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Open Spaces Learning
Lessons (2011 . 2012 . 2013)
Reflecting Forward

Start with last year's learning and last year's Reflecting Forward (then, of course, there is this year's :-).

Space-time Matrix

  • Draw lines across for each row - Kim Tucker
    • to make session times completely clear (we had post-its going up next to session headings instead of time slots).
    • Additional notes under Start the Process on the page about "Opening".

Managing WikiEducator pages

Setup framework for the next year

When the time comes (usually late in the previous year):

  • Copy-modify pages from the previous year
    • Use the same page name with a different prefix (e.g. 'JCrete2014' instead of 'JCrete2013:')
    1. Start with the navigation template (copy and modify the previous year's)
    2. and then systematically populate the linked pages based on their 2013 (or later) equivalents.
    3. Watch every page and be notified of changes - see the WikiEducator Useful Features tutorial.

Some principles

  1. WikiEducator is for outputs: session outputs, learning resources related to Java and convening open spaces events (three case studies so far :-).
    • best not to use it for specifics such as travel arrangements, logistics, meals and excursions (imo) - use jCrete.org (or the Java Specialists Wiki).
  2. Prefix each page with (e.g.) 'JCrete2013:' to avoid name clashes with others wanting to develop generic resources on a topic we happen to have covered in a symposium.
  3. Think carefully before editing pages (especially templates) created for 2012 with a view to using them for 2013 (you can break continuity) - rather create a new template and edit it to work for 2013.

Specific types of changes

  • Changing a page name (e.g. 'JavaDataStructures' to 'JavaCollections' or 'JavaSpecialistsSymposium2013:Home' to 'JCrete2013:Home'):
    • Do not create a new page and then paste the old text into it!
      • If you do that,
        1. you will also have to manually redirect the old page to the new one, otherwise links exist to both versions and different people will edit both creating an even bigger mess to try and sort out, and
        2. the page history is not retained (disrespectful to previous contributors as the attribution information is not directly associated with the new page).
      • Rather 'move' the page to the new name (next to 'View History' tab there is a drop down arrow with the actions 'Move' and 'Watch'). In this way:
        1. you avoid having to manually cut and paste the content,
        2. the history of the old page will be retained in the new one,
        3. you have the option to move sub-pages too,
        4. associated 'discussion' pages (tabs) may also be moved, and
        5. all other links to the old page name will still work via redirection (redirection link will be inserted automatically).
      • (A personal good practice[1]:) Minimise the number of redirects and check which pages link to the old page name and edit those to link directly to the new page. When all have been done and no pages link to the old one, mark it for deletion with {{delete}}.
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  • The quantity and quality of outputs is up to the participants and thus highly variable - losing many great insights.
    • For more complete outputs with less effort, in 2013 the aim is to video record all the sessions.

Recording sessions

Collaborative Video Editing

  1. N.B. Best only to do this after redirect via move - not when merging pages with separate attribution lists. In that case, the redirect page is best kept.