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Watch the video of our Webinar on SlideWiki’s Open Education Trials and Semantic Blockchain

In this webinar, Alexandra Garatzogianni (Leibniz University of Hannover) presents the H2020 SlideWiki project and its OpenCourseWare (OCW) Competition. Alexander Mikroyannidis (Open University, UK) presents SlideWiki’s open education trials, and Allan Third (Open University, UK) elaborates on SlideWiki’s Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard. Moreover, Alexander showcases blockchain applications in open education and Allan analyzes the importance of semantic blockchain.

Link to the video: Producing or finding and reusing high-quality educational content online can be a laborious and costly process. With the open-source and open-access SlideWiki platform, the effort of producing and reusing highly structured remixable educational content can be crowdsourced and therefore widely shared. SlideWiki employs crowdsourcing methods in order to support the open education community in authoring, sharing, reusing and remixing opencourseware. This presentation will showcase a case study of this platform carried out in the context of open education and informal learning and will report on the feedback received thus far from members of the open education community. To get the most from open educational content produced with SlideWiki, it is important that it can be used with educators’ and institutions’ existing practices and workflows. In real formal education settings, this often means that it should be usable in a Learning Management System (LMS). SlideWiki supports the industry standard method for connecting external tools to an LMS – the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard, which allows teachers to embed SlideWiki directly into their courses, allowing students to view, create, edit and remix open educational content, depending on the particular activity selected by teachers. This presentation will explore the opportunities offered by this integration, in terms of consumption and co-creation of material, learning analytics and reuse of high-quality teaching materials. The emergence of blockchain technology promises to revolutionise not only the financial world, but also open education and lifelong learning in many different ways. Blockchain technology offers opportunities to thoroughly rethink how we find educational content and training services online, how we register and pay for them, as well as how we get accredited for what we have learned and how this accreditation affects our career trajectory. This presentation will explore the different aspects of open education and lifelong learning that are affected by this new paradigm and will describe an ecosystem that places the learner at the centre of the learning process and its associated data. The new opportunities afforded by blockchain technology for education will be most effective if they can be combined with the existing power of the Web and with the growing possibilities for machine intelligence. To enable this requires the use of a semantic blockchain, integrating the trustworthiness of a distributed ledger with the decentralised and rich representations of the Semantic Web. This presentation will discuss the possibilities which will be afforded by the combination of trustworthy educational data enhanced with meaningful Web-accessible Linked Data, and what these developments will mean for students, educators and the employment market. SlideWiki (Horizon 2020 Project under Grant Agreement No 688095) is an opencourseware tool that aims to exploit the wisdom, creativity and productivity of the crowd for the creation of qualitative, rich, engaging educational content. With SlideWiki, users can create and collaborate on slides, diagrams and assessments, and arrange this content in richly structured course presentations. The SlideWiki EU project started in 2016 with 17 partners using the award-winning open-source SlideWiki platform as a basis, aiming to create a large-scale accessible learning and teaching platform using educational technology, skill recognition and global collaboration.


OpenEducation, Crowdsourcing, Semantics, Blockchain, SemanticBlockchain, Presentations, TechTransfer


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