This Facilitators Guide to Learning4Content Workshops is a work in progress.
- 1 Day Three workshop objectives and schedule
- 2 Recap and summary
- 3 What we will do today
- 4 Editing and building content pages
- 5 Lesson 7 History, My Contribs and Reverting
- 6 Collections and Exporting content packages
- 7 Lesson 11: What is Open Content?
- 8 Winding up the workshop: What's Next?
Day Three workshop objectives and schedule
This is only a suggested schedule. You will have to customise it to suit the needs of your particular group of trainees. Also, you maybe have your own preferred style and techniques. Please remember, you are welcome to add to this Facilitator's Guide and improve it!
The general objectives for day three are given below.
Suggested timings only.
|08:45||Arrive, log on and settle down|
|09:00||Recap and summary - What we have learned on Day 2|
|09:30||Start work on the content pages|
|10:30||Tea / Coffee|
|10:45|| Lesson 7 - History and Reverting page versions
Continuing to build content pages
|13:30|| Lesson 11 - What is free content
Continue editing content pages
|15:30||Tea / Coffee|
|15:45|| Some advanced techniques
Continue editing content pages
|16:00|| Wrap up and close workshop
Recap and summary
Go over What we have learned on Day 2. Again, this is really important to help people get started on their new pages.
- They have created a new page to build their content. Today is their day!
- Adding images and Pedagogical templates. Remind them of the syntax.
What we will do today
Go over the objectives and schedule for the day (as above), which are mainly concerning the creation of a content page.
Give a summary of the objectives and schedule for the day, and what you hope to cover. It is useful to list these on a black or whiteboard, and tick them off during the day:
- History and reverting pages
- Exporting collections of wiki pages
- Open content licenses
Editing and building content pages
Most of the Day 3 will be spent developing their content pages. Show them some examples of content in the Content section and from previous workshops. Once they have decided on the topic, participants will enjoy being creative. Encourage this, and monitor each participant, giving support and tips/extra information throughout the day. Help them to add pedagogical templates and images, searching and downloading images from sites such as Commons Wikimedia.
Lesson 7 History, My Contribs and Reverting
You can start this session with a discussion.
The practical side of the session can follow the procedure:
Vandalism and reverting pages
- Show a few introductory slides from the lesson slide shows, and refer participants to Lesson 7 in their printed lesson guides
- Demonstrate the History tab using your own User Page
- Add some "vandalism" to the page, even delete all the content and show that it has vanished....
- Show how to revert to the previous version
- Point out the comments and explain that what appears there, is what they type in the "Summary" box when saving an edit
The Watch feature - My Watchlist
- Ask: How do I know when a page is vandalised or edited by someone?
- You can now point out the Watch tab and explain the function
- Point out that they will only get an email notification, if their email address in "My Preferences" is valid and email functionality enabled (as by default)
Locating lost pages using History tab on User Page
- Ask: What happens if I forget the name of a page I have been developing, and have no link to it?
- You can now demonstrate using the History tab on the user's user page to locate all pages on which he/she has previously edited and saved
This often happens in workshops, when participants work on a content page but somehow have deleted or changed the link to it on the User Page.
Note: This won't be any use if the page was never saved!!!
Collections and Exporting content packages
If time allows, it is worth spending 15 minutes showing them how the Collections feature works. It will save time if you have identified a few short pages from the Content section in advance, as sometimes this is error-prone, especially if the pages contain video or unusual content. Issues to be aware of:
- Make sure your current Collection is cleared out in advance, you may need to log on and off a few times as it appears to persist sometimes.
- The export collection as IMS package feature is found at the bottom of the "Collections Help" page.
- At time of writing, User Pages and pages below them cannot be added to a Collection using the tool. However, once the collection is saved, it is editable (being a wiki page itself) and you can add the page links manually. Then the Download as PDF and export feature will include them. This is important to know, as participants may have created their content pages below their user page.
You can try demonstrating this by creating a collection of all the participant's user and/or content pages, then downloading as PDF and exporting as IMS packages.
The principal author David Leeming linked this to the One Laptop Per Child project in the Oceania region:
In the workshop in Nauru, we exported the participant's content pages as an IMS package and placed the resulting content onto the OLPC school server, where it could immediately be viewed on the "XO" laptops that I had made available. This was a key linkage, because several of the workshop participants were teachers at the school where the OLPC project was being implemented. They could see the immediate relevance of creating quality educational resources and making them available through the OLPC wireless network. This was very empowering and helps to nurture a culture of content development at the level of the classroom
Lesson 11: What is Open Content?
This lesson is lengthy and you may not have sufficient time to cover all of it. However, it makes a good subject for participants to study after the workshop. The lesson guide itself contains a good deal of explanation and reading matter, including subjects for discussion. This is an ideal subject to use for a session on the email list following the workshop.
If you have followed the schedule listed on Day 1 of this guide, you wll have already brought up the subject when you asked them about the Copyright symbol, and then reversed it so they can deduce the term "Copyleft".
The essential areas that you should try to cover are:
- Identifying the licenses that are used. This is part of the activity on Day 1, "What is a wiki?. You can reinforce that now, by asking participants to give the names of different licenses that they have come across.
- The need to be aware that they can't put closed or copyrighted content including images on the wiki. However, they are welcome to re-use any open content including images from various open repositories such as the Commons Wikimedia site.
- That the license is actually a legally binding document that can protect their rights if their content is used in a way that infringes the freedoms.
- The Creative Commons BY-SA license (the default with Wikieducator)
Winding up the workshop: What's Next?
In concluding the workshop, you should summarise briefly all that has been learned. You can then explain what is next?
- They should all be on the L4C-Alumni email list and should know about the Wikieducator main email group and any other relevant ones
- They can use the online tutorials to revise what they have learned
- They can sign up for the online workshops
- They are free to cascade the training within their own organisations
- COL will be very happy to support further learning in various ways
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES!!!! ENJOY THE FREEDOM AND YOUR NEW COMMUNITY!!!