Image courtesy of Charles Severance.
University of Michigan School of Information Professor Charles Severance presented “CloudSocial: A New Approach to Enabling Open Content for Broad Reuse” at the Connexions Conference hosted by Rice University in Houston, TX. Severance’s talk described a socially enhanced learning system
that allows learners to move among any web-based resources and have their learning environment and co-learners move with them. CloudSocial enables web-accessible learning content to be used by a wide variety of formal and informal learning environments without requiring the information to be copied into each of the learning environments. Instead, the learning systems integrate themselves into the content. As Severance explained, “This will allow dramatic increases in the accessibility, flexibility and interactivity of most all web content, but especially of open content, no matter what its format.” Severance added, “CloudSocial can enable easier integration of open content into a wider variety of teaching and learning contexts, potentially increasing the use and value of open content.”
CloudSocial is currently under development by the University of Michigan and is supported by the University of Michigan Medical School, the School of Information, and the open.umich.edu project. Key collaborators include Professor Joseph Hardin, School of Information; Dr. Joseph Fantone, Associate Dean at the Medical School; and Ted Hanss, Director for the Office of Enabling Technologies at the Medical School.