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From Ian Boston <>
Subject Re: Keynote idea: Revolutionizing Education
Date Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:44:22 GMT
I wonder if one of the leading lights in the MOOC[1] world could be
persuaded to give a keynote. Most lecture for a living so are good at
entertaining and I know some of the initiatives wouldn't exist without

Examples of orgs:  (now merging with edX, but some of the
founders might be interesting)

Dan Clancy, Director of Research @ Google might be willing to key note
in this area.

I dont know any of these people personally, but I suspect any platform
on which to speak may interest them.

Best Regards


On 14 January 2014 17:30, Alexei Fedotov <> wrote:
> I'm involved in different local educational initiatives. I have read
> through Amdatu main concept on the web site and may humbly notice that
> teachers / educational gurus rarely consider modularity as a main
> requirement for digital education. I wonder if there is some data on
> Amdatu reception in Netherlands.
> On 1/14/14, Marcel Offermans <> wrote:
>> I would like to propose another idea for a keynote at ApacheCon, given by
>> Jurriaan Souer who works at PulseOn:
>> PulseOn is a cloud based web application, built on open source technologies,
>> many of which originating from Apache, that provides students with a
>> personalized, lifelong learning environment. The project was started a
>> couple of years ago with the goal to change the way we educate our children.
>> The school system in The Netherlands, like in many other countries in the
>> world, has not changed significantly over the last century. Children still
>> go through a system that focusses on standard text books and a fixed
>> curriculum. Personal learning styles and preferences are ignored, which
>> means that we are teaching everybody in a sub-optimal way.
>> With PulseOn we provide a digital environment that leverages current
>> technologies and tracks each student individually, providing them with
>> content that suits their learning style and personal goals. That means that
>> basically, instead of providing standard books, we chop those up into small
>> pieces of content that are assembled dynamically based on the profile of the
>> individual. Furthermore, the system also contains formal and informal tests,
>> that provide us with a good insight into how well the student understands
>> the various pieces of information. The end result is a system with which
>> they can learn more quickly and more efficiently.
>> Our mission is to maximize human potential through personalized learning,
>> worldwide because we believe that education is the foundation on which
>> society is built. With PulseOn we believe we can contribute to a better
>> world, allowing each learner to become what they are and can be.
>> The PulseOn platform builds on several key Apache technologies, including
>> Apache Felix to create a modular back-end, Apache Wink for REST support,
>> Apache CXF and ServiceMix to connect to other enterprise applications,
>> Apache ACE for dynamic provisioning of the platform in the cloud and Apache
>> Commons for various utilities. These open source technologies have all been
>> consolidated in an open source platform called Amdatu.
>> The keynote is not technical, but instead focusses on how this platform
>> helps improve the way we teach our children. As such I think it's an
>> excellent example of how open source improves our daily lives.
>> Jurriaan is a Product Manager at PulseOn. He has 15 years of experience in
>> online product development, management, marketing and sales engineering and
>> a Ph.D. in Computing and Information Sciences.
>> WDYT?
>> Greetings, Marcel
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