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Some time back, one of our group members posted an email about her participation in s previous EU Framework program – of high relevance to our plans now. In order to bring this into our current conversations, I am posting a link to that program here. Perhaps Trista (Patterson) can say a little bit about it during our meeting?
Here is the link: EU FP 7 Global Systems and Dynamics Policy: http://www.gsdp.eu/.
Also, a link to one of Trista´s former projects, one she founded and might be able to talk a little about: Oxford
Here is the main Summit Schools page, for information and preparation for the upcoming tour on Thursday this week. Please check it out during the week, so you will be prepared It will be a short, 1-hour tour.
A little bit of news for our Thursday program: We have been trying to get this one particular appointment in the box and now it is here: So, after our visit at the Denali Middle School in Sunnyvale, we will be heading to NASAs research HQ in Silicon Valley to meet with one of their national science directors Yvonne Pendleton.
This is not exactly easy to do, so we are very happy that we — courtesy of Kent Vickery — was able to arrange for this. One theme will be how NASA organizes virtual research teams within complex fields of science. Other themes and discussions will be a bit up to you all — I am sure Yvonne will be a delightful talking partner, and she extends her greetings to everyone. This will be our before-noon session on Thursday. So there will be a program change there.
I´m not sure how good these slides are and how much we will use them, but it is what I managed to prepare for the workshop, so please download them. We will not be bringing print copies. It may be easier to follow some of the introductions if you have these slides in mind.
You will find them on this link.FLL – Sv Workshop ´14; 3 5MB
Or you can download them directly from the blog here: FLL – Sv Workshop ´14; 3 5MB
And more to come.
And how relevant?
Here is a new post on EU Horizon 2020 issues. It will be expanded. Based on this link, we´ll proceed to identify where in the project call architecture we want to focus.
I recently got acquainted with Matt Bowman, who is one of the founders of EdSurge. I am also pleased to to tell you all that Matt will be joining us for much of the workshop. You will all get a chance to meet and exchange ideas with one of the foremost and best informed people around on matters relating to Education, Technology, Schools, Teachers and the future of education. As we go through the workshop days, there will be more links to edSurge.
This blog post is a brief introduction to the Nordic Innovation House, in Palo Alto. We will be going there on Thursday October 2nd, for a meeting. Meanwhile, here is the link.
And I will fill this post out once I have time for it. The Nordic Innovation House is actually launched today, in about 25 minutes. It now takes on the ambition of being a joint Nordic space in Silicon Valley. More later.
For most of tomorrow, from noon until late in evening, I will be attending the EIT ICT Labs Silicon Valley center opening event in San Francisco—at RocketStudios (part of RocketSpace, that is one of the many incubators/accelerators in Silicon Valley, and its founder and CEO, Duncan Logan, is one of the Silicon Valley Advisors to EIT ICT Labs).
The program for tomorrow has at least two workshops planned, shown below, that should be of interest to our workshop on education and learning:
THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION
Anders Flodström, Education Director, EIT ICT Labs
- Jim Plummer, Professor CS Stanford University, Dean of the Stanford School of Engineering 1999-2014, Board member Intel
- Diana Stepner, VP, Innovation Partnerships & Developer Relations, Pearson
- Lisa Barrett, Director, Global Partnership Strategy, Coursera
- Christa Preston, Founder, The Olivia Project
INVESTING IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP–Building a Bridge For Entrepreneurship Between Silicon Valley and Europe
Chair: Klaus Beetz, Business Director, EIT ICT Labs (Munich)
- Duncan Logan, Founder RocketSpace
- Richard Horning, Counsel ReedSmith, Honorary Consul of Estonia in Silicon Valley
- Lisa Fetterman, Co-Founder – Nomiku – Consumer cooking hardware startup
- Oliver Hanisch, COO and Mentor, German Accelerator (To be confirmed)
I met Anders Flodstrom at a workshop at SRI on Innovation and Jobs Summit in March of last year, when Anders made a presentation on the education and learning plans of EIT ICT Labs, but could not really say too much about it at the time as he noted that they were just starting to examine details of their business model. After the session at SRI, I wrote a blog post for Silicon Vikings on “Some Thoughts on ‘Industrial MOOCs’—in a European Context” and in the section on what I called “Industrial MOOCs in Germany” I noted:
While I find all the incipient MOOC initiatives in Europe interesting—and I hope to see greater activity on this front in the Nordic region also (and a leading Norwegian academic, June Breivik at BI (a leading Norwegian business school), recently encouraged Norwegian universities to wake up to these developments—I am especially intrigued by two developments in Germany:
- iVersity’s platform development. This Berlin-based startup has expressed interest in developing “industrial MOOCs” and informed me that they were in discussion with a number of large German enterprises about building enterprise-focused MOOCs. Unfortunately, they have been silent for a while so I am not sure whether, or when, they will reveal what, if any, progress they are making on this front.
- SAP’s “Academic Cube.” I have followed SAP’s involvement in learning for a number of years and have been intrigued by its learning-related acquisitions (including SuccessFactors, which in turn had previously acquired Plateau, an LMS, product and knowledge, capital and talent management provider, and Jambok, a social video and mobile learning provider). And the SAP-connected Hasso Plattner Institute (focused on IT systems engineering) has also shown growing interest in MOOCs over the last year. So perhaps it should not have been surprising that SAP recently announced that it has been involved with a number of other organizations (both enterprises, research organizations, and academic institutions) to build “Academic Cube.” This effort will connect new forms of learning (e.g. MOOCs or MOOC-like courses) with ICT-related jobs, and job openings at major German enterprises.
The connection of MOOCs to learning and training needs of enterprises is interesting, and raises questions as George Siemens recently noted in a Google Plus session that he was skeptical to industrial application of MOOCs. But perhaps SAP and its partner, and particularly EIT ICT Labs—a powerful knowledge and innovation community with a large number of European partners—which will now apparently take over the management and development of the Academic Cube platform and initiative. Can EIT ICT lab create a platform what meet the needs of European industry, and enable “next-generation” industrial training and learning, and at the same time come up with a sustainable business model to enable long-term financial support for this initiative? I hope they can, and in so doing will add another interesting element to the growing “MOOC, or MOOC-like” learning ecosystem that I hope will emerge around the world.
I look forward to getting an update from Anders tomorrow about where their “Academic Cube” (if this is still what they call their initiative) stands and where it is heading. I will report on this in my next blog post. Stay tuned.
On April 15 this year, I attended a very interesting seminar as part of Stanford’s Graduate School of Education’s Digital Future, on “Learning and the Life Course.” One of the panelists was Sarah Stein Greenberg, Managing Director, D-School, Stanford University, who talked about a project led by the D-School on the future of Stanford–and how it could better serve its various constituencies in the future.
I took a few notes that I thought i would share with you, as it might give “food for thought” and be a basis for some questions we might want to ask during our upcoming session at D-School next week.
You can also visit http://www.next.stanford.edu/ to see some more information on “@Stanford: Reimagining the Future of Learning/Living on Campus”
Here are a few notes I took on Sarah’s presentation:
o Year-long project at Stanford—Imagining the future of learning/living on campus
o Four scenarios they have examined: (1) Paced Education; (2) Purpose Learning; (3) Axis Flip (balance of skills and knowledge); and (4) Open Loop University (“alumni” term would go away, and be replaced by “members”)
o How to break the mold of traditional 4-year model?
o May 1 and 2: Experiential taste of Future Stanford
o Open Loop University: [This is the one scenario I found most interesting]
• Age blind admissions
• Six years distributed over your life
• Taking time off would no longer carry stigma
• Students would ‘loop in’ later in life to pivot careers
• On-campus learning sharpened by real-world perspectives
• Mentoring would play a bigger role as paths diverged
• The ‘late start’ advantage?
• ‘Alumni’ become….
As most of you know, Stanford is one of the world’s leading universities and has many, many more applicants than they can accept–even though the cost of tuition (and especially when you add in room and board) is VERY high. In this context, I find it very interesting that Stanford is still looking ahead to the future and realizing they need to do things differently–for the sake of its students and for Stanford to continue to be a leading university–so it will be interesting to see how this D-School project helps shape Stanford’s policies for future change at this great university.
d.School – Link: Check out the d.School here – the comments below are taken directly from their website. There will be more on the D.School at some other time.
The d.school is a hub for innovators at Stanford. Students and faculty in engineering, medicine, business, law, the humanities, sciences, and education find their way here to take on the world’s messy problems together. Human values are at the heart of our collaborative approach. We focus on creating spectacularly transformative learning experiences. Along the way, our students develop a process for producing creative solutions to even the most complex challenges they tackle. This is the core of what we do.
In a time when there is hunger for innovation everywhere, we think our primary responsibility is to help prepare a generation of students to rise with the challenges of our times. We define what it means to be a d.school student broadly, and we support “students” of design thinking who range from kindergarteners to senior executives. Our deliberate mash-up of industry, academia and the big world beyond campus is a key to our continuing evolution.
// FYI: We will be getting an introduction to the d.School by my associate Mike Shanks who teaches and collaborates with David Kelly — the d.School founder.
Check out the Fab Lab at Stanford University, and keep coming back to review other websites and places of note. As we get this blog going, it will be a place for posting and sharing insights but also websites, forums, projects, and places of potential interest for visits.
From their website:
FabLab@School is a world wide growing network of educational digital fabrication labs that put cutting-edge technology for design and construction – such as 3D printers and laser cutters and robotics – into the hands of middle and high school students.
It’s a place for invention, creation, discovery and sharing, a space of inquiry where everyone learns and knowledge gets integrated into personal interests and daily life.
FabLab@School, which is embedded in technology, permits the acknowledgement and embracing of different learning styles and epistemologies, engendering a convivial environment in which students can concretize their ideas and projects with intense personal engagement.
In just about a week we will meet at these stairs in front of the Stanford University Campus, as a beginning of our workshop. Here, we will begin to develop a week-long story not only about Stanford but — actually much more — about the roles of universities and knowledge hubs in processes of social change and innovation. Our specific target with the workshop will of course be our own institutions — where they are — as well as those themes and concerns that we understand we share.
Be that as it may, please make sure to go through the various instructions tat you find on this website. It is a very simple website, and we will only be using if for this workshop. On the other hand, it is also nice to have such a website to look back to after we are done, as a means of documentation but also as a means of sharing an agreement as to what we achieved and what to make of it in the next steps ahead.
There will be a series of posts on this blog from myself and from Vidar — both practical and more discussion oriented. But right now it is a Sunday night, and there is good reason for doing other things than programming up a website.
More on this later. Just know that the site is there and that it can be used.