FLOSS4Edu Pacific Workshop/community-building detailed agenda

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Community-Building Activities - Detailed Agenda

Aligned to:

The African Wishlist (excerpt):

FLOSS4Edu – The Vision

“By 2009 make available appropriate educational content and a set of easy to use FLOSS tools to 100 educational institutions while building the largest community of educational practitioners collaborating on the development of Free and Open Educational Resources in Africa” We believe in “Education for all and by all” because everyone has a story to tell. We not only want to put in on paper but on Wiki.

FLOSS4Edu – The Need

  • Absence of Educational Content for African Schools
  • The lack of valuable skills and knowledge to use modern technologies
  • Lack of access to existing educational resources caused by high bandwidth costs
  • We lack educational resources that help us to participate and not only to consume

FLOSS4Edu – The Strategy

  • Build a strong community around creating Open Educational Content.
  • Carry out promotional activities to improve awareness on Wiki for Education solutions
  • Support capacity building initiatives and develop relevant OER’s for installation and pedagogical support
  • Collaboratively work together towards the development of wiki based open educational content
  • Involve EVERYONE in the development of content
    • WikiEducator Strategy

FLOSS4Edu – Our Wishlist

  • We need technology that can work with adhoc internet access – e.g an Offline wiki editor with the ability to synchronise via email whenever one has access to internet
  • We need wiki to work on mobile phones. We need also the ability to be able to translate and localise.
  • We need open access incorporated with the Learn4Content project.
  • We need money to set up open digital villages where people pay for access through content production
  • We want to participate and not consume
  • We want to build capacity and create awareness. A good example would be “The one day for Open Content campaign”

FLOSS4Edu – The Results so far

  • Workshops for Educational Practioners in various regions of the African Continent
  • FLOSS4Edu has grown with now over 5 chapters in various regions of the continent
  • Over 100 lessons developed by Educational practitioners with minimal IT skills hosted within the Wikieducator
  • Influenced change in Educational Networks to adopt the development of OER under Wikieducator


  • ask the group for suggestions

Day 1:

Day Topic Activities
1 - Morning
  • Why participate in WikiEducator? What's in it for me? My organisation? the value proposition?
  • Short & Simple Intro to Copyright Issues - overview - what are the top issues, and why this discussion is important
  • Short & Simple Intro to OER's - overview - what they are, and why they're important
  • Q&A, lecturette
1 - Afternoon
  • What is a WikiAmbassador? - Part I
  • lecturette + overnight reflection

Day 2:

Day Topic Activities
2 - Morning
  • What is a WikiAmbassador? - Part II
    • What are the advantages / disadvantages?

  • overnight reflection debrief (5 min);
  • then break up the room into two groups:
    • (1) Identify the advantages of a WikiAmbassador;
    • (2) Identify the disadvantages of a WikiAmbassador (5 min.)
  • Each group presents its findings, and Facilitator debriefs the entire group where necessary, as each group presents.
  • Information is captured by someone - (important ~ this must be disseminated later)
2 - Afternoon
  • Who is going to support YOU? (i.e., FLOSS4EDU Workshop attendees)
    • What is required? Is a buddy system worth considering? How can that occur?
  • As a potential WikiAmbassador, how can You support others, including Newbies?
    • Identify Success Factors (i.e., evaluating success; what are we doing that is working / not working?)

  • Break into discussion groups, focusing on key aspects of 'support'.
    • This includes, but is not limited to: navigation, technology-issues, community-building / messaging, personal confidence / mastery, local / global / sectoral peer connections, language / culture, etc.
  • Facilitated debrief

Day 3:

Day Topic Activities
3 - Morning

Action Planning

    • Chapter Formation, next steps - chartering, strategic priorities and needed support
      • What are Strategic Priorities - timeline, resources available
    • Address roles, accountabilities & responsibilities (i.e., who's going to do what, when (frequency), how?)
      • Develop Core Capabilities Matrix - Part I (i.e., focus on internal roles)
        • (i.e, who is interested & willing to do "X"; WikiAmbassadors, etc.)
    • How does group want to stay in touch / support each other (i.e., technologies, other resources)
    • How do we measure Success? (i.e., evaluation & reporting); How are we going to deal with Challenges / Obstacles?

Possible Deliverables

  • Update and maintain Country Home Page (including design / redesign, etc.)
  • Update and maintain Chapter Home Page (including design / redesign, etc.)
  • Ensure innovative news, initiatives and projects brought to attention of WikiEducator Community Portal
  • etc.

Lecturette, Facilitated Planning - full group (flipchart, screen if available) - also speakerphone required for Skype call

Suggested Reading: Core Competency on Wikipedia

3 - Afternoon Action Planning (cont'd)
    • How do we measure success (cont'd)?

**[OPTIONAL - Only if there's enough time: Continue working on "Core Capabilities Matrix - Part II" - identify strengths, weaknesses, gaps for partnering with other WikiEducator Chapters - for joint proposal opportunities / securing COL's competitive bounty]

    • Assemble Community Teams (i.e., Buddy System [WikiAmbassadors + WikiMasters) and assign roles, deliverables & deadlines

  • Wrap-up
Facilitated Planning - full group (flipchart, screen if available)

--wikirandy 03:19, 9 August 2007 (CEST)



  • elicit feedback on the workshop, from the participants - to enhance future workshops
  • follow up for Learning 4 content

FLOSS4EDU Participants

  • follow up on your action plans
  • identify ways to further support WikiAmbassadors in general; and what you can do in your country / region specifically