosophy and (Higher)
       Education and her undergraduate work, at CSU San Jose, is in Anthropology
       and Sociology.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    EOE Speaker Series on Open Software Communities for Education, to promo= te
    on-line sharing and improvement of learning resources. (http://www.eoe.= org/

    --> If you are interested in being a speaker, please send a title, abstract,
    and short bio to Jim Spohrer (spohrer@eoe.org) for considerat= ion.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Details of Event:

       Date & Time: Tuesday, April 4, 2000 3-5pm PST Location: International
       Business Incubator (IBI),

          6th Floor Conference Room

       Address: 111 North Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

       Map: http://www.acrossworld.com/maps.html

       Phone: 408 367-6135 (re: EOE First Tuesday talk series)

       Conference Call Dial-In Instructions:

       Meeting Telephone Number: 1-415-228-4580

       Meeting Password: EOE

       Meeting Leader: Ms. Cheri Callis


          3:00 Introductions,

          3:30-4:00 Invited talk,

          4:00-5:00 Q&A and General Discussion

          5:00-6:00 Informal

    We welcome your participation and suggestions for speakers (including

       Future speakers we are trying to schedule include:

       - Jim Spohrer, Open Source and Educational Software (May)


       Previous Speakers

       - John Wolpert, IBM's alphaWorks


       - Ted Kaehler, Walt Disney Company


       - Steve Zalewski, The Open Group


       - Doug Engelbart, Bootstrap


       - Jeremy Roschelle, SRI


       - David Smith, Stagecast


       - Ted M. Kahn, Design Worlds


       - Chuck Schneebeck, Center for Distributed Learning


       - Tom Hill, 1LifePlace


       - Brad Cox, Superdistribution Inc


    We hope you can participate in this discussion either in person or via the
    conference call. For those who participate in person, there will also be an
    optional informal discussion at a nearby restaurant after 5pm. We gratefully
    acknowledge the support provided by the International Business Incubator,
    AcrossWorlds, and other participating organizations.

    Jim Spohrer

    EOE Co-Founder



    Senior Manager & Scientist, USER Group

    Computer Science Department

    IBM Almaden Research Center


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