OpenSource University: The World’s Leading Decentralized Academic & Career Development Ledger
Crowdsale Starts: 4 June, 2018
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Meet the OS Uni team
An award-winning researcher*, author of the book “Stakeholder Management in Higher Education, Research & Innovation”. He is affiliated to the Brain Workshop Institute, serving as a stakeholder management expert with experience as a consultant to the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy on the National Research & Innovation Instrument for Smart Specialization (S3 Strategy) and the Operational Program for Smart Growth through Education & Science (OP NOIR), a 500-million euro public investment program.
Senior Software developer with 10+ years of experience. Co-founder of software consulting company IO Era. Open Source software advocate. Jordan has experience in organizing and leading academic courses and broader learning & development initiatives, such as hackathons, in an open and collaborative manner, leveraging community engagement and co-creation tools and techniques.
Ian Scarffe is a serial entrepreneur, investor and consultant with business experience from around the world. As a leading entrepreneur, Ian is on a personal mission to develop a culture of entrepreneurship, helping startups achieve their full potential as well as helping to expand existing companies. Ian has founded ‘Binkplus’, a startup incubator in Europe.
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OS.University Expert Evaluation:
Written by: Susan Toby
Work as an Advisor on two startups in the Blockchain space in Australia and represent an Israeli Genetics Blockchain company Asia/Pacific. I also co-founded a communications, marketing company in the USA and cofounded an Edtech startup for Africa. Working on another initiative at the moment also. Experience is helping startups, ICO’s with research, business strategy, connections, marketing, and more.
Product and problem it solves
7 out of 10
Open Source University is a one stop shop for employers, institutions and students. It could be seen as the glue that pulls online education into the 21st century by linking students with applicable courses via an algorithm that helps support their choice.
Courses from institutions worldwide (700 they state) with 60+ million MOOC learners will be integrated into their platform. I have as yet not determined how 60+ million MOOC students will be integrated other than assuming that students already doing, or having done these courses elsewhere, will be part of a database provided when courses go online at OS University.
Courses are currently being compiled and curated by academics, providing students with wide ranging choice and academia with wide ranging resources. Students on completion of the course will receive accreditation.
The blockchain will provide a secure ledger for students to access their credentials any time. Linking students and employers together provides students with real world employment opportunities and employers with a recruitment resource. Additionally employers will be able to provide ongoing support and training for their employees.
The online education world does not require face to face teaching, therefore lost work time becomes irrelevant as employees can do courses as required in their own time.
Market and competitors landscape
6 out of 10
It is well recognised by many institutions and employers that shorter courses, credentials and online education is the way of the future and many have already gone down the line of providing this.
Edx, Coursera are just two global online education portal that have joined with other institutions to provide a holistic approach. Though OS Uni seem to have substantial relationships with quality providers, corporations, media outlets and research centres in the ed marketplace, and have been working on this project for a number of years, I do not see a unique selling proposition other than the security, anonymity and possibly enhanced data they will acquire.
Many large organisations already have their own academies and offer their employees a range of qualifications for job enhancement. Students have wide ranging choice so there is no guarantee that they will have interest in OS. Additionally too much choice can be overwhelming and may cause the opposite reaction and detract students rather than attracting them.
Being the glue at the moment is a clever usage of linking students to academia, employers and credentials, leading to employment, professional development and bringing online education into the 21st century with substantial cost savings. It has been lacking in the past but I do believe that is not the case anymore as organisations are listening to their students and implementing relevant changes.
Technology, smart contract and blockchain use
7 out of 10
Using a DApp which connects users and providers directly, a series of smart contracts L2A, B2L, B2A will provide enhanced communication, increased trust, immutability and transparency between learner and academia, business and learner, and between learner and academia. This is something that has been lacking in the past.
Students picking career paths with the aid of an algorithm is novel, as this career advise is yet to be tested to see whether, what will be suggested will be useful to both students and inevitably employers. It gets rid of the career advisor position.
The GDPR has been considered in the development of the platform and thus the use of keys on the contracts will provide anonymity.
B2A access for business to a learning marketplace is nothing new as learning development personal in organisations already cherry pick courses they feel are required from a global resource of other institutions.
Technology provides security, validation and storage so community can return often to access credentials and so forth.
Many organisations heading along blockchain pathway for education.
Token use case and potential
6 out of 10
Total token supply 48M and hard cap 34,000 ETH which is fine and the EDU token has a lockup period that will prevent dump, so value of token should rise however because only a small percentage of funding allocated to marketing, user adoption may be slow or students may stay where they are.
Many institutions moving down the blockchain line and OS uni does not provide anything different. Students may prefer to remain where they are and where they feel a connection rather than such a massive one stop shop which will reduce the value of the EDU tokens uptake. The saving grace is that they will be first to market with a decentralised platform that may give them the edge.
If hype increases i can see adoption of token increasing but as it is I think its potential is average.
Team and ICO details
6 out of 10
Team appears very heavy on tech with 1 Ed Advisor in their white paper. Website shows no edtech Advisor.
Project lead did his PHd in educational blockchain research and though he cofounded ‘Open Science’ at a university it appears this is more research based. Others on team do training from an email received but nowhere does it show an actual educational training or teaching qualification or this information. If a team is working in this area they need to have more academia within the team.
Organisations that have ed services listed are good. White paper covers all relevant points.
Becoming the glue for education is no small feat and it will provide greater choice for all no matter where in the world, a user is located. They have done the research and determined a need, but I do not see anything unique about this project except that it is ahead of others in this field.
OS Uni has it appears good networks and the paper is well thought out strategically. As a one stop shop, with a decentralised platform, it will need to move fast to get this project up and going as competing against so many global institutions both academic and in house for businesses, it may just become another Khan academy but on the blockchain if it can’t prove its case to students.
6.4 out of 10