o bring higher education within reach of millions of people, at a minimal cost.
With such opportunities, however, there are also challenges to overcome. Further debate and understanding is necessary to maximize the benefits of free digital education and bring it to the most underserved parts of the world. It is with this goal in mind that University of the People (UoPeople) has formed a partnership with the Information Society Project at Yale Law School (Yale ISP).
Overseen by UoPeople Founder and President Shai Reshef, with the support of Professor Jack Balkin, Director of the Information Society Project, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School and member of the University of the People Advisory Committee, the partnership’s goals are multifold:1. Digital Education Research ProjectDesigned to investigate potential legal barriers to innovative models for online education, the Digital Education Research Project will be conducted in collaboration with students and faculty of the Access to Knowledge course at Yale Law School.
In this course, students will have the opportunity to apply their studies to the UoPeople model, researching and critically examining the laws and policies that shape and enhance access to information and education. With the direction of a Yale ISP fellow and consultation of Yale ISP faculty directors, students will discover the strengths and weakness of UoPeople, as well as the exceptions and limitations to copyright in digital education.
Resulting analyses and recommendations will be reported to academic and policy conferences, journals and international forums such as the World Intellectual Property Organization, the Internet Governance Forum and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
2. Edited Volume on Digital Education FreedomYale ISP members Laura DeNardis and Michael Zimmer, along with other coeditors, will launch the MIT Press Information Society Series, including a volume on the opportunities and challenges of digital education. This volume will be authored by Reshef and feature a chapter on UoPeople.
3. Digital Education Events at Yale Law School within the Yale ISP Speaker SeriesThe Yale ISP Speaker Series, a popular lecture series and important channel for promoting new trends in technology, society and laws among the Yale community and beyond, will feature one speaker per semester who addresses the issues UoPeople faces: digital education and its potential to reach the world’s poorest and most underserved regions. On February 12-13, 2010, Reshef will speak at the Conference on Access to Knowledge and Human Rights.
4. Global Network BuildingThe Yale ISP has an investment in international research and close ties with a global network of partners that share similar missions. By leveraging these relationships and recognizing each partners’ area of expertise, Yale ISP will help UoPeople realize its goal of becoming a truly global service. This network will help identify unique opportunities and challenges in each country UoPeople reaches, encourage the involvement of individuals around the world and establish strategic public-private partnerships.
5. Student InternshipsInternship and mentorship programs will be an integral component of this partnership. Students of Yale Law School will be given the opportunity to intern as Yale ISP research fellows at the University of the People, and will also be paired with students of UoPeople to learn from one another.
UoPeople’s goal is ambitious but, with the support of Yale ISP and other great minds, it is within reach.
mber this year. For those who are interested in the range of opinions people have expressed these past few months, here's a good place to start: http://www.scoop.it/t/badges-for-lifelong-learning
Even if you don't plan to apply, we value (and read!) every opinion we find online, and want to know what you think. If you do plan to apply, or just want to catch up with all this talk about badges, I've pasted a short version of the call for proposals below. (We are also hosting an informational webinar today, Tuesday, October 25 at 3pm EST.)
Tell us what you think about badges and learning, either here or over on the Badges group on HASTAC.org. We're listening!
-----Timeline for the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition has been extended. Stage One deadline is now November 14th at 5pm PST----
Full information at: http://www.dmlcompetition.netThe Fourth HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition is now accepting Stage One applications from institutions/organizations with compelling learning content for which a badge or set of badges would be useful for recognizing and making visible learning that takes place in a particular area or topic. Stage One applications are now due November 14th, see information below. This year’s Competition, held in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation, focuses on badges for lifelong learning and explores digital badges as a means to inspire learning, confirm accomplishment, and/or validate the acquisition of knowledge or skills.
If you are planning on submitting an application and have questions, please join us October 25th at 3pm EST for Digital Media and Learning Competition:Application and Process webinar during which we will be taking questions from applicants. You can register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/416674326.Awards will be made in two separate, but related competitions:
Badges Competition (three stages) (http://dmlcompetition.net/Competition/4/badges-competition-cfp.php)
Awards: $10,000 to $200,000
The Badges Competition is designed to encourage the creation of digital badges and badge systems that support, identify, recognize, measure, and account for new skills, competencies, knowledge, and achievements for 21st century learners wherever and whenever learning takes place. It is comprised of three stages, with finalists being chosen in Stages One and Two, and ultimately forming a collaborative team in Stage Three. It is this collaborative Stage Three proposal that is subject to award. Institutional/organizational applicants from outside of the United States are welcome to apply in any stage.
Stage One: Identify Badge Learning Content and Programs (http://dmlcompetition.net/Competition/4/badges-stage-1.php)
Deadline: November 14, 2011
Who should apply: Institutions/organizations/legal entities from any sector and of any size--from a small non-profit to a large corporation--with compelling learning content, activities, or programs for which a badge or set of badges would be useful for recognizing and making visible learning that takes place in a particular area or topic.
Stage Two: Badge Design and Technical Proposals (http://dmlcompetition.net/Competition/4/badges-stage-2.php)
Deadline: January 12, 2012
Who should apply: Organizations, teams, or individuals skilled in the design of badge systems and implementation of badge technology. These applicants will focus their designs on the content and programs proposed by either Stage One applicants or Digital Media and Learning Competition collaborators.
Stage Three: Match-making and Finals (http://dmlcompetition.net/Competition/4/badges-stage-3.php)
Stage 3 Meeting: February 28, 2012
No application needed--finalists from Stages One and Two will be selected to advance. Stage Three pairs Stage Two finalists with Stage One finalists and/or collaborators, to form comprehensive teams who will work together to finalize collaborative badge proposals.
Badges, Trophies, and Achievements:
Recognition and Accreditation for Informal and Interest-Driven Learning
5 awards, $5,000-80,000
Research Grant: $60,000; Workshop/Working Group funding, in addition: $20,000Doctoral Student Grants (2): $20,000Student Prize: $5,000Faculty Prize: $5,000
Deadline: November 28, 2011
Online networks, digital resources, and gaming environments provide rich opportunities for learning that is demand-driven and learner-centered. More and more people are turning to networked knowledge communities, online tutorials, and other digital resources for wide ranging learning needs. While learning is migrating to these more informal and non-institutionalized kinds of contexts, we still have little research that examines how people assess, recognize, and display the learning that happens in these settings. What are the emerging techniques and practices for managing reputation and recognizing learning? What are the broad historical and structural understandings of how accreditation operates in our changing social and cultural environment? What systems exist for recognizing learning outside of formal degree and training programs? How do credentials and other displays of achievement operate in the digital and networked world? What kinds of skills and experiences have not been well captured by existing credentialing and recognition systems? How is the landscape of credentialing changing (or not) with the shift to digital and networked society?
We seek empirical and theoretical research focusing on these questions. Studies should focus on areas such as:
Ranking, badging, and achievement systems in games, clubs, competitions, and other forms of interest-driven activities.
Accreditation and certificates outside of formal degree programs, including areas such as work skills training, language, writing and critical capabilities, arts, crafts, and other trades.
The role of credentials, badges, and other recognitions of achievement in career and reputation development.
Empirical, theoretical, and critical studies of how companies, groups, institutions, and individuals produce, utilize, and exploit various credentialing and reputation systems.
Informational WebinarsWe invite you to learn more about open badges and this Competition during a series of interactive webinars hosted by the Mozilla Foundation and the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media & Learning Competition.
For full webinar schedule visit http://www.dmlcompetition.net/Blog/2011/10/webinarinformational-sessions-sched...--------------------Additional Resourceshttp://hastac.org/groups/badges-lifelong-learninghttp://hastac.org/forums/have-questions-about-badgeshttp://openbadges.org/http://planet.openbadges.org/http://www.scoop.it/t/badges-for-lifelong-learning
Connect with the Digital Media and Learning Competition
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