Proposal “Dash-Academy“ (Active)Back

Title:Dash Academy (DashAcademy.com)
Owner:Steve1047
Monthly amount: 41 DASH (24991 USD)
Completed payments: no payments occurred yet (3 month remaining)
Payment start/end: 2018-02-17 / 2018-05-17 (added on 2018-02-09)
Final voting deadline: in 6 days
Votes: 441 Yes / 76 No / 25 Abstain
Will be funded: No. This proposal needs additional 104 Yes votes to become funded.
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Proposal description


Here's our proposal for Dash Academy.  We welcome any and all comments, suggestions and questions. Thanks!

Links:
Proposal Details: DashAcademy.com (repeat of this proposal content)
Sample Course: https://tinyurl.com/DashAcademy
Video Overview: https://vimeo.com/lawfirmelearning/review/253549591/4b2ad6528d
About Steve: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevegluckman/
Pre-Proposal Discussion: https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/pre-proposal-dash-academy-dashacademy-com.28471/



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Discussion: Should we fund this proposal?

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0 points,16 hours ago
Definitely a good idea!
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0 points,2 days ago
If you want to offer multi-language support in future, please let me know. The Dash Embassy D-A-CH Team would be happy to support you with german content.
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0 points,2 days ago
Excellent @essra. Would love to connect.
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0 points,2 days ago
Interesting project. If the source files to make these courses for this project can be made available to the DASH community as a whole I think this project would have considerably more value than if they are not. The reason is that the content could be adapted, translated and other derivative works created. Other DASH projects could used these as the basis for training their audience on what DASH is and how to use it.

If you could find a way to provide the source files and the DASH community members are free to modify, edit, change, translate, and create derivative works then this is a project of even higher value. This content could be e.g. translated into Spanish and hosted on the DASH HELP VENEZUELA support website as an example. This would save DASH project time creating their own training materials, they would just need to adapt existing work such as this.

We could even raise budget proposals to have this content translated into many other languages. At the moment the DASH training materials are primarily in English and this will have to change if DASH wishes to be established as a truly global currency. In order to do that we need access to the source files.

One of the functions of DASH is a store of value for people's hard earned money. They need to feel confidence in the product. High quality training materials creates that confidence as opposed to a low cost budget Youtube DIY presentation. We need premium quality content like this to establish that confidence. Quality costs time, money and the right expertise. It is worth paying for if the quality is delivered and we have full access to all rights to the materials plus the source files.

We should perhaps start thinking more about how the different DASH projects can complement each other and how materials and services supplied in one project can be transferred and used in another project - provided that the license on the materials allows for this. This creates a powerful leveraging affect.

DASH could consider establishing a license agreement that will be used for all DASH funded created content to ensure that those materials are made available through a central repository e.g. GitHub for anyone to download and use and can be used by anyone for anyone.

Once quality content is made open source with the appropriate license agreement materials like this can be adapted for a multitude of different situations leading to a viral effect. What started out as some base course could become hundreds if not thousands of different derivatives which can be used in a wide variety of DASH promotional applications.

I would like to give my vote if you could first perhaps go some way to answering these questions:

What will be the license under which these materials will be released?
Will the source files be freely available on Github for anyone to download adapt, translate and distribute both for commercial and non commercial purposes without any obligations on part of the user of the materials other than ensuring certain quality standards are maintained.

If the DASH logo is present in the training there may be some license requirements in that respect on how these materials may be used? Fernando Gutierrez may know some of these answers.

DeepBlue
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0 points,2 days ago
Hi @DeepBlue.

I agree and believe it imperative that these resources (execuatables and source materials) be made available for use across the DASH ecosystem and community. To that end, we will provide DASH with full ownership, right, title, and interest in and to the developed elearning courses addressed under this proposal – including all executables, source files, graphic treatments and other similar assets. We will also grant a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, fully paid, royalty-free, worldwide license to reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly display, publicly perform, and use such resources, with the right to sublicense each and every such right.

To support and encourage reusability, we could break these learning resources down into even smaller reusable learning objects (RLOs) in future phases so that they can be more easily leveraged and merged into additional courses, marketing materials, and other similar products.

I would need to consult with the appropriate members of the Dash community to determine how best to make the above-referenced resources and assets available to interested parties. But, again, I agree that this is a critical component of this initiative.

Prior to any development leveraging the DASH logo or other related branding elements, a discussion with Fernando would definitely be of interest to make sure we are representing the brand correctly - and to ensure we are addressing licensing appropriately.

Happy to discuss more if you'd like. Hope to have your support.
Steve
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0 points,8 hours ago
We need Quality training material like this. You have my votes.
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0 points,7 days ago
Just talked to Steve this morning...Dash Proposals In Detail interview coming soon!
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0 points,6 days ago
Thanks for the proposal interview @craigmason. Look forward to seeing it on YouTube. You're creating a great resource for the community. Keep it up!
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1 point,8 days ago
You got my support
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0 points,8 days ago
Much appreciated @qwizzie! Thanks for reviewing and voting.
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1 point,8 days ago
It is a bit expensive for only 3 courses but I like it, looks to be very professionally executed.

Hopefully it works out as envisioned and we can add more courses in the future as planned. Voting yes for phase 1. Dash can afford this!
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0 points,8 days ago
Thanks @Mastermined. Glad you like the look of the sample course. This initial phase includes the development of three on-demand courses with available captioning in Chinese and Korean - plus the development of the initial Dash Academy learning platform and site. Our goal is to go above-and-beyond on this initial phase so that the Dash community is eager to see more courses created in follow-on phases. Thanks again for the review and support! -
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2 points,10 days ago
The sample course reminds me of the HR courses I used to be required to take when I was an employee of a big company.... and that is good: VERY PROFESSIONAL. I may run through the whole course! Voting YES. Thanks.
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0 points,10 days ago
Great! Thanks ec1warc1. Glad you like the sample course. Appreciate the comment and the support.
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1 point,10 days ago
I would like to vote on this project but first could you state who will be the copyright owner of the training materials you create using DASH funds?

What will the license agreement for the materials you create using our funds? This is important to know how we can use the training materials and the source files used to create your training so that other DASH projects can adapt / modify/ change or create variations of your DASH training if required. How will this managed and who will be granted access to the source materials you create using DASH funds e.g. will your source files be made available for download for anyone within the DASH community to download and modify as they wish? If so how will these downloads be made available?
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0 points,10 days ago
Thanks DeepBlue. Really good question here. All developed courses including the supporting assets and source files will belong to the Dash community. We will claim no right to these developed courses and will not attempt to resell or repurpose these assets. I defer to the community regarding the best way to make these files available to interested parties. Perhaps they can be added the Dash Pay Wiki (Official Documentation) site. Thoughts welcome.
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3 points,13 days ago
Reasonable budget, seems like a very high quality production, but as with a lot of proposals this cycle, because the Evolution release is looming on the horizon later this year, a lot of things will probably have to be updated/redone to reflect the completely new way in which potential Dash users interface with Dash. Also, the average user of Dash--assuming we obtain widespread adoption and use, as is our goal--probably won't care about and may be put off by highly technical terms and information. While I recognize that some may benefit from this information and actually want to fully understand how and why everything works in an easily digestible way, the goal of where Dash is headed with Evolution seems to be to obfuscate the technical side of things and dress it up with a more familiar, simplified user experience that will be easy for people of all backgrounds to access.

So, I am voting yes because you've already got a lot going for you (and us) here, but I think the focus and the primary content the user first reaches and has access to should be practical in nature, on how to use and integrate with the Dash ecosystem, and that more technical/background information should be secondary, and of course noting the new content that will have to be produced once Evolution and other future updates roll out.
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0 points,12 days ago
Hi Arthyron. I realize I responded to your second question but not your first. I agree completely that the focus (at least for a while) should be on practical and actionable content for users that will promote an understanding of Dash, its benefits and how it can be leveraged - all with the goal of driving use and adoption. As for the Evolution release, I think that a digestible overview of what that would entail (even before Evolution release) would be of significant benefit. Thanks again for the thoughtful comments. I think you and I are on the same page here.
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1 point,13 days ago
I will note that I'm somewhat concerned about the use of Flash as a primary tool as it's largely being phased out across most platforms. I realize that's just a mock-up, but I suppose what I'm asking is what are you doing to keep the design and technology you implement up-to-date within the scope of your project?
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0 points,13 days ago
I agree completely Arthyron. We actually publish our developed on-demand courses in flash and HTML5. When launched, we ping the browser to see if they have a current flash player installed. If they do, we launch the flash version. If they don't we launch the HTML5 version. We also use a 'responsive design' approach that provides for a consistent learning experiences across devices and platforms. Hope that makes sense. Thanks for the input.
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0 points,6 days ago
Thanks for your explanation and clarification, makes sense to me, glad you're thinking forward to upcoming changes and developments not only in Dash but technology in general.
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-6 points,12 days ago
No escrow = voting no.
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7 points,11 days ago
@dashed - You have posted the exact same thing on several proposals. There were pre-proposals posted on this proposal and each of the others and you said NOTHING about escrow during that time. Pre-proposal is the time to speak up about this. Instead, you choose to ambush numerous proposals with your escrow demand. I am sure you also realize that a proposer has to start over and loses the 5 Dash posted and has to put up 5 more Dash to change a proposal to an escrowed proposal, that is why it doesn't happen. Your ambush predator strategy is very effective at damaging and/or killing proposals and seems to be organized to do exactly that. It seems like you might have some financial gain in the escrow process. You and another "hack" on these threads are doing your best to push down what appear to be otherwise good and well designed proposals by obvious professionals. You are a one trick pony, and your ambushing of proposals is now what you are now known for. Fellow MNOs, don't fall for this FUD.
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0 points,12 days ago
Understood. We asked a few people about this during the pre-proposal stage and the general consensus was that due to the fact that we are starting small enough and using this initial 3 months as a proof-of-concept for a larger initiative, this wasn't critical. I don't expect everyone to agree about this and I get where you're coming from. Thanks for reviewing the proposal.
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-2 points,12 days ago
You could just contact Core and get escrow for this.
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4 points,10 days ago
@steve1047 and MNOs..... if you look through all the unfunded proposals, @dashed and @Realmrhack have posted the same demand for escrow on many of them. It is pretty clear that they only care about one thing, escrows. We think it is likely that they either have an interest in an escrow company or are paid shills thereof. They are looking out for their own interests and do not appear at all interested in advancing Dash or your proposal. Several of us are calling them out for what they are and will continue to do so, so long as they continue to attempt to force escrows (even to the point where one of them said they were "mandatory"). We are encouraging proposers to not respond to them and let us call them out when they post their FUD.
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0 points,13 hours ago
Thank you for pointing this out. I also don't regard escrow as crucial for this proposal.
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2 points,13 days ago
Worth a try.. especially since we have a large educational gap..

Would the content be available in english and Chinese only?

Or is there plans for spanish?
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1 point,13 days ago
Thanks Realmrhack! Yes. For this initial phase, we will create the courses (the UI, on-screen text and narration) in English with optional subtitles in Simplified Chinese and Korean. In later phases we can include additional language subtitle support to include Japanese, French, Russian and Spanish, among others. We may also consider proposing the creation of full additional language course versions (that is, beyond subtitles addressing all on-screen text, UI elements and narration). Please note that we do NOT use online tools like Google Translate for elearning content translation but rather have translation partner relationships in place to accomplish for just about any language required.

Do you think English, Chinese and Korean are the best languages to start with in this initial phase?

Thanks for the question!
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0 points,13 days ago
Absolutely! You have my support!!
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0 points,13 days ago
I like it, assuming these courses are free for anyone to use. I would say a bespoke Spanish version would be necessary, especially with massive demand from Venezuela and our major investments there, already. Get on Discord at dashchat.org and contact 'alejandroe' for translation. He is doing the 'Dash Help' proposal.
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0 points,13 days ago
Thanks! Yes. These courses will be completely free and open to anyone. Got it re: Spanish version. Wondering if you (and others) think we should revise out initial plan to address Spanish instead of - or in addition to - the Simplified Chinese and Korean we were planning to address in this initial phase. Thanks again.
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1 point,13 days ago
I think this is needed and the proposal is well done and seems professional. You have my YES vote.
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0 points,13 days ago
Thanks viamontelane. Much appreciated.
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