Envisioning A Cohesive Open Educational Learning System (COELS)

Executive Summary

I originally posted this just to get all the threads I'd been seeing around an open educational system together in one place. I had hoped by doing that, people could start to see the connections of how such a system might fit together. The amount of new ideas and refinements that have been added by the Google + community have been incredible.

I think a Cohesive Open Educational Learning System (COELS) is about people getting just-in-time information automatically delivered to them via any device when they need it. Because the content would have been updated and vetted by a vast community it would be absolutely up-to-date, accurate and relevant. Because industry would have contributed to learning objectives based on needed skillsets, people would be able to get certification, mentoring and internships and be able to go to work as soon as they finish a learning sequence. Because it would be open there would be no exorbitant charges for people to access this information (or in the case of Elsevier their own content.) Because it would contain the knowledge of our greatest thinkers in addition to the wisdom of crowds it would change the world.

I had envisioned this as all open source with the Learning Registry http://www.learningregistry.org as a central repository for Learning Resources Metadata Initative (LRMI) http://www.lrmi.net tagged content with support for API/hooks into and out of proprietary systems like Blackboard.

With Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) http://bit.ly/sslwcJ we could use the analytics http://bit.ly/sJWsk4 to track students over time, provide individualized scaffolding and support microformats.org/wiki/gift with low stakes Q&A +James Salsman +Martin Dougiamas both online and in-person http://bit.ly/sIH62W perk for the f2f Stanford contingent +Howard Rheingold , not to mention the networking opportunities and individualized interactions possible with Ed Roulette http://goo.gl/MZzo0 +Mike Caulfield then publish it out to an ePortfolio http://sourceforge.net/projects/ospi/ +Helen L. Chen students could take with them after graduation. The ideal system would also support peer-reviewed publication for scholarly content +Elijah Meeks that could then be used in the curriculum and institutional repository, Electronic Theses and Dissertations http://bit.ly/vw4c1Z Hannah Frost.

See +Luis von Ahn TED Talk on Massive Scale online collaboration: http://bit.ly/rKnkGZ With 160k + enrollments, crowd sourcing on this type of research could be incredible. G+ hangouts with luminaries in the field, synchronous or asynchronous communication for those who are shy about participating in a large group setting...VERY large group setting.

Using eTextbooks http://bit.ly/uEghWw http://bit.ly/v1gwLu /digital interactive apps would make it more effective http://pushpoppress.com/ourchoice/ with a mobile learning option http://bit.ly/uKbVCG. All the data would be LRMI tagged with paradata that would send content to subscribers who could use it most. +Cable Green describes this scenario http://bit.ly/w3sCA0

Localization teams could also work with various local instructional technologists and training staff to tailor content and language for local cultures. (Thanks +Harring Figueiredo )

Ideally, this could be funded via one or more foundations ( Gates, Mellon, Hewlett ?)

The questions raised about actually operationalizing from here are crucial:
How the business model could work here ?
Who are the stakeholders and decision makers ?
Who provides/sources funding ?
Is there a plan to bring all of the Open Source material to one center ?

(Thanks +Eileen O'Duffy )

We're collaborating with +Gregory Esau and the the #Glia circle http://goo.gl/JgyFv http://goo.gl/w7v6Y

What are we missing? What is mission critical? What is feasible with existing infrastructure? What do we have to build ?

Special thanks to +Ryan Crowe sorry for monopolizing your thread. http://bit.ly/ufmfAn

It's been a huge help for me in organizing my thoughts/stream of consciousness:

It was a great exercise to try and organize everything from all the G+ posting I've been doing the last couple of weeks while researching around the idea of an open educational system.


Massive Online Collaboration
+Luis von Ahn TED Talk

Massive Open Online Courses

MOOCs at Stanford

+Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun's Fall 2011 Artificial Intelligence Class
(Please use Chrome or Safari to view timecode links.)


Free, online courses from Stanford, Princeton, University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania, Georgia Tech, Duke University, University of Washington, Caltech, Rice University, University of Edinburgh, University of Toronto, EPFL Lausanne (Switzerland), Johns Hopkins University (School of Public Health), UCSF, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Virginia.



EdX is a joint partnership between The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), UC Berkeley and Harvard University to offer free online learning to millions of people around the world.

Pedagogical/Andragogical Methodologies

Digital Media Learning http://dmlcentral.net

Read the comments. Robert Talbot and +Derek Bruff have added some especially thoughtful insights .

Next Generation Teaching and Learning
http://dmlcentral.net/blog/howard-rheingold/bryan-alexander-emerging-learning-technologies (+Bryan Alexander )


+Howard Rheingold

InCites http://www.stanford.edu/group/incites/cgi-bin/wordpress
+claudia engel +Jeremy Sabol

iTunesU, iBooks, and the Future of Teaching http://goo.gl/Friuy
+Kenneth Romeo

+Daphne Koller

Ed Roulette Wire Frame Walk Through
+Mike Caulfield +Jim Groom +Tim Owens

Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University

Open Educational Resources

Metadata Standards
Learning Resource Metadata Initiative http://www.lrmi.net
Metadata & Paradata (data about how content was used http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradata)

Capture Platforms + Repositories?
ClassX http://classx.stanford.edu
OpenCast Matterhorn http://opencast.org
Entwine http://entwinemedia.com
Kaltura http://kaltura.org (.edu's are using SaaS or on-prem not community version)

Collaborative Learning Environments
http://sakaiproject.org (Stanford CourseWork https://coursework.stanford.edu)
http://courseware.stanford.edu (Stanford MOOCs - currently no integration with CourseWork)

Platforms for Sharing
Open Classroom http://openclassroom.stanford.edu (Stanford MOOCs - currently no integration with CourseWork)
The Open University http://www.open.ac.uk
Wikimedia http://www.wikimedia.org
Social Media Classroom http://socialmediaclassroom.com
Learning Registry http://www.learningregistry.org
MERLOT http://bit.ly/sSsHzl
Open Course Library http://bit.ly/uOBovF
CUNY Academic Commons https://plus.google.com/u/0/115537930517533216680/posts
Connexions http://cnx.org
iTunes U http://itunes.stanford.edu
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/stanford
Entrepreneurship Corner http://ecorner.stanford.edu
Open Content Archive http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/2113 (via +Nathan Finley )
Scholarly Communication Institute http://www.uvasci.org/current-work
Open Academic Analytics Initiative (OAAI) http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/HarnessingthePowerofTechnology/242798 (via +John Whitmer )

Learning Analytics
Khan Academy software: http://bit.ly/sJWsk4 +salman khan

ASU & Knewton adaptive learning platform http://bit.ly/ryNIlD

Learning Resources Metadata Initiative

Learning Registry

Open Educational Resources: Access, Impact, and Sustainability Through Policy

+Cable Green
Director of Global Learning
Creative Commons

& Joel M. Smith
CIO and Vice Provost
Carnegie Mellon University


http://bit.ly/tj6cPl (thanks +Jeff Jockisch )

Digital Interactive Apps

TED Talk with the Push Pop Press developer

Challenge is that Facebook acquired Push Pop Press...no more titles and no more sharing of publishing platform. All proprietary now to FB.

M.I.T. Expands Free Online Courses, Offering Certificates
http://bit.ly/uRqgb0 (Thanks to +Phil Wagner for sharing this)

MITx: The Next Chapter for University Credentialing? | Inside Higher Ed

Openness: Decoupling the Future to Radically Improve Access to Education
(ID: LIVE1128). Moderator: Diana Oblinger (EDUCAUSE).
Speaker: +David Wiley (Brigham Young University).

The idea of openness, popularized by open source and open educational resources, pertains to more than just software and textbooks. In this session, we will briefly explore issues related to the affordability and availability of higher education, examine how the principle of openness is already making concrete improvements in these areas, and discuss future models for radically improving access suggested by current trends.

Learning objectives could include support for consulting with industry to determine baseline skillsets for entry level and beyond. Get certified, badges?


Mozilla Open Badges Project

Mozilla is exploring badges as an alternative pathway to accreditation and credentialing. It includes the development of a broad and open infrastructure that can support the growing badge ecosystem and let learners create a living transcript of skills and achievements.

Mobile Learning

15 Education And Learning Startups You Need To Know

Top 10 Ed-Tech Trends of 2011
Thank you +Audrey Watters for all your insightful views on Ed Tech.
Your articles on http://www.hackeducation.com, Edutopia, O'Reilly Radar, and KQED's MindShift are fantastic resources.
Plus we get a bonus when you post comments on G+
Your articles are the source of much of my shared content in G+

Google Augmented Reality Glasses Could Come Soon, What Would They Mean?

Imagining the Future of Higher Education
+Kenneth Romeo
Stanford Academic Technology Specialist

Thoughtful analyses and strategic thinking. The best part is that he writes it all down and shares it

New Media Consortium

NMCTab list is also a fantastic resource for ideas, tips, recommendations and finding collaborators.


EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
http://bit.ly/cUHk01 (7 Things You Need to Know...)

Professional Development/Training
EDUCAUSE http://www.educause.edu/pd
Social Media Classroom http://socialmediaclassroom.com
Lynda.com http://lynda.com
Video2Brain http://www.video2brain.com/en
Ripple Training http://www.rippletraining.com
Hack the Future: http://www.hackthefuture.org
HackerSpace http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Hackerspaces

EDUCAUSE http://net.educause.edu/node/31
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative http://www.educause.edu/ELI2012
New Media Consortium http://www.nmc.org/events/summer-conference-2012-mit

Vectors http://vectors.usc.edu
+Tara McPherson

https://confluence.sakaiproject.org/display/KLTR/Home (still working on populating content)

Thanks and I'd love to hear feedback. I'm sure there are some things missing.

Please feel free to share but I'd appreciate if you would refer folks back to this post (http://goo.gl/D2cM2) for commenting and suggestions for improvement so we can keep everything consolidated.

Shared publiclyView activity