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Appropedia as a tool in engineering education to address sustainable development in engineering

Nasser saleh appropedia

  1. 1. Appropedia and Learning in International Development<br />bringing context and interaction<br />Nasser Saleh<br />A presentation to Queen’s International Development Conference 2011April 2, 2011<br />Based on Lonny Grafman’s Presentation: Students and Appropedia available at<br />
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  3. 3. Sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives. <br />Appropedia began in April of 2006<br />Appropedia vision is that all of humanity is able to work together developing and realizing rich, sustainable lives. Appropedia builds the infrastructure, and help make the connections and populate free content to effect that vision. <br />Appropedia has been described as an "appropriate technology wiki," but it is much broader than that - it is a green wiki, and a wiki for all matters of international development and aid<br />
  4. 4. Context<br />Appropedia welcomes contributions of many types of content: <br />Project histories and project how-tos<br />Textbook-style information, tables, and figures <br />Designs <br />Photographs and illustrations <br />Information for finding supplies and help <br />Links and information on other organizations <br />Collaboration pages for co-creating solutions <br />Discussion pages for commenting on work done and work that needs to be done <br />More - whatever aids the causes of sustainability and overcoming poverty. <br />Current content<br />
  5. 5. Ways Learners and Practitioners Engage<br />Coordinate projects - Retrofit Streetlights (Clarion University, Pennsylvania)<br />Collaboratively research - Green Materials (Queen’s University, Canada)<br />Collaborative reporting – JMC (Humboldt)<br />Document own project designs - IDDS (MIT)<br />
  6. 6. MECH425: Engineering for sustainable development<br />Appropedia: Service Learning through Translation<br />
  7. 7. Appropedia: Service Learning through Translation<br />ENGR 115: Intro to Engineering<br />Potawot Native American Health Village<br />40 acres<br />Swales, 2x4 end flooring, pine pitch and shale walkways, organic garden, herb garden, CSA, diabetes walking prescriptions, solar photovoltaic, redwood stained concrete, more<br />
  8. 8. Appropedia: Service Learning through Translation<br />ENGR 215: Intro to Design<br />The Waterpod<br />Bike powered laptops, composting toilets, picohydro power, rainwater catchment, chicken coop, hydroponics, vertical gardens, and more.<br />
  9. 9. GER 308: German Conversation and Composition<br />Appropedia: Service Learning through Translation<br />“Working on Appropedia was an experience of a lifetime. The site increased my knowledge of sustainable development greatly and expanded my understanding of the German language. Everyone should get involved in this site.” (Source: The Language Educator)<br />
  10. 10. More than Academia<br />Sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives<br />Vibrant Community:<br /><ul><li>Thousands of visits a day
  11. 11. Over 160 thousand edits
  12. 12. Over 21 million page views</li></li></ul><li>More than Academia<br />February 22nd to March 23rd, 2011<br />
  13. 13. Appropedia: Service Learning through Translation<br />Winery Rainwater – Solar Lawn Mower<br />Replicated around North America<br />Over 100,000 views<br />
  14. 14. Appropedia: Service Learning through Translation<br /><br />“HELLO mer Lonny ! [I] am really involving and searching solution, to the positive idea to help women in Harare who suffered, by decorticating peanut shell by hands, stones, teeth. This ANCIENT METHOD perturbed my human senses. To telling you the truth, when I am founding this page, my feeling is like, I got THEIR SOLUTION... “TefferaTesfaye, Zimbabwean Father of five<br />
  15. 15. Appropedia: Service Learning through Translation<br />How can you engage?<br /><ul><li>
  16. 16. Just jump in – it’s the wiki way!</li>