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February 2014

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Portage College has joined the OERu collaboration. "We're thrilled to join this partnership and share our knowledge of OER development," said Dr. Trent Keough, President and CEO of Portage College. "Portage College is committed to grow the potential of OERs in Alberta, in fact, Portage was the first post-secondary institution in Alberta to build OERs directly into our program development planning." More ...
The OER Foundation has been accepted as one of the mentoring institutions for this year's Google Summer of Code. This gives added incentive for any students that are interested in contributing to the infrastructure for WikiEducator or OERu to get involved. If you know a student that is already part of the community, please encourage them to consider applying and spending the summer working on a project that improves educational futures around the world. And when you meet new contributors on the mailing list or on IRC, welcome them to the community.

October 2011

SNHU-logo.gifAspiring to be higher education’s leading player in disruptive innovation, SNHU joins forces with OERu to re-envisage models using open education approaches. Read more ...

SUNY Empire State College leads the way as the first founding anchor partner of the OER university in the United States. "By joining OERu, Empire State College will join the global community of learners who contribute to and benefit from open educational resources." said Alan Davis, President of SUNY Empire State College. Read more ...

August 2011

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Meet Athabasca U - Canada's first OER university. “As an open university the institutional philosophy and direction of our university is strongly aligned with the objectives of the OER Tertiary Education Network” said Dr Frits Pannekoek, President of AU on joining the OERu partnership as founding anchor partner. Read more...
New York's open university joins forces with the OERu as a gold member of the OER Foundation. "Open institutions around the world serve millions of learners" said Dr Alan Davis, President of Empire State College "and the importance of open education resources is rapidly growing". Read more...

February 2011

Towards an OER university: Free learning for all students worldwide. The OER Foundation is to host a strategic international meeting in Dunedin on 23 February to commence planning for the provision of free learning to all students worldwide. Support from UNESCO to stream the meeting will allow the participation of education leaders from around the globe. Read more ...

November 2010

Microsoft logo (1987).svgMicrosoft helps WikiEducators announcing the launch of an open source filter for Mediawiki text. Microsoft Word users will now be able to share teaching materials on WikiEducator by exporting documents in Mediawiki text format. Read more ...

October 2010

Open Access Week 2010 The OER Foundation scheduled a number of webinars to promote the adoption and implementation of open access resources to support teaching, learning and research in education. Recordings are available if you missed a session.

September 2010

THINKaha publishes Open Textbook tweet -- a contemporary read which explains the "what and why of open textbooks in a format that will appeal to those who love books and those who love Twitter." Support OER friendly publishers!

July 2010


WikiEducator believes learning materials should be free for all students of the world. WE invest in educators to share knowledge freely. WE are proud to announce the launch of our gifting campaign and membership recruitment drive. We need your suppOERt! donate now or join as a member and give the gift of knowledge to ensure access to free and open education for all.

June 2010

Register now for our celebratory "WikiEducator Gives Back" free online workshop scheduled for July 21 - August 4, 2010. Let's make history together.
Creative Commons publishes an interview with WikiEducator's Wayne Mackintosh on open education and policy.

December 2009

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WikiEducator leads a global education collaboration. Otago Daily Times publishes an interview with Wayne Mackintosh -- To paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi - "WE can be the change you wish to see in the world".

September 2009

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The OER Foundation poised to become an international leader in open education. The Open Education Resource (OER) Foundation was officially launched on 17 September 2009 by Dr Robin Day, Chair of the board of Directors of the OER Foundation to coincide with Software Freedom Day. WikiEducators around the world joined the OER Foundation in signing the Cape Town Open Education Declaration to mark the launch of this new not-for-profit. Read more ...

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Join the official launch of the OER Resource Foundation by signing the Cape Town Open Education Declaration on Software Freedom Day. Take control of your digital future on 17 September 2009, and join WikiEducators around the world who are sharing knowledge freely. Sign up now

August 2009

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The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, award the OER Foundation $200,000 to support WikiEducator to improve content interoperability and further support for training through the Learning4Content project.

July 2009

Live online workshop for new members of Wikieducator on July 3, 2009 at 6PM GMT.

Collaboration is a lifelong learning skill that can improve the quality of our lives.

Goals of the Workshop:

  • Demonstrate a few basic wiki skills
  • Suggestions on how to collaborate on Wikieducator


Live online workshop for new members of Wikieducator on July 3, 2009 at 6PM GMT.

June 2009


You are invited to attend a 2-hour mini workshop "Exploring OERs and How we can make them work for us?"
Cast your vote and join us on 9:30 pm (PST), on June 12, 2009, or June 13, at 7:30 am Israel time, and 4:30 pm New Zealand time, to hear Dr. Wayne Mackintosh, the Founder of WikiEducator speak.
Join live at WiZiQ here
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December 2008

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    With thanks to the blogging community, WikiEducator has been nominated for best educational wiki in the 2008 Edublog awards.

November 2008

  • The India Chapter of WikiEducator will be formally launched in a function at India International Centre on the 15th November 2008 at 2:30 p.m. This function is being organised by Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) in association with GKP, OWSA and Acharya Narendra Dev College. The India Chapter will draw on the nation's rich educational history to build resources specific to that context and in Indian languages.

September 2008

July 2008

  • WikiEducator assists student teachers in developing Biology lessons for elementary schools. Watch this short video compiled by Declan McCabe on this innovative project.

June 2008

May 2008

  • A new record for our community! WikiEducator recorded 15,147 visits to our website on 7 May 2008 and we're still growing. Congratulations to our family of educators who are committed to widening access to education using free content and open networks.
  • Time to celebrate again! The MERLOT Africa Network (MAN) will pay tribute to WikiEducator at eLearning Africa as an inaugural recipient of the awards for Exemplary Open Education Resource (OER) practices. Our community are acknowledged for the "pioneering role of the WikiEducator project as a model of content authoring and professional development that supports the OER movement".

April 2008

  • Our survey of new accounts reveals that half of our members are over 45 years old. The overwhelming majority of WikiEducators work in the formal sector and want to learn wiki skills and develop free content.

March 2008

  • The College of Flexible Open and Distance Learning in Port Moresby, take the lead in hosting a Learning4Content workshop in Papua New Guinea, thanks to the foresight of Ouka Lavaki, Assistant Secretary for Education and COL Focal Point, Demas Tongogo, Principal of the College and David Leeming our WikiEducator facilitator.

February 2008

January 2008

  • The Center for Open and Sustainable Learning launches the OER handbook project. This collaborative project aims to develop a guide to help educators get started with OERs. more ...
  • WikiEducator experiments with collaborative video. This collaborative project aims to develop a guide to help educators get started with OERs. Wikimedia Foundation, Kaltura and WikiEducator have announced a beta program to allow users to create collaborative video and other forms of rich media.
  • Sign up for free wiki skills training. The Learning4Content announces the launch of its pilot online workshop where you will receive free wiki training in return for a donation of a free content resource on WikiEducator.

December 2007

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May 2007

  • Steve Foerster, member of the Advisory Board and WikiEducator Ambassador will speak about our project at the National Free Culture Conference @ Harvard, 26 May 2007.
  • Sir John Daniel speaks about VUSSC, WikiEducator and free content licensing at the Association for Commonwealth Studies Conference, 20-23 May 2007 - Windsor, UK.
  • WikiEducator logs 1000 registered users today -- only 16 days after our first birthday. You can make this one more by registering an account today. 16 May 2007.
  • We invite members of our community to join the Ambassadors for WikiEducator initiative.
  • WikiEducator is pleased to announce that Sir John Daniel, CEO and president of COL is now Patron of our project. Sir John says that "It would be an honour" to serve WikiEducator in response to the invitation from the Advisory Board

April 2007

  • The Tectonic Shift Think Tank meeting brings together an international group of thought leaders to COL headquarters in Vancouver from 11 to 13 April 2007, to explore future paths for Mediawiki, Free Cultural Works and eLearning for development. April 2007.
  • Wayne Mackintosh posts a piece on free content with references to WikiEducator over at Terra Incognita's OSS in Education Series. We invite the WikiEducator community to post their thoughts.

March 2007

February 2007

  • 37 Teacher educators from 30 different institutions in India gather for an OER and eLearning workshop hosted by the Central Institute of Education at the University of Delhi. The workshop has launched an Indian Chapter of the FLOSS4Edu project and participants plan to work collaboratively on a number of projects. Feb 2007.
  • A group committed to the intellectual and cultural commons has released Version 1.0 of the Definition of Free Cultural Works, This definition is endorsed by the WikiEducator community. Feb 2007. ...more
  • Open Polytechnic of New Zealand starts work on the Commonwealth Computer Navigator's Certificate, an international initiative with participating institutions from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, North America and the Pacific.
  • COL launches pilot testing phase of the Newbie tutorials on wiki editing for review. You're most welcome to join us for this pilot testing phase. Feb 2007
  • The MOSEP project, funded by the European Commission has joined WikiEducator to develop free content materials on the use of ePortfolios. Feb 2007.
  • VUSSC team leaders met in Vancouver recently to commence planning for the Singapore Bootcamp. Daily reports were filed by the team and considerable progress was made on drafting a proposed Agenda. In attendance were Tauvaga Vaai, Samoa; Philip Serracino Inglott, Malta; Patricia Benn, Antigua; Shokahle Dlamini, Swaziland and Lim Wei Ying, Singapore.

January 2007

  • COL in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is using WikiEducator to develop free content, and to promote skills and literacy using social software technologies. African educators are working with a free content donation from the College of the Rockies, British Columbia, Canada to localise for the African context at a workshop hosted by the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana.
  • Nicholas Kimolo of fuTuriStic in Nairobi Kenya has completed the report on the proceedings of the FLOSS4Edu workshop. FLOSS4Edu is an African initiative aimed at building a community of free content developers using free software.
  • Jibril Touzi of the Cameroon offers to coordinate the development of a French version of WikiEducator as part of the FLOSS4Edu project for Francophone Africa.

December 2006

  • Wayne Mackintosh (Education Specialist, eLearning and ICT Policy at COL) visits the World Campus at Penn State Univeristy to talk about the role of free content and WikiEducator for digital futures in higher education. See text interview available on Terra Incognita. Dec 2006.

October 2006

  • WikiEducator brochure available for download (899KB), 25 October 2006.
  • Sir John Daniel announces the release of COL's Science, Technology and Mathematics Programme (STAMP) materials under a CC-BY-SA license. The 18 general education modules provide in-service skills training for upper primary and junior secondary teachers. 20 October, 2006. more ....
  • What is WikiEducator? - your questions answered, 16 October 2006.
  • "Virtual University develops learning content" - Feature article in Connections, 16 October 2006. more ...

September 2006

August 2006

WikiEducator in the blogosphere

An archive of selected postings