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traMOOC project kick-off

The official kick-off meeting of the open-education and open-software traMOOC project was held in Berlin on February 23rd at the Humboldt-Universitaet Zu Berlin. The kick-off was brilliant and the consortium partners provided a very positive impression and initial sharing of ideas about how the project should run in the next theree  years. At the meeting, the different partners reported initial assets and key lines of research. Definitive software and business ideas and other quality scores and scientific findings will be published in deliverables during the project life cycle by the end of the year, but for now we are pleased to say that traMOOC looks very promising and exciting.

The aim of the project is to develop high-quality systems for the automatic translation of various types of texts within MOOCs (e.g. blogs, presentations, subtitling of lectures) from English into German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Bulgarian, Greek, Polish, Czech, Croatian, Russian and Chinese. The grant has been awarded from the European Commission’s science subsidy fund Horizon2020, set up to promote research and innovation in Europe.

EdX to partner with OpeningupSlovenia

OpeningupSlovenia members from Jozef Stefan Institute and Knowledge 4 All Foundation met with colleagues Cecilia D’Oliveira who is Associate Dean for Digital Learning, M.I.T and Beth Porter who is Vice President of Product at edX. Among other things we discussed  strategic synergies, product development, and implementation of edX’s platform in the OpeningupSlovenia case study and adoption of K4A/JSI big data analytic tools into the edX’s platform product roadmap. We are very happy to collaborate with the best!

 

Meeting with MIT Office of Educational Innovation and Technology

OpeningupSlovenia met for collaboration opportunities with MIT Office of Educational Innovation and Technology staff Jeff Merriman who is Associate Director, Software Strategy and Development, Senior IT Consultant Brandon Muramatsu and Software Developer Cole Shaw. The OEIT office works with faculty, staff and students to enable and promote the development and dissemination of innovative uses of technology in teaching and learning.

 

Brandon Muramatsu and Cole Shaw from MIT OEIT office
Brandon Muramatsu and Cole Shaw from MIT OEIT office

OpeningupSlovenia workshop in Sarajevo

OuS was successfully presented at the Ministry of Education and Science, Canton Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina — in Sarajevo. This was the first presentation and exchange of good practices between Slovenia and  Bosnia-Hercegovina on the topic of open learning environments, open educational resources and new education technologies. The presentation included three live demos including results from the cross disipliary project MyMachine, the transLectures technologies for automatic transcriptions and translations at VideoLectures.Net, and the new project ExplorEdu.

 

ExplorEdu new smart project on OER

Following the 1st Round of National Funding  by the Ministry of Education, Republic of Slovenia we recieved a grant for ExplorEdu. This is one of the projects that make up the bulk of the first batch of the OpeningupSlovenia national projects ranging from assessment of digital competences of pupils, assessment od digital competences of teachers, EUFolio, to creative classrooms.

 

Experimenting with annotations @ VideoLectures.Net

Extending the services, datasets and reach of Videolectures is of key importance for OuS. For this purpose we formed a partnership with the LINA lab at Nantes University in Nantes delivering the COCO project. This will provide a set of tools for enhancing the videos viewing experience. More precisely, this is an experiment aiming at offering an annotation platform for the contents of the Video Journal of Open Education Abstracts Volume 1.

 COCO in a nutshell:

  • Leveraging annotations in video-centered pedagogical resources
  • Creating open multimodal content for knowledge diffusion
  • Exploring new techniques for e-learning

 By viewing the videos through the COCo player, you will be able to annotate different fragments of the video, allowing you then to easily navigate back to specific moments which you need to reference, exchange your comments with your colleagues and friends, and, more importantly, with who you choose and compare these comments and notes in a simplified environment.

transLectures project finished with excellent results

The transLectures project lies at the very heart of OpeningupSlovenia and has been the focus point of the OCWC 2014 conference, the tL workshop and its fabulous tool kit. Today the project consortium performed its final review at the European Commission with outstanding results.

 

OuS presented to high school principals

OuS was successfully presented at the yearly Expert Meeting for principals and school heads of high schools in Bernardin, Slovenia. This was the last presentation in a series especially designed for high level school management. The presentation included three live demos including transLectures technologies for automatic transcriptions and translations at VideoLectures.Net, EventRegistry and the educational AI assistant Curious Cat.

Check the slides

UNESCO Chair press conference

Following the success of VideoLectures.Net, recognized in 2013 by the UN and UNESCO as one of the most outstanding examples of creative and innovative e-Content in the world in the last decade, the “Jožef Stefan” Institute in Ljubljana (Slovenia) has successfully established a UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for OER and Open Learning. The Chair was publicly announced at a press conference at the “Jožef Stefan” Institute on Nov 18 at 10.15 am.

Check the press release site for details and the Chairholder website for strategies and action.

 

OuS presented at EDID 2014

Focusing on new technologies the EDID 2014 conference is intended to promote innovations in the field of education.  As OuS fits the profile, the UNESCO Chair presented mechanisms to scale solutions across education and training sectors and argued that scaling and open innovation was imperative if European companies are to be internationally competitive and create jobs.