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Any radical, international, distributed/federated free online universities exist?

If not, why not?

@neil I’m also interested in this question. It’s the great failure of MOOCs.

@neil Not sure what that would look like, but if they're not out there, I guess it has to do with supply and demand.

@neil isnt that called...
the internet? 😂

(Actually possibly somewhat seriously - I never really did academia, instead the internet is, in a somewhat haphazard fashion where i've done most of my studying & teaching)

@dazinism Ha, good shout! You know what, maybe it is. It could perhaps do with a more curated syllabus and a better system of mentoring. But then, maybe it works well enough as it is.

@neil @dazinism Or is it maybe the wiki federation?

Check out the 'site network diagram' and
'federation search' at the bottom on federated.wiki/federated-wiki-

First answer that pops into my mind is because it would be expensive. As a general rule, distributed/federated systems are less efficient than centralized systems because you can't leverage economies of scale as much.

@neil You'd have to stretch the meaning of "university" pretty far to give it those adjectives. A university can't be distributed because, apparently, all of the knowledge is concentrated in professors. That's why "learning environments" exist.

A distributed university would not have dedicated environments, and thus not have knowledge "concentrated" in a small number of people. Is this the idea?

The internet is a contender, but lacks a pervasive norm of inquiry.

@kdsch "university" as in coherent facilitator of higher education.

I was thinking distributed more as in geographically, not necessarily in knowledge of a subject. Also more from a technical infrastructure perspective - i.e. instances communicating with each other, not a centralised platform such as the existing MOOCs.

I am completely OK with subject-matter experts, mentoring others in a particular domain. Though with fluidity in that a professor in one area would be a student in another.

@neil
I do believe a "full" educational experience you could give a child that is completely lefty is one of the things the lacking that prevents more adoption of "free" society principles.

@neil @Gin @mayel IndieWeb.org community closest thing I have found to distributed learning space with zero leaders or structures or #ds106 which runs on traditional university campuses as well

@neil @Gin @mayel IIRC, many exiled Turkish academics have been doing these-or-similar, I think?

I'm pretty sure off-university.com is one of those (although it might be a different-but-related part of that broader movement)?

@neil

challenge #1 is making a distributed wiki software. challenge #2 is getting people to use the multiwiki. once you can share and organize information, you have *most* of what you need to run a class. of course, then you have *also* accreditation and other higher education bureaucracy to deal with if you want to hand out Walkaway U diplomas that mean anything outside of federation space.
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