Seattle, WA 11/8/2017
At metaCAMPUS LLP, we believe that no one person or entity should be able to exert complete control over our National and the Global Academy’s transition toward the future “meta campus”, a future in which we believe in the possibility of real world learning and corporate learning experiences being valued as much if not more than those of structured academia.
metaCAMPUS LLP hopes to help bring about this transformation via the introduction of its own tokens or badges for digitally branding and validating learning experiences called “metaBADGES”.
While “metaBADGES” would serve as competency tokens on the metaCAMPUS Application Life-cycle Management Infrastructure, the concept of “badging” is not unique to metaCAMPUS, or its ALM Solutions.
We see the future World as being a place where metaBADGES co-mingle with competency tokens delivered by the Mozilla Open Badge Alliance and others in an environment akin to the block-chain marketplace. In many ways we already live in the world of learning validation recognition outside of the traditional four year degree. Technical markets and software development in particular have already begun to value practical experience and coding “dojo” certification over the likes of traditional adult & continuing education centers at community colleges and universities.
While we hope that “metaBADGES” will become the Bitcoin standard for competency validation, we fully expect that a world of “alt-BADGES” will continue to evolve around the primary innovation that metaCAMPUS seeks to offer this marketplace; and as more and more sectors of the educational community begin to implement badging technologies in order to validate learning experiences, metaCAMPUS hopes it can finally capitalize on its original vision and mission statement of bringing corporate, academic and technology stakeholders together in creating the “metamorphosis of academia”.
With the potential of a new era of global protectionism and ‘extreme’ vetting for immigrants to the United States on our near horizon, at least one thing needs to remain constant to keep the United States relevant in the arena of international business: a constant churn of young talent ready to join the labor force with job ready, hands-on, verifiable technical skills that global corporations demand.
If the US labor force can’t accomplish this domestically, corporations will continue to, as they have in the recent past, go off shore for technical talent to countries like India, China and Bulgaria where these technical skills like Object Oriented Programming, Web Development and Database Design, among others are still relatively cheap.
Our nation has two essential ways to remain globally competitive with regard to keeping the brains that make our economically and strategically vital infrastructure function:
1. Invest in and maintain a domestic pool of technically adept knowledge workers
2. Import a pool of technically adept knowledge workers from select trading partner nations
Without these people and these types of technical skills, vital functions of our economy like the internet could simply cease to function. It is imperative therefore, without a significant Federal investment in educational infrastructure into the college transfer and articulation process, for us to, at a minimum to review and improve upon the process for bringing these brains to the United States.
Today the H-1B program, put together by the Department of Labor, allows about 65,000 immigrants to enter the country each year as temporary workers. The incoming administration needs to expand H-1B program, not reduce it. The current lottery process does not insure that we are bringing in the best and brightest, just the luckiest. The administration also needs to insure that the technical infrastructure that supports the H-1B implements the latest technologies available for vetting the imported skills, and that there is indeed a ROI for the American public, that there is a path to citizenship in place for temporary workers, and that at least a majority of the money from high paying jobs that are facilitated via the H-1B are re-invested in the United States.
How does metaCAMPUS support a ‘to-be’ H-1B Visa Process?
Imagine a world that by 2020 facilitates the tracking and approval of accredited curriculum through a purely digital process. Institutions of higher learning in India, China, Bulgaria and the United States would be able to review student learning outcomes and curriculum outlines, where global brick and mortar and digital learners would be able to store and share, secure branded tokens of competency in particular skills sets. An undergraduate student or experienced engineer, would be able to release their branded, verified competencies to the US Department of Labor, allowing the number of annual H-1B Visa immigrants to jump from 65,000 to 650,000 by circumventing the archaic, paper burdened H-1B degree vetting process and credential verification.
Such a solution exists in concept today, and with your support we will be ready to demonstrate a working prototype by 2017. To find out more about how metaCAMPUS supports the H-1B via its unique system of metaBADGES email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below:
metaCAMPUS 2020 | VISION FOR A SUSTAINABLE GLOBAL CAMPUS
At metaCAMPUS our mission is to foster and develop partnerships that will create a lasting impact on the global labor force and knowledge transfer process in order to improve the quality of life around the world. Our goal is to fundamentally disrupt the foundations of our antiquated education infrastructure. We believe that global or “Massive” Open Access to Education is and will continue to be the key to solving global income inequality and the vehicle for the 99% to earn a living wage. We believe that through the technology we have today and through cooperation with key global partners, that by 2020 we can lay the foundations of the infrastructure for a truly global digital campus.
STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
We have seen more change to the classroom and lecture hall in the first four and ½ years of this decade than we have in the last thousand years combined. For the first time we have access to classroom performance metrics and predictive analytic solutions that offer a data driven insight to instructor performance, learning styles and different modalities of information from rich visual, auditory and interactive and how they impact student learning. We owe the opportunity of the next four and ½ years to the digital education pioneers of this decade. We would not have the opportunity that we do today if it weren’t for the shoulders of the giants that we have to stand on.
Classes called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) emerged within the last two years and emphasizes a collaborative community and connectivism between students, teachers, and administrators. MOOCs have become instrumental in the path towards worldwide access to education. The concept of MOOAs (Massive Open Online Administrations) could help cut costs in college systems by allowing administrators to manage faculty more efficiently and allow faculty structure to be reformed.
Visionary SaaS (Software as a service) companies such as Destiny Solutions and Governet deliver software that is centrally hosted on a cloud platform and have provided solutions for higher education organizations, credentialing systems and continuing education. With emphasis on cedentialing systems such as Credential.me and Khan Academy, the landscape of higher education is quickly evolving.
The US Department of Education Technology Plan 2010 highlights the need for creating more engaging learning experiences for all students. By connecting teachers so they can learn from one another, we can improve student achievement through new credentialing systems and assessments. Thanks to these pioneers, the ability for technology to transform education is within reach.
DIGITAL CREDENTIALING FOR A DIGITAL CENTURY
Our national discourse on higher education is commonly distilled into one of two major crises:
1. The Student Debt Bubble
2. Administrative Accountability for Federal Funding
These are both a result of a broken Title IV disbursement process and a lack of standardization of process, infrastructure and curriculum across state institutions. Further, until today there has been no commercially available digital process for assigning institutionally verified completion of learning objectives to student learning records, meaning that the process of transfer of prior learning credit or ‘assessment’ and the inherent accountability is left up to the devices of the student. Our vision for 2020 calls for a higher standard of accountability in this process to the other stakeholder groups involved.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
We call for a digital standard of accountability for faculty, staff, leaders and accreditors alike. Our vision calls for a nationally accepted process for digital credentialing and a marketplace for the exchange of digital student learning records, to be accessed by institutions, employers, and government groups. This “META CAMPUS” will be a global beacon for attracting international knowledge workers and grow our domestic skilled labor force in order to justify a ‘trained’ living wage.
LOCAL GOVERNANCE AND TECHNOLOGY
The vibrancy of our education system is a direct result of the 10th amendment which enumerated control of educational processes to the States, leading to local programs, flavor and independent governance and uniqueness of curriculum across 50 states. We challenge this nearly 300 year old model and call for CHANGE in order to pivot our national aim to the growing needs of a 21st century, digital and globally competitive workforce.
To learn more about us, our mission, vision and process please visit us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn or get ahold of us by writing personally to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Seattle, WA – 9/9/2014
metaCAMPUS, takes Disruptive Innovation to mean BIG things. Today we are pleased to announce the upcoming release of our second MOOA white paper, scheduled for October, 2016 titled:
“Standardization of Competency Management at the Middle of the Pyramid | metaCAMPUS as an H1-B INS Data Validation Solution”
For more information please contact our Director of Communications, Katherine Marin at katherinenmartin at metacampus.com
Also, if you haven’t seen our new website please go ahead and visit us at http://www.metacampus.com
metaCAMPUS Team | email@example.com
Seattle, WA – 11/25/2015
A new library can be found with metaCAMPUS application class stubs at the following GitHub repository: https://github.com/georgeartem/metacampuslibrary
Have a great holiday!
10/11/2015 Seattle, WA
metaCAMPUS is now an ‘open source’ project. You can check out the source code and contribute at:
Maybe a better word would be ‘crowd source’ since all contributions will be considered in kind. Happy Trails…
A new ASP.NET shell is up and running for the metaCAMPUS site.
All pages are now running using the .aspx extension and connected with a MS SQL database.
Soon fully functional logins for the admin and student sites will be added to the production website at http://www.metacampus.com.
Seattle, WA – After a long wait, the new front-end of metaCAMPUS is up and running. Check it out at http://www.metacampus.com
Seattle, WA – 8/22/2015
You can now find an early stage mock-up of our new website at:
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