SlideWiki @L3S Research Seminar

SlideWiki was presented today to Senior Research Group leaders, post doc and PhD researchers, master and bachelor students at the research seminar organized by the L3S Research Center, at the Leibniz University of Hannover.

After the presentation of the project’s aims, methodology, status and achievements a fruitful discussion regarding the related research and application areas of the project’s results followed. Special emphasis was given to the on going SlideWiki OpenCourseWare (OCW) Competition, on the Presentation Rooms and on upcoming technical features of the platform.

Here below you can access the abstract.

Presentation title: SlideWiki: Create, publish, share and reuse presentations online

Abstract

A major obstacle to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of education in Europe is the lack of widely available, accessible, multilingual, timely, engaging and high-quality educational material (i.e. OpenCourseWare). The creation of comprehensive OpenCourseWare (OCW) is tedious, time-consuming and expensive with the effect that often courseware employed by teachers, instructors and professors is incomplete, outdated, inaccessible to those with disabilities and dull.

With the open-source SlideWiki platform (available at SlideWiki.org) the effort of the creation, translation and evolution of highly-structured remixable OCW can be widely shared (i.e. crowdsourced).

Similarly to Wikipedia for encyclopaedic content, SlideWiki allows to collaboratively create comprehensive OCW (curricula, slide presentations, self-assessment tests, illustrations etc.) online in a crowdsourcing manner

  1. to semi-automatically translate this content into more than 50 different languages and
  2. to improve the translations in a collaborative manner and
  3. to support engagement and social networking of educators and learners around that content.

Several hundred comprehensive course materials are available in SlideWiki in dozens of languages. In this large-scale trial project, we will further mature the SlideWiki technology platform, integrate it with a state-of-the-art MOOC delivery platform and perform four large-scale trials in secondary education, vocational and professional training, higher education, and community-driven open-education. At the same time, the SlideWiki Consortium organizes the OpenCourseWare (OCW) Competition, inviting participants to create and import high-quality educational content in the SlideWiki platform. Winning teams will receive prizes up to 1.000 euros.

In this presentation, the progress of the SlideWiki project and its innovative learning outcomes will be showcased.

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