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Distributed Education Manifesto (2013)

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Key Message: We need an open peer-to-peer network to connect the stakeholders (e.g. Bitcoin), create synergies from the dispersed resources (e.g. BOINC), and multiply the opportunities along the chain. We need the Open Source University of the future.

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Distributed Education Manifesto (2013)

  1. 1. Towards An Open Source Educational System Students' Role In The Context Of The Global Challenge Summer University Science Conference, Albena, 27/08/2013 Hristian Daskalov
  2. 2. • Tackling the Crisis Through Utilization of Applied Knowledge &Youth Energy, Von Mises Conference, Genova 2012 • Innovation In The Cooperation Between Business & Academia, TexWeb, Sofia 2012 • The Rise of the Freelance Politicians, Human Rights & Democracy, Dublin 2013 SOFIMUN 2013
  3. 3. Contents • The Global Change • The Educational System • The Open Source Concept • The Students’ Role Hristian Daskalov Summer University Science Conference, Albena, 27/08/2013
  4. 4. The Global Challenge Summer University Science Conference, Albena, 27/08/2013
  5. 5. Toffler believes that along with the transition to the “third wave”, this mass character will disappear from many aspects of our lives and will be replaced by more varied forms of communication, education and enjoyment, consistent with the unique desires of individuals.
  6. 6. The social transformation face us with a need for: a.) change management b.) crisis management
  7. 7. • The dimension that we have a significant increase in today is the ‘speed’ of the problems’ formation & development in the finance and economic sector, due to the quantitative accumulation processes taking place throughout the years and the need of rapid adaptation towards changes. 50 major banking crashes across Europe and the US are described dating back to 1618 (Kindleberger).
  8. 8. • Unfortunately, politicians are moving exactly in the opposite direction of what needs to be done in times of global transition – they are overregulating, creating fiscal disbalances, indebting the future generation that is to change the tendencies... • This not only ruins the financial system but also transfers the burden of consequences over such reckless behavior (through measures such as bailouts) to citizens themselves, leaving them with nothing but long-term problems to solve, in state of insolvency.
  9. 9. The Result of the lack of transformation and adaptation
  10. 10. The outcome: The raise of the „freelance politician“ as an alternative of establishment politics • Freelance politicians do not necessarily have self-interested political motives for participation in the conventional political and governmental model. They implement their public policies by the influence they exercise, using modern forms of social communication online, blogs, social platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and others.
  11. 11. The protest movement in Bulgaria expressed with great dose of offline creativity its thoughts on the present day political status quo, recreating a scene from the French Revolution from the times of radical social and political upheaval, when French society underwent an epic transformation, giving birth to modern-day liberal democracies. These and many more are scenes of a new political culture of active and creative participation.
  12. 12. Implications • The Global Change ▫ Learning to manage change is vital to avoid crisis and the governmental mismanagement following. ▫ The systems that are unwilling to adapt become turbulent and shaky. Eventually they become substituted by modern forms of organization (e.g. private & digital money vs. state-owned/central banking). Summer University Science Conference, Albena, 27/08/2013
  13. 13. The Educational System Summer University Science Conference, Albena, 27/08/2013
  14. 14. • The heritage of the industrial revolution is today still the leading form of social organisation in the world, even in areas which are to be progressive in their nature, such as education. Recommended reading: All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture, and Education tures.pdf • Lessons learned from the political system – outdated inst. systems are creating disturbance not complying with the needs of the environment, and eventually get substituted after a painful process of transition towards a new decentralized, more democratic organizational model.
  15. 15.  95% of employers “put a priority on hiring people with the intellectual and interpersonal skills that will help them contribute to innovation in the workplace”  93% of employers say that they are asking employees to “take on more responsibilities and to use a broader set of skills than in the past”  95% of employers say that “a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major”  91% of employers say that “the challenges their employees face are more complex than they were in the past.” Source: “It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success” (Hart Research Associates, 2013) What the system demands for?
  16. 16. Critical thinking/ analytical reasoning Ability to analyze/solve complex problems Effective oral communication Effective written communication Apply knowledge/skills to real-world settings Locate, organize, evaluate info from multiple sources Innovation/creativity Teamwork/collaboration in diverse group settings Ability to connect choices and actions to ethical decisions 64% 27% 9% 67% 22% 11% 71% 20% 9% 72% 19% 9% 78% 16% 6% 80% 12% 8% 80% 12% 8% 81% 13% 6% 82% 11% 7% “It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success” (Hart Research Associates, 2013) Put more emphasis than colleges have in the past Less emphasisThe same emphasis
  17. 17. The Growing Demand for Higher Order Skills Source: Council on Competitiveness, Competitiveness Index
  18. 18. The Open Source Concept Summer University Science Conference, Albena, 27/08/2013
  19. 19. • „Generally, open source refers to a program in which the source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design. • Open source code is typically created as a collaborative effort in which programmers improve upon the code and share the changes within the community.“
  20. 20. У «Специализрано образование и кадри за сектор „Облекло и текстил”. Комуникация между висшето образование и бизнеса. Очаквания, възможности, добри практики», Христиан Даскалов, 08.05.2012г. HEI Student Enterprise We need an open peer-to-peer network to connect the stakeholders (e.g. Bitcoin), create synergies from the disperssed resources (e.g. BOINC), and multipy the opportunities along the chain.
  21. 21. • Besides teaching and research, serving society is becoming a coherent domain of the university. • Transition towards fulfilling the third mission is called the second academic revolution (Etzkowitz, 2004) and active universities in that process are called entrepreneurial universities.
  22. 22. У Entrepreneurial HEIs Key competences Open Innovations Collaborative research + validation and verification Online & on-the-job learning + structured outcomes Internships and work placements + L&D portfolio/credentials wallet Innovation clusters Knowledge transfer Continuing education Regional specialization
  23. 23. The Students’ Role Summer University Science Conference, Albena, 27/08/2013
  24. 24.  Integrative and Applied Learning • Demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems  Intellectual and Practical Skills • Practiced extensively across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance  Knowledge of Human Cultures and the World • Focused on engagement with big questions, enduring and contemporary  Personal and Social Responsibility • Anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges LEAP initiative, AAC&U Academic Implications & Demands
  25. 25. Through the LEAP initiative, AAC&U has published research on a set of widely tested teaching and learning strategies and programs that—when done well—have substantial educational benefits. High Impact Practices First-Year Seminars and Experiences  Common Intellectual Experiences  Learning Communities  Writing-Intensive Courses  Collaborative Assignments and Projects  Undergraduate Research  Diversity/Global Learning  Service Learning, Community-Based Learning  Internships  Capstone Courses and Projects
  26. 26. Offline Experiences - Find a Friend @ NBU • FaF@NBU VOLUNTEER is someone who: • Acts as a resource and provides essential academic and non- academic information that will help first-year students become confident and well informed; • Is willing to be a part of a dynamic group of current students who seeks to create an atmosphere that minimizes anxiety and promotes positive attitude; • Contact new students through e-mail; • Organize personal (Face to face) meetings with first- year students; • Introduce students to all NBU services; • Introduce students to university activities, clubs and organizations; • Help students understand and prepare for academic and social demands of University life; • Help students develop a sense of community;
  27. 27. NASU Summer University • The “Summer University” is a social project aimed to create conditions for development of active dialogue between the student communities of the universities, through their participation in trainings, seminars, sports and cultural events, bringing them to work together to develop the mass student sports, education and intercultural values. • We aim by this project to promote the mass amateur sports among students and to attract more students actively involved in sports, culture and social activities in the universities. • The organizers are trying each year to modify and extend the agenda of the Summer University, involving various academic and creative workshops, training for teamwork, knowledge competitions and entertainment events .
  28. 28.  Most creative acts are generally unexpected and originate in the minds of people who are interacting with their environment.  Hence, maximizing data processing in students’ minds – encouraging them to be proactive provides positive conditions for creativity and eventually for achievement of positive outcome of the crisis.  In terms of constrains, as creativity loves restrictions, they become just an incentive in the fight to change the status quo.  Never the less, as everyone has the license to pursue dreams, the more we share on the daily challenges on the transition path - the better ideas come from everywhere, the more we inspire and the closer we get to the goal.  We need a decentralized system to store and keep track of these learnings in an open, scalable manner, i.e. an ‘Open Source University’. Main implications on the topic:
  29. 29. Thank you & All the best, Web: Mail: LinkedIn: Twitter: H_Daskalov