WikiEducator Distance education reincarnated or new innovation? learning for development
Commonwealth of Learning <ul><li>COL is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to to encourage the development and sharing of open and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. </li></ul>Sir John Daniel “ For my generation the great innovation was the course team. For the next I suspect that it will be Open Educational Resources.” learning for development
ODL reincarnated or new mode? Innovation of the course team in DE learning for development Principles of specialisation and division of labour A distinct pedagogy In asynchronous learning the technology mediates and carries the teaching-learning interactions Introducing Wikieducator Meeting our family
How well are we doing, given all this technological innovation in education?
COL's WikiEducator We're turning the digital divide into digital dividends using free content and open networks . We hope you can help us.
Standing on the shoulders of giants “ Imagine a world in which every single person is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing. And we need your help ” Jimmy Wales microsoft.com Wikipedia.org
WikiEducator's mission Working collaboratively with educators around the world we aim to develop free content resources in support of all national curricula A free curriculum by 2015 - for all sectors <ul><li>does not replace closed content </li></ul><ul><li>there are motivated resource producers who work in both closed and open curriculum projects </li></ul><ul><li>quality is equally important for closed and free content </li></ul>Observations
Cornerstones & phases of our plan Establishing foundations (May 2006 - Dec 2007 ) Scaling up free content development (Jan 2008 - Dec 2008) Sustainable implementation (Jan 2009 - )
Established May 2006 - How is WikiEducator doing? - Who are our WikiEducators? - Why do they join our family?
Cumulative site visits 19 months First million visits 5 months Second million visits
Age distribution Our WE surprise? 51% > 45 years
Turning the promise of the future into today's reality Collaborative Authoring LMS Wiki ==> print Content Cartridge
Learning4Content <ul><li>conduct 160 workshops </li></ul><ul><li>train 2500 teachers/educators </li></ul><ul><li>2500 lessons of free content </li></ul><ul><li>all Commonwealth Countries </li></ul>Tell me and I'll forget, show me and I may not remember, involve me, and I'll understand http://wikieducator.org/Learning4Content/Registration