Open - any reader can create it, edit it as they see fit. Incremental or Organic – develops over time, written by one or more authors. Universal - The mechanisms of editing and organizing are the same as those of writing so that any writer is automatically an editor and organizer. Materials are uploaded under the creative commons (CC) licence.
Wiki supporters generally feel that it is generally easier to correct mistakes than create content from scratch. Collaboration on projects moves it along quicker and hence wiki wiki
Wiki communities believe that content should be free . The slogan of the Mediawiki software, which runs all the projects of the Wikimedia foundation, encapsulates this spirit :
Ideas want to be free .
Wiki software is often cited as an example of social software because of the ease with which users can work together on content, building a real sense of community.
Wayne Mackintosh Commonwealth of Learning Vancouver Canada Founder of Wikieducator _______________ Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA)
Create and Edit – after logging in
History – can see all edits (and recover any of the older versions)
Watch – can keep track of pages
Discussion – Synchronous or asynchronous
Can upload pictures, videos, audios
Allows internal and external links
Provides for a hierarchical arrangement of pages
Pages can be collected and printed as PDF – you can make your own book!!!
Why should India promote Wikieducator?
With about 2/3 of the population needing to be educated, f2f mode cannot meet the demands.
Access to education should not be a limitation for anyone to study
Need for India-centric contexual learning materials – particularly in local languages.
To tap all diverse knowledge sources
If India is to take the eleap to self sufficiency in (contexual) educational content there is need for rapid expansion in development of elearn materials – wikieducator can play a major role.
WE India Chapter
A venue for coordinating and facilitating WikiEducator activities in India : http:// wikieducator.org /India
A Nodal page to link all ODL project pages: http:// wikieducator.org /India/Project
Handbook of Open Universities
A collaborative initiative to create authentic information on all the Open Universities in the World : http:// wikieducator.org/Handbook_of_Open_Universities
Bamboo & Rattan ODLCourses For sustainable development of rural community
Content & Framework for HRM Course
A project to develop framework and free content for courses on Human Resource Management: http://wikieducator.org/Qualification_Framework/Professional_Education/Management/MHRM
Transnational Qualification Framework Node
A node to discuss and support the development of a Transnational Qualifications Framework
A project to support Teacher Education
(Initiated by Prof. Vasant D.Bhat, Regional Institute of Education, Mysore)
Assessment of Science Process Skills
Formative assessment solutions for Science Process Skills: http:// www.wikieducator.org/Science_process_skills
A course to improve academic reporting of schools at District Level
Lifelong Learning for Farmers
WikiEducators facilitate the development of Open Agricultural Extension Education material to support the ‘Lifelong Learning for Farmers’ project of Commonwealth of Learning
Lifelong Learning for Farmers
A WikiEducator from India has facilitated a workshop for the Teachers and Researchers from Five Universities in Sri Lanka along with farmers for Agricultural Extension Education materials.
Educational material on Dairy Farming
Educational material on Banana Cultivation
Audio & Graphic lessons on diseases in chilli
Protocols for experiments in biology: http://wikieducator.org/Acharya_Narendra_Dev_College/Biology_Protocols
Archiving of folklore
Interim Advisory Council for India Chapter
Dr Savithri Singh, Principal, Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi
Dr Pankaj Khare – Director, International Divn. IGNOU
Dr R Sreedher – Director, CEMCA
Dr Gita Mathur – Gargi College, University of Delhi
Mr P Anil Prasad – Nodal officer (web), Finance Dept., Government of Kerala