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and expensive with the effect that often courseware employed by teachers, instructors and professors is incomplete, outdated, inaccessible to those with disabilities and dull.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, the SlideWiki platform allows to
- collaboratively create comprehensive OCW (curricula, slide presentations, self-assessment tests, illustrations etc.) online in a crowdsourcing manner,
- semi-automatically translate this content into more than 50 different languages,
- improve the translations in a collaborative manner and
- support engagement and social networking of educators and learners around that content.
Several hundred comprehensive course materials are already available in SlideWiki in a wide range of languages. In this large-scale trial project, we further mature the SlideWiki technology platform by integrating it with a state-of-the-art MOOC delivery platform and performing four large-scale trials in the domains of:
- secondary education,
- vocational and professional training,
- higher education and
- community-driven open-education.
Each of these large-scale trials is performed with hundreds of educators and thousands of learners in countries all over Europe and beyond. A particular focus of the technology development and testing in the trials will be the platform’s suitability for academics, teachers and learners with disabilities.