Presentation on theme: "WikiEducator A return to the traditions of the academy? learning for development."— Presentation transcript:
WikiEducator A return to the traditions of the academy? learning for development
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
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
What is the greatest challenge facing the future of education?
The sustainability challenge learning for development 80% 20% Source: Justin Tilton and Jim Farmer, Learning Environment 2015
The cost of eLearning learning for development Instructional design, multimedia design, editing etc. Cost categories Academic authoring time 80% 20%
The value proposition of OER learning for development Authoring and design costs shared among participating institutions
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
WikiEducator – July 2006
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
Established May How is WikiEducator doing? - Who are our WikiEducators? - Why do they join our family?
Cumulative site visits 19 months First million visits 5 months Second million visits
Age distribution Our WE surprise? 51% > 45 years
Current roles of WikiEducators
Educational level and sector
Why do you join WikiEducator?
Gender Male: 60% Before Learning4Content was launched Female: 40%
Distribution of edits among users
How is WikiEducator governed?
Exceeding strategic targets Achieved 18 months in advance Target for a Community governance model
Community governance Canada, India, Germany, New Zealand, Pakistan, Samoa, Uganda, USA, Zambia Countries
Can you give us examples of WikiEducator projects?
OER Handbook (COSL)
Creating a pdf collection Add article Create a collection Save a collection Share a collection
Turning the promise of the future into today's reality Collaborative Authoring LMS Cost & Financing Study Guide Content Cartridge
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
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!”
What about sustainability?
Quality assurance and review
A glimpse of the future?
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
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;
Planning for sustainability Endowment model Membership model Donations model Sponsorship model Government funding Commercial model (Red Hat Linux) Funding models
WE's sustainable OER eco-system
Our “competitive” advantage learning for development “We haven’t the money, so we’ve got to think” Sir Ernest Rutherford