Faculty Cooperative

In today’s fast changing world, knowledge and skills are evolving quickly making it difficult for those in education to keep abreast of the latest developments and making it challenging to create teaching materials that are current and motivating to students. Universities were founded on the principle of sharing knowledge. By pooling knowledge and effort educators gain from a collective synergy which benefits educators and students alike. Currently, such sharing of knowledge and even resources is largely an informal process via publishing papers and harnessing personal relationships between academics. The “Faculty Cooperative” is a venture to create a means whereby academics can be both the owners and customers of the IPR they generate, thereby providing synergy to optimize the educational product for the market, provide an embedded sales team and offering a source of investment for academic enterprise. More information on this will be made available soon but, in the meantime, if you would like to read a paper that introduces these ideas then click on the following link; “An Entrepreneurship Model for Future Intelligent Educational Environments”. If you are interested in receiving more information, or being part of this faculty cooperative movement, leave your details on our contact page and we will get back to you when we are closer to our launch date (expected to be late 2012).

8 Responses to Faculty Cooperative

  • John Rayment says:

    I remember the days Universities used to collaborate, it would be nice to see some element of this returning, what opportunities are there out there?


  • Chris says:

    Yes, seems good to me as well. One very interesting opportunity I came across was when I attended a workshop called Creative Science. It seems to be a venture sponsored by Intel where academics collaborate in setting up a foundation to promote a multidisciplinary approach to designing future lifestyles, business and products. Seems like a neat project.

    I don’t know where the foundation website is (maybe its still to be set up) but the website of the workshop that discussed this is http://www.creative-science.org

  • Vic says:

    I’m one of the organisers of the Creative Science workshops that Chris has described and I can confirm that a foundation is being set up and that collaborators in all forms are welcome to join. You can get information from the web-site Chris gave (www.creative-science.org) or you can register your interest by emailing fc[at]creative-science[dot]org.

    Another opportunity I’m involved in, and that is open to academics, is a new educational technology company called 42 that is introducing a novel line of electronic and computing products to teach embedded-computing, pervasive computing, intelligent environments, the Internet of Things etc. The initial products are based on ARM processors but can operate with various processors. The company employees an open source philosophy and academics are welcomed as investing shareholders (or, of course, customers). More details can be found at http://www.fortito.com but the company will not formally be launched until October 2011. In the meantime, anyone can get more information on the products from http://dces.essex.ac.uk/Research/iieg/papers/FortiToiC2011.pdf or register their interest by emailing fc[at]fortito.com

  • Bob Denton says:

    I was prompted to comment here so that I might introduce a very new computer science resource – http://www.thepcpioneers.com/
    - but specifically because we are seeking moderators and editors who will collaborate with us to make sure the resource can become ever broader and better.
    If you are willing to assist in moderating and shaping the material on a particular aspect of computer science then please visit the site and let us know your thoughts through http://wikipcpedia.com/call-for-moderators-and-editors/

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