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1 WikiEducator A return to the traditions of the academy? learning for development

2 Commonwealth of Learning COL is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. Sir John Daniel “For my generation the great innovation was the course team. For the next I suspect that it will be Open Educational Resources.” learning for development

3 Introducing WikiEducator learning for development A project focused on... Turning tomorrow's promise of OER into today's reality A delicate balance... Between doing things right and doing the right thing

4 What is the greatest challenge facing the future of education?

5 The sustainability challenge learning for development 80% 20% Source: Justin Tilton and Jim Farmer, Learning Environment 2015

6 The cost of eLearning learning for development Instructional design, multimedia design, editing etc. Cost categories Academic authoring time 80% 20%

7 The value proposition of OER learning for development Authoring and design costs shared among participating institutions

8 WikiEducator We're turning the digital divide into digital dividends using free content and open networks. We hope you can help us. Voted best educational wiki, Steven Downes, Dec 2007 Inaugural recipient of the award for Exemplary Open Education Resource (OER) practices

9 WikiEducator – July 2006

10 Self-organisation The network is a system of interconnected nodes and has no hierarchy or centre --- yet it adapts its own behaviour, and creates its own organization (Castells) “is a process in which pattern at the global level of a system emerges solely from numerous interactions among the lower-level components of the system. Moreover, the rules specifying interactions among the system's components are executed using only local information, without reference to the global pattern” (Camazine, Deneubourg, Franks, Sneyd, Theraulaz, Bonabeau) Sociological self-organisation Biological self-organisation

11 Strategic plan

12 Established May 2006 - How is WikiEducator doing? - Who are our WikiEducators? - Why do they join our family?

13 Cumulative site visits 19 months First million visits 5 months Second million visits

14 Age distribution Our WE surprise? 51% > 45 years

15 Current roles of WikiEducators

16 Educational level and sector

17 Why do you join WikiEducator?

18 Gender Male: 60% Before Learning4Content was launched Female: 40%

19 Distribution of edits among users

20 How is WikiEducator governed?

21 Exceeding strategic targets Achieved 18 months in advance Target for a Community governance model

22 Community governance Canada, India, Germany, New Zealand, Pakistan, Samoa, Uganda, USA, Zambia Countries

23 Can you give us examples of WikiEducator projects?

24 OER Handbook (COSL)‏

25 Creating a pdf collection Add article Create a collection Save a collection Share a collection

26 Turning the promise of the future into today's reality Collaborative Authoring LMS Cost & Financing Study Guide Content Cartridge

27 Learning4Content conduct 160 workshops train 2500 teachers/educators 2500 lessons of free content all Commonwealth Countries Tell me and I'll forget, show me and I may not remember, involve me, and I'll understand

28 Meeting the community “WikiEducator is not only ground-breaking, its foresight is defining history, and must forever be developed and continued." Victor Mensah, Zambia, Graduate 1 st L4C workhop Nellie Deutsch, Israel, Graduate 3 rd L4C workshop “WikiEducator is a place where I become we” Anil Prasad, India, L4C Facilitator in Sri Lanka “WikiEducator is my second home -- an online home!”

29 What about sustainability?

30 Capability phases

31 Quality assurance and review

32 A glimpse of the future?

33 A new era of growth and opportunity “As of May 1, 2009, WikiEducator will be headquarterd at the new International Centre for Open Education, at Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand. Dr. Wayne Mackintosh will assume an executive role as the Founding Director of the International Centre for Open Education, and continue this groundbreaking work in leading the WikiEducator project, on a full-time basis.” “The WikiEducator Community is deeply grateful for the commitment, resources and support of the Commonwealth of Learning, in establishing and incubating the WE project to its current level of success.“ Communique – 24 September 2008

34 An outstanding institutional pioneer Otago Polytechnic -- an impressive track record of firsts! First Kiwi signatory of the Cape Town Open Education Declaration; First institution in the world to adopt an OER IP Policy;

35 Planning for sustainability Endowment model Membership model Donations model Sponsorship model Government funding Commercial model (Red Hat Linux)‏ Funding models

36 WE's sustainable OER eco-system

37 Business plan

38 Our “competitive” advantage learning for development “We haven’t the money, so we’ve got to think” Sir Ernest Rutherford

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