KMi Researchers accept Mozilla ‘Jetpack for Learning’ special award

March 14th 2010 saw the Mozilla Foundation’s “Jetpack for Learning Design Challenge” awards presented at the international South by South West interactive technology festival in Austin, Texas, USA. The international community of web learning project teams started work on Firefox prototypes in December 2009. The Jetpack for Learning Design Challenge sought international project ideas that could turn the open web into a rich social learning environment. The Jetpack SDK aims to help designers to build powerful Firefox add-ons and is part of Mozilla’s new Drumbeat initiative. In February, Mozilla announced that ten projects were selected as Design Challenge winners and invited to participate in a Mozilla Jetpack design camp. KMi was already a double winner in this work, as two of this international top ten were KMi Projects: MUPPLE-II and COHERE. Three of the top ten winning projects were also chosen for special awards: ClozeFox was selected as “best use case”; Expression Widgets was chosen as the “best web hack” and our own ROLE Mupple-II web recorder received the prize for “sharing knowledge with others”. The MUPPLE II system, which is now part of the EU ROLE project, implements an end-user friendly toolkit for learning environment design and best practice sharing. MUPPLE-II helps to record activities such as ‘getting to know each other’, share, and replay them. It combines the latest Web 2.0 semantic web technologies to enable personal and collaborative learning on the Web. Accepting the award on behalf of the KMi team in Texas, was Laurian Gridinoc. “Winning this Jetpack for Learning award is only the first of our of MUPPLE II milestones”, he joked. The MUPPLE-II implementation will be further developed as part of the Responsive and open learning environments ROLE, research work. In this EU FP7 funded research, ROLE will offer adaptivity and personalization in terms of content and navigation and the entire learning environment.

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KMi succeeds in Mozilla Competition

Two teams from KMi participated in the ‘Jetpack for Learning Design’ challenge run by the Mozilla Foundation to revolutionize learning. And two teams from KMi made their way through to the finals. MUPPLE-II implements an end-user friendly toolkit for learning environment design and best practice sharing. MUPPLE-II helps to record activities such as ‘getting to know each other’, share, and replay them. COHERE implements facilities to collaboratively annotate the web, semantically link the annotations, and engage the user in online scholarly discussion. The finals culminate in a design camp organised from March 10-12 by the Foundation in Austin, Texas, preceding the South by SouthWest Interactive (SXSWi) Conference. After 38 international teams were selected in the previous round, the jury now filtered out the ten most competitive ones to go, meet face-to-face on their expenses. The KMi teams guided by Simon Buckingham Shum and Fridolin Wild are sending their lead developers Michelle Bachler and Laurian Gridinoc as representatives to the finals of the competition. Jetpack is the recently released flagship of the Mozilla labs that explores new ways to extend and personalize the web. The ‘Jetpack for Learning Design’ challenge is organised by the Mozilla Foundation with support from the MacArthur Foundation.

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KMi straps its Jetpacks on

The Mozilla foundation announced the winners of the first round of the “Jetpack for Learning Design Challenge” and two teams from KMi won through to the second phase. Jetpack is one of the Mozilla Labs new flagship projects to explore new ways to extend and personalize the Web. Together with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation the Mozilla foundation started the Jetpack for Learning Design Challenge to revolutionize learning. The MUPPLE and the COHERE concepts of KMi competed with 38 teams from all over the world in this challenge. The excited Jetpack jury stated that the contributions of the winning teams were of exceptional quality. Both KMi teams are now entitled to a six-week Jetpack tutorial that combines presentations by experts on design/UX aspects and the technical background to Firefox add-ons. At the end of phase two the Jetpack for Learning team will again select the most promising concepts and invite up to ten eligible participants to a face-to-face Jetpack for Learning Design Camp that will take place just before SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas.

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