With the title “Advanced Methods and Tools for Web-based Education”, this event at the OCWC Global conference brought together students, researchers and other professionals from diverse technological, social and educational backgrounds to understand the ways in which new technologies are shaping the future of education. Organised by FP7 projects such as transLectures, Xlike and Mediamixer, this one-day event was held immediately prior to the main conference in Bali, Indonesia and was by all means very successful.
The lecture room was completely full hosting 27 attendees from 1) APTIKOM, an association of colleges and universities in Indonesia that offer educational programs in computing, information systems and technology – out of 2,750 higher education institutions in the country, approximately 750 of them are the members of APTIKOM, with a collective student body of 600,000 people – 2) the OpenCourseWare Consortium, 3) the Ministry of Communication and Informatics of Indonesia, and 4) the Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia. The speakers were Marko Grobelnik (JSI), Mitja Jermol (JSI) and Colin de la Higuera (Uni. Nantes).
Since the workshop was directed towards showing the participants an overview of the European state-of-the-art on new-media solutions, the workshop presented 1) short introduction to machine learning, machine translation language technologies, 2) an introduction to advanced large scale data analytics (big data), 3) language-agnostic cross-lingual services, and 4) technologies to monitor and aggregate knowledge that is currently spread across different domain collections, and granular level media fragment re-purposing and re-mixing that may be pertinent to setting up an e-learning or open education project.
Mediamixer fits into this workshop scenario by providing a community that can help these practitioners that are opening up to online educational videos, thereby expanding the consumer base of any given video for sharing and re-purposing. One of the main facilitator being the exponential growth of Internet access in Indonesia with 25% penetration and 80 million users – all high consumers of digital online content,mostly via smart devices. This uptake is also present and visible in the audio-visual market.
The videos, presentations and follow up news to the workshop will be posted on the Knowledge 4 All Foundation Ltd. website (http://www.k4all.org/?q=node/1093) for further consumption.