Knowledgine FAQ

This FAQ provides answers to basic questions about Knowledgine.
Download our white paper for more technical information. Last updated March 18, 2019

General

What is Knowledgine?
Who is Knowledgine for?
How is it different from online courses and MOOCS?
How old is Knowledgine?
What devices does it support?
Who are the people behind Knowledgine?

Knowledgine Basics

What king of content can I find on Knowledgine?
What are tags?
What are playlists?
What are profiles?
Search

Professors & Universities

Professor Studio
How do I record and upload lectures and talks?
Lecture Transcription
Who owns my Intellectual Property?
Are there any educational pricing or discounts?

Media

Supported Formats

General Questions

Q: What is Knowledgine?

The Knowledgine platform is an end-to-end pipeline that solves the problems around lecture capture, organization, and distribution. We use automation, machine learning (ML), and crowdsourcing, to ingest raw, unstructured professor speech and deliver ready-to-consume packets of knowledge to learners globally.

Q: Who is Knowledgine for?

Knowledgine is for academics and learners alike. Professors record their lectures, classes, and talks and share them with learners across the world. We've built Knowledgine as a dynamic knowledge ecosystem where many diffrent parties can come together and contribute to the curation and distribution of knowledge. Whether you are a professor, student, non-profit, corporation, or life-long learner, Knowledgine is a place where you can learn about the topics that matter to you most.

Q: How is it different from online courses and MOOCS?

Unlike online courses that are designed to be completed in a step-by-step manner, Knowledgine provides users with knowledge taken from courses and lectures. Although we do have complete courses on Knowledgine, we envision most of our users using Knowledgine as a resource to understand and explore nuanced topics with various expert perspectives.

Q: How old is Knowledgine?

Knowledgine was formally founded in April of 2018. although we've been working on the idea since 2016.

Q: What devices does it support?

Currently Knowledgine works with most mainstream web browsers. It is compatible with the current versions of Google Chrome and Apple Safari.

On Android devices, users can download our Progress Web App (PWA) while in the SoundU application. This allows users to interact with SoundU as they would any other app.

Native mobile apps are high on our to-do list.

Q: Who are the people behind Knowledgine?

Christian Balevski and Matthew Rodriguez are the two cofounders of Knowledgine. Christian, as a self-taught developer, built the MVP in 2017 before bringing Matthew on-board. Matthew has been responsible for front-end development and dev operations. Along with our founding team, we have an extended team of advisors, academics, business developers and designers all working toward the mission of democratizing educational leadership.

Knowledgine Basics

Q: What king of content can I find on Knowledgine?

Knowledgine is a rich knowledge ecosystem where you can find full lectures and courses as well as lecture transcripts, tags, playlists, and profiles.

Q: What are tags?

Simply put, tags are labels attached to clips within lectures and talks. They are the core feature that allow users to contribute to the organization and identification of valuable information within lectures. Each tag is comprised of a title, a start time, an end time, and a parent lecture. Upon tag creation, whether it be by student or professor, other users will be able to access the tag. When a tag is clicked, the lecture begins playing at the specified start time, and will optionally skip to the next tag once the end time is reached.

Although this system can be supplemented through the use of automation technology, Knowledgine believes in the importance of user contribution. Tags are not just indexed words, topics, or definitions but they are an expression of creative freedom for our users. Users index pieces of information that are useful to themselves, with labels that make the most sense to themselves. Consequently, the same piece of information may be redundantly tagged under different labels. It's not just a system for finding definitions; it’s a system with human contribution, for human interaction and connection.

Knowledgine removes inappropriate tags, as in accordance with our Terms of Service section 9, ​Content Standards.​9​ Furthermore, we are actively designing and developing a rating system that incentivizes the creation of high-quality, high-accuracy tags.

Tags are knowledge primitives — abstracted and decoupled from their parent lecture — they are use-agnostic and become the building blocks for further educational products.

Q: What are playlists?

Playlists represent the first level of educational products that can be constructed with tags; a playlist is a collection of tags organized around a specific theme. Seen as an artistic form of creative curation for users, playlists effectively become micro-courses built on academic content. This novel system complements traditional learning techniques, while encouraging new content and professor discovery. Playlists can range from pragmatic applications in entrepreneurship to exploratory applications such as “Top Psychology Professor Tags of State U”. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating playlists; we envision a range of parties, from students, to small businesses, to working professionals, all utilizing and benefiting from them.

Playlists are searchable and shareable, allowing users on the platform to find and follow expertly crafted micro-courses on the subjects that matter to them most.

Q: What are profiles?

Profiles are the next level of educational products that can be assembled through the use of tags. At a high level, profiles can be collections of tags, playlists, lectures, and courses all organized by the owner of the profile. A student who is interested in creating a biotech startup can curate playlists on both biotech and entrepreneurship. Other students who may also be interested in such a combination can follow that student (similar to other social media platforms) to continue learning.

Profiles can also represent non-profit organizations, societies, and institutions, encouraging content curation and dissemination related to key issues in society, politics, science, etc.

Search

Search functionality on Knowledgine is designed to allow users to find what they are interested in as fast as possible. To fulfill this objective, a query searches across every lecture from every university on our platform and returns a list of tags, lectures, and courses that are most closely related to the user’s search parameters. The current search algorithm uses a MongoDB text search where indexes are created on various properties of tags, lectures, and courses. This system offers a working first iteration of a continuously improving search function. Currently, words are matched on their word stems rather than semantic meaning. The important thing to note is that each tag result is a short clip explaining the exact subject that the user searched for. Users can quickly jump from one professor’s explanation to another, developing a well-rounded and diverse understanding of the subject. Knowledgine believes this is a powerful tool for learning, and many of our users have reacted positively to this functionality.

Professors & Universities

Q: What is the professor studio?

Knowledgine’s Professor Studio is an exclusive web service only available to university professors and academics. It is a centralized place where professors can create and manage courses, share resources through course links and descriptions, and upload and record lectures and talks.

Knowledgine internally validates professors before they are given access to the Professor Studio. This insures that only legitimate professors from accredited universities share content on Knowledgine.

To get started with the professor studio, read through our walk-through.

Q: How do I record and upload lectures and talks?

Lecture capture is Knowledgine’s core feature for professors. It is designed to be simple and requires limited resources. Whether in the classroom or in the office, the Professor Studio offers everything a professor needs to record a lecture, podcast, or clip.

Within the Professor Studio, a professor may simply create a new lecture by selecting the associated course, choosing a recording device (whether internal or connected), and then clicking record. This feature is designed to work with existing classroom equipment that is connected to the recording computer, and also with the built-in microphone of many modern laptops.

Professors also have the ability to pause and resume their recording, giving them flexibility and control if they want to discuss something confidential or if there is a break in class, for example. Furthermore, professors may add ​tags​​ — labels associated with specific segments within the lecture (detailed in the Information Organization​ section of this white paper) — to their lectures.

Recorded lectures are available for both upload and download. Professors may optionally download the lecture if they want to edit it with third-party software and upload it later. Lectures uploaded to the cloud are securely processed, organized, and made available for discovery within the Knowledgine ecosystem.

We detail the process of uploading and recording lectures in this post.

Q: How do I transcribe my lectures and talks?

Knowledgine believes in the accessibility of information. Thus we offer speach transcription for professor content. Transcriptions are generated automatically and usually available within minutes after the lecture or talk is uploaded. The transcript is fully interactive and searchable.

Learn more about transcriptions here.

Q: Who owns my Intellectual Property?

Professor intellectual property (IP) is a core consideration of Knowledgine. We believe that professors should own their IP and be able to profit off of their work in a similar fashion to publications. Often times, professors are not fully aware of their university’s rules and policies of IP ownership when it comes to course material. The exact policies of each university vary from school to school but the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) outlines their view of IP ownership under section III paragraph B of Intellectual Property Issues for Faculty:

The "work-for-hire" doctrine is a statutory exception to the general ownership provisions of the copyright law. It is a way of allocating whether an employee or an employer is the author, and thus copyright holder, of work performed in the course of employment. The work-for-hire provision entitles an employer to assert ownership over materials prepared by its employees acting within the "scope of their employment”.


Generally, faculty scholarly work is not considered work-for-hire. "[I]t has been the prevailing academic practice to treat the faculty member as the copyright owner of works that are created independently and at the faculty member's own initiative for traditional academic purposes." ​Statement on Copyright​, AAUP Policy Documents & Reports 182 (9th ed. 2001). Administration ownership of faculty scholarly works, lecture notes and teaching materials would profoundly contradict the practices of the academic community. Work for hire doesn't fit, legally or policy-wise, into the academic scholarship arena.

Q: Are there any educational pricing or discounts?

Knowledgine is free for universities and professors to use.

Media

Q: What media formats are supported for upload?

Knowledgine was initially designed to be an audio focused platform. Although we prefer mp3 format, you can upload content in a variety of media formats. Uploaded media files will be transcoding into optimal formats for listening and viewing. This is done automatically and at no cost.

Supported formats include aac, ogg, mp3, m4a, flac, wma, wmv, webm, avi, mpg, mpeg, wav, mov, mp4, flv, and m4v.

If you experience any issues with the upload service, please contact us.