My name is Phil Bartle. My students and staff call me Dr. Phil but I have no relation to that guy on Oprah. Please call me Phil, and I will call you by your first name. (No initials or titles, please).
Although I am called a "user" on this site, I do not use recreational drugs (except caffeine) and I do not use people. I like to use my brain and encourage others to do so, also. I know that common sense is not all that common, but I appreciate logical thinking and acting.
I'm interested in:
Sustainable community empowerment
Since health prevents me from traveling any more, I live vicariously through the CEC (Community Empowerment Collective), in daily contact with volunteers and users (readers) from all over the world. Our organization, CEC, has several hundred volunteers, most of whom translate. I spend much time in massaging incoming translations to upload them to the site, encouraging the coordinators who guide and support the volunteers, edit and update the material, and do what I can to help the team develop,
Kwawu culture and society
The Kwawu are an Akan group in West Africa, related to the Asante (Ashanti). Their traditional social organization is based on matrilineal descent, but they are very much in the modern world with one of the highest literacy and education rates in Africa. They are resident and engage in communication and travel all over the world, especially Europe and North America. Ghana is very peaceful and Ghanaians pride themselves on arbitrating and settling disputes without resort to violence. The country now has many refugees from nearby countries torn by strife and civil war. My second language is Twi (Akan) and I married a woman from Ghana and brought her to Canada.
Within the discipline, I am most interested in (1) Introductory Sociology made simple for community workers with middle school education, (2) the Sociology of Communities, and (3) Applied Sociology, with a focus on community empowerment. I have taught many other courses: Epistemology, Family, Community, Research Methods, Traditional African Societies, Modern African Societies, Institutions, Marxist Sociology, Introductory Social and Cultural Anthropology, Social Change, Culture Change, and Economics, and I remain interested in all those topics. From time to time I add new documents to the site.
Developing WikiEd training material
I took the course on making Wiki pages (L4C), twice, and I am developing an Introductory course on Community Empowerment.
and a few peeves:
Today is: 2020 October 31, Saturday
WikiEducator News & Events
Tips and Suggestions
Notes from my Wikineighbours
Please put your comments in the Discussion page; Hit the discussion tab at the top of the page. --Phil Bartle 21:37, 20 April 2009 (UTC)