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Hi Everyone,

Please feel free to share your closing thoughts, reflections and ideas on the WikiEducator Gives Back workshop by replying to this message.

The workshop has been great. I did try in the past to teach myself a few things about WE but it did not go well. I am sure it was because I was alone and when I got lost there was no one to help. Also considering that the first week of the workshop began when I was away on mission and had un-reliable Internet access, I must say that I have done quite well.

I will recommend the workshop to colleagues who are interested in WikiEducator. I will also plan to introduce sessions on WikiEducator in all the workshops that conduct on remote collaboration tools. --Justin Chisenga 10:10, 1 August 2010 (UTC)

Hi everyone. Has been great to participate in the workshop, and its always surprising how personal knowledge can be extended. Thanks to Dr. Gita Mathur for faciliting my group (C) and the positive comments. Also nice to see I have a small group of colleagues who all seem keen to meet up for coffee to maintain both a virtual and face to face connection. Also thanks to Wayne Mackintosh for personalising the workshop with your videos and to Ben for the amazing amount of time dedicated to the Wiki training. I hope to be able to put the skills to work and contribute to the WikiEducator comunity -Mverhaart 11:56, 2 August 2010 (UTC)

I have enjoyed learning how to contribute to wikiEducator over the last two weeks. I would like to become more involved with the projects in the future. I know I still have much to learn, but appreciate the time and effort of everyone involved in L4C. Thanks!

This has been a wonderful experience. While I have bought wiki books & even attempted once to create a wiki, nothing seemed to stick. But the Wiki/Educator Gives Back Workshop really works. It is thoughtfully organized, with a great mix from personal encouragement of mentors to interesting Webinars to valuable self-paced tutorials. Wow! Many, many thanks to everyone helped pull this together. --Vbross 22:28, 2 August 2010 (UTC)

Thanks so much for this great opportunity to learn about wikis and to be involved in this fantastic training program. I've learned so much although, must admit to feeling very much over my head and way out of my depth at the beginning. I'm really looking forward to developing my teaching materials and other things related to my teaching and training role in this environment using the skills I've gained over these past 10 days. Many, many thanks to all who were involved as mentors, trainers, etc. --RobynT 03:50, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

Hello. At first I thought this workshop was going to be difficult, which it was. But with the help from the facilitators and with the tutorials, I could reach the goal. I also had other participants help me with some things. I thank Mackwig for the videos, and I thank Ben for helping me out when I messed up. I will recommend this workshop to others. I also will tell my colleagues about it. Learned a lot. --Monica R 04:40, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

We were certainly glad to have you in the workshop, Monica. I look forward to seeing your future contributions!


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Thanks for this opportunity! Got to know new insights in mediawiki. However, I've got some questions:

  • Is there a possibility to get more technical details about the plugins you used and server requirements needed for this large group?
  • How do you implement eXe-learning materials?
  • Wysiwig editors in other wikis (confluence, dokuwiki) tend to break the wiki markup - so far I did not have any such problems with the richt editor you used. Are there any issues to be aware of?
  • Do you have any experience with word export/import?

Thanks a lot!

--Klaus Reich 09:06, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

Hi Klaus - in reply to your first query I have attempted to put together a grid comparing MediaWiki plugins & extensions (it is still incomplete) but may give you a start. MediaWiki:Extending_for_Teaching_and_Learning -Mverhaart 10:29, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

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Thank you very much for your kindness, work and effort. May Lord bless you.--Claudio47 16:51, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

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  • Thank you all so much for your participation in the eL4C41 workshop. People have given a lot of time and effort in writing and editing pages and messages, and new participants have come a long way in developing their wiki skills. Although my "watchlist" function seems to have been broken for the final days of the workshop, I was really enjoying seeing all the hard work and learning that was taking place up to that point. For those who have been wondering why I haven't commented on your more recent work, please send a note via my userpage, and I will try to look over your work very soon. Once again, thank you all! --Jrradney 20:00, 3 August 2010 (UTC)
←In reply to Closing thoughts and reflections (1) by Mackiwg, above:

Well, this has been a fabulous experience. My only problem is that I think it was short - how can this be over when I'm not finished yet?! My only regret is that there were 400 participants from 50 countries and I didn't get to meet them all. Observations: well,

  • I'm a little concerned about retention.
  • Learning4Content Part Deux? To cover such things as:
    • How much do you remember?
    • Advanced skills
    • Share what happened on your project/give other people the opportunity to help out/contribute to some projects that are ongoing.

You know, we're all so pressed for time, and not everything happens at the most opportune moment. I can't get involved in a long term project now, due to long term commitments, but it would be good to be able to stop back at wikieducator on any given day I had a couple of hours to spare, click through a page of What's Going On Around the Globe, and say do some editing for someone in Ghana or Mexico. Alternatively, a year from now I might be free to work for a long period of time on an educational project, and it would be good to be able to volunteer. I've loved every minute of this. Thanks, everyone. Tallong 22:14, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

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Thank you all for the opportunity to participate...and for your support. I learned a great deal about Wikis and am now better able to incorporate into adult learning. The most powerful component of the course was to witness the international interest in Wikis...and to share the unlimited potential to assist all students. --Bmcmulle 01:22, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

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Thanks so much for the learning opportunity offered by this course, and for the encouragement and support along the way! One of the things that attracted me to the course was that it was only over 10 days. I felt I was able to make that committment and have managed to keep up with the play, in most instances. I did find that the tasks took longer than the suggested 20 minutes or so. Sometimes my "or so" extended to hours as I wrestled to get things right. All good learning though! I do feel as if I have only just started to develop familiarity with WikiEd, so I value the ongoing access to the tutorial pages so I can revisit them in my own time as needs be. I think I may have over commited myself with my Wiki Project, and I would have appreciated some further guidance around small achievable projects that we could have embarked on. I will endeavour to pursue my project however, one way or another. There was a small community of us from my workplace participating in this course, whch made things interesting, and I would recommend having colleagues participate together for both motivation and support. Thanks to the EIT Hawkes Bay team! Thanks too of course to the WikiEducator team that have made this learning opportunity possible.

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The experience has been a great one. I really felt warmly welcomed and ably assisted at every step of the way. I will recommend this workshop to my fellow educators.

Thanks for the experience!!!

Natalie Isaac -Trinidad and Tobago

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My experience of attending the workshop is overwhelming.I would love to attend the next workshop & definitely advice my friends & colleagues to be part of it.--satarupa 2.12pm, August 4 2010 (UTC)

←In reply to Closing thoughts and reflections (1) by Mackiwg, above:

Hi. Thanks for the opportunity to attend the latest workshop and learn some new skills. It was great to play around in such a supportive environment, with everyone being especially encouraging and helpful. I learned a lot by snooping around in templates and other peoples pages to see how they did stuff! IT WAS GREAT!!

"Snooping around" is what it's about! It was great to have you in the workshop! --Benjamin Stewart 02:33, 5 August 2010 (UTC)

"Snooping around" is what it's about! It was great to have you in the workshop! --Benjamin Stewart 02:34, 5 August 2010 (UTC)

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 Useful Experience I have enjoyed my first real online workshop, and it was truly beneficial; sincerest gratitude to all facilitators. My colleague also participated and we intend to do a joint project as a first attempt in the Wiki in keeping with the give back theme. See you all soon in the wiki. Thank You - Best wishes 

Gerard Ahee

Trinidad & Tobago

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