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
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,
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
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
"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
• to develop and deliver pedagogically informed technology for world-class
This one has an enormous IPR link back to Stanford. Members need a solid
http://globe.fsl.noaa.gov/ aka Global Learning and Observations to Benefit
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"
Lead university is University of Florida with quite a few world-wide member
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.
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