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Jožef Stefan Institute
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Workshop on Co-creation of emerging trends in Academia

Date: 7th of November 2012
Place: Hotel Slon, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The idea

The main goal of this one day event is to clarify how emerging technologies based on machine learning, machine translation, text mining, semantic web, open access, academic video journals, free video libraries, open lecture capture systems, OER and more can change and help co-create emerging publishing, curriculum, designation, filtration, validation and research trends in Academia in Europe and in general.

Open data is all over – it’s documents, statistics, content, software and users on one side and it’s students, teachers, publishers on the other side. The producers and the produced. It’s also important to note that objects within the academic world increasingly have unique identifiers. For example articles and data-sets have DOIs,  researchers are tagged with ORCIDs.

Open is still a buzz word, but can we do something about it? Can we integrate it even more in the Academic reality? Can we influence on how Academia will look like in the future or will we follow and let selected global universities and companies to influence the shape of things to come?

New technologies offer universities and academic communities new solutions to old familiar problems. Higher education is trying to catch up with the changes of the digital age and the internet, and we would like to form a do-tank of participants to answer with solutions to the  problems of the academic economic reality.

Finally we will propose an agenda and a think tank on these approaches and technologies and future developments and introduce the idea of the “Internet of Education” conference in 2013 as the yearly flagship conference of Knowledge 4 All Foundation Ltd.


Jožef Stefan Institute
Knowledge 4 All Foundation
OpenCourseWare Consortium
Opencast Community



9:00 Registration
9:30 Emerging trends in technology applied to Academia and education in general
by Mitja Jermol (K4A Foundation board member, Center for Knowledge Transfer in IT, Jozef Stefan Institute)
10:15 The UNESCO Open Educational Resources (OER) Programme – challenging the 1,000 year old academic paradigm
by Abel Caine (Unesco Communication and Information Adviser)
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 What does it mean to be Open?
by Meena Hwang (Director of Communication and Community Outreach at OpenCourseWare Consortium)
12:00 Challenges when translating scientific documents
by Holger Schwenk (Full professor in Computer Science, Head of the statistical machine translation group at University of Le Mans)
12:45 Lunch (on your own)
13:30 Can Open Ever Be Too Open When It Comes to Education?
by Abraham B. Hsuan (Attorneys, Founding Partner at Irwin Hsuan LLP)
14:15 Beyond recorded lectures
by Dr Clive P L Young (Co-ordinator REC:all project – Recording and augmenting lectures for learning)
15:00 Coffee break
15:15 The future shape of video in academia
by Olaf A. Schulte (Head of Production and Distribution group Multimedia Services at ETH Zürich, chair of the Opencast board)
15:45 Debate: How to combine the presentations into changing the paradigm?
moderated by Mitja Jermol
17:30 Wrap up and “Internet of Education” conference agenda
moderated by Davor Orlic



Abel Caine – The UNESCO OER Programme provides a comprehensive range of services to Governments and education institutions to sustainably develop, use, and share OERs to achieve learning objectives. These services include policy development, institutional and individual capacity-building, technical advice on the set-up of complex repositories, establishing communities of practices, and organizing large events for sharing of best practices. OERs require a very challenging paradigm shift for teachers and learners. For teachers – OERs expose their best teaching materials for critique, copying, and refinement. For students – OERs eliminate the disadvantages of lack of local training and present huge opportunities to freely learn from the world’s best lecturers and possibly earn assessed credits. With many top-tier universities offering their courses as OERs, how are national universities meant to react?

Holger Schwenk – This presentation will describe our research to perform high quality automatic  translations of scientific texts.  We have developed a complete operational system which is closely integrated into the national archive of scientific  papers in France.  The user can deposit an PDF document in English or French and the systems automatically provides a translation into the opposite language.  The user has the opportunity to correct the translation with an interactive interface.  These user interactions are recorded and reintegrated into the system to improve the translation quality. We will describe in detail the underlying techniques to adapt a generic statistical machine translation system to the domain of scientific papers. We plan to make the extracted corpora freely available to support research on the translation of scientific texts.

Dr Clive P L Young – Although video and media have been used in education for many decades it has suddenly come mainstream though the growing use of institutional ‘lecture capture’ systems. More and more universities and colleges are recording their live lectures and then putting them online as a way to support both on and off campus students. There is now a significant sector investment in lecture capture systems, podcasts, multimedia lecture theatres, i-Tunes U and streaming services. As an increasingly core component of the virtual campus, video also enables better distance learning, marketing and is often the main component of important trends such as MOOCs and ‘flipped’ learning designs. Lecture capture is therefore rapidly evolving both technologically and conceptually. What was once seen as a passive recording method is now seen as an enabler of more participative and student-centred models and a way of extending the global reach of the academy. The session will explore these trends and relate them to the new academic models of lecture capture being mapped out by the Erasmus REC:all project (Recording and augmenting lectures for learning).

Abraham B. Hsuan – Large educational publishers and many in academia have recently shown how scared they can be of the transformative powers of “Open Data”-type thinking and the web in general.  Coming from a bias that education and the educational mission is helped by maximizing “open”ness, I will look at some recent examples of copyright and patent enforcements and the concerns about piracy, lowered standards, etc. to see what the publishers, academia and others have been doing to protect their interests and whether these actions complement or contradict the educational mission.

Olaf A. Schulte – There’s no doubt video has earned its place in teaching and learning throughout the last couple of years: Thousands and thousands of lecture recordings have been created at universities across the globe to reproduce the lecture hall experience and the best of them got their shapely presentation in iTunes U. However, the brilliance of exuberant video repositories has outshined the fact that online teaching and learning has evolved likewise and continues to evolve. It combines the early interactivity of computer-based training with the rich content of online courses and the amenities of recording lectures, screencast, and tutorials. In combination with live communication, assessments and credits, online courses are about to become the actual courses, not a reproduction of courses in situ.  Academic video therefore must adapt to meet the resulting requirements: Flexible and scalable, searchable and divisible, easy to produce, to distribute and to integrate, as a backbone to the more interactive learning elements, and as a visual aid for scientific texts. The talk aims at identifying the resulting challenges for the management of academic video.


Emerging Online publishing models – Knowledge 4 All Foundation Ltd.
Open video journals, Open VideoLectures.Net

Emerging Online educational technologies – Knowledge 4 All Foundation Ltd.
Reshaping Open data in education

Emerging Online technology transfer  – Opencast Matterhorn project
Open lecture capture systems

Emerging Online materials – OpenCourseWare Consortium
Open educational resources

Emerging Business models – Stakeholders
Added value and monetization of Open Access

Emerging Research in education – European Commission
Implementing emerging research results

Topics to be covered

The publishing cycle:  authors, pre-prints, submission, peer review, publication, talks and dissemination, filming dissemination, submission of publications into repositories, indexing in databases, creation of course material and usage for peers and students, results in tenure, dissemination and job creation.

Technical side: machine learning, machine translation, text mining, speech recognition, lecturecast systems

 Guests and Speakers

  • Mitja Jermol (Center for Knowledge Transfer in IT, Jozef Stefan Institute)
  • Marco Marsella (European Commission)
  • Meena Hwang (Director of Communication and Community Outreach at OpenCourseWare Consortium)
  • Olaf A. Schulte (Head of Production and Distribution group Multimedia Services at ETH Zürich and Project Manager at Opencast Matterhorn)
  • John Shawe-Taylor (Director K4A Foundation, Director of the Centre for Computational Statistics and Machine Learning at UCL)
  • Dr Clive P L Young (Coordinator of REC:ALL project, Learning Technology Advisor, Learning Technology Support Service at UCL, Coordinator IPon learning)
  • Abel Caine (Unesco Communication and Information Adviser)
  • Holger Schwenk (Head of the machine translation team, Full professor in Computer Science at Université du Maine)
  • Alfons Juan-Císcar (Coordinator of transLectures project, associate professor of computer science at UPVLC)
  • Abe Hsuan (Attorneys, Founding Partner at Irwin Hsuan LLP)
  • Dr. Visvanathan Ramesh (Siemens)
  • Marco Zennaro, Canessa Enrique, Carlo Fonda (UNESCO International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste)

Who should attend?

We’re expecting people from the publishing industry,researchers, open access users and especially those who are thinking about the next step in education on a large scale. We’re hoping that many others will join us, including those who are working toward using OER, implementing Matterhorn on their campus and are eager to explore new technologies.


Registration – closed!