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Decentraland University #54

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katalin1974 opened this Issue Sep 30, 2017 · 46 comments

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katalin1974 commented Sep 30, 2017

Project Lead: Katalin A

Team: Katalin A, Kristzina C, James A

Goal: Create the definitive centre of education in Decentraland.

Category: Public

LAND Needed: 10 to start. But we would like to build a whole campus, and contributors can help achieve that quickly. Or revenue will allow us to build that campus over time.

Startup Costs: Very Low as we have development experience, and experiencing in creating learning content and creating virtual classrooms.

How will funds be raised: Both free and paid for courses will be available

How will contributors see a return value: Contributors can create buildings on campus, and deliver education content and services and charge Tuition fees.
We hope that contributors will be generous enough to deliver something for free - although it is not essential.

Decentraland University is going to be a centre of learning in VR.
The proposers have not far shy off a decade of experience in eLearning and virtual classroom training. One of the founders developed a Virtual Classroom Training platform that was used commercially to roll out training. We would like to channel this experience into creating a centre of learning in VR. And Decentraland seems like the perfect platform to make this happen.

Can start small and plan for growth.
We envisage starting small, and then expanding as we get a take up on our first batch of courses.
Of course we would be delighted if huge numbers of people want to join us. But we think it is more likely that a few individuals will join us and then we will work together to deliver education content to a much larger number of people in Decentraland.

A mix of free and paid for education.
We plan to do a mix of free courses and paid for courses. There will also be one off classes on a variety of subjects. We will invite subject matter experts to deliver live education, and we will also compile their expertise to product pre-canned training and interactive content.

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Development of a Virtual Classroom which will incorporate a variety of e-Learning functionality.
The proposers will develop a virtual classroom which could be integrated for free in other contributors LAND parcels that form the university campus. Later on, they may rent virtual classrooms to groups and individuals who do not hold LAND but wish to deliver training.

Collaboration
One of the unique opportunities with this project is to explore and engage with new types of collaboration and teamwork. Research into this area is one of the things that we think will be facilitated by the presence of DCL University.

Campus
We are not going to focus on any one particular kind of layout or style for the campus. We will wait and see how big it is, and discuss as a community the ideas we will have.
The proposers are definitely thinking more Starfleet Academy than Cambridge University in our aspirations for campus design. We had this concept drawing created to illustrate the sorts of imaginitive structures we could be dreaming up for Decentraland University:

dcl uni sky

The plan going fowards
Once we see what the take up is on this project we will start fleshing out how the community will work. But we believe even just as the core team, we can deliver a compelling array of educational content and services In VR and look forward to get cracking on creating an exciting platform of education in VR.

We've created this timeline to give you an idea of our plan for development. This is split into 2 streams as we will be creating the Virtual Classroom functionality in parallel to building out our Land Parcels and working with the community members who need our help to build theirs:

dcl university timeline 1

We are open to every aspect of this development, so if you think there should be extra steps in our development plan then please don't hesitate to get in touch. This is heavily evolving at this time and this timeline is likely to change as we identify additional opportunities and want to slot them into the running order.

Please join us. We are ambitious. You don't have to be a teacher/educator yourself to get involved in this.

We think this might be a killer application for Decentraland and get people using VR for something really meaningful in their lives.

Feel free to ask any questions below.

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imdying commented Oct 1, 2017

No one wants to sit in a chair in VR. what the hell. Classrooms are so 2017.

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katalin1974 commented Oct 1, 2017

@imdying Thanks for your comment. Think of the classroom image as the fragmentation of the classroom! We plan on publishing some more imagery in due course.

I agree with you that for many streams of learning, the classroom is yesterdays learning model and VR is the future. However, there will be people who want to deliver learning material in the context of a traditional lecture to a distributed audience and we believe being able to do that in a virtual auditorium or classroom is a great tool for learning. But there are a plethora of other ways people can learn at DCL University.
This project will support open e-learning standards, so as well as being on to draw on the wealth of learning material already out with within a VR setting, people will be able to develop whatever learning content they imagine and host it within a centre of learning in DCL and communicate with an external LMS (Learning Management System) as a first class citizen. The proposers will be delivering material through a variety of Learning mediums including tools to develop true VR based learning content.

The name virtual classroom might be a metaphor for the classroom, but nothing could be further from the truth. Virtual classrooms can be an amazing thing and bring channels of learning to places it couldn't otherwise reach.

best regards,
Katie

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QuillzLouis commented Oct 2, 2017

@katalin1974 @imdying I guess a good idea would be that there is a standard virtual classroom, then the teacher opens up interactive VR Experiences in Decentraland so yes they do sit down in a classroom, but that classroom also turns into the trenches in WW2/1

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saskiamueller commented Oct 2, 2017

I would like to join your Project.

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katalin1974 commented Oct 2, 2017

Hi @saskiamueller , We would love you to join us. We have a lot of ideas and would love to hear yours. I have just set up a slack channel. We'll get in touch in Slack....

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cjmoles commented Oct 4, 2017

Have you looked at the Matryx project? Maybe a collaboration?

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katalin1974 commented Oct 5, 2017

It looks like a really interesting project and especially in the research side of things it could be really great. One aspect of the university is out and out learning, teaching methods, examination and underpinning it with a learning management system to make it easy for educators to structure work into a curriculum and grade learners.
But the other aspect of it is the R&D and collaboration between learners and to that end Matryx does indeed look very interesting.

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Denis17DCL commented Oct 5, 2017

Like the idea. Just joined with 10 parcels.
Sure we will have more enthusiasts

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whalepanda92 commented Oct 5, 2017

Hi, I'm interested in this project. Is there a slack group I can join to learn more about this?

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HPrivakos commented Oct 5, 2017

Hey!
I like your idea, it can be fun to do MOOC in VR!
I'm member of the team of Aetherian, you can contact me on the chat (chat.decentraland.org) if you need help with your project =)

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Denis17DCL commented Oct 6, 2017

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katalin1974 commented Oct 6, 2017

@Denis17DCL Thank you and awesome to have you on board. Will be in touch soon with the details of the slack for the stakeholders in this project.

@HPrivakos MOOC in VR definitely sounds like a great thing to do in DCL Uni.... will definitely take you up on that and seek your thoughts/input/help....

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katalin1974 commented Oct 7, 2017

Hi @whalepanda92
Thank you for expressing your interest in this project. We do have a new slack channel which has been setup for this district. However we have only been using so far to communicate with an artist who is creating some concept art to make this page better visually.
If you would like to find out more information about what our plans are, I can send you an invite for that slack so we can discuss it there. How can we reach you? Are you on Decentraland chat/slack?
kind regards,
Katalin

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Denis17DCL commented Oct 7, 2017

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katalin1974 commented Oct 8, 2017

@whalepanda92 James has sent you a link. DCL have not yet approved me on the chat.decentraland.org and I was never able to make it onto the slack

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cfravel commented Oct 8, 2017

I have made my largest district pledge to the DCL Conference Center, but I would also like to pledge some lands to your University district as my second district pledge. Not sure how much, but at least 10 Lands. May I be invited to the Slack to participate more in the conversation? I'm in the DCL slack as carl.fravel.

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HPrivakos commented Oct 9, 2017

Please try to switch on the chat.decentraland.org, plan is to leave slack.
Everyone is registered on the chat if my memories are good, I can create you a public channel if you want it

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katalin1974 commented Oct 10, 2017

Hi @HPrivakos , thanks and yes it will be good to have a public channel. James is on there already and I can see I am now approved on chat.decentraland.org. If OK, one of us will let you know when it is a good time to create a public channel... Will DM you in chat v.soon

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yjj2017 commented Oct 12, 2017

Hi katalin1974, your idea sounds interesting. Anyway to have a chat on slack? My slack username is cy2017. Tks.

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cfravel commented Oct 13, 2017

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yjj2017 commented Oct 13, 2017

Hi @cfravel yes. I did left a message to Katalin the other day, but this is just my personal interest in her project. Unfortunately, she has not replied to me.

The community project I discussed with you is a separate one.

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katalin1974 commented Oct 13, 2017

Hi @yjj2017 , Apologies for not replying yesterday - was a super busy day - I did mean to get back to you asap. Alas I am not on the slack and they are not allowing new registrations, but James A (co-founder and learning 'techie') will ping you there.
I am 'Katalin' on rocket chat if you would like to talk to me. James is more focused on the tech side, I am more focused on the learning/organisational side - so you can take your pick :-)
best,
K

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yjj2017 commented Oct 13, 2017

Hi @katalin1974. Thanks for reaching out. Understand you guys have tight schedule and no worries at all. James has contacted me on slack. I have posted my questions to him. Let's keep in touch. Best of luck with the project. 😀

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Denis17DCL commented Oct 14, 2017

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katalin1974 commented Oct 14, 2017

hi @Denis17DCL
This is a topic we should discuss in the chat - but yes definitely a topic worth discussing. I think we can still use more land, but part of this depends on contributors.
I would definitely encourage anyone thinking of staking to do it sooner rather than later - while we come to a decision on this.

Btw.
Are we gonna limit the amount of land needed for the district ?

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D41214N commented Nov 5, 2017

upvoted

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bradyswenson commented Nov 6, 2017

Interested and following...

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dmconley commented Nov 12, 2017

Does anyone else feel like coursera and other online education options should be welcome guests/residents as well? they have the most influence on the likely visitors. I am in on some parcels here best wishes everyone.

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Paradigm-Aethyrs commented Dec 5, 2017

What levels of education are targeted here? I would like to utilize this for virtual hands on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Art, Literature and History at the primary and secondary school levels. Is that option on the table?

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shenjianing commented Dec 9, 2017

我希望在石器时代就能看到 大学的规划图 按学科进行分类 随便怎么样的 但是要合理

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rodrgabr commented Dec 10, 2017

Very interested in this project! I am currently working in higher education as an administrator. How can I get in contact with you to discuss future learning platforms, vision of university, etc?

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nharmon9 commented Dec 12, 2017

I would like to teach oceanography, I don't see a future in academia in its current manifestation, how can I help, I bought land and have python skills.

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michaelmendoza commented Dec 13, 2017

I teach computer science at University, and I would be interested in this project. I am also software developer, and can 3D model. How do I get involved?

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jamesashton commented Dec 14, 2017

@shenjianing @rodrgabr @nharmon9 @michaelmendoza @Paradigm-Aethyrs Thank you for your interest in the University district.
Please register at chat.decentraland.org and we have a channel there called #District_University and I will gladly answer and questions you might have.

In terms of getting involved, we have a slack group for those who have staked land for the university. If you have staked, contact me in rocket chat and I will send you an invite.

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Tonyrow commented Dec 15, 2017

Can i own a land in the district based on my contribution to run business? i believe that district is fine but idea is to have own property to rub business. I would like to have land based on contribution and run business as owner.

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Tonyrow commented Dec 20, 2017

@katalin1974 Hey! great to that that so many people contributed to the district. Katalin, as a contributor, i would like to run a own education program in the district to support innovative education in my home country. Please let me know how can i reach you for the discussion. thanks

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katalin1974 commented Dec 20, 2017

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greenriverneo commented Jan 19, 2018

Hello DLand U.

Have you seen this project yet?

https://www.bitdegree.org/en/token#top

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Denis17DCL commented Jan 19, 2018

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consiliera commented Mar 4, 2018

Hi, I'd love to join the project. I'm windfairy on decentraland chat.

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Dgilliams commented Oct 18, 2018

I get a 521 error that the server is down when trying to access chat.decentraland.org.
I believe in the future of education in VR and would like to help contribute. I hope yall post lots of 3d modeling and VR design bounties on gitcoin.

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cfravel commented Oct 18, 2018

Decentraland moved chats to Discord. The general Decentraland chat is https://discordapp.com/invite/9EcuFgC

The University discord is

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katalin1974 commented Oct 18, 2018

Hi @Dgilliams the University Discord invitation link is

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katalin1974 commented Oct 18, 2018

Hi @Dgilliams
Here is the Discord invite for the university: https://discord.gg/X8F4M7W

Hope to see you there!

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