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Ec Sig Cormac

  1. 1. Open content and learning on Wikiversity Cormac Lawler CETIS ECSiG, 27th May 2008
  2. 2. <ul><li>“Openness and inclusiveness are … our radical means to our radical ends.” </li></ul><ul><li>Jimmy Wales </li></ul>
  3. 3. Wikiversity <ul><li>Wikimedia Foundation (Wikipedia, Commons, Wikibooks, …) - all dedicated to open content </li></ul><ul><li>Launched August 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Lengthy setting-up discussion - what should it do? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Wikiversity is for.. <ul><li>Learning materials </li></ul><ul><li>Learning activities </li></ul><ul><li>Learning communities </li></ul><ul><li>(i.e. both a repository of and a space for learning) </li></ul><ul><li>All languages – and levels </li></ul><ul><li>All “open” / “free” / “libre” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Open content <ul><li>Essential freedoms: </li></ul><ul><li>Access (and Use!) </li></ul><ul><li>Share (redistribute) </li></ul><ul><li>Modify (editing original / copying and “forking”) </li></ul><ul><li>Similar to Stallman/GNU’s open source freedoms (see freedomdefined.org) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Free culture <ul><li>Driven by licensing </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing / collaboration / ‘remix’ etc </li></ul><ul><li>Culture shift (“anyone can edit my work? ”) </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative models of production / consumption (eg. wiki peer review) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Open learning <ul><li>Open Educational Resources (OER) </li></ul><ul><li>What about open educational spaces? </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Architecture for participation’, and an ‘Open Participatory Learning Infrastructure’ (Atkins, Brown, Hammond) </li></ul><ul><li>Wikiversity explicitly set up to address the question - how does learning work in a wiki? (Wikipedagogy?) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Learning, and the ‘wiki way’ <ul><li>Collaborative writing </li></ul><ul><li>Discussing / debating (sometimes conflict) </li></ul><ul><li>Passion-based learning </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency of process - info/media-literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Eg. Jimmy Wales: Wikipedia “like a sausage: you might like the taste of it, but you don't necessarily want to see how it's made” </li></ul><ul><li>(I argue the exact opposite!) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Examples from Wikiversity <ul><li>Instructor-led materials (Filmmaking) </li></ul><ul><li>Reading groups (Ivan Illich) </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative workspaces / writings </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative research (Bloom Clock) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Implications of ‘wiki way’ <ul><li>Expertise problematic (though not anti-expert) </li></ul><ul><li>Disclosures - what paradigm are you coming from? </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple avenues for learning </li></ul><ul><li>Can a resource be “finished”? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Wikiversity’s role <ul><li>One of a growing no. of OER repositories </li></ul><ul><li>Peer-to-peer university / school (part of ‘meta-university’?) </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Learning Environment </li></ul>
  12. 12. Challenges [1] <ul><li>… for Wikiversity: </li></ul><ul><li>‘ My’ content </li></ul><ul><li>PLE - is editability always good? </li></ul><ul><li>Forking in tension with collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Mediawiki - limited technology? </li></ul><ul><li>How permissive are we? (eg. Nazism, racism?) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Challenges [2] <ul><li>… in general: </li></ul><ul><li>Licence proliferation </li></ul><ul><li>Silo effect </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata / tagging (searchability) </li></ul><ul><li>Open ideology (?) </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://cormaggio.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikiversity.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/User:Cormaggio </li></ul>

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