SYNC is just like the Player and the Uploader one of the KOIOS tools. SYNC's goal is to create connections between education and practice.
This “synchronization” of various actors can take place in various ways, for example synchronizing jobs and talent. So the matching for internships, theses or other forms of practical assignments such as use cases, professional products or field assignments etc. Or the synchronization of knowledge through mutual exchange: not only search & match for guest lectures from field specialists, but also the joint development of education and the professional field in making courses or jointly validating educational quality such as joint assessments of field project. Not only connecting field & education, but also within educational and field institutes.
But isn't this already possible via the internet? What is this different now? Well… on the one hand, fully open accessible curriculum (player) and open networks (community chat & forums) connect very well. Most private environments in which entities currently act, such as the closed Blackboard or internal matching systems, don’t connect that well because of their semi-closed / siloed approach. We don’t want to replace these systems, better said: we want to build upon these strong foundations which often took many years of building and accumulating network / getting adjusted to. The goal of SYNC is to create an open connecting environment, so that these siloed systems are connected with each other via a neutral “interoperable layer”. Like a sort of iDeal that connects the different banking ledgers and processes, SYNC is also a connecting / "synchronizing" layer that connects the individual learning silos so that the outside world can partly access the systems as well. Of course, the owning parties themselves determine the degree of connection.
Next steps The coming period will be all about looking for the first correct connections. On the one hand, we connect the tool to the Ethereum blockchain, where you as a user have also created your unique study profile at the player. That way you see the competences and talents of students. A logical other connection is the connection to social media such as LinkedIn, in which learners keep their professional profile. That way you get a dynamic profile that keeps track of your skills and updating your socials, rather than a static one like a resume. We are currently in preliminary discussions with various partners such as the LOOFC, the Municipality of The Hague and the Dutch Blockchain & AI Coalition to see how we can match their offer to these profiles. Again just to be sure: we want SYNC to act as Digital Common, ie public and neutral, without barriers such as payment walls or mandatory login environments. The following also applies: logging in helps when you want to prove a reputation such as achieved study results or a reputation as a good work and learning environment provider. But what does this look like? Take a look at the front end of the tool itself. This prototype is also in continuous development and will be connected to the other tools in the coming months via, for example, the blockchain ID with which you also log in to the player. When opening SYNC you will immediately see the matching appear with the explanation below. Below you will find upcoming matching events in your area, unfortunately not yet able to test or improve due to the Corona measures. When you click on MY Profile, you can see the connections to your Public key as well as to your LinkedIn. We expect that several links will be added in the coming years, sometimes to open environments and sometimes to closed environments such as a DigiD that you really have to log in for. In that case you can best see SYNC as what Ideal does for the different banking systems. The user chooses whichever role he takes. Status 2020 As with most other tools, this tool is not yet live and we are working on the prototype in the background. We also expect to be able to test this tool as the first test environment in 2020. On the one hand to improve the tool, on the other hand to get a good overview of the new questions we encounter. While learning we learn more and we are always one step closer to a new Tinder. This time not for love couples based on photos, but for professional connections based on demonstrably achieved competence and reputations. Unforgeable thanks to blockchain technology, globally shareable thanks to the internet. A new Digital Common, available to everyone.