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Dear Friends, You are very welcome to this eL4C46 Online workshop. Patricia Schlicht and me are your facilitators and WE will help you in developing your page. Enjoy this workshop. If, while introducing yourself on this page or while adding information to your page, you face any problem, please, do not hesitate to ask us for help. You can leave a message on Patricia Schlicht's or my page. You can also contact us through Patricia'sor my email. Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 13:49, 8 October 2010 (UTC)


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Patricia Schlicht

I have been working with Dr. Wayne Mackintosh, the founder of WikiEducator since the get go of the initiative, in May of 2006. I have since then gradually increased my understanding, skills and involvement in Open Education and the use of and integration of open source software. It has been a privilege to see how one country after another has made use of this technology to make a difference in their own environment. WikiEducator has become the most exciting experience of my professional career. I am passionate about learning. I actively facilitate online workshops on WikiEducator as community volunteer in my spare time, in an attempt to build capacity for WikiEducator around the globe. I am interested in social networking, culture/anthropology, open and distance learning/eLearning, community and capacity building. I am a philanthropist. Feel free to email me. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 02:56, 7 October 2010 (UTC)

Ramesh Sharma

Greetings to all of you. I am Ramesh Sharma, Director, Distance Education, Institute of Distance and Continuing Education, University of Guyana, Georgetown, Guyana (South America). I believe that through WikiEducator we can contribute to the OER movement. I look forward to work and learn more through this online workshop. You can contact me through my email ramesh@oerfoundation.org. With best wishes, -- Ramesh 13:42, 8 October 2010 (UTC)


Ashwini Datt

Hello everyone.

I work as a senior tutor/learning designer at the University of Auckland. Apart from further developing my skills in using wikis, I joined this workshop to learn more about WikiEducator and the OER initiative.
(image:comment.gif: Hello Ashwini, Welcome to the workshop. We are sure, you will enjoy the workshop and learn more about OER. Best wishes, --R C Sharma, PhD 12:20, 20 October 2010 (UTC))

  • Hi Ashwini. Welcome again. Great to have you with us. --Patricia Schlicht 03:59, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

Sebastian Panakal

I am into training communities use Wiki for ecological projects. You will help me improve myself when you ask me to help you on your WikiBuddy learning voyage. Learning your blocks could be helpful. Each one teach one is a Wiki idea: a teacher learns more through teaching.

Patricia Schlicht and Ramesh Sharma do it for 'labour of love'. We can reciprocate it: lighten their load. Besides, I may be able to attend to your queries sooner. You don't need a surgeon to administer an injection.

My email is sebastianpanakal@gmail.com. My Skype ID: sebastianpanakal. You may text your queries here. eSchool Kerala
(image:comment.gif: Dear Sebastian, Many thanks for your kind words. It is nice to know about your work for using Wiki for Eco projects. Hopefully during the workshop you will provide more information on it. With best wishes,--R C Sharma, PhD 12:23, 20 October 2010 (UTC))

  • Dear Sebastian, thank you for your absolutely truth and we both thank you for it. A thought becomes an action, an action becomes a belief, and your belief becomes your passion, so a passion is no longer work. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 04:01, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

Wayne Mackintosh

Hi everyone -- I'll be popping in to help where I can during this workshop. I had the privilege of starting the WikiEducator project in February 2006 from a small desktop server based at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Today WikiEducator is one of the world's fastest growing and most productive wikis in the formal education sector. It's great to see teachers around the world collaborating and sharing knowledge in this way. I have to say that WikiEducator has been the most rewarding project of my professional career as educator. If you want to find out a little more about my work in WikiEducator, feel free to visit my userpage. Recently, Otago Daily Times has published a short summary of WikiEducator. Welcome to our family and I'll see you in the wiki. --Wayne Mackintosh 04:52, 20 October 2010 (UTC)
(image:comment.gif: Hi Wayne, thank you so much! Your support is much needed. With regards --R C Sharma, PhD 12:25, 20 October 2010 (UTC))
  • Thanks Wayne for dropping by. I am sure all of us appreciate this in your busy scheduled. Cheers, --Patricia Schlicht 04:02, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

Becky Neep

Hi, I am currently the Head of Learning, International Languages and Students at Alfriston College (a secondary school, ages 13-18) in South Auckland. I am interested in developing my wiki skills to help my learners use them as a record of learning and as a communication tool between themselves, me and the wider world.
(image:comment.gif: Hello Becky, thanks for joining the workshop. As you indicated, sure, you will find it interesting. Please do learn from the links provided by Wayne above to learn more on OER. Best wishes, --R C Sharma, PhD 12:28, 20 October 2010 (UTC))

  • Dear Becky, You have most definitely come to the right place and what you will learn during this course, will bring to think new ways of doing things, guaranteed. (Smile) Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 04:03, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

Wilhelmina Louw

Hi everyone. I'm a programme developer at the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL). I'm not new to the Learning4Content workshops but have registered to further develop my wiki skills and my knowledge and skills in developing OER resources.


(image:comment.gif: Dear Wilhelmina, thanks for joining. I am sure our colleagues will be benefited by your inputs. With regards,--R C Sharma, PhD 12:30, 20 October 2010 (UTC))

  • Dear Miems, thank you for coming back again. Always nice to see people who enjoying learning. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 04:04, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

Cheri MacLeod

Hello everyone. I work in the teaching and Learning Centre at College of the NA – Qatar [on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula]. I have been attending Open Access Week online events at Athabasca University and heard Dr. Wayne Mackintosh [founder of WikiEducator] speak. He mentioned this course so I decided to get involved because I like the whole project and love working collaboratively. I am not new to wikis but am here to share and learn, learn and share. Perhaps we could call this ‘shlearn’?


(image:comment.gif: Hello Cheri, you are most welcome. I hope you found the Open Access events interesting. Please do share and we all will learn. Thats the beauty of Wiki. --R C Sharma, PhD 12:32, 20 October 2010 (UTC))

  • Hi Cheri. Welcome to the Wiki. It is very nice to see Quatar come in. You have definitely made the right choise following Wayne's suggestion. It is good to know that you have experiences in the use of wiki and its purpose, so looking forward to your contribution. Warm wishes, --Patricia Schlicht 02:01, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

Brenda Hallowes

Hello Wiki friends, I am an educator in a preparatory school (grades 1 to 3) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I run the computer lab at the school and each child comes for an hour a week. It's not my idea of ICT integration but it's the way the system works in this school. I am starting to use wikis in my classes so naturally I want to learn more.

I am also a facilitator for SchoolNet South Africa. In this capacity I facilitate Intel Essentials, Microsoft Peer Coaching and Oracle ThinkQuest workshops for teachers. So here I am, a life long learner hoping to learn from all the people on this course. At this stage I don't have a photo or avatar - that's another learning curve for later.....

My Skype name is bhallowes.
(image:comment.gif: Hello Brenda, welcome to eL4C46 online workshop. You are doing an excellent work towards developing ICT skills among the school age children. SchoolNet programme is being implemented in Guyana too. It is working well in many different parts of world. Looking forward to hear more from you during the workshop, --R C Sharma, PhD 12:36, 20 October 2010 (UTC))

  • Dear Brenda. you have a very interesting background and I am sure you will gain a lot of new insights that will help you even further in your work. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 04:05, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

Savitha Harish

Hi friends, I am Savitha Harish from India. I am a teacher in grade xii.I do online tutoring as well.My entry into WIKI was quite unexpected...When I joined here my plan was just limited to get the wiki skills.But now I realise the scope of this goldmine.. I have started expanding and sharing my knowledge..yes..Iam getting started ... I invite all like minded friends to share their ideas and suggestions... A warm welcome to one and all toeL4C46 Homepage.Let us make this session memorable. My skype name is savitha.harish1
(image:comment.gif: Hello Savitha, welcome. It is said that well begin is half done! Since you have started, I am sure, you are going to be expert now very soon. --R C Sharma, PhD 21:03, 20 October 2010 (UTC))

  • Dear Savitha, great to see you with us again. Hope all is now sorted out. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 04:06, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

Usha Kumar

Greetings to everybody Iam Usha Kumar,Lecturer,Post Graduate Department of Education in a college affiliated to Mumbai University.I am new to this on line workshop.Regards
(image:comment.gif: Dear Usha, you are most welcome and we are sure you will enjoy this workshop. Regards,--R C Sharma, PhD 21:05, 20 October 2010 (UTC))

  • Dear Usha, Welcome to the Wiki. Feel free to ask for help, remember we have started once exactly like you do now, so we understand. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 04:07, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

(image:comment.gif: Hi, Usha, Nice to meet you here. I'm sure you will enjoy doing this workshop. All the best and happy learning. Warm regards. Kalpana)

Pulin Bhatt

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Hello Wiki Friends, I am Pulin Bhatt from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. I am an Associate Professor of English Language and Literature and have been in the field of teaching for the last 15 years.

Sharing of knowledge is basically the concept present in the Indian Vedas. We believe the world to be our family (VASUDHAIV KUTUMBKAM). It is great to see that the world has turned into one big family and such OER platforms are being created the world over.

It is definitely a great pleasure being a part of such a vibrant community and of course, am ready to give my contribution to this platform for all in all the way possible. It is through sharing that we learn.

My Yahoo Messanger id is:pulin_bhatt; google talk:bhatt.pulin and Skype id is:PulinBhatt2010.

Thanks and regards to all and our facilitators.

--Pulin Bhatt 14:04, 26 October 2010 (UTC)


(image:comment.gif: Dear Pulin. Thanks for joining. Gujarat is the land of so many great Indian leaders and thinkers. It is nice to know about you and your thoughts on Vedas. Enjoy the workshop and keep informing us on latest developments at your end. --R C Sharma, PhD 21:07, 20 October 2010 (UTC))

  • Dear Pulin, Welcome to the Wiki. The pleasure is ours. Glad you are part of this exciting learning opportunity. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 04:08, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

Thula Vilakati

Hi to all wiki educators. Greetings from Swaziland. I look forward to learning from all of you in this vibrant community of educators.


(image:comment.gif: Hi Thula, Greetings. You are most welcome. One of my colleagues was to join the Uni of Swaziland two years ago (he got the promotion in India and thus did not join Swaziland). Hopefully we will learn more on Swaziland from you. --R C Sharma, PhD 21:10, 20 October 2010 (UTC))

  • Dear Thula, a warm welcome to the Wiki. There have been quite a few people from Swaziland who joined our training initiative and hopefully you now, will be a new light on Swaziland's education skies. Don't feel shy to ask for help. This is what we are here for. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 04:10, 21 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Hi Thula - neighbour. My husband and I drove through Swaziland in June. It's such a great country. It's good to see you here. I hope you enjoy the course.


Ronja Skandera

Hallo everyone, I am Ronja from Hamilton, New Zealand. I teach languages at secondary level in a girls' school. I am new both to the teaching field and to wikis!

I am really excited to be part of this course - it's fantastic to be involved with so many of you all over the world and with such a range of experience and expertise! I just hope I can keep up!

I hope to learn how to use wikis in my teaching for students to work and learn collaboratively, and as a way to share knowledge and resources with colleagues.

Thank you to all the tutors and other wiki 'buddies' who must all be giving up a lot of time to run these courses! Merci beaucoup!
(image:comment.gif: Hello Ronja, Greetings. You are new now to Wikis, but soon you will be on the road to become Wiki Master! Enjoy your sessions. --R C Sharma, PhD 21:11, 20 October 2010 (UTC))

  • Dear Ronja, Welcome to the Wiki. I can only reciprocate what you are feeling, this is a wonderful opportunity to form educational bonds that will help more than one person or group. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 04:11, 21 October 2010 (UTC)


Denise

Hello everyone. My name is Denise and I am from Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Rather late than never. Thanks for this opportunity to experiment in a save environment! Kind regards, d
(image:comment.gif: Hello Denise, Greetings. You are most welcome, you are not late... <smiles>.. we can catch up on all previous instructions from the Schedule link. Happy Wiki....--R C Sharma, PhD 23:27, 22 October 2010 (UTC))

  • Dear Denise. Better later than never. Great to see you here. Feel free to ask as many questions as you need to. We are here to help. Warm wishes --Patricia Schlicht 02:02, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

Daniel Fiore

Hello all. I work in the Distance Education dept of the College of the Redwoods (California US). I'm participating in this workshop to learn more about OER, WikiEducator, and how our college can benefit and contribute.
(image:comment.gif: Hello Daniel, welcome. You are at the right place to learn more on OERs and WikiEducator. To learn more on how your college can benefit, may I suggest you to see a recording session of eL4C42 workshop, which will give you a good idea about it. Please see the recording at http://tinyurl.com/26nonua --Ramesh, PhD 23:28, 22 October 2010 (UTC))

  • Dear Daniel. you are joining many educators from around the world who have done just that. Enjoy the learning curve and feel free to ask for help, should you need to. We are here to help. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 02:04, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

Kalpana Gupte

Hello everyone. I work at the Indira Gandhi National Open University at one of its many Regional Centres in Pune, India. We are involved in admissions and learner support and programme delivery of the several academic programmes offered by IGNOU, the mega University. I am late but would like to catch up. I must revise the learner guide which i had prepared in an earlier workshop as IGNOU has changed and revised its website. So the links must be changed. Hope to do it soon and keep learning. Kalpana
(image:comment.gif: Hello Kalpana, thanks for joining us again. Yes it is a good idea to revise the Learner Guide. Our colleagues in other countries may also find it useful. --R C Sharma, PhD 18:36, 24 October 2010 (UTC))


S. Raja Rao

Hellow Friends, I am Raja Rao. Working in Indira Gandhi National Open University as Regional Director at Raghunathganj Regional Centre in the State of West Bengal in India. My experience with WE Workshops has been they are quite educative and learning. I enjoyed the earlier workshops. But time seems to be major constraint to actively participate and complete all the tasks. Hope to learn some new things.

Regards to all the Participants and Facilitators. raja rao.
(image:comment.gif: Dear Raja Rao, good to have you again to the workshop. Hope you will enjoy your participation, we understand your other commitments. Best Wishes, --R C Sharma, PhD 16:02, 26 October 2010 (UTC))

Sir, thanks for your encouragement and support and help every time. raja rao.

Claire Robinson

Hi everyone. I am an English girl currently working in Cape Town, South Africa and enjoying being part of this global community! Nice to meet you all. --Claire 08:14, 24 October 2010 (UTC)
(image:comment.gif: Hello Claire, welcome. Hope you will enjoy your participation in the workshop. --R C Sharma, PhD 18:38, 24 October 2010 (UTC))

Hello everyone. Nice to be here finally...Independent researcher and consultant working in the US. Deb Cordier
Re: Hello Deb, good to know about you. Hope we will get to know more about your research. Regards, --R C Sharma, PhD 21:02, 25 October 2010 (UTC)

  • Dear Claire. Nice to see meet you. Feel free to dive right in and if you have any questions, were are here for you. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 02:05, 26 October 2010 (UTC)


Genevieve Wilcock

Hello to you all! I am VERY late in joining - I am a high school teacher in South Africa and at this stage of our calendar, I am bogged down with end-of-year exams, so forgive me if I don't participate too much. I will try to do what I can and have fun learning about wikis. Gen.
Re: Hello Genevieve, you are most welcome. There is never a late here. You can still catch up on with the lessons. Hope you are receiving instructions in your email. Please do let us know if you need some specific help. Best wishes, --Ramesh C Sharma, PhD 18:15, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

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