Activities for Day 1

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(Comment.gif: Reminder ~ have you added your name to the Signature Page?. Please do so, so that your Facilitator can give you feedback on your User Page, and you can also network with your peers and learn about their (OER) interests!!)

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Do the Basic Text Formating Tutorial

Download & Sign Your Learning Contract

  • A learning contract for this workshop will be placed by the facilitators as a sub page linked to your user page. Please read the Learning Contract - and sign it using wiki syntax - the same way you signed your introductory text in the pre workshop activity.

Share Your Idea for an Open Educational Resource (OER)

  • On your WE User Page, add the following wiki syntax: *[[/OER/]]
    • This will automatically create a red link to another page on the wiki called OER (we call it a "sub-page) ~ for Open Educational Resource.
  • Click "save"
  • Now, go back and click that red link. This will automatically link you to your new OER page!!
  • Now, you can begin editing that page - by adding text to the input box that describes your idea for an OER on WikiEducator.
  • Make sure to briefly describe your edits when you SAVE YOUR WORK! - so it can be reflected in "Recent Changes"