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Tuesday, April 24 • 14:25 - 14:50
VideoLectures.Net: Bridging Open Education policy and the needs of the job market

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The state-of-the-art in business, technology, industry and scientific breakthroughs are disseminated through a rich network of numerous yearly global conferences. However, only a tiny fraction of the interested scientific community has access to this knowledge, which exacerbates both an intellectual and development gap among those talented individuals with and without access. VideoLectures.Net is making up-to-date knowledge available to everyone, regardless of their ability to attend expensive scientific events from all disciplines. This includes video recording the top scientific events world-wide, translating the content into major world languages (through automatic subtitling), and making the content available freely to anyone with an internet connection. With the repository of over 23,000 peer-reviewed lectures, collected from over 1000 events, and presented by over 15,000 authors, VideoLectures.Net generates every day attention of over 5000 unique visitors from academia and industry. This generates every day an average attention span equivalent to a conference with 2500 attendees.
Videos, enhanced by machine translations and transcriptions enable the overcoming of the language barrier and are making quality educational content available to everyone in many world languages.
The repository has been a use case in several projects, resulting in solutions to support the growth of Open Access and ensure it is sustainable in the long term and is recognized as a best practice case in a national initiative Opening up Slovenia, connecting stakeholders from many sectors in achieving the main goal, which is to follow as closely as possible and go beyond the European Commission’s communication “Opening up Education”.
The results of research, connected to Videolectures.Net, have affected national educational policies and are connecting open education to industry by providing users with content, relevant to the current needs of the job market in specific domains of science.


Mihajela Crnko

Jozef Stefan Institute

Tuesday April 24, 2018 14:25 - 14:50 CEST
Classroom 1