The L3S Research Center at the Leibniz University of Hannover (LUH) started SlideWiki’s external trials. The selected candidates will receive funding, guidance, technical support and mentoring from the SlideWiki Consortium members for the implementation of the large scale trials. The expected outcome is that feedback will be collected and educational material will be created and published on SlideWiki, maximising thus its learning impact. The topics of the trials cover a wide range of items, such as search, evaluation, creation of user/deck groups, user profiling and interactive learning analytics.
From the l3s/LUH side, we initiated the large scale trials with the following universities:
1. The Technical University of Riga,
2. The Charles III University of Madrid,
3. The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
4. FIZ Karlsruhe, Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure.
As Prof. Paloma Díaz, from the Charles III University of Madrid, stated “We expect SlideWiki to improve our capacity as teachers to correlate learning material supporting the integration of varied needs and perspectives. In this way, the new learning material will be more complete, adaptable and reusable and it will offer students better ways to learn and to actively participate in the learning process.”
Prof. Babis Bratsas, from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, indicated that “through the SlideWiki pilots will have the opportunity to create and collaborate on teaching slides, assessments and to share content as structured open educational resources using a Creative Commons license. Through the SlideWiki platform and trials, we believe that the engage rate of our audience will be increased. SlideWiki trials appear as a great opportunity to empower our students communities and share with the rest of the world high quality educational material in Greek, and test multilingualism capabilities of the platform.”
Prof. Atis Kapenieks, from the Technical University of Riga, pointed out that “the long term strategy of our Distance Education Study Centre aims to create next-generation knowledge societies by combining lifelong learning technologies and knowledge society pedagogy theories through interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary methods of quantitative, qualitative and design studies. We are interested in developing and implementing new digital-era learning paradigms, ensuring the availability of education, high technical quality of learning content, efficient study support, and content relevance the new challenges of the knowledge society and knowledge economy. We see SlideWiki as new step towards future lifelong learning, and we have the pleasure to contribute.”
Prof. Dr. Harald Sack, from the FIZ Karlsruhe, Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure, stated that „Knowledge and education are the most powerful means to change the world. It is the investment that pays the best interest. SlideWiki will help to further open up and spread educational content and help to take online education to the next level.”
Each of these higher education large scale trials will be performed with hundreds of educators and thousands of learners in countries all over Europe. A particular focus of the technology development and testing in the trials will be the suitability for academics, teachers and learners with disabilities. Stay tuned as more exciting updates will be shared soon.