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Introduction

Sir John Daniel, Founding Patron of WikiEducator
WikiEducator is a community project working collaboratively with the Free Culture Movement towards a free version of the education curriculum by 2015. Driven by the learning for development agenda we focus on:

Sir John Daniel, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth of Learning was the founding patron of WikiEducator. The project has adopted a community governance model which is coordinated by WikiEducator's Open Community Council, building on the work of the Interim International Advisory Board. Ambassadors for WikiEducator promote the project around the globe, and our technology roadmap helps us make the future happen.

WikiEducator's technical infrastructure is supported by a financial contribution by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) to the Open Education Resource Foundation an independent international non-profit head quartered at Otago Polytechnic New Zealand. The servers are hosted by Athabasca University, Canada.

Strategy

WikiEducator aims to build a thriving and sustainable global community dedicated to the design, development and delivery of free content for learning in realisation of a free version of the education curriculum by 2015.

Building the WikiEducator community together
In realisation of this vision, the WikiEducator strategy will focus on:

The strategy is divided into three distinct phases.

Phase 1: Establishing foundations (May 2006 - Dec 2007)

This phase involves setting up the technologies and processes to facilitate community development for free content. This is achieved by:

Phase 2: Scaling up free content development (Jan 2008 - Dec 2008)

The prime purpose of Phase 2 is to scale up the rate and quality of free content development building on the foundations established during Phase 1. Phase 2 will be realised through ongoing community development with special emphasis on scalable capacity development, including for example:

Phase 3: Sustainable implementation of free content in education (Jan 2009 - )

The purpose of this phase is to prioritise activities which implement free content into mainstream educational activities. The success of the free content movement in education will be measured when real students enroll in real programmes using free content.

The flagship project will be the Commonwealth Computer Navigator's Certificate to collect evidence on the merits and value proposition of free content in real educational contexts.

Quick facts and highlights

Date Selected milestones No. Registered users
Feb 2006 Wayne registers the domain names for:
  • wikieducator.org
  • wikieducator.net
  • wikieducator.com
Nil
Feb 2006 Installed the Mediawiki software on a desktop machine at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. WikiEducator was originally conceived as an experimental wiki to host content developed by the eXe community and to explore the potential for collabrative development of eLearning content the wiki way. 10
April 2006 WikiEducator relocated to a hosted server. Hosting services provided by Erik Möeller and funded by COL 12
August 2006 Strategic plan for WikiEducator submitted under the eLearning for Education Sector Development initiative as part of COL's three-year plan, 2006 - 2009. 17
October 2006 WikiEducator brochure uploaded to the site. 80
November 2006 FLOSS4Edu project launched in Kenya 142
January 2007 WikiEducator mailing list created by Brent Simpson 285
February 2007 491
April 2007 803
May 2007 WikiEducator achieves 1,000 users. 1,000
October 2007 William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announce a $100,000 grant for the Learning4Content project. 1,400
December 2007
  • Stephen Downes names WikiEducator the best educational wiki.
  • Wikis go printable: The Wikimedia Foundation and the Commonwealth of learning announce the partnership to collaborate on wiki ==> pdf technology.
  • WikiEducator achieves 2,000 users
2,165
January 2008 WikiEducator launches the Learning4Content project 2,515
May 2008 WikiEducator is the inaugural recipient of the 2008 Merlot Africa Network and eLearning Africa (MANeLA) award in the Free Software for OER Content Authoring category. 3,892
June 2008 4,221
August 2008 OER Handbook for Educators goes to print 5,418
September 2008 Results of the first WikiEducator community elections announced. 5,941



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