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WikiEducator: A Community for OER

  1. 1. WikiEducator ‘Turning digital divide into digital dividend’ ‘A platform for sharing and learning’ A Community for development and sharing of OER Dr. Dilip Barad Dept. of English Bhavnagar University National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 1 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  2. 2. Outline of this presentation: Introduction to WikiEducator: • The purpose of using WikiEducator: • How to use WikiEducator: • Synergism of WikiEducator and Moodle: • Benefits of WikiEducator: • National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 2 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  3. 3. • What are the most important technological innovations in the history of education? National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 3 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  4. 4. The Blackboard • The inventor or introducer of the blackboard deserves to be ranked among the best contributors to learning and science, if not among the great benefactors of mankind. • Josiah Bumstead -1841. From Wayne’s introduction to the WikiEducator Project. • http://www.wikieducator.org/User:Pschlicht National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 4 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  5. 5. The Motion Picture • The motion picture is the most revolutionary instrument introduced into education since the printing press. • Hoban 1940. http://www.wikieducator.org/User:Pschlicht • National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 5 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  6. 6. Television • It now seems clear, however, that television offers the greatest opportunity for the advancement of education since the introduction of printing by movable type. • Stoddard 1957. http://www.wikieducator.org/User:Pschlicht • National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 6 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  7. 7. Computers and Internet • The impact of computers on society, and hence on education, has been compared to that of movable type and the printing press since Gutenberg. • Caffrey and Mossman 1967 http://www.wikieducator.org/User:Pschlicht • National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 7 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  8. 8. • How well are we doing, given all these technological innovations in education? • Even today, the number of kids not going to school is larger than kids going to the schools… • CAN WE MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE??? National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 8 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  9. 9. What is WikiEducator? • WikiEducator is a community resource supported by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) for the development of free educational content. • COL is an intergovernmental organization created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 9 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  10. 10. Is sharing knowledge something new? • When: – Parent shares their experience while bringing up children – Teachers shares their knowledge in the classroom – Researchers share their findings with their peers • We share knowledge freely… • When we give knowledge away, we still have it for our selves to use! National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 10 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  11. 11. The essential Freedoms Freedom 1 – Use – The freedom to run a programme, for any purpose. Freedom 2 – Help yourself - The freedom to study how a programme works, and adapt it to your needs. (Access to the source code is a precondition to this.) Freedom 3 – Help your neighbour - The freedom to redistribute copies. Freedom 4 – Help your community - The freedom to improve the programme, and release your improvements to the public. - Source: Richard Stallman www.freedomdefined.org National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 11 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  12. 12. What is the purpose of WikiEducator? • WikiEducator's purpose, is to give such freedom, along with - – to build an evolving community intended for the collaborative planning of education projects linked with the development of free content; – collaborative development of free content on Wikieducator for e-learning; – collaborative work on building open education resources (OERs) on how to create OERs. – encourages democratic use of the Web. National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 12 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  13. 13. The WikiEducator is a community which believes in: • The social inclusion and participation of all people in our networked society (Access to ICTs is a fundamental right of knowledge citizens - not an excuse for using old technologies). • In the freedoms of all educators to teach with the technologies and contents of their choice, hence our commitment to Free/Libre and Open Source technology tools and free content. National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 13 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  14. 14. The WikiEducator is a community which believes … • That educational content is unique - and by working together we can improve the technologies we use as well as the reusability of digital learning resources. • A forward-looking disposition working together to find appropriate and sustainable solutions for e-learning futures. National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 14 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  15. 15. • WikiEducator is a dynamic and exciting community of educators who believe passionately that learning materials should be free and open to all. • Recent survey gave the result that WikiEdu is used most to research innovative educational trends and ideas. • See for what other purposes it is used… National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 15 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  16. 16. WikiEducator is used for … • Response Percent to research innovative educational trends and ideas 71.2% • to learn wiki skills 70.4% • to develop free content materials 69.0% • to connect to the WikiEducator community 58.4% • to grow personally 45.1% • to build relationships with specific individuals within • the WikiEducator Community 32.7% • to build my network 29.2% • just curious - no particular interest 4.0% • 71.9% of users are teachers, lecturers or trainers Source: http://www.wikieducator.org/images/f/f6/WE_Survey_04262008.pdf • National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 16 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  17. 17. How to use WikiEdu? Create free account at www.wikieducator.org National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 17 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  18. 18. Once you are log in, type the name of the page you want to create. If you want to create page of ESP, type www.wikieducator.org/ESP in address bar. If there is no page written on it, following screen will be displayed… National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 18 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  19. 19. Click ‘edit this page’ and start typing as in MS … Once it is done, DO NOT FORGET to click ‘SAVE PAGE’ and ‘Watch this page’ at the bottom of the page… National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 19 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  20. 20. Your page is created… National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 20 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  21. 21. What next…. • Give link (www.wikieducator.org/ESP) to other teachers. • Ask them to edit the text and enrich it with better ideas and examples. • As and when anybody will edit the page, the creator will get email that the page is edited and whether he want to keep the change or not. • Once the page is complete, give link to students as their reading resource. National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 21 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  22. 22. To edit WikiEdu page is as easy as child’s play… • Ready reference for editing tools • Within a few minutes, using these tools, pages like – www.wikieducator.org/user:Dilipbarad – www.wikieducator.org/Literary_Criticism can be created/shared/edited/updated. National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 22 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  23. 23. Synergism of WikiEdu and Moodle • Once the study material is created and shared with student, now it time to check their progress. • Are students learning from the e-resources developed or not? • To measure their progress, we can use Moodle and its Quiz function. • Moodle has a facility to create quiz with instant result and feedback. National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 23 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  24. 24. Moodle Quiz National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 24 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  25. 25. Instant Result on Moodle National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 25 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  26. 26. Benefits of WikiEducator Gyan Bantane se Badhata hai ! • All over the world, teachers, content developers, researchers join their hands on WikiEdu platform to share their expertise. • The content is developed, re-used and adapted to our teaching environment. • It empowers teachers by enabling them to create knowledge resources online and making it available across the globe. • For students, it is an excellent tool for collaborative learning. • Students and teachers can together create learning group on WikiEdu and share their experiences and learn through sharing knowledge, expertise and experiences… • WE is building capacity among teachers/educators to develop free content for learning, and prioritize wiki skills training. National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 26 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA
  27. 27. Thank You… • Your questions / doubt / suggestions / comments are invited – dilipbarad@gmail.com • Tell me and I'll forget, show me and I may not remember, involve me, and I'll understand. • Imagine a world in which every single person is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s what WE stands for. National Conference Technology in ELT, 1/30/2009 27 Changa, Gujarat, INDIA

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