X5GON is contributing to the upcoming report on the use of AI and frontier technologies for OER, together with UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector. The report is an initial scoping study trying to understand how similar technologies to X5GON can be suited to further the development and expansion of OER in achieving United Nations SDG 4.
We presented the project to an international audience at this year’s Mobile Learning Week at UNESCO. For this purpose we organised a workshop titled Using AI and OER data – convergence among OER platforms offers unprecedented opportunities. The presentation was met with enthusiastic feedback and the basic structure of the platform we developed seems to appeal institutions to make sense of their OER materials and create organic growth outside their repositories.
We attended the Concertation meeting in Brussels, with the objective to bring together projects to discuss and share, to learn from each other and to find synergies and possibilities for future collaborations. This Concertation meeting is a follow up of the one of previous year’s , and this time we were extremely happy to meet and welcome also new participants form recently launched projects.
300+ international speakers and project presenters were at the 2018 edition of Online Educa Berlin. Our role was to present X5GON as one of a handful of projects where machine learning is being used with Open Educational Resources. The panel was titled Algorithms, Analytics, AI and Personalisation, with our presentation title “X5GON Project on AI and OER Building a Netflix for Open Education” showcasing European science.
The X5GON project held its third meeting in Nantes, France and boosted a pre-meting workshop on new technologies for OER and open education. It presented talks on blockchains, hybrid social networks, inclusion, evaluation, curricula alignment, end-to-end communication, interoperability, and was a great intorductionto our agenda.
We have attended the World Summit AI which is currently the world’s leading and most important summit for the entire AI ecosystem from Enterprise to Big Tech, Startups, Investorsand Science.
The event presented talks from our colleagues Yoshua Bengio who has a portfolio of talks on our case study VideoLectures.Net, applied solutions for enterprise, to mind-boggling innovation, to heated discussions on AI ethics and AI4good.
A major underlying component of the World Summit AI was education, however not directly addressed by anyone in the room, the sustainability of machine learning experts is not defined at this point – we suggest to tackle it in 2019 and beyond with OER.
The X5GON project was present at the 2018 Open Education Global Conference, where the world meets to discuss how opening education helps achieve universal access, equity, innovation and opportunity in education. We presented the design of our platform and attracted the interest of the edtech participants, and our policy work on the UNESCO Recommendation in OER.
X5GON partners JSI and MIZS have been working with UNESCO Headquarters in preparing the UNESCO Recommendation in Open Educational Resources (OER). The draft was formunated with a group of open education experts from UNESCO, X5GON and other researchers and practitioners from all world regions. UNESCO now calls for advice and comments regarding the revision of the draft.
This Recommendation will be recognized globally in the 195 Member States of UNESCO and is created in order to help Member States to formulate and execute adequate policy frameworks also adressing the use of technologies in OER, to support international cooperation among researchers and encourage new entrants to OER. It builds on the Ljubljana OER Action Plan, a product of the 2nd World OER Congress where X5GON was co-hosting the satellite conference on Artificial Intelligence: Research, Technology and Business in OER.
Our project is at its core resaerch based, but it designs its technology roadmap in order to support this new educational policy which calls for new technologies in OER. Therefore we are inviting you to the online consultation process to contribute to the draft which is now open until 1 June 2018.
The 2nd meeting of the X5GON project took place from the 9th to 12th of April in Cumberland Lodge, near London. The consortium presented the work done in all workpackages as a team effort and hosted two of its advisory board members, TJ Bliss, Director of Development and Strategy at Wiki Education, and Pierre Dillenbourrg, Computer-Human Interaction Lab for Learning & Instruction at EPFL. Stay tuned!
The X5GON consortium presented its technology at the workshop “Implementing the Ljubljana OER Action Plan by building skills via OER-based Artificial Intelligence technologies” at the Mobile Learning Week 2018 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
The Mobile Learning Week is being organized in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for ICT, which jointly established the Broadband Commission with UNESCO.