Monday, April 09, 2007

What do wiki want?

I'm off to Vancouver, Canada from April 11th - 14th for the Tectonic Shift Think Tank hosted by the Commonwealth of Learning. This event will bring together an international group of educators and technologists to identify the transformative opportunities for MediaWiki and related FLOSS technologies for eLearning. Leigh Blackall from Otago Polytech will be there along with various other and sundry wiki fanatics, tech heads and educators to bash out how the wiki platform, specifically MediaWiki (which runs Wikipedia amongst others) can be transformed to accomodate teaching and learning mo' better. My hastily concocted vision is up here, but I thought i'd extend an invitation for any of the people who actually may read this blog (does anyone read this blog?) to add your vision to my page so that I can present them at the meeting as well. What would you like a wiki to do for you as an educator, as a learner, as a consumer or producer of Open Educational Resources? Let me know and i'll put it on the table and we'll make it happen!

Image: Sedimentary, my dear Watson, by: Sean Stayte

1 comment:

Graham Wegner said...

Brent, I'm definitely reading! I went to post this in your wiki vision section but it started to read like a blog comment which would be better off here. What you are involved in is completely out of my expertise area but I think that as wikis (hopefully) move down the education sector into secondary and primary schools (where I work), I'd like to see a site like WikiEducator being promoted as a resource for all education sectors, so that it is well known and not just stumbled upon by someone like me. I wouldn't have known about WikiEducator if I wasn't in conversation with Alex Hayes so there must be some way to get mainstream teachers and educators checking it out and listening to some persuasive arguments for them to contribute and build the resource. After all, we all know that TALO is not the mainstream - it is a group of educators who actively seek out these tools. Anyway, I've added a couple of points to your page for whatever they are worth. Have fun in Canada!