Wikieducator

Wikieducator User Page Expo Award


I'd like to express my sincere gratitude for this recognition and all of the warm comments from those I hold in the highest regard. What I've learned over the years being a part of the Wikieducator community, including the importance of promoting open educational resources to those around the world has easily been the most rewarding experience of my professional life. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this wonderful community as we connectively continue to collaborate, cooperative, and create!


OER University

The first week of this seminar, leading up to an 8-hour meeting at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand (streamed), is intended to generate discussion and input on the context, problem, concept, partners, and objectives of an OER University. The second week will provide an opportunity for summary, follow-on discussions, and recommendations.


Live video stream from Otago Polytechnic meeting, sponsored by UNESCO
February 22, noon (PT) 20:00 GMT - February 23, 04:00 GMT

Open Content Licensing for Educators

Open content licensing for educators is a free online workshop designed for educators who want to learn more about open education resources, copyright, and creative commons licenses.

The course materials were developed as a collaborative project by volunteers from the OER FoundationWikiEducator, the OpenCourseWare Consortium and Creative Commons. The course will provide prerequisite knowledge required by educators to legally remix open education materials and help institutions to take informed decisions about open content licenses.

We acknowledge and thank UNESCO for their financial support for the inaugural presentation of this free workshop scheduled for 21 - 25 March 2011.

The WikiEducator "Invite them and they will come" Online Workshop - (September 22 to October 5, 2010)

Register today for the next Wikieducator workshop, Invite them and they will come!  Join us this Wednesday for a live session that will serve as a general overview of the course as well.



Celebrating the gift of knowledge



Image courtesy of maveric2003

This free wiki workshop is presented online over 10 working days and requires approximately 15 - 20 minutes per day. The course is presented asynchronously -- so you can work at times which fit your own schedule. Join educators around the world who are returning to the core values of sharing knowledge freely.

Learning4Content is the world largest attempt to build wiki skills for education and is administered by the OER Foundation, an independent non-profit organisation helping individual and organisations achieve their objectives using open education approaches.

We have achieved our targets in providing free wiki skills training to over 1000 educators this past year. Since our first pilot workshop in 2008, we have provided free training opportunities to more than 4,000 educators to learn how to develop OER the wiki way. In celebrating this gift of knowledge, we are hosting the this WikiEducator workshop where all facilitators donate of their time freely to help their WikiNeighbours. In the spirit of open philanthropy, the "WikiEducator Gives Back" annual workshop also provides an opportunity to scale-up our international team of Learning4Content facilitators.

L4C facilitators will be giving back in two ways:

  1. Donating their time freely to assist with facilitating this record breaking workshop attempt - (Designated as L4C Facilitators on the participants page)

  2. Sharing their knowledge with future L4C facilitators to join our international team of WikiEducator online facilitators so we can scale capability development for OER the wiki way. (Designated as L4C Co-Facilitators on the participants page)


The OER Foundation will institute this as an annual WikiEducator event which aims to:

  • Break the previous year's record for hosting the largest free online wiki workshop measured by the number of registered participants

  • Provide an opportunity for educators around the world to meet and interact with some of WikiEducators' top editors and seasoned wiki facilitators measured by their approximate edit count in WikiEducator


We aim to have a little fun. We will award community Kudos achievements for:

  • The workshop participant who achieves the highest number of edits during the workshop

  • The Facilitator / or Co-Facilitator who achieves the highest number of support edits during the workshop.


Please share this gift of knowledge and spread the word.

WE look forward to meeting you in the wiki!



The WikiEducator "Invite them and they will come" Online Workshop - (September 22 to October 5, 2010)

Register today for the next Wikieducator workshop, Invite them and they will come!  Join us this Wednesday for a live session that will serve as a general overview of the course as well.



Celebrating the gift of knowledge



Image courtesy of maveric2003

This free wiki workshop is presented online over 10 working days and requires approximately 15 - 20 minutes per day. The course is presented asynchronously -- so you can work at times which fit your own schedule. Join educators around the world who are returning to the core values of sharing knowledge freely.

Learning4Content is the world largest attempt to build wiki skills for education and is administered by the OER Foundation, an independent non-profit organisation helping individual and organisations achieve their objectives using open education approaches.

We have achieved our targets in providing free wiki skills training to over 1000 educators this past year. Since our first pilot workshop in 2008, we have provided free training opportunities to more than 4,000 educators to learn how to develop OER the wiki way. In celebrating this gift of knowledge, we are hosting the this WikiEducator workshop where all facilitators donate of their time freely to help their WikiNeighbours. In the spirit of open philanthropy, the "WikiEducator Gives Back" annual workshop also provides an opportunity to scale-up our international team of Learning4Content facilitators.

L4C facilitators will be giving back in two ways:

  1. Donating their time freely to assist with facilitating this record breaking workshop attempt - (Designated as L4C Facilitators on the participants page)

  2. Sharing their knowledge with future L4C facilitators to join our international team of WikiEducator online facilitators so we can scale capability development for OER the wiki way. (Designated as L4C Co-Facilitators on the participants page)


The OER Foundation will institute this as an annual WikiEducator event which aims to:

  • Break the previous year's record for hosting the largest free online wiki workshop measured by the number of registered participants

  • Provide an opportunity for educators around the world to meet and interact with some of WikiEducators' top editors and seasoned wiki facilitators measured by their approximate edit count in WikiEducator


We aim to have a little fun. We will award community Kudos achievements for:

  • The workshop participant who achieves the highest number of edits during the workshop

  • The Facilitator / or Co-Facilitator who achieves the highest number of support edits during the workshop.


Please share this gift of knowledge and spread the word.

WE look forward to meeting you in the wiki!



Open Textbook Tweet

Open Textbook Tweet

Mark Twain remarked that he could never “make a good impromptu speech without several hours to prepare it.” A tweet, restricted to 140 characters, is a reflection of the impromptu conscience of digital society today. This collection of micro contributions from educators, administrators, and learners reflecting on the burgeoning phenomenon of open education resources and open textbooks is reason to celebrate: we are returning to the core vocation of education, which is to share knowledge freely. Clearly these contributors have thought deeply about the value of “sharing to learn,” but more importantly “learning to share.” This book is insightfully clever because it conveys a powerful message that will be a catalyst to nurture and evolve into a growing community of educators worldwide that is committed to the evolution and collaborative planning of education projects rooted in the foundations of open content. It is clear that OER futures are inevitable. After reading this text, I wonder when we look back at the history of these sustainable education futures, will we wonder why it took so long? - Wayne Mackintosh

Learning4Content - The WikiEducator "Invite them and they will come" Online Workshop

I'm very happy to be co-facilitating the next Learning4Content - "Invite them and they will come" Online Wikieducator (WE) workshop!  If you are interested in learning WE skills, register today!  You'll quickly find that there is plenty of support throughout the WE family should you need it which includes contacting me directly.

See how others have used Wikieducator:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc9-CNlIqsY

We'll see you in the wiki!

Learning4Content - The WikiEducator "Invite them and they will come" Online Workshop

I'm very happy to be co-facilitating the next Learning4Content - "Invite them and they will come" Online Wikieducator (WE) workshop!  If you are interested in learning WE skills, register today!  You'll quickly find that there is plenty of support throughout the WE family should you need it which includes contacting me directly.

See how others have used Wikieducator:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc9-CNlIqsY

We'll see you in the wiki!

Open course for EFL educators (Wikieducator)

Here's a recent message to EFL educators in Mexico taking an open (to anyone) course on professional development in Wikieducator...

Hello everyone! We are completing the second week of the Wikieducator workshop which you should now have a working knowledge of the following skills:


  • Create bold and italicized text
  • Create headings and lists (i.e., bullets, number, and indentions)
  • Upload and insert photos respecting copyright laws (e.g., using creative commons search and/or Wikimedia Commons)
  • Create internal/external links
  • Begin working on your user page

The central question we are focusing on during this workshop relates to the following question: How to become a better EFL educator? The answer to this question, which will be unique for each of you, will be in the form of a personal learning network (PLN). This workshop is intended to help you develop your own PLN and to share it with others.

In your user page, add a section (i.e., heading) where you share your goals in becoming a better EFL educator in terms of being a better communicator of English, increasing your pedagogical skill set, and/or increasing your knowledge of how languages are learned. Follow up by stating what you plan to do to accomplish these goals. If your goals change over the course of the semester, which they might, just update your user page to reflect these changes.

The first of three modules, the communicator of the English language module is meant to review various web 2.0 tools that might assist you in becoming a better communicator of the English language (both in written and spoken discourse). Weekly activities will be populated throughout each module and everyone is encouraged to participate in at least two activities per module. We will schedule several face-to-face sessions as well, but these sessions are meant for those who need assistance in getting around Wikieducator.

Finally, make sure your name appears in the list and that all of your information is correct. You'll notice that we are tracking edits so you can easily see how others are contributing. You can also refer to this list to find a colleague's user page.

Well, that's it for now. Keep asking questions and we'll see you in the wiki!

Wikis and Wikieducator

A big shout out to my friends at UVM-Aguascalientes!

There is an open (free) course starting next week (as if you had nothing else to do) that you might be interested in regarding wikis:


You are certainly encouraged to check out wikispaces as well (UVM Aguascalientes wiki started last year)


If anyone is interested in learning more about Wikieducator, reply to this post and will schedule a live session going over the basics in how to get started.  I tend to favor Wikieducator due to the opportunities to collaborate with others as well as to build open educational resources.  If you are already a member of Wikieducator, please sign my guest book located on my user page.