The wiki potential
  in education

           Florence Nibart Devouard
             Wikimedia Foundation
           fdevou...
Stroking the story-telling nature of all of us

wiki (plural wikis)
A collaborative website which can be directly edited b...
The Read-Write Internet




Creation and modification of wiki pages open to anyone
Large number of hyper links between pag...
The Read-Write Internet




 Use a simple markup language using a webbrowser
Quality control feature: versioning




Record the history of a page (previous versions stored)
The {{SoFixIt}} culture
Bottom-up community control




  Controlling changes
  Title search of full-text search
Wikis are suited for


• Easily create simple websites
• Group authoring (eg, assignment, report)
• Data collection / docu...
Over 8 000 000 articles,
Over 200 000 000 visitors per month
Wikipedia’s radical idea


Imagine a world in which
  every single person is
  given free access to the
  sum of all human...
Imagine a bookshelf…

 Wikipedia,
 The free encyclopedia

An online encyclopedia, created in january 2001
available in ove...
1st lever: learning from others




Information: from scarcity to abundance
The teacher: from knowledge possessor to learn...
2nd lever: teaching others




     Nobody knows
        everything
   but everyone knows
        something




Becoming a...
3rd lever: nurturing a respectful & critical mind

  Neutrality of Point of View
  • Readers are from diverse political, r...
4th lever: reduce, re-use and recycle
   Freedom as a bedrock principle
   •   All content is under a free licence
   •   ...
4th lever: reduce, re-use and recycle




  Open source maximizes progress through cooperation
  Free licence prevents res...
5th lever: preserving linguistic diversity
“Everyone loses if one language
  is lost because then a nation
  and culture lose their memory,
  and so does the complex...
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Presentation given at the elearning conference in Lisbon in 2007. Title is "the wiki potential in education".

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Wiki In Education

  1. 1. The wiki potential in education Florence Nibart Devouard Wikimedia Foundation fdevouard@wikimedia.org
  2. 2. Stroking the story-telling nature of all of us wiki (plural wikis) A collaborative website which can be directly edited by anyone with access to it. The simplest online database Requires a computer and an internet connection Goal: making exchanges of ideas, easier Source: Wiktionary License: GFDL
  3. 3. The Read-Write Internet Creation and modification of wiki pages open to anyone Large number of hyper links between pages
  4. 4. The Read-Write Internet Use a simple markup language using a webbrowser
  5. 5. Quality control feature: versioning Record the history of a page (previous versions stored)
  6. 6. The {{SoFixIt}} culture
  7. 7. Bottom-up community control Controlling changes Title search of full-text search
  8. 8. Wikis are suited for • Easily create simple websites • Group authoring (eg, assignment, report) • Data collection / documentation / archiving • Project planning • E-learning platform • Review of classes and teachers (by students) Empowering individuals and communities Simple tools, wikis reduce the digital gap
  9. 9. Over 8 000 000 articles, Over 200 000 000 visitors per month
  10. 10. Wikipedia’s radical idea Imagine a world in which every single person is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge.
  11. 11. Imagine a bookshelf… Wikipedia, The free encyclopedia An online encyclopedia, created in january 2001 available in over 200 languages Operated by Wikimedia Foundation Free as in free beer (“gratis”) Free as in free speech (“libre”) Written by thousands of volunteers
  12. 12. 1st lever: learning from others Information: from scarcity to abundance The teacher: from knowledge possessor to learning facilitator
  13. 13. 2nd lever: teaching others Nobody knows everything but everyone knows something Becoming an active voice Skills for creation, but also negotiation, consensus building, conflict resolution
  14. 14. 3rd lever: nurturing a respectful & critical mind Neutrality of Point of View • Readers are from diverse political, religious, cultural backgrounds • Content represent all significant views fairly and without bias Respect of other people copyrights Checking and citing sources Behaving in an open environment
  15. 15. 4th lever: reduce, re-use and recycle Freedom as a bedrock principle • All content is under a free licence • Our software is free software • We use free format Rights Duties Use the information without limitation All derivative work is to be kept free Distribute it in as many copies as desired The source must be mentionned Modify it, reduce or add to it
  16. 16. 4th lever: reduce, re-use and recycle Open source maximizes progress through cooperation Free licence prevents restrictions to dissemination
  17. 17. 5th lever: preserving linguistic diversity
  18. 18. “Everyone loses if one language is lost because then a nation and culture lose their memory, and so does the complex tapestry from which the world is woven and which makes the world an exciting place.” Vigdis Finnbogadottir UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Languages

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