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WikiEducator Community

WikiEducator is an exciting, fluid and dynamic environment of educators (formal and nonformal education) dedicated to exploring new approaches in education and adapting more traditional ones. WE is an open community project working collaboratively with the Free Culture Movement towards a free version of the education curriculum by 2015. Driven by the learning for development agenda we focus on:

  • building capacity in the use of Mediawiki and related free software technologies for mass-collaboration in the authoring of free content;
  • developing free content for use in schools, polytechnics, universities, vocational education institutions and informal education settings;
  • facilitating the establishment of community networks and collaboration with existing free content initiatives in education;
  • fostering new technologies that will widen access, improve quality and reduce the cost associated with providing education, primarily through the use of free content
  • supporting the professional development goals and objectives of our community members

For more, please review the WikiEducator Strategy

WE Statistics & Activities

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  • 80,293 users
  • 24,598 articles
  • 39,117 files
  • 1,176,219 edits
  • 41 administrators
  • There is a considerable range of activity, with educators developing open educational resources (OERs) from all over the world. To get a sense of the WE Community and the activity going on in the wiki, please click: Recent Changes. You can check this regularly, by going to the Navigation box on the upper left side of your computer screen, and clicking "Recent Changes" (just under "Main Page").
  • Check out the most recent global traffic ranking of WikiEducator ~ as compared to the top websites in the world - (See: http://www.alexa.com/data/details/main/wikieducator.org - as of Dec, 1, 2008, WE are in the top 150,000 websites in the world!)
  • To gauge the Community activity, visit the main WE discussion group on Google Groups - http://groups.google.com/group/wikieducator

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Open Educational Resources (OERs)

  • An OER is any educational resource that is free and open to others - learning activity, course module, lesson plan, learning object - that is free and open. It can be as simple as a lesson for teaching the basics of interviewing in a community radio station,for a specific topic or group of people.

OER References

Professional Development on WikiEducator

WikiEducator is a great environment for developing free and open teaching resources and sharing them with your peers. We would like to highlight valuable teaching resources, so they can benefit others. Please review the Centre for Excellence for Open Education Professional Development. space on WikiEducator.

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Tip: Your Professional Development

Later in the course, there will be a Learning Activity to share your Professional Development interests on your User Page.

OER Teaching Resources

Your contribution of a valuable OER teaching resource will help our growing WE Community.

  1. Think about something you can teach others - this can be your OER Teaching Resource!
  2. Share Your Professional Development Interests (i.e., what you would like to learn from others). Please provide this information on your User Page.

Create Your OER Teaching Resource (or Pilot Project)

  1. On your WE User Page, add the following wiki syntax: *[[/OER/]]
    1. This automatically creates a "red link" to another page on the wiki called OER (we call it a "sub-page) ~ for Open Educational Resource. (Note: A Red link simply means that there isn't any content in the page).
  2. Click "Save"
  3. Now, click that red link. This action will automatically link you to your new OER Teaching Resource page
  4. Begin adding your content to the Editing Box of Your OER page
    1. Please read the article about Pilot Projects on WikiEducator
    2. Describe your idea for an OER teaching resource, or Pilot Project on WikiEducator.
  5. Insert a brief summary of the changes you made to your page - this will be reflected in "Recent Changes"
  6. Click "Save Page".

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One of the questions arising from your wiki-colleagues, is “what's the different between OERs and Pilot Projects?”

Well, the answer is.... “They're similar.”

Let me explain.

Just about any material that's created in the wiki, is considered an Open Education Resource – because of the copyrights (or copylefts) in the wiki. WikiEducator, uses a copyright that automatically licenses content you create in the wiki as Creative Commons By Attribution Share Alike (CC-BY-SA). We could do a whole course on this!

An open education resource is just that: a resource, and it is usually a single page, or even standalone.

To build our community, and create sustainable projects, we came up with the idea to have “Pilot Projects” - where you – the new wiki- learner – has a potential project they would like to get going, to serve your particular interests. In this way, you could develop more than one resource on the wiki, and we could find others in the WikiEd Community, and point them to your project – to help you. This pilot project could become the basis of a Community of Practice, around your particular area of interest!!!