# Introductions

## Mary Lynn Manton

Hello everyone, I am (Mary Lynn Manton) from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Nice to meet you all. I coordinate a degree program called Informatics & Security (IFS) at Seneca College in Toronto. I joined WikiEducator so that I could learn how to create and maintain wikis that are informative, educational and a destination of choice for the students and faculty in the IFS program. I look forward to getting to know you all.

Question: how can I insert an image of myself?

Once you've uploaded your image, you can then embed it here using the 'embed file' tool of the Rich editor when you are in editing mode. See screenshot below --VFoliaki 14:31, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

Screenshot of Rich Editor

## Abed

Hello everyone, I am Abed live in the Garden City of Ghana. A beautiful country on the Western Coast of Africa.I work at the same place with Richard Lamptey ie KNUST I work as a System Analyst and double as the Systems Librarian. I am interested in platforms that enhance the knowledge creation and sharing. I am actively involved in creating repositories for Academic Institutions in Ghana, advocating for open access initiatives and supporting Libraries in the area of ICT implementation and usage. I currently manage the University's Institutional Repository KNUSTSpace. I see wikis as one of the platforms that could be used to help in knowledge management and open sharing and collaboration.

(: Hello and welcome Abed! I agree with you, wikis are a great way to manage and share knowledge with others. You'll find that WE offers the support that you need to achieve this. --Benjamin Stewart 17:45, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

Massa, AKWAABA!! --Victor P. K. Mensah 20:12, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

Yes Bro. we are going to to have a lots of fun. Lets make the OER future bright. Richard lamptey

Dear Abed, Welcome to WikiEducator. You have joined the largest active global online community of educator with over 15,000 users and have now access to wonderful network of your WikiNeighbors, friends in this community who will support you when you need. Feel free to call on any of us for help. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 18:34, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Mary Pringle

Hi all. I am a learning designer from Athabasca, Canada. I help to put undergraduate- and graduate-level university courses online. I teach online as well, which is tremedously helpful in designing course environments. I am happy to be an educator in this exciting time when we are looking not only for ways to use technology effectively, but also for a new understanding of what it means to be educated. I like tools as well as ideas, and expect to have fun in this workshop. I hope to apply what I learn to more effective design of wiki assignments for students. As I said in my profile, I want to make what I have learned useful to anyone who needs this kind of knowledge, so this is a great opportunity to learn and share.

--Maryp 17:59, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Mary, Canada is another of those places on my must see list. Hopefully you will get lots of ideas for using wikis with students while doing this workshop. Carolct 22 Jul 2010 10:55 am NZ
Hello Mary. I visited Athabasca University in 2004 and met with the some of the staff in the Learning Development Centre. I wonder if you were there at the time? <smile> It was a very interesting visit. I did a barn-building exercise on Wikied with students a couple of years ago. It was fun. --Bronwynh 01:14, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Dear Mary, Welcome aboard. We are almost neighbours physically, I live in Vancouver, but speaking in Wiki terms I am also your WikiNeighbour. Welcome aboard. Warm wishes,--Patricia Schlicht 18:38, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Larissa Buchholz

Hello. I am from Jacksonville, Florida USA. I work in the adult basic education field. I am excited to learn more about wikis. I've visited wikipedia many times, but have never felt bold enough to edit or create something. I can't wait to take what I learn now and apply it to the classroom and help my fellow colleagues. I think having open educational resources is such an important element in expanding education!

Larissa, it is interesting to have you here as you have been visiting wikipedia sites. You will find this course a place to be bold as you will be guided by colleagues on the course. So feel free to do something and do not feel bad when you make mistake because this is a place to learn and we are all learning from one another.
--Ojolubodun 16:50, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Dear Larissa. WikiEducator is the largest active online community of global educators around the world with over 15,000 users worldwide. you will learn very quickly how powerful it is as you go along and build up new international relationships that can also further your own ideas in an open environment. Good to have you with us. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 18:43, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Maria

I live in beautiful Regina, Saskatchewan which you can check out at GoogleEarth. Je travaille en français for the French Education Branch of the Ministry. I help schools infuse technology into their daily practices and am revising curricula. I am also President of CNIE-RCIE but know little about wikis simply as I haven't had the time to learn how to use them.

Hi Maria, I've been to Canada a few times, but never Saskatchewan (I live in New Jersey, USA). It does look beautiful. I see that Banff is not *too* far from you--I hope to visit someday. CNIE-RCIE looks really interesting--wonderful how it serves both French and English speakers. I didn't know anything about wikis when I joined WikiEducator. It's a wonderful community of learners very willing to share knowledge with each other. Your WikiNeighbor, --Alison Snieckus 17:09, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Alison, --

Hope that you can visit us some day as there is much to see. Banff is beautiful but is about a 10 hour drive from Regina. We tend to drive more to Fernie on the weekend for skiing. Welcome aboard!--Maria 15:01, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Hello Maria. I met someone from Regina, Saskatchewan in 2004 when I was attending a conference at Calgary and Edmonton. She was an academic at Saskatchewan University I think, and she ran an organic farm with white cattle. She almost ran it single-handed and was a feisty woman who had a cow"girl" look. <smile> She was fun to chat with. You will find it very easy to pick up the wiki concept. I just love using them now especially WikiEd. --Bronwynh 01:22, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

♦Bonjour, An organic farm with white cattle sounds interesting, I didn't know that we had one in SK. Thanks for the reply and welcome. --Maria 15:01, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Maria, welcome to the wiki workshop! It sounds like there are lots of people in Regina working on interesting projects. One of the Public Knowledge Project's programmers for the open source publishing software, Open Journals Systems, is based there too I think. Perhaps you know each other (Alec Smecher)?. Sigi Jottkandt

►Thanks for the welcome.  No sorry, I don't know Alec but you are correct in that we do support a variety of open source resources.  I would send you to some but work is being done on the server so they are inactive at this time. TTYL  --Maria 15:01, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Maria. We met at the CNIE 2010 conference in Saint John, New Brunswick. I was a member of the organizing group. I hope to go to CNIE 2011 in Ontario next year. Sue Davis

Hi again Maria, I am new to all of this too. The only way that I know of to reply to statements is to do so by clicking the edit icon. --Suedavis 11:21, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Sue, did you check out the question page?  Jenni from Australia answered with two suggestions.  She also added a Comments section to my userpage.  Hope this helps.--Maria 15:01, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Richard Lamptey

Hi! I am a Ghanaian working for the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana.KNUST I work as a Repository Librarian KNUSTSpace. I am also actively involved in Open Access to Scholarly literature initiative in Ghana and capacity development activities relating to the use of ICTs including Web 2.0 and social media. My motivation for joining the course is based on the fact that I work with several colleagues located in different parts of the World. I am of the view that using collaborative tools such as wikis will make my work and that of my colleagues a lot easier. In addition, WikiEducator looks like a very good tool for remote collaboration and sharing of open educational resources. I therefore want to be very conversant with WikiEducator. I will do my best possible to introduce Librarians to this wonderful tool. My blog

--Lamee 14:56, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Rich, welcome aboard hope we will have a nice time tweaking things here. (: Welcome Richard, good to have you with us. Warm wishes --Patricia Schlicht 03:22, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

## Indira Koneru

Hi, I'm Indira, working as Senior Instructional Designer at Genpact, Hyderabad. I joined eL4C33 workshop with a motive to foster collaborative Open Content Movement. My workshop facilitators Nellie and Gladys helped me attain the status of WikiArtisan in just five days (December 14 - 18, 2009. I joined Integrating Technology team and co-facilitated Moodle for Teachers Beginners' 1 (M4T-B1) workshop. I hold a Doctoral Degree in Open Distance Education and M.Phil. in Library and Information Science. Looking forward to collaborating with Library & Information Science Educators and Open Distance Educators to develop open content for India. Here is my WikiEducator userpage and here is my mail ID. --Dr. Indira Koneru 14:01, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Wow, your user page is great, Indira! Congratulations! Those new to WE will certainly benefit from your expertise. --Benjamin Stewart 17:49, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

Hi Indira! I hope you are well and not working too hard:) Cheers --jennip 02:24, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
• Hi Indira, lovely to see you here. Warm wishes --Patricia Schlicht 18:44, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Deb Stewart

Kia Ora koutou-Greetings all! I'm Deb Stewart, born in Christchurch New Zealand and currently living in the sunny Hawkes Bay. I teach at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in the areas of social services and adult education. Alongside full-time work, I am about half way through a Masters in Adult Education (Adult Learning Global Change) through Monash, Melbourne. I'm doing this course in a small gap in between courses on the Masters programme and was attracted, in part by the short time-frame for this course. I am a WikiEducator newbie (this is my third attempt to make a post to this forum!!) and have chosen this course for the learning experience and to understand more about ways in which wikis can be used in teaching and learning. I intend to use my learning to share with other learners, and hopefully to broaden my own learning opportunities. I look forward to the journey!

Welcome Deb, good to have an EIT person on board - give my best to catspyjamasnz. Looking forward to seeing your work. Richardnz 08:47, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Another EIT person. Seems there are a few of use here. I am doing a contract with Vit & Wine at the moment, and being "Joyce" on Fridays this month whilst she is away. Good to see you here. CarolCT 10:05 PM 21/07/2010 (NZ)
Hi Deb (and Carol), good to have you here also --Mverhaart 11:29, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Deb, Carol & Michael. Can we have a virtual coffee sometime or even a real one? --SallyWoods 10:28, 22 July 2010
(: Yes we should all get together physically over a real coffee. I'm in EIT tomorrow (Fri 23rd) so I'll contact everyone to see what's possible Carolct 04:53, 22 July 2010 (UTC))
Hi Deb,Carol,Sally & Steph, not in tomorrow (Friday) so maybe another time :) --Mverhaart 08:49, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Sorry I'm not in tomorrow either Carol. soon ...--SallyWoods 9.46, 23 July 2010
Hi Deb, if you're still having issues let me know Monday and I'll pop in for a while when I'm not in class (in person) --Mverhaart 11:03, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
Dear Deb, I see you have already made lots of contacts, which is wonderful. Welcome aboard and in our Wiki family. Warm wishes,--Patricia Schlicht 18:45, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Jenni Hallett

Hi. I'm from Sydney in Australia and teach Biology and Science at Roseville College, an independent school for girls. I've been teaching for 15 years and am currently enjoying updating how I deliver some parts of the curriculum by trying out different web tools. I am privileged to teach in a very well resourced school. This year I have been trialing using a Wikispaces webpage with my Senior Biology students. The goal was to have more organisation of the links to online material and for us to communicate with each other more effectively. I feel my students have enjoyed this new way of collaborating. When I read more about WikiEducator, I was impressed by the idea of sharing resources so more people around the world have the opportunity to learn. This week I attended a professional development course about screencasts and think maybe I could contribute in that way to share some of my teaching with others.

Hi Jenny, Welcome to the workshop.. Seems you're already well versed in the wiki-ways..Will be great to learn more about the screencasts! --Sandhya 10:03, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hi Jenni, welcome to WE. You have registered twice with different email ID's, please visit the participants' table & see the Group C list click here. You are free to create any one of the usepages & even both if you want. This is Wiki & you do what you like :-) Reply here & I can delete any unwanted userpage. warm wishes--Dr. Gita Mathur 01:24, 23 July 2010 (UTC))

Hi Gita, Perhaps there is another Jenni Hallett in the USA who has registered as well?  I have only registered once as a Science teacher, Australia.  I'm doing fine for now but may have some questions for you later.  Thanks, Jenni

(: Hi Jenni, I see that you have already found likeminded people. Wonderful to know. Welcome to the Wiki. I hope you are enjoying this experience. Warm wishes --Patricia Schlicht 18:47, 23 July 2010 (UTC))

• (: Hi Jenni, This is an interesting co-incidence, I will wait for the other Jenni :-) too. Nice to see the progress on your page, I am a Biologist too....hope to collaborate sometime. Warm wishes--Dr. Gita Mathur 08:28, 25 July 2010 (UTC))

## Betsy Lyon

My background is originally in Secondary Education, then Basic Adult Literacy and Numeracy in the Community Education sector. This then moved to workplace literacy and numeracy and training in the field of Workplace Training and Assessment. My Educational background is B.Arts/Diploma Education (History, English/Migrant English) then a further B.Education in Adult Literacy and Basic Education. I am interested in gardening, reading, cooking, travelling and family, especially my beautiful granddaughters. Currently I work at the Flexible Learning Institute at Charles Sturt University Albury Wodonga as a Research Assistant and Project Officer assisting with a Teaching Fellowship program which is to encourage more blended and flexible provision of learning at the university. I registered for eL4C41, a Learning4Content workshop to learn wiki skills for my own benefit as well as understanding what is happening with the Fellows in our program when they incorporate wikis in their projects.

Great to see so many from the southern hemisphere! Also good to see universities encouraging blended/flexible approaches. CarolCT 10:10PM 21/7/2010 (NZ)
Dear Betsy, Welcome to our Wiki family. You will experience very quickly the power of collaboration as we together are much stronger than each of us alone trying to do something. Welcome aboard. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 18:49, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Wayne Mackintosh

I had the privilege of starting the WikiEducator project in February 2006 from a small desktop server based at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Today WikiEducator is one of the world's fastest growing and most productive wikis in the formal education sector. It's great to see teachers around the world collaborating and sharing knowledge in this way. I have to say that WikiEducator has been the most rewarding project of my professional career as educator. If you want to find out a little more about my work in WikiEducator, feel free to visit my userpage. Recently, Otago Daily Times has published a short summary of WikiEducator. Welcome to our family and I'll see you in the wiki. --Wayne Mackintosh 00:53, 5 May 2010 (UTC)
• Thanks Wayne for leading by example. Building a learning community through the promotion of social capital and relational trust is what it's all about. --Benjamin Stewart 00:02, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Wayne thanks for affording me the opportunity to participate. Look forward to a great session -- LeRoy Hill, CEN 12:43, 21 July 2010 (UTC)) Hi Wayne - your enthusiasm for WikiEducator is infectious!   Thanks!    On a purely practical note, how are you doing all those indents and different colours? - I'm stumped.  Cheers - Alan Grant

Whoopee!! Thanks Wayne for the link on colours! The learning continues... --Alan Grant 23:43, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

• Hi Wayne, great to be in touch again virtually, and thanks for this opportunity to learn. Trusting there will be no fire drills online! Sigi Jottkandt 00:02, 21 July 2010.

(: And what do we call this Wayne? an e-Chain reaction?? We Increase Knowledge Incessantly Enriching Developing Urging Caring Answering Thro Online Resources. Congrats at the way WE are doing! Cynthia D'Costa--Agnes 12:12, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

►Hi Wayne, thanks for agreeing to being a facilitator.  When do we receive our Wiki certifications?LOL <smile>  Sorry but I couldn't resist after seeing the video.  I know how to change font colors using the HTML codes but is there an easier way to do this in a wiki? Merci beaucoup.--Maria 18:49, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

• Hi Wayne, I couldn't be prouder to be part of such a thriving community of worldwide educators who all follow a common goal, to make education freely accessible. You are a true example what passion for the cause and conviction in carrying this forward, can lead to. I salute you! Cheers,--Patricia Schlicht 18:52, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hi Wayne, Thanks for the introduction! It's great to be here! Ken Udas was a great person to work for and we miss him very much.-Ravi)

## Joanna Barclay

I'm from Chelsea, QC, which is a beautiful area along the Gatineau River, just 15 minutes of downtown Ottawa, Canada. Professionally I'm a certified group facilitator. My passion is bringing people together and building consensus to enable people to reach their full potential, at work, home or play. Another passion is yoga. As an Art of Living teacher, I lead public and corporate workshops on Yoga of Breath, teaching people how to achieve personal excellence by achieving greater peace of mind, health and happiness. Currently I am building a business practice around online collaboration with my colleague. The skills I learn through the workshop will enable me to move into the online world of collaboration, which is the next great frontier of collaboration in the workplace. Its exciting and I'm looking forward to the learnings. --Joanna Barclay

Hi Joanna, a pleasure to meet you in the wiki. I'm very interested in the potential of building sustainable business practices around open collaboration models -- Its sounds crazy -- but after this workshop and interaction with this community, you experience the power of open collaboration for sustainable and scalable business practice for the future ;-) Wayne Mackintosh 14:45, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

## Randy Fisher (aka WikiRandy)

I'm now from Ottawa, Canada, having recently moved from Vancouver, BC, where I had the pleasure of working with WikiEducator's founder, Wayne Mackintosh, at the Commonwealth of Learning. At the time, I supported the development of WikiEducator's community, and gave life to my online identity as "WikiRandy" - yes, that is my user name! These days, I'm working as a management consultant for the Intersol Group, in Ottawa, facilitating change, and online collaboration and engagement. I'm also an elected member of WikiEducator's Community Council. I have helped develop and deliver the Learning4Content courses - and I feel honoured to facilitate them, as well as give people an 'experience' of the dynamic power of collaborating with peers. It's been life-changing! Randy Fisher 00:40, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

Hey Randy - -great to have you on board! For the benefit of the workshop and those who don't know -- WikiRandy is WikiEducator's top editor with close to 25,000 edits! Randy is also the pioneer of numerous community building and community development projects here @ WikiEducator. Glad you could share and gift a little more time to our family! --Wayne Mackintosh 05:23, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Randy, good to have you with us. Always good to be among friends. Cheers,--Patricia Schlicht 18:53, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Shaun Vogels

I am a teacher in the Parramatta Catholic Education Diocese. There is a great deal of activity in the Diocese around open plan learning and implementation of technology in the classroom. I am what the current jargon would refer to as a technology immigrant as apposed to a technology native. We have been challenged to create Wiki's on Wikispaces for our students which is o.k. for keeping some material in-house based on Child Protection Legislation, yet does not have the power of the open learning and resource sharing capabilities of this Wiki. This Wiki Educator course seemed to be the ideal way of developing my skills and also being able to create powerful and accessible learning materials.

Hi Shaun -- I love the concept of "open plan learning". Hey in WikiEducator there are no technology immigrants -- we're an international family of educators collaborating for the social good of education :-). Seriously though -- almost half our registered users are over 45 years old (and I'm past the median threshold ;-)) -- Our motto is: Just try it: Our Community will support you. And you can be sure that the wiki's were invented long after 90% of the editors on this site -- in short, we all started at the beginning with no wiki skills. We're to help you -- enjoy the journey.Wayne Mackintosh 14:51, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Shaun - I like the term 'digital immigrant'.  It sounds a more together euphemism than 'e-muggle', which I what I tend to use to describe myself.  I'm trying to get the hang of wikis and worthwhile applications for them in the classroom while I'm studying e-learning through NZ's Massey Uni.  I get your frustration about the clash between wanting to open your students to the world, yet at the same time needing to ensure their safety online.  Cheers! - Alan Grant

## Dr. Gita Mathur

My name is Dr. Gita Mathur. I am Associate Professor of Botany at Gargi College, University of Delhi, India. I have been a Botany teacher for more than 25 years. I am a trained Botanist, but over time my interests have diversified to issues related to environment, science education and innovations in teaching methodologies.
I strongly believe in free access to educational content and in collaborative learning not only among peers but also between a student and a teacher.
Besides my academic responsibilities, I spend a lot of time working on innovations in teaching Botany including designing experiments which can be done with minimum facilities. I am very fond of photography, especially close-ups of plants and flowers.
WikiEducator has given me many friends & a whole lot of students at the global level. I would like to help everyone who believes in open education for all. Please visit my userpage by clicking on my name here. --Gita Mathur 04:15, 15 April 2010 (UTC) It is also great fun learning through these daily tutorials, with facilitators to help you online. I have facilitated one F2F and three online workshops.
Please feel free to Email me
It would be very exciting to be able to see some of your pictorial botany work online. I listened to a fascinating discussion about 15 hours ago at Tech Talk Tuesdays on Elluminate (unfortunately, I cannot access the recording; it has a limited distribution). Perhaps you can gain access; the group is based in Australia, and the session was by John Pearce. At any rate, I look forward to seeing more of your work online.
--Jrradney 22:33, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Gita, great to be working in the wiki with you again -- your dedication to facilitation is an inspiration for us all! --Wayne Mackintosh 23:25, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Gita, Nice to see you again and be learning from you. Kalpana Gupte 09:06, 21 July 2010 (UTC) --Mamun
Hello Gita Madam, Nice to meet you and I'm eager to learn from you.With Thanks and regards --Suresh Babu

(: Hi Gita, looking forward to our collaboration again!!! Warmest, --Patricia Schlicht 03:31, 22 July 2010 (UTC))
(: Hi Gita! Happy to be back on WE..Cynthia--Agnes 12:16, 22 July 2010 UTC))<(br>(: Hi, it sure is going to be fascinating with such enthusiastic WE members around. Warm wishes to all--Dr. Gita Mathur 17:22, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

(: Hello Gita madam! Very enthusiastic to learn further from you on WE.--Vaishali 23 July 2010UTC))

(: Dear Gita, so good to have such a dedicated person and wonderful friend with us here. Thank you for all that you do. Warmest,--Patricia Schlicht 18:54, 23 July 2010 (UTC))

## Amanda Healey-Browne

I'm from London in the UK. Today it's a little hot and smelly, but the river Thames is sparkling in the sun and it's looking like it could be a good day. I'm an e-learning designer. At the moment I have the title of Instructional Designer, which is pretty much the same thing. I'm working on taking our degree courses and building synchronous and asynchronous versions for our VLE. What do I expect to gain from this? Well, it will be interesting to see how the project takes off and if there is content that will inspire me on how to use our wikis. Also, I enjoy meeting new people and learning from them.

Hi Amanda, London is nice when the sun shines. Welcome to the workshop. Richardnz 09:18, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
(: Welcome Amanda This is great. Great to have another learning designer taking part in this workshop. I found this to be a great tool and think you will enjoy it as well. Best of luck in your studies and I look forward to your further participation. -- LeRoy Hill, CEN 12:47, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

## Benjamin Stewart

I'm an EFL teacher educator and researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico and am originally from the United States. My interests are researching connective English language learnings, promoting distance English language learning, and conducting ongoing, open, distance English language training workshops. My personal learning network primarily revolves around what I do in Wikieducator and my Collaborative Understandings sites: a blog, a Moodle, and main website. I have joined this workshop because I feel strongly about open education, collaboration, and learning through diversity.--Benjamin Stewart 03:29, 20 June 2010 (UTC)
Hi Benjamin -- really appreciate your support during this workshop. The calibre of your wiki skills will be a great asset for this workshop. Great idea to host a few live sessions -- thanks for that :-) --Wayne Mackintosh 23:27, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
Thanks Wayne! I'm just happy to be part of such a grand endeavor supported by so many talented and knowledgeable people. --Benjamin Stewart 23:36, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Benjamin, Looking through your profile there must be more than one of you!! --Mverhaart 11:29, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Hello Michael, by the looks of your user page and related links, you seem to have quite a digital presence going on. I look forward to seeing your contributions during the workshop and beyond. --Benjamin Stewart 02:58, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Benjamin I am happy to meet you as your interest (one among many) is distance English language learning is very crucial in agae of It. I am also research in CALl and its use in teaching English in the Polytechnics. I hope you will guide me in this field. With regards, mamun(UTC)
(: Hi Ben, great session just now. Loved your approach. Cheers--Patricia Schlicht 03:30, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

Thank you Patricia. I appreciate your attendance and your continued support and words of motivation. --Benjamin Stewart 03:02, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hi,nice to meet you once again in this workshop. regards, --Vaishali 23 July 2010 (UTC))

Hi Benjamin, watched the recorded session yesterday. Thanks for your help.--Suedavis 10:52, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Thanks Sue! I will be conducting another session tomorrow if you can make it. If you can't, it too will be recorded. --Benjamin Stewart 04:08, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

## Victor Mensah

My Name is Victor Paa Kwesi Mensah, a Ghanaian living and working in Zambia. I work for the Commonwealth Secretariat. I have been a fan of wikis starting with wikieducator since 2008 and I am simply addicted <smile>. I have facilitated quite a number of L4C workshops in a few countries in Africa and online. I am a WikiEducator Council Member and see myself supporting this community for a loooooooooooooooooooong time to come. Welcome to all participants at this workshop and LETS HAVE FUN!!--Victor P. K. Mensah 15:23, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hello Victor! It's great to have you aboard. I look forward to sharing this great experience with you. --Benjamin Stewart 17:53, 21 July 2010 (UTC) )

• Thanks Benjamin. Its a pleasure joining hands with you on this great initiative. I am honored. --Victor P. K. Mensah 20:14, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Victor -- thanks for joining in. Great to have such experienced facilitators joining in. I'm still quite depressed about the handball in front of the Ghana goal :-(. Had the game been played in Ghana -- a ponding may have been required ;-). Great to see you here! --Wayne Mackintosh 03:15, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Hahaha, Wayne, you truly know your "African ways". Ponding would have ensued. But we are sure that this perhaps was a "message" to us not to take anything for granted. We shall do better in Brazil next four years. Thanks for your support. Its always a pleasure to join hands on wikieducator and as you can see, my team leader Benjamin Stewart has by far been the most active so far. If he dosnt get the final award, i shall be organising some ponding for you <smile>. Cheers!! --Victor P. K. Mensah 15:20, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

## Cathie Loesing

I am a Program Coordinator for the eMINTS National Center at the University of Missouri. We provide professional development for K-12 teachers on integrating technology into best practices instruction. Formerly, I was an elementary teacher and K-12 Library Media Specialist and Instructional Technology Specialist for the school district in Columbia, Missouri. I am interested in creating and providing OER for K-12 students and teachers.

• I grew up (what little growing up I actually did (smile)) in western Missouri (Lake of the Ozarks region). I'm very glad to see you working for the betterment of students there. The teachers I had in the small, rural school there set me on a path that eventually led to my doctorate. Many of them had next to no resources and they were paid embarrasingly little for the work they did. I honour them.--Jrradney 22:57, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
• Dear Cathie, Welcome to Wikieducator. Many teachers just like you have been doing exactly that, incorporating their wiki experiences into the classroom with very good results. When we get to it, I will guide you along, so you can have a look. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 18:58, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## KD Shijo

Hi everyone. I am Mr. KD Shijo from Mumbai, India. I am a teacher with an international school in Mumbai, teaching History and ICT to grade 8,9 and 10. I have my MA in International Relations, and BA in Political Science. I have done my B Ed [Bachelor of Education] form University of Mumbai and currently pursuing eB Ed [Electronic Bachelor of Education] from YCMO University, Nashik. I was part of L4C40 Workshop with Gita Mathur and Patricia and I enjoyed each day of the session. Looking forward to more learning and networking with people of same passion. To view my page click here  --KD Shijo 15:15, 26 June 2010 (UTC)
• Welcome KD! You have a nice user page developing. I look forward to seeing some of your projects materializing in WE as OERs. --Benjamin Stewart 21:20, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Shijo, Nice to meet you.Your User page is excellent. I'm new to wiki. Hope I could learn the basics through this workshop. Warm regards Suresh Babu (: Hi Shijo, Good to see your progress from eL4C40 to eL4C41. You are a natural WE :-) & I am happy to see all the new additions to your userpage.--Dr. Gita Mathur 01:32, 23 July 2010 (UTC)) (: Hi Shijo, It is interes ting to meet an eBEd student. I would llike to learn more from you about thie mode of BEd. --nisha :-) 13:19, 23 July 2010 (UTC))

## Cheryle McGlothlin

Everybody calls me Dee (my middle name). I am currently living in south central Ohio in a state forest. I have been a classroom teacher, served as a building technology coordinator, a district technology coordinator, director of technology and professional development and am currently an educational technology consultant. My work/educational background is focused on grades 1-8 (all curriculum areas) and K-12 technology integration. I have earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and am currently working on my dissertation in Instructional Technology hoping to finish my research in 2011, focusing on Developmental Learning Theories and how it applies to teacher created online learning. I am also the owner of Instructional Technology & Design, LLC. I have limited experience with wiki's and am always looking for new things to learn to apply to the K-12 learning environment.
Welcome Dee to the workshop! I would like to learn more about your research interests as well as your plans for creating OERs. Perhaps the two will relate to each other. --Benjamin Stewart 00:09, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hi Dee, You are at the right place, I am looking forward to reading your contributions to WikiEducator. A person with your background & interests will help us all become better teachers :-)Welcome here.--Dr. Gita Mathur 01:36, 23 July 2010 (UTC))

Welcome Cheryle, to our WikiEducator family. You have joined the largest active online community of global educators and will soon experience a large network of friends and associates that will assist you when you call on them, to help you fulfil your own visions for Open Education. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:01, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Alanieta Lesuma-Fatiaki

• My good friend, Paul Lomavatu (from Fiji), will be excited to learn I have a fellow student in this course from Fiji (as well as others from Tonga and other Pacific islands). People in my small town of Williams Lake are amazed at the contacts we make in these worldwide courses. Because I used to work with a group concerned with the status of minority languages in the world, I have close associates working in the Pacific Islands, as well, one with the Lengo people in the Solomons and another working with Niue. Distance learning in such situations (for training in language documentation, translation, and curriculum development) is such a key system to get implemented! I hope you will be able to extend your work into this area soon. I am happy to have you as a fellow student in this course.--Jrradney 23:04, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Ala!!, good to See you here - seems a long time since your visit at the VCILT in Mauritius - You're going to really enjoy the workshop..and I'm so happy to be seeing people I've known in other projects join Wikieducator! --Sandhya 10:07, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Alanieta -- I couldn't agree more -- WikiEducator's vision is inspiring and represents a return to the core values of education, that is to share knowledge freely! You are now part of a team of thousands of educators around the world collaborating on the development of teaching materials we can share. Let's make OER futures happen for the Pacific region! --Wayne Mackintosh 07:51, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Alanieta, I would like to read more about your contributions to OER's particularly as a science teacher. We may even collaborate on subjects of common interest. Wayne's initiative has been a great source of inspiration for so many of us. Happy to note that you believed in WE and decided to join this community of teachers & educators. Warm wishes.--Dr. Gita Mathur 01:44, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
Dear Alanieta, You are now part of the largest active online community of global educators and while nothing is ever perfect, we are proud of our accomplishments thus far given that WikiEducator came into being only in May of 2006. The Learning4Content project you are here part of is the largest training initiative in Open Education online and was launched in only January of 2008. We have meanwhile trained over 5000 educators around the globe. We are here for you, so feel free to contact us. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:05, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Vaishali

Hello everyone. I am Vaishali from Mumbai,India. I am a self employed science teacher. I am a postgraduate in Biochemistry from university of Pune,India and now pursuing eBEd (electronic bachelor of education).I have participated in the eL4C40 workshop conducted br Dr. Geeta Mathur and Ms. Patricia. I enjoyed it very much and learned a lot from this workshop.I am still in the process of learning and want to progress further with the help of all our wikifriends.I have very much interest in music, singing,nature, nature photography, painting and reading.--Vaishali 12:35, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

• We are all still learning, and rest assured you are among (wiki) friends. Welcome to the workshop! --Benjamin Stewart 21:26, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

वैशाली, तुझे पेज फारच छान झाले आहे. Kalpana Gupte

• Hi Vaishali! You are inspirational! Your kind of work sounds exciting, and I would love to know more about it. I admire your courage to be a self-employed science teacher. BTW, welcome to the workhop.--VFoliaki 16:11, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Vaishali, I am happy to see your contributions within a month of joining eL4C40 & learning the skills. You are a helpful WikiNeighbour too. --Dr. Gita Mathur 01:48, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Anne France

Hello All. I am an instructional designer at University of Illinois at Chicago. I am very interested in this project so I thought I would participate. Also, I often encourage faculty to incorporate Wikis into their online instruction so it is great for me to get some real-world experience.

• And real-world experience you shall receive! :) Welcome Anne! Getting involved and asking questions is key. --Benjamin Stewart 21:22, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

## Sereana

Bula from Suva. I work as an assessment officer for a Pacific regional organisation. I am excited about joining Wikieducator to facilitate learning from and sharing with educators from everywhere. Looking forward to collaborating with you all.

• As Nellie says, sharing is caring! Welcome and I look forward to your contributions. --Benjamin Stewart 21:30, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

## Ramesh Sharma

Greetings to all of you. I am Dr. Ramesh Sharma. I am working as Director, Distance Education, Institute of Distance and Continuing Education, University of Guyana, Goergetown, Guyana (South America). You can contact me through my email. With best wishes, Ramesh
Hi Ramesh -- you're a true WikiNeighbour and ambassador for our collective project. WE is grateful for your extensive help and support in numerous Learning4Content workshops. Thank you :-) --Wayne Mackintosh 23:29, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
सरजी इस बार नया जरूर सिखाइए. राजा राव भी साथ है. Kalpana 09:10, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
प्रिय कल्पना जी, अधिगम हर बार नया होता है, उम्मीद है इस बार भी नयी नयी विधियाँ सीखने को मिलेंगी! रमेश शर्मा 15:48, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Dear Sir, Thanks for your comments --Gmythili 10:04, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

(: Hi Ramesh, great to see you here. Good to be among so many friends. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:06, 23 July 2010 (UTC))
Re: Dear Patricia, thanks to you and Dr Wayne for continuous support and encouragement! --R C Sharma, PhD 20:34, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

## Alison Snieckus

I joined WikiEducator in January 2009 and have been relatively active this past year and a half in creating and organizing content pages on the wiki. I remember I came upon WikiEducator's main page that winter day in 2009 while wandering among educational content on the internet. I was taken right away with the idea of educators coming together to collaboratively create learning materials, that I could be part of authoring and designing content that anyone could access and that it doesn't need to be published in a hardcover textbook. Wow. Pretty powerful idea. I'm not sure why, but I didn't sign up to take the next scheduled Learning4Content class, choosing instead to self-study using the tutorials. I regret that decision now, having seen how much fun L4C participants have during the workshop. I'm hoping to make up for my loss by joining eL4C41 as a facilitator in training. I've got some learning to do.

I live in the USA, near Trenton, New Jersey. I'm an educator, currently teaching statistics to secondary school students and in the fall, statistical methods to graduate students. For the last ten years I've been homeschooling my two sons, but this work will soon come to an end with my younger son being a senior in secondary school next year. Through WikEducator I've expanded my understanding of education in other parts of the world and collaborated with some wonderful wikineighbors. I look forward to our upcoming collaborations in the wiki. --Alison Snieckus 16:09, 29 June 2010 (UTC)

Hi Alison, a special word of thanks for all your support in helping set up the workshop -- a lot of work behind the scenes. Your contributions on improving WikiEducator's category systems and ground breaking in developing the Community Workgroup Policy will serve our family long into the future. BIG thanks. --Wayne Mackintosh 23:33, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Alison! Thanks for the suggestions re the formatting of my userpage. I've done some work on it but I'll make time to work on the projects.--VFoliaki 16:44, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hi Alision, Thanks for coming in. You are a great lady!! Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 03:28, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

## Vilimaka Foliaki

Hello, and Ni Sa Bula. You can call me 'Vili'. I am from the South Pacific island kingdom of Tonga, and I am currently working as a teacher educator at the University of the South Pacific in Suva Fiji. Prior to my moving to Suva, I was teaching NZ Bursary Biology and Chemistry in Tonga. I like teaching and helping people learn.

I've been living in Suva since 2003, even though I was a Suva resident in 1980s for 4years while I was still an undergraduate student at the University of the South Pacific. Spent two years in Perth, Western Australia doing posgratuade studies at Curtin University of Technology. On the midnight of Y2K, I was with my family at Kings Park, outiside Perth City, looking down at the city traffic lights to see whether they would go off at 12:01am. They didn't. Got back home at around 2am that night, disappointed to find my computer (with an unfinished Masters thesis) had not crashed.

It is indeed a pleasure to meet you, and I'm looking forward to working closely with you here to ensure that quality teaching ideas and resources are free and readily available to everyone. Thanks Alanieta Fatiaki for directing me to this wonderful network.

If there are keen moodlers, tech-savvy science teachers out there, please don't hesitate to share your ideas.

Hello Vilimaka! I remember the big Y2K scare, as if the entire world was going to reach a screeching halt. I too am interested in teacher education and I look forward to your insights over the next few weeks. --Benjamin Stewart 04:22, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

Thanks Benjamin! Looking forward to a furitful collaboration in the workshop.--VFoliaki 16:55, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

## Sebastian Panakal

Hello everybody. Wiki is something I love. The thrill of meeting people across the globe on a common platform, doing things together in a way that it benefits the whole world. WOW. Wiki Educator is GREAT. A heaven sent to those who need to update themselves on whatever skills they need to be successful in life.

Hello Sebastian and welcome to the workshop. --Benjamin Stewart21:24, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Mr. Sebastian, Looking forward to your contributions to WE and welcome to the workshop. --KD Shijo 12:40, 21 July 2010 (UTC) 18:14, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hi Sebastian. Thanks for coming in. Great to have you here. Warm wishes --Patricia Schlicht 03:28, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

## Petrea Redmond

Hi everyone. I'm an academic at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. I live in Toowoomba and was previously a business and computing high school teacher.  Things have changed a lot since then: we were just starting out with the Internet, after having an internet simulator when I left.

I work in the area of teacher education and I'm using a wiki as an assessment item this semester with my student teachers. We are starting with the development of a collection discipline specific resources (e.g. text books, URL's, video's) with annotations. I'm hoping to get some tips from this group both in the area of setting up a better wiki and secondly ideas on what to model and share with students about improving their contributions to the wiki to gain a more professional outcome.

Hi Petrea, Welcome to WikiEducator! I'm interested to hear more about how you are using a wiki for assessment. I've learned so much about how to work in a wiki through my participation in WikiEducator. I hope that someday the learning resources that I use as a teacher will be part of WikiEducator--I'm working on that--not there yet:-). There are quite a few very professionally designed resources on WE. I'm happy to point you to my favorites. Glad you have decided to join our community. Your WikiNeighbor, --Alison Snieckus 20:40, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Alison, my assessment so far is a number of pages in a free wiki: some started for the students, which has links to URLs, names of books, video's etc that my pre-service teachers can use in their teaching. Each resource will be annotated. The aim is for the whole class to populate it, edit etc and then reuse the resource over the next few semesters. I'm hopefuly they will come back to the resource over and over: if it is useful. Am interested to hear what your and others favourite are.

Petrea

Hi Petrea, hello again! I met you at the SITE conference in San Diego this year - what a small world!--Keryn Pratt

Keryn, the world is definately shrinking ;-) How are you planning on using a wiki?

## Patricia Schlicht

I have been working with Dr. Wayne Mackintosh, the founder of WikiEducator since the get go of the initiative, in May of 2006. I have since then gradually increased my understanding, skills and involvement in Open Education and the use of and integration of open source software. It has been a privilege to see how one country after another has made use of this technology to make a difference in their own environment. WikiEducator has become the most exciting experience of my professional career. I am passionate about learning. I actively facilitate online workshops on WikiEducator as community volunteer in my spare time, in an attempt to build capacity for WikiEducator around the globe. I am interested in social networking--Dr. Gita Mathur 08:36, 25 July 2010 (UTC)}}, culture/anthropology, open and distance learning/eLearning, community and capacity building. I am a philanthropist. Feel free to email me Hello Patricia! I share your passion about learning as well as the desire to share one's knowledge with others. It thrills me to be sharing this wonderful experience with you. --Benjamin Stewart 00:21, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Patricia, could you imagine when we started the Learning4Content project in January 2008, we would have provided free training opportunities to more than 4200 educators around the world -- culminating in the inaugural WikiEducator Gives Back workshop with almost 400 participants from 50 countries! Wow -- go WikiEducator, go! It's now our turn to give the gift of knowledge to share our facilitation experiences with a cadre of new volunteers to scale up our work internationally. Tireless effort gets rewarded when we share freely :-) --Wayne Mackintosh 05:19, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hi Wayne. I remember the time very well. Absolutely love to share this with our new friends and give back what I once so generously received myself. Cheers, --Patricia Schlicht 03:27, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

Hi, Patricia. Great to meet you on wikispace again. Hope to learn more now. Kalpana Gupte
(: Hi Kalpana. Even the experts need to learn every day, and we continue to do so. smile! Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 03:27, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

Hi Patricia, Addiction of learning once again.... --KD Shijo
(: Hi Shijo. Great to see you here. Warm wishes, --Patricia Schlicht 03:27, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

(: Hi Patricia I am thankful for your contribution and enthusiasm in the wiki initiative. Keep up the great work and I look forward to a great session -- LeRoy Hill, CEN 13:15, 21 July 2010 (UTC). )

(: Thank you, LeRoy. When you do something with passion and commitment, the result can only be good. Thanks for your kind words. It means a lot. Warm wishes, --Patricia Schlicht 03:27, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

• (: Hi Patricia, Thanks for your affectionate note, You always are amazing in encouraging Newbies & providing support to the WE members. I have learnt a lot from you. Thanks for being what you are. Warmest. --Dr. Gita Mathur 08:36, 25 July 2010 (UTC))

I'm one of the newer co-facilitators beginning work with WikiEducator in this workshop. I own and operate an academic coaching business in Western Canada, offering consultation and support for students taking university courses in class, by ITV, and online. I believe people worldwide should be able to get the education they want without leaving the communities they love. I am happy to be working with WikiEducator in a more 'open-concept' environment. As I get more experience helping and learning in this environment, I believe I will be able to improve the coaching I offer. For more on my work as a WikiEducator, see my userpage. The web pages that describe the business I operate will give a basic idea of my education vision. I have also started a Diigo list for members of this learning community. Diigo is a free service for online social bookmarking. Community members can apply to become members of this group by browsing to the site and clicking the button to apply for membership. I have already posted the main links to this workshop, and others will want to contribute additional links as time goes by.

Hello Randolph and welcome! I have been a big fan of your Diigo alerts (via email) for some time now. Your work there is incredible! --Benjamin Stewart 00:23, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
(: Yes, I find Diigo a very fun and convenient way to store bookmarks online, so I have them wherever I log on to the Web from. But the addition of groups, such that I can work collaboratively with my students to create subject-linked bibliographies of Web resources is a fun class and online activity. In fact, my students get so excited about social bookmarking that they use it in other classes, at work, and to coordinate family and other social activities. I love giving students something they can use outside of school. That's a big reason why WikiEducator is so important to me; I think it brings learning back into everyday life in a big way.)
Hi Radney -- help me out -- do you prefer Randolph or Radney? I see you sometimes sign as Radney - so a little confused. Glad you could help us out --- you're a natural online facilitator and your experience shows :-) Welcome to our family. --Wayne Mackintosh 05:27, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

Yes, I prefer to be called Radney and almost always sign email messages with radney, primarily because my usual first name in a North American context (Randy) is rather uncomfortable as a moniker to some of my colleagues in Commonwealth countries. I have never gotten used to the more formal 'Randolph' in most contexts (and maybe I'm a bit envious of the more common British practice (I'm told) whereby school chums refer to each other by last name as a sign of affection). Also, the family name 'radney' is quite uncommon, so there is a smaller chance of ambiguous reference in groups. --Jrradney 00:30, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

Dear Radney. Thanks for doing all that you do. It means a lot to have you on board. Warmest--Patricia Schlicht 19:08, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Jenni Parker

I'm a new co-facilitator with WikiEducator and this is my first workshop. I live in Perth, Western Australia and am semi-retired. I work as a sessional lecturer/tutor at two universities here in Perth, Edith Cowan University (ECU) and Murdoch University. My teaching areas are: Workplace Learning and ICT in the classroom. I am also a volunteer co-facilitator / co-administrator for Integrating Technology.org where I co-facilitate Moodle For Teachers Online Workshops for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced levels. I believe online learning should be an engaging and authentic learning experience that reflects real-life tasks that we can use for everyday living and working. If you want to read more about my studies, work and interests visit my WikiEducator userpage.
• Hello Jenni! What a small (virtual) world! It's amazing how we keep running into each other through different online communities. I look forward to sharing this learning experience with you over the next two weeks. --Benjamin Stewart 23:42, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
• Hi Jenni - -judging by your video introduction you are both a passionate and very capable eLearning facilitator -- WE are proud to have you on the team for our WikiEducator Gives Back workshop! --Wayne Mackintosh 05:30, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
• Hi Jenni. Good to meet you as well. I hope to be able to use new technologies at the university level even though we get a lot of pushback from faculty members. --Ken Matthias 10:54, 21 July 2010
• Hi Jenni! Glad to know you are from Perth. I lived in Como when I was at Curtin a few year back. I didn't get the chance to visit Edith Cowan but I once took a drive to Murdoch uni. I love Perth, the river, and Cottesloe Beach. Welcome to workshop.--VFoliaki 16:20, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
• Hi Jenni. Good to meet you as well;and yes Asha and I do belong to the same unit. I look forward to working with you and the other facilitators. Feel free too hook us up with anyone else from Trinidad on Wiki --Gerard Ahee 10:03, 21 July 2010

## Shona Roddick

Hello I am an Educational Designer and have recently returned back to New Zealand after having spent some years in Britain where I worked as a training analyst for the military. I am currently working for Symbiont - a company specialising in providing adult education training and resources (online, distance, blended and paper based) both nationally and internationally. Quite a bit of the work I have been doing recently has been paper based, however I am going to be moving towards a more online platform. I wanted to do this course to see how this could be achieved, the opportunities available through such capabilities, and the ability to network with other likeminded individuals. I hope to strengthen and develop my design skills in a different arena to create powerful, accessible and up to date material for my clients and students. SRODDICK 04:20, 20 July 2010 (UTC)Shona Roddick

• Welcome SRODDICK! Please include your name in the heading above so we know who you are. --Benjamin Stewart 04:10, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
• That was fast, good work Shona. If you include a signature at the end of your text, others can find your user page - it's a great way to begin networking with others. The tenth button from the left of the toolbar above will automatically insert your signature...just like I will do now: --Benjamin Stewart 04:17, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

## Jun Asis

Mabuhay! (The Filipino greeting which literally means "Live!" (verb), but also implies, a hearty welcome, a big hello and it's great to see you.) I'm from the Quezon City Philippines. I was in the academe before (am now an IT trainer in a data center) and am interested in tech for learning. It is my hope that I will be able to help in making access to education/information easier and learning more effective and efficient (in schools and out-of schools). My vision/dream is to build a "school" where anyone, anywhere and anytime, will be able to learn and get the education that they need with the least cost and maximum benefit. --Jun Asis 06:31, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Jun and welcome to WikiEducator. Love your vision/dream...I totally agree, my dream, too. I believe that quality OERs (open educational resources) created and maintained in a collaborative environment like WikiEducator can help us achieve this goal...together. Glad to meet you. Your WikiNeighbor, --Alison Snieckus 22:18, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

I am from India, currently a resident of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. I have just started a new Institute that intends to bridge the divide, between traditional classroom teaching and real-life problems, through applications of ICT in any domain. I firmly believe that the Web 2.0 tools of wikis, blogs and podcasts and the application of Web 3.0 or semantic web will change the mode of education in the coming years. Supten 07:29, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

Please feel free to Email me

Hi Supten, Welcome to WikiEducator. I totally agree with your vision of the future of education. The technological tools of today and tomorrow are the basis for a new way of thinking about education. And it seems to me that the creation and maintenance of open educational resources (OERs) in WikiEducator can help sustain this new way of learning. Glad to have you as member of the WikiEducator community. Your WikiNeighbor, --Alison Snieckus 22:26, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

hello Supten, Great ideas and visionaries always succeeded. All the best with your ideas, do benefit from this workshop and WE family. Your neighbour: --KD Shijo

## Dr. Cynthia D'Costa

Hello everyone! I am Dr. Cynthia D'Costa, a lecturer in education at Pushpanjali College of Education, Vasai, India. I was a participant in the eL4C40 workshop and I must admit it was an educative experience. Wikieducator is a wonderful platform to enrich oneself and others. Looking forward to the eL4C41 experience.--Agnes 08:48, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Dear Cynthia, Hope you will further hone your wiki skills here.--Dr. Gita Mathur 09:02, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

(: Hi, Cynthia, Nice to meet you here once again. --Kalpana--Kalpana Gupte 16:46, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

(: Hi Cynthia. Welcome again. Looking forward to your contributions and I have seen you have jumped in with both feed. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 18:01, 23 July 2010 (UTC))

## Nketia Kwabena Abrefa

I am a Technologist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) - Soil Research Institute (SRI) in Kumasi Ghana. I completed Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with an honours degree in B.Sc. Geomatic Engineering. Due to my training and hard work at the Geomatic Engineering department, i was requested to be a teaching assistant and a GIS administrator of the department. My area of specialization includes: GIS application and Analysis, Soil evaluation and Classification, Remote Sensing and Photogrametric application, Idea sharing, Data management and Web 2.0. I signed up for this training because i believe wikieducator and the tools of Web 2.0 is the future of recent technology and socio-economic development. However, this training will equip me to carry out better research findings and also get people with diverse ideas on my projects. My wiki pages is: http://wikieducator.org/User:Nana_abrefa
Hello Nketia and glad to have you as a participant in this workshop. You have come to the right place if your goal is to share ideas and network with others who share similar interests as your own. I think you'll find the support you need to set up the projects you are interested in, and will provide opportunities for others to contribute to your work as well. --Benjamin Stewart 00:33, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
• Nana Abrefa, Akwaaba!! Welcome to this wonderful community. I am sure you will join us all in having fun while learning and sharing. ~ Cheers! --Victor P. K. Mensah 08:06, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
• Welcome Nana Abrefa. You will enjoy being part of this community. Warm wishes,--Patricia Schlicht 18:02, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Raja Rao

Hello Friends,

I am Raja Rao from India and working in Indira Gandhi National Open University Regional Centre at Raghunathganj in the state of West Bengal. I am working as Regional Director. I am motivated by my friends and colleagues to join in Wiki L4C Workshop by Dr. Ramesh Sharma and Dr. Kalpana Gupte. During the workshop I sincerely desire to learn basic skills and aims to meet the objectives set for the 10 day workshop. Hope I am able to actively participate in the programme.

(: Nice to meet you here dear Raja Rao. Enjoy the learning and sharing. Kalpana Gupte 08:53, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

Dear RajaRao, Good to see you here. I am sure you will learn quickly here too as you are an excellent learner in learning new things. All the best. --Ramesh Sharma 15:58, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

## Michael Verhaart

Hello everyone. I am a lecturer in IT at the Eastern Institute of Technology, in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. An area with two cities, Napier and Hastings known for its sun, wines and Art Deco Architecture. Having just finished studying (part time over 8 years) I have been exploring the use of wikis to deliver content and learning experiences to my students ( virtualMVwiki ), and am keen to share some of the my learning.

If anyone has a brilliant idea for a wiki project (all ideas are brilliant really!) that they'd like some help with I'd love to do something that doesn't involve Information Technology for this WikiEducator workshop (in a previous life I used to teach Mathematics and Science at High School).
Hello Michael and welcome to the workshop. Your wiki is impressive, thanks for sharing. New Zealand is one place I'd love to visit one day. --Benjamin Stewart 04:40, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Benjamin. Thanks for the welcome. I must admit that it does take some time to come to grips with this whole wiki thing, but my students are giving me positive feedback which encourages me further --Mverhaart 11:44, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
I know what you mean, I learn from my students on a daily basis. --Benjamin Stewart 03:08, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Benjamin. I see you have added the wikiNeighbour icon too.. thanks :) --Mverhaart 12:37, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, but I like yours a lot better. --Benjamin Stewart 03:08, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Michael. I've just had a quick look at your wiki - it looks amazing. I've put my name in by keying in the same format as yours above and then keyed in the date and time. There must be a quicker way of doing this? --SallyWoods 10:23, 22 July 2010
(: Hi Sally you just hit the signature button above and in inserts the username and timestamp code for you or put 4 tilds together to get the same effect. Carolct 04:56, 22 July 2010 (UTC))
Duh! Thanks Carol - here goes --Sallyw 09:57, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Michael -- great wiki project! I'm very impressed. Are you aware of the OERNZ project which is building a national commons of OER for the school sector in New Zealand. You may be interested in a Bounty project to develop an OER wiki exemplar or becoming a New Zealand Wiki-facilitator and running a few wiki-taster sessions in your area. With apology to the internationals -- this is a project funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Education -- but a good example to replicate in other countries! --Wayne Mackintosh 11:11, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Wayne -- neat to have made contact finally. Enjoyed dropping in to see Peter/Bronwyn and Sarah in your office a week or two ago, they speak highly of you and your work. Sounds like lots of projects to get involved in (wonder if I can squeeze more hours into a day ??). Up until now have been working pretty much on my own but looks like EIT have excelled in the number attending this workshop - including one of my students (Steph - Hesperidesnz) which is cool --Mverhaart 11:03, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
Hello, Michael: my downstairs neighbor is also from NZ... Do come to Hawaii for your next conference.--Gmflin 02:28, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Michael - might see more of you here than f2f for the next few days, although coffee sounds like a good option for sometime soon --Debznz 12:38, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
(: Hi Michael - I see your virtualMVwiki is creating some interest, (very cool!!) :) --Hesperidesnz 08:05, 23 July 2010 (UTC))
❀ Hi Steph. And another 90 odd victims (I mean students) adding themselves this week with the start of the new semester.--Mverhaart 11:28, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
(: Subject matter? Mathematical Geophysics - you can combine both your old disciplines into one amazing lesson!!--Hesperidesnz 02:15, 24 July 2010 (UTC))

## Nisha Singh

Hello all. I am a teacher educator who has been involved in this field for more than 16 years. I am from India and presently working in Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi[1]. It is one of the largest university of open and distance education. Working here has oriented me to the importance of open and distance learning. Being sold to the philosophy of Open Educational Resource i am happy and excited to be associated with the Worldwide movement of OER called WikiEducator.
Hello Nisha! I too have an interest in teacher development and distance education. In fact, I have a few projects I am currently working on that I would like to share with you. Perhaps we can discuss this more as we progress throughout the workshop. --Benjamin Stewart 00:51, 21 July 2010 (UTC) Dear Benjamin, Hope to share your projects and learn from them.

Dear Nisha, you are in the right place. Enjoy this workshop. --KD Shijo
Dear Kdshijo, Thank you for warm welcome.

(: Yes Nisha, We are together here and always --Gmythili 10:08, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

• (: Dear Nisha, you will find a large number of educators who share your interests. Enjoy learning the skills & soon you will find others & they will find you....this is how WE community interacts. Visit the India page too. Good wishes--Dr. Gita Mathur 08:42, 25 July 2010 (UTC))
(: Dear Dr. Gita Thank you for the encouragement. I did go to the WE India page and was happy to realize that the Indian chapter is growing and has lot of people who are working for the cause of OER. I too will be joining the bandwagon.--nisha :-) 07:35, 26 July 2010 (UTC) )

## G.Mythili

I am G.Mythili working as Sr. Analyst in Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education, IGNOU. STRIDE I am very happy to be with WikiEducator.

(: Nice to meet you here, dear Mythili. This time on wiki space and not face in Delhi. Kalpana Gupte 09:00, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

Hi Mythili, How are you. Good to have you in this online workshop. You are a computer expert and I am sure participants will benefit from your experience. All the best. --Ramesh Sharma 17:00 21 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Mythili Nice to meet you. You are fortunate enough that u work with Dr. Sanjaya Mishra. Carry on. mamun

Hi Mythili great to be together here. Nisha Singh

## Elaine Huber

Hi I'm Elaine from Sydney Australia. I work at Macquarie University as an Educational Developer, which is like an eLearning consultant and an instructional designer and a workshop facilitator all rolled into one. I really enjoy the process of learning and teaching and although I feel i know a lot about wikis i also know there is plenty more to learn. In fact there is always more to learn. I think i will be a lifelong learner - I hope I will be. The reason i joined this workshop is to learn from others and to share my ideas for great uses of wikis. I'm also interested in the obstacles and hurdles of using wikis in education and how people overcome them.

Hello Elaine and welcome. There's a strong Aussie contingent here; your job sounds a lot like mine. (UTC) Richardnz 09:22, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

## Daniel Mietchen

I am a scientist and use wikis and similar collaborative environments for many aspects of my work, including lab notes and teaching. I am here to find out how others use (or plan to use) wiki environments in educational and related contexts (particularly in the developing world), and to play with features other wikis do not have. I also recently took part in "I'm a Scientist", an interactive experiment that brings together school kids and scientists to discuss anything related to science or the life of a scientist. --Daniel Mietchen 12:22, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Daniel, clearly you are already an accomplished wiki user, be great to hear your thoughts and ideas. Welcome. Richardnz 09:25, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Richard, thanks for the welcome! Just posted my thoughts on open approaches to educational resources. --Daniel Mietchen 14:38, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
My learning contract project is an attempt to summarize the Thoughts collected on Day 2 about open and closed approaches to authoring quality educational resources. Details here. --Daniel Mietchen 10:09, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

## Chris Ainsworth

Hi everyone. I am the Program Manager - Public Safety Leadership Development with the Australian College of Community Safety based out of Adelaide - South Australia. I am looking at how emergency managers can share information on disaster and emergency management issues in a collaborative way. I am also four weeks off finishing my MBA, and the last subject, knowledge management is reviewing strategies for sharing infomation amongst groups and future knowledge management courses - that passing of knowldege. Drop by anytime, pull up a char and share a good South Aussie red wine over a discussion.
Hi Chris. Welcome, the South Aussie red sounds good to me. The wiki is all about community. Nice to meet you. Richardnz 09:28, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
• Hi Chris, Welcome to our wonderful Wiki family. You will enjoy this experience. Feel free to call on us if you experience any challenge. We are here for you. Warm wishes --Patricia Schlicht 18:14, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Evan Naqiolevu

Bula vinaka everyone! I am an Education Technologist at the Centre for Flexible and Distance Learning (CFDL) at the University of the South Pacific (USP), here in Suva, Fiji. USP is a regional campus which comprises of 12 regional member Pacific island nations. I have been with the university for almost 4 years.

(I will update this entry with a photo when I do find a decent one of myself) :)

• Hi Evan nice to meet you. I have visitied your country a couple of times....a long time ago. It is beutiful. I look forward to seeing your photo when you find a decent one :) Cheers --Jenni Parker
• Hey Evan! Ni Sa Bula.(:--VFoliaki 16:23, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
• Hi Evan, Welcome aboard. You are now part of very large online community of global educators. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 18:16, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Jibril TOUZI

Hello, I'm Jibril TOUZI from Cameroon, I lived in Burundi (a small country in East Africa) since two years, where I worked as Network Administrator with Linux (Debian and Ubuntu) and Trainings Officer at the University Agency of French-Speaking. I'm passioned by Information Systems/Technologies, Free & Open Source Software and Open Educational Resources. When it's possible, I try to bring my contribution to the MDGs through ICT. I have been facilitator for several trainings on the Web 2.0 and wiki (online or face to face), especially in French.
Hi Jibril, great to see you in the workshop -- and thanks for joining in and providing your support. You're far too humble -- Friends, Jibril is the pioneer behind getting the French WikiEducator started. Viva Africa, Viva! --Wayne Mackintosh 23:47, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hello Jibril. Your pioneering efforts in getting the French WikiEducator started are praiseworthy. Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 15:27, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

Hi Jibril, great to see you here! Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:09, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Mary Nunaley

Hi Everyone, I'm currently an Instructional Designer and system administrator for our campus version of Desire2Learn and Wimba. I also teach courses in our Hotel & Restaurant Management program. I work at a Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, TN (about 30 miles north of Nashville) but I'm originally from Chicago, IL. In a former career I was in Hotel Food & Beverage Operations Management and had an opportunity to leave that world for the academic world. It's been an interesting but fun switch and I've really had a chance to learn all kinds of new things in higher education. I have been at the  college for nearly 11 years now. My professional interests include using wikis and blogs in the classroom, and building more interactivity into online courses. I am looking for new ideas for incorporating wikis into the teaching process.
Hi Mary nice to meet you. I too am enthuesiastic about making online learning authentic, engaging and interactive. I look forward to connecting with you online. :) Cheers --Jenni Parker

## Steven Diaz

Hello There! I am a developmental math instructor at small private university in Miami, Florida. I also facilitate online math courses for two other higher education institutions. I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Education with a specialization in Educational Technology. My interest is creating interactive and engaging learning environments in which my students have relevant, memorable, and fun learning experiences with mathematics. My goal is to create math awareness among my students on how mathematics play a vital role in many things we do in our lives. I am learning how to use several web2.0 and open source tools to achieve this goal. One particular area that I have started gaining interest is using visuals and digital storytelling to "hook up" my students' curiosity in mathematics. I have a basic knowledge of what wikis are, but I have yet ventured using one in my instructional practice. This is the reason I am here...I want to try this out! I look forward for this learning experience. If you want to learn more about my successes and failures as a math instructor, I invite you to visit my website www.theEdDjourney.com and my humble blog beawaremathiseverywhere.blogspot.com/. You can also follow me in Twitter: twitter.com/CafeRico. Nice to meet you all!
Hi Steven nice to meet you. If you want to "try out wikis" you have come to the right place! Cheers --Jenni Parker

Hi Steven! I have been following you for some time on Twitter and have passed along the great resources that you post to faculty at the New Brunswick Community College. It is good to see a familiar face in the group. Sue Davis @NBCCSue

## Ken Matthias

Hello!

I am Ken Matthias, reside in Columbus, Ohio in the beautiful United States of America and am an avid user of technology (some good, some bad and most just learning).

I am a 1985 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor's degree in music theory and composition, my first love. I am also a 2010 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology from the College of Education and Human Ecology, School of Educational Policy and Leadership (that's a mouthful, indeed). I also plan on beginning an additional Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Administration from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. Education is a beautiful thing!

I am employed at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine as an Educational Delivery Specialist where I assist faculty, staff and students in the use of the university content management system, Desire2Learn (we call it Carmen), posting course content and evaluating course design. I am also involved with various learning technologies in the college (Clickers, Smart Boards, Lecture Capture, ePortfolios, Wikis, and the list goes on and on....), as well as college website maintenance and technical support for the one45 program we use to track student clinical competencies and student/faculty evaluations for our fourth-year students as they enter their clinical year.

I want to be part of this project to increase my skills and see how others use Wikis. I am already involved in a couple of research projects utilizing Wikis at Ohio State (hope to publish some results later this month).

Hi Ken nice to meet you. I am also an avid user of technology and like you -mostly just learning :) Cheers --Jenni Parker
Dear Ken, Wow what an impressive backgroud you have. It is also good to know that you have Wiki experience. you will find this experience eye-opening, as WikiEducator is currently the largest global online training initiative there is with over 15,000 users.Welcome aboard. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:12, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Lou King

Hi Folks. I recently moved to a shoreline community half way between Boston and NYC. Professionally, I am a Digital Information Architect at Yale University responsible for academic information. Personally, I am a husband and father who enjoys sports, news, reading, cooking, hiking, and a boat-load of other things. I am taking this workshop as an excuse to sharpen a few wiki skills. C'ya online. And what an excuse you have, Lou! Welcome! You might consider adding your signature (--~~~~) above so others can find your user page. You'll find that wikiing can become quite addictive. --Benjamin Stewart 23:57, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Lou, Welcome aboard. Good to have you with us. See you in the Wiki as we say. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:14, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Stacey R.

I am a high school math and computer science teacher in Maryland. I'm looking for ways to make the classroom an exciting place and am hoping to pick up a few tips here or meet a few people who have a similar passion to enrich their classroom!

• Hi, Stacey! Since I have a close friend in secondary math instruction here in BC, Canada, I hope you will be able to demonstrate some efficient ways to use formula editors in wikis in this course. I know it's a lot to ask, but it seems to be a common requirement for math instructors to be able to do complex formulae on whatever Web 2.0 tool they are using. I know that the rich editor in this wiki has a insert/edit formula button on the toolbar, but I would be interested to see how well it works for complex math.--Jrradney 23:11, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
• Good question and always a challenge in web environments. I have to say the Rich Text editor is not ideal for formulae and best to work directly with wiki syntax. Most scientists are familiar with TEX markup and this works pretty well in the wiki. Wikipedia has a good page with examples here --Wayne Mackintosh 05:36, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

## Gerard Ahee

Hi everyone, I am from Trinidad and Tobago. I am the Projects Officer (ICT) in our Distance Learning Secretariat a unit in the Ministry of Science Technology and Tertiary Education. Our Unit hosted a VUSSC boot camp back in 2007. I look forward to the opportunity to participate and to experience a fully on line workshop and hopefully transfer that knowledge in a similar manner.
Hi Gerard nice to meet you. I am currently co-facilitating a Moodle for Teachers workshop (on IT4ALL) and one of the particpants is from Trinidad, Tobago...do you know him - Sean Rogers - hehe just joking, whenever I tell people I am from Perth they always ask if I know there relatives!!:) I look forward to connecting with you online & maybe I can connect you to Sean ? Cheers --Jenni Parker

## Raewyn MacCormick

Hi all, I am from Auckland, New Zealand. I am a mathematics teacher in a Private Girls' School. I play tennis and enjoy sport. I am looking forward to participating in an on line work shop.

Welcome Raewyn, there is a good NZ crowd here of course and I also worked in Auckland for a couple of years and played tennis at Kohimarama for a while. Good to see you editing already. Richardnz 09:34, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Rae, It's good to find relatives through the wiki! Hope you're enjoying this course and finding lots of relevance for school use. I'm struggling with time to fit everything in (work, film festival, wikis) but hope to manage better with the weekend ahead. Alison.kirkness

Hi Rae, I'm finally on board! That little piece of advice about leaving in the double equals sign was VERY helpful. I had automatically scrubbed it! --Alison.kirkness 10:19, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Rae, welcome aboard. Good to have you with us. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 18:17, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Nancy Milakovic

HI All, I'm from Edmonton, Alberta Canada. I'm the Distance Learning Portfolio Coordinator for Continuing Education at NAIT. I'm new to the field so am looking for ways to improve our delivery. I'm a pretty active gal, biking, hiking, blading. I'm just taking up tennis, so I have a few lessons on the go! I tried to put in a picture here, but failed. So my picture is uploaded somewhere...just not sure where?? So if anyone can help put it in the right place that would be great! It's under nancymil.jpg.

I'm looking forward to learning some new things.

Hi Nancy and welcome, look at the code to see how your pic got here - you will master technique this very soon on the workshop. Richardnz 09:44, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Nancy - did you find out how the picture got here, and if so, can you tell me in small non-threatening words how you did it?  My wife and I travelled through Alberta ten years ago on the Canadian and spent a glorious week in the Rockies based out of Jasper and Lake Louise.  We've been back once since then with friends to ski, but would love to visit again.

Cheers - Alan Grant (also, like Richard, an NZer)

Hi Alan, there will be a lesson but basically you must first upload an image (png or jpg) using the link in the toolbox on the left, then either use the code you can see here (by clicking edit) or use the rich text editor to link it in - let me know how it goes. Mail me if you want.Richardnz 03:49, 25 July 2010 (UTC) (entering four tildes (~) will leave your signature here, then I can find you :-).

Hi Nancy, I see many of your fellow men and women have made contact already. So you have a lot of support already and see the power of the Wiki. Welcome aboard. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 18:18, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Long V Nguyen

Hi,

I have been working as a lecturer in the College of Foreign Languages, University of Danang since late 1990s. I received my MA in TESOL Studies from the University of Queensland in 2005. I am now a doctoral candidate in the Applied Linguistics program at the School of Language Studies, Massey University. My research interests are in the areas of educational technology and communication in foreign language learning and teaching, collaborative learning, and language teacher education.

Welcome Long, I stopped briefly at the museum in Danang when visiting that part of Vietnam. Good to see you here. Richardnz 09:48, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Richard, Wowowowowow. Happy to hear about this. Hope you enjoy the most beautiful and cleanest city of the country. Very proud of this.

Hi Long, Welcome to our Wiki family. With your interests and background you have definitely joined the right environment and you will get a lot of insights in collaborative learning. Welcome aboard. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 18:20, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Patricia, I can be very sure about this. I've been learning lots of things from people here. Thanks.

## Brian Stewart

I am the CIO at Athabasca University. We are an online University based in Athabasca (surprise, surprise) Alberta, Canada. Originally from Ireland, my background was in the Printing Industry, but am quite liking the third level or post secondary or higher education experience. I haven't played around too much with wikis, so this is a good chance to get more acquainted.

Hi Brian -- glad you could make it :-). Athabasca Univeristy, apart from being Canada's premier eLearning university is also an open education pioneer! Athabasca Uni is a founding partner of the OER Foundation and provides hosting services and advice for WikiEducator. Hope you get a chance to explore some of the power underneath the hood of the Mediawiki software engine during the workshop. Feel free to explore and ask any questions you may have. --Wayne Mackintosh 05:55, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

## Alfredo Castañeda

I'm a spanish technologist coming from the Open Source World trying to reduce the different digital divides: generational, economic, cultural...contribute the Community and earn some money working on it by the way if it's possible. As my user profile says... I'm a proud participant of eL4C41. Please be patient for some days :)

OLA Alfredo..and congrats to Spain for winning the world cup!!!Looking forward to seeing more of your work. Seems we're going to have to catch up with you on the contrary!! --Sandhya 10:11, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Dear Alfredo, Hola, que tal? Welcome to the Wiki. Bridging the digital divide is also one of the Millenium Development Goals that came out of 2000 Education for All conference in Dakar. Welcome aboard. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 18:22, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Natalie Isaac

Hi,I am a primary school teacher from Trinidad and Tobago. I am currently reading about the ways in which technology can be integrated across the curriculum. I see this as a great opportunity to 'get my feet wet' and learn about the ways in which it can actually apply to the classroom and beyond.

Hi Natalie! It is great to see you take the initiative and to know there are people in Trinidad and Tobago looking and integrating technology into the classroom. Look forward to connecting with you in this course. --ATNoel 12:54, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

## Stephanie Day

Hi, I am a part time IT student at EIT, Taradale, Napier, NZ. As well as being a student, I work full-time in a busy supermarket - sometimes in the digital photography section, part-time in administration, looking after the product and pricing data integrity and sometimes with the finance section. I have two near adult children, love the outdoors, enjoy a challenge and I am looking forward to learning more about the wiki environment. Welcome to the workshop, Stephanie. I see that you already have a start on your user page, good for you! The WE community is a supportive one so be bold and search for those projects/OERs that interest you most. --Benjamin Stewart 00:44, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Steph, neat to see you're involved with this also --Mverhaart 11:29, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

## Kalpana S Gupte

Hi! I am Kalpana from India. I work at IGNOU's Regional Centre, Pune as Deputy Director. Dr. Ramesh Sharma introduced me to wikieducator and I have completed two workshops. Patricia and Gita have been wonderful teachers too. I wish to further improve the little skills that I have picked up. Wikieducator is a good way to meet many like minded people the world over. To make a change one must first change our own selves and our thinking. The OER movement is a great thing. I hope to enjoy myself learning more. Kalpana Gupte 17:32, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Kalpana from Pune, I remember Pune when my borther was studying at Wadia college..and I was in Mumbai.. Those train rides overnight to reach college next morning..and the NDA..brings back find memories..Will look forward to chatting more with you. HappE-learning --Sandhya 10:15, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Dear Kalpana ji, Welcome back. You have done excellent work and the information and guide as on your page is very useful. Best Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 16:17, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

(: Dear Kalpana tai, nice to meet you once again. Best Wishes.--Vaishali 16:17, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

(: Dear Kalpana Mam, Nice to see you here. You are the one of the hardworkers in our university. Best wishes --Gmythili 09:58, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

Greetings Kalpana. I worked in Pune on 3 occasions with CIIILP (Canada India Industry Linkage Project). Each time I worked with a wonderful group of female professors from the western polytechs in India. We had workshops on Life Skills, Decision Making, Negotiating and a variety of interesting topics. Although I was the facilitator I learned so much through the women I had the opportunity to work with. The project ended a few years ago but I have many fond memories of Pune, Ujjain, Bhopal and Mumbai.

Dear Kalpana, beautiful photo! Welcome again. Good to see you again. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 18:23, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Guru Pournima greetings to you dear Kalpana....Cynthia--Agnes 00:56, 25 July 2010 (UTC))

## Babu Appat

I think differently I look at things from a different angle. I work differently. I am not important; the work is.

I do get along with people very fast, Most like me very much, I love them back. Some don't, I love them back.

Let's all love all, the being and the non being, the living and the nonliving.

I am happy, I got a chance to get introduced to you. Let a bond of love be established betwixt us. Let it be there forever, throughout this life, Throughout all lives and let it grow stronger and stronger….

You can call me Babu, Babu Appat, I am from Chelembra a remote village on the outskirts of Calicut, Kerala, India

Babu Appat

I think differently I look at things from a different angle. I work differently. I am not important; the work is.

I do get along with people very fast, Most like me very much, I love them back. Some don't, I love them back.

Let's all love all, the being and the non being, the living and the nonliving.

I am happy, I got a chance to get introduced to you. Let a bond of love be established betwixt us. Let it be there forever, throughout this life, Throughout all lives and let it grow stronger and stronger….

You can call me Babu; Babu Appat.

I am a Trainer of Effective Communication and personality development. Iam from Chelembra a remote village near Calicut city, in Kerala, India.

All the best and enjoy this workshop dear Mr. Babu. I am sure you will make a lot of friends and networks through WE. --KD Shijo

Dear Babu, Welcome aboard. You will enjoy this learning opportunity as it showcases not only worldwide collaboration with over 407 people in over 50 countries, it also builds a large network of friends and associations who all together can also help you to further development in your country, bridging the digital divide, building open content and things as such. Great to have you with us. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 18:26, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## CLAUDIO STURLA

Hello!!

I'm  a professor from Buenos Aires, Argentina

I wish to learn a lot

Best Regards

Hello Claudio nice to meet you. I am sure you will learn alot here on wikieducator. Please ask if you need assistance we are very happy to help :) Cheers --Jenni Parker

## Jane Watson-Baker

Hi, I'm originally from the UK and have been involved in work-based learning and education for many years. I moved to Wellington, New Zealand 9 years ago and currently work for Symbiont Ltd as their Project Manager and Business Development Manager. We custom design learning resources for the tertiary market (on-line, paper-based, face to face, blended). We work with clients all around New Zealand as well as some international clients and cover a wide variety of subject areas, so life is never boring. I wanted to do this course to learn about sharing information on-line and hopefully find out a little about Moodle too, which is a very popular platform here.

I am looking forward to working with you all.

Regards Jane Watson-Baker

Hi Jane nice to meet you. I am an experienced Moodle user (as well as a newbie wiki co-facilitator). I am sure you will find out lots about sharing information on-line here on wikieducator...and make connections to people like myself & Radney. We both do volunteer work on IT4ALL co-facilitating Moodle for Teachers workshops. We will be happy to chat to you about Moodle - we love it! :) Cheers --Jenni Parker

## Amanda Coolidge

HI! My name is Amanda Coolidge and I am an Instructional Designer at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada). Prior to working at Royal Roads I was at BCIT in Vancouver and before that I was working in Kenya on an Open Source Project called "TESSA"- Teacher Education in Sub Saharan Africa

I have been living in British Columbia for 2 years and love the outdoor lifestyle that the province has to offer.

I have always been interested in Wikieducator and felt this was a great opportunity to check out the project in more detail and get to know colleagues around the globe.

If you want to get to know me further you can always check out my Blog- http://gotcurls.wordpress.com

Thanks

Amanda

• Is that downtown Vancouver I see in the background? I'm from the north, myself (Williams Lake), and I don't much like going to the big city (too disorienting for me). However, I love Victoria. The Island culture (laid-back) is more like what we have in the north, but Victoria seems to have the 'best of both worlds' with great arts and other aspects of city life and quick access to more relaxed and private living. I don't know what other people we have from Western Canada, but it's great having a 'close neighbour' along for the course. Welcome!--Jrradney 22:48, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
• Hi Amanda, Lovely to have a fellow country woman living so close to me, here in the course. Welcome to WikiEducator. you will enjoy the learning curve and global educator community which is amazing. Welcome again. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 18:28, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Justin Chisenga

Hi! I am Justin Chisenga, a Zambian resident in Ghana where I work for the Food and Agriculture Organization at the Regional Office for Africa. I work as a Knowledge and Information Management Officer. In my work, I am also actively involved in capacity development activities relating to the use of ICTs including Web 2.0 and social media for agricultural and rural development.

My motivation for joining the course is based on the fact that I work with several colleagues located in different parts of Africa on capacity development activities and we collaborate a lot on developing resources for the training workshops. I am of the view that using collaborative tools such as wikis will make my work and that of my colleagues a lot easier. In addition, WikiEducator looks like a very good tool for remote collaboration and sharing of open educational resources. I therefore want to be very conversant with WikiEducator. I alos plan to introduce my colleague to this useful tool

• Hi Chisenga, what a lovely surprise! I am a Ghanaian resident in Zambia!! Bwanji! It is a pleasure to have you join us in this workshop and to the wikieducator community. I am sure you will have fun learning new techniques and sharing your insight with the rest of this community. Consider adding your signature with --~~~~ next time so that all can link up straight to your userpage. Cheers!! --Victor P. K. Mensah 08:16, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Dr Chisenga, good working with you. Thank God for your life. Hoping to learn good stuff on this course. --Richard.lamptey

Dear Justin, Welcome to our WikiEducator community. You have joined the largest active Open Education Online community in the world, and as you can see in this course, it is very powerful. I hope you are enjoying the course. Welcome aboard. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 18:30, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Rwagasana Gerard

I am Rwagasana Gerard, rwandan 64 old, Master ICT in education. Independent researcher and consultant in "impact of elearning/OERs on the access and the quality of education in african higher educational institutions Universities", I teach Physics and train teachers in ICT basics in education and elearning pedagogy/techniques. I wish to introduce and spread wiki tools and techniques in rwandan higher educational institutions. I wish also to become a Wikiambassador in Rwanda.

Hello Rwagasana nice to meet you. I am teaching a unit about ICT in the classroom to university students this semester (online). I notice that your photo is not displayed. Did you upload the file on wikieducator? (see the menu on the left - upload file) & check the file name is Rwagasana.jpg. Please ask if you need assistance I am very happy to help :) Cheers --Jenni Parker
Hi Gerald, nice to meet you again having met in May at E-learning Africa 2010 in lusaka. I know the grand responsibility you hold back in Kigali. By the way also be encouraged to load a photo of yourself by clicking on the red link,browse to the photo and load.

Bravo--Vkizza 13:54, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

Dear Rwagasana. Welcome again to WikiEducator. It is always good to see you here. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 18:31, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Thank you my friends. I would like to tell you that I am so happy to be with you in this vey large and global community. We are the world (!), we are changing the world in the best way. We construct a wonderful world where everybody will feel at home everywhere. A marvellous world.

Many thanks to our facilitators and ... a very special THANK to Wayne Mackintosh who started this historical and fantastic initiative.

## Robyn Terrey

Hi everyone. I am Robyn Terrey from Melbourne, Australia. I am passionate about literacy - all people being able to read and write in whatever language they speak and understand. I spent 21 years in the Philippines involved in providing mother tongue literacy to people in remote villages who were unable to read and write or had very limited literacy skills because they couldn't speak or understand the languages of instruction. Since returning to Australia in 1998 I have been and am currently involved in training other literacy workers/specialists who plan to work throughout the remote areas of the world providing mother tongue literacy, materials and tutor training for all who are in need. My reason for signing up for this course is, we on staff here at EQUIP Training would like to introduce Wikis to our students as a way of sharing ideas and experiences, new methods and ideas for materials and other information related to mother tongue literacy, while they are students here and later when they are in their assignments around the world.

G'Day Robyn. I am also from Australia...but from the otherside, a sandgroper (Perth) :) Wikis are a great way to to share ideas I'm sure this workshop will be very useful to you. Please ask if you need assistance I am very happy to help :) Cheers --Jenni Parker

## Carolyn Hawe

Hi I am from Wellington New Zealand working as an educational designer. My special interest is in embedding literacy and numeracy into learning resources having just completed a Masters in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education. I have registered on this course to further my knowledge and experience of online learning and explore the resource sharing aspect of Wiki Educator.

Hello Carolyn and welcome to the "WikiEducator Gives Back" Online Workshop. Giving back is what it's all about. --Benjamin Stewart 01:02, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hullo Caroline. I am Cynthia from India. You sure will behappy you joined WE. OERs are here to stay. Have an educative experince....--Agnes 01:59, 24 July 2010 (UTC))

## Austin Bond

Hello from Fremantle, in Western Australia. I'm commencing a PhD, and I'm particularly interested in informal learning and open educational resources. I would like to get more practical experience in using wikis as I think they're a very useful and important tool for educators. I'm looking forward to working with you all. Austin
Dear Austin, Welcome to WE family. Enjoy the workshop. --KD Shijo

Hi Austin nice to meet you online. We are almost neighbours, I live in Mt Hawthorn (north of the river)...I know almost another planet :). Please ask if you need assistance I am very happy to help :) Cheers --Jenni Parker

Hi Austin and Jenni! Nice to know that we have two West Autralians in the workshop. I was at Curtin 1999 amd 2000, and I used to come down to the Fremantle market. I might seek both your assistance if I get stuck.--VFoliaki 16:36, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

## Martin Buck

Hello from Montreal, Quebec where I am visiting my daughter. In a couple of weeks I'll be back home on southern Vancouver Island on the west coast of North America in the province of British Columbia, Canada.

I am a computer studies and math online instructor at Camosun College and a member of the Community Learning Partnerships Department.

A couple of years ago, after the Commonwealth of Learning Conference, I began the process of placing Adult Basic Education (adult upgrading) curriculum at Adult Basic Education here at WikiEducator. I'm hoping this workshop will get me connected with other folks willing to help move that process along.

My participation may be a bit spotty the next week as my next stop is a cottage an hour north of Ottawa, our nation's capital. Internet connectivity there has been quite limited in the past. If that's still the case, I'll be making trips whenever I can to the local library which fortunately is connected.

(: Hi Martin. Hope you will be able to join us and not be cut off by lack of connectivity. Libraries are great though aren't they our give free internet access. -- Carol Cooper-Taylor, The eLearning Site 11:38 AM 22 July 2010 (NZ). )

## Elizabeth Towns

Hi, I am a teacher at a private girls school in Auckland, New Zealand where I teach mathematics. I wish to learn some new skills which I can transfer to other jobs.

(: Hello Elizabeth. You'll find that there are a lot of opportunities to network with others within the WE family. Personally, I have found the knowledge and skills I obtained through my participation in WE to be very useful in a multitude of disciplines. Be bold and don't be afraid to ask questions! --Benjamin Stewart 18:07, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

## Alan Grant

Hi everyone, I live in Twizel in the Mackenzie Country of New Zealand's glorious South Island. Twizel is an isolated town of around 1100 people, bordered on one side by the Southern Alps and on the other by the vast open plain of the Mackenzie Basin. I teach secondary English and social studies at the local area school, which caters to around 190 students from ages 5 - 18. In 2010 I have been granted a 32 week sabbatical to study e-learning through New Zealand's Massey University, and it's this tentative step into the world of 21st century education that brings me to WikiEducator.   Between now and October I also have to collaborate with a team from one of my courses to produce a major resource to go on WikiEducator as part of our assessment.  Steep learning curve time!  I would have put a thumbnail picture up, but couldn't work out how to do it.  Maybe as this fortnight progresses....

(: Hi Alan. Another from NZ, great to have you as part of this workshop. Anything we can do to help with your sabbatical, just ask -- Carol Cooper-Taylor, The eLearning Site 11:42AM 22 Jul 2010. )

Wow Alan - -its a small world -- Are you any chance working with Ben @ Massey on your project? He has been running a few very interesting and exciting post grad projects in WikiEducator. Don't forget to take a look at the OERNZ initiative -- we may be able to connect this work with a Bounty project. Most of the real cool stuff in the wiki is using normal wiki text -- more powerful than the rich editor. Just click on the Wiktext button and explore the code. In wikitext :: will indent the text. Here are a few notes on Colours -- but you may want to wait a little before trying this -- although its not that difficult. If I can do it -- you'll certainly figure this out. --Wayne Mackintosh 12:00, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Alan, Please let me know when you work out how to insert the photo. The system told me that it wouldn't take JPG. Could that mean it had to be jpg? Alison Kirkness

## Grace Lin

Aloha everyone. I live in the beautiful islands of Hawaii! I am an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii and am glad that I can be here with this group. I hope to meet you all in person at a conference or when you visit Hawaii.
Hi Grace. Was hoping to get to a Conference later this year in Hawaii, but missed the final cut off date. It would be neat to present a paper on using wikis there as it seems to be the right place!! --Mverhaart 12:41, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Dear Grace Lin, your first introduction itself is a welcome to WE community. That shows your openness to networking and sharing of educational resources. Looking forward to your pages and contributions to WE. --KD Shijo
Hi Grace. Have been in Hawaii in 2003 for edMedia Conference. Today the best I can do is to learn the ukulele!! --Mverhaart 08:58, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hi Grace, Your page is developing very well. warm wishes--Dr. Gita Mathur 08:50, 28 July 2010 (UTC))

## Carol Cooper-Taylor

Kia Ora everyone. I am an ex-pat Brit now living in New Zealand. I have been using technology with students since the 1980s which then meant using my own Commodore 64 (any one remember those) and writing my own programs as there were none for use with nurses. But it was a great time when knowing anything about computers made you the school expert! I hope everyone has a great time on this workshop.

Hi Carol -- WE're very pleased you could join us and prepared to gift time to become a facilitator -- we're very fortunate to have the calbre of your eLearning experience -- I know this first hand from you work @ the University of Auckland when I was directing eLearning at the uni and was very impressed with the work you did in leading Lincoln in matters eLearning -- Great to have you as part of the WikiEd family! --Wayne Mackintosh 09:17, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Carol, looks like all the tweets to EIT staff have paid off.. there are a few of us here --Mverhaart 11:35, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Carol. Great to see you in the wiki.--Sally Woods 10:34, 22 July 2010
Hi Carol - thanks for your greeting - yes I remember Commodore C64s, but I can go one better: my family had a Commodore VIC-20 - a whole 3.7K memory - Wooohooo!  We had 'Frogger', and a game called 'Ice' involving penguins - both of these loaded off cassette tapes and a disk drive was something we'd heard about but never seen! - Alan Grant

## Keryn Pratt

Hi everyone. I'm a kiwi born and bred, living in Dunedin (towards the south of the South Island), New Zealand. I'm a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago College of Education, where I work in the Centre for Distance Education and Learning Technologies. For the last couple of years all my teaching has been online, and I teach and research in the areas of ICT in education and quantitative research methods.

I've used wikis a few times in the past, but have always use a 'push buttons and see what happens and thank goodness for the opportunity to undo' approach in the past, so wanted to try something a bit more structured.

(: Hi Keryn. Great to have you as part of this workshop. Please make the best of the lessons and interaction. -- LeRoy Hill, CEN 13:18, 21 July 2010 (UTC).

Hi Keryn from sunny Twizel!  I'm still getting my head round wikis, particularly as reqards the oppportunity to undo - on wikispaces this morning, I automatically hit 'control z' (i.e. undo) without thinking and managed to lose 25 minutes of work.  Hopefully this tutorial fortnight will help me avoid such blunderts in the future!  Cheers - Alan Grant

Being based in Dunedin myself - -we should definitely get together for a coffee and share thoughts and ideas on how WikiEducator and the OER foundation can support your work in the College of Education -- there are a couple of amazing project, one in particular run by Declan McCabe at St Michaels College in the US, where student teachers develop Lesson plans for teaching Biology in Elementary Schools as part of their official assignments for their degree. --Wayne Mackintosh 11:17, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Dear Keryn, Welcome aboard. I hope you are enjoying the course and I can see that new working relationships are being forged. That is wonderful. Warm wishes,--Patricia Schlicht 19:16, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Dixon Das

I am Dixon Das. I am a Plus Two student of St. Sebastian's Higher Secondary School at Thoppumpady, Cochin, Kerala, India.

This year our Government policy says "every school must have a wiki portal". I plan to lead my school in making a Wiki Portal. Joining this WE community, it will be easy for me to get help when I am stuck.

As a student I use Wikipedia as my reference book. I try to introduce WIKI to my classmates, teachers and school. I have decided to join this WE project, go through Learning4Content workshop. Once I have become a Wikibuddy, it will be easy for me to invite my friends here, showing off my details in Wiki. I don't know how easy or hard it is going to be. But I have decided to try until I win. Everyone here, please pray for me. Hello Dixon. I am so happy to meet a young student taking the lead and initiative. We are here to be and learn together.--Nisha Singh

Hi Dixon hats off to you. You have statred a bold step. Carry on and spread the message.

Dear Dixon, Welcome aboard. It is good to see you working on becoming a WikiBuddy, see here what it takes under the WikiMaster programme. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:18, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Richard Jones

I am the eLearning Coordinator at The Southport School (TSS) in sunny Queensland. I have been a member of Wikieducator since 2007 so I am still learning too. I am facilitating my first WikiEducator workshop.

Please see my user page (click the signature link below) for a fuller account, thanks.

Richardnz 05:13, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Richard -- Thanks again for offering to help out with the WikiEducator gives back workshop :-) -- Your experience in things elearning on multiple fronts will be invaluable during this workshop. Hey -- help spread the word in OZ -- Would love to see a duplicate of the OERNZ project accross the ditch -- and all countries for that matter :-) --Wayne Mackintosh 09:11, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Thanks Wayne, you're very kind. I do have one participant from my school after an email and a staffroom announcement - I'm sure the word will spread. Richardnz 09:52, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
love the cherry blossom...i'm trying to figure out if the green comments are automatic or if i have to format every time - not really intuitive..... and the time stamp??? ok so not automatic....Elaine Huber
Dear Richard, I see we have parts of our professional careers in the same area. Good to have you on board and thank you for all that you do. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:19, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Jeannette Dyet

I'm from Lower Hutt in New Zealand where we are in the middle of winter and just had our All Blacks rugby team beat the Springboks at the weekend.  I work for a distance education provider where I teach accounting.  I am also currently completing a Grad Dip in Adult lilteracy and Numeracy which gives me a few headaches at times trying to fit everything into the space of a day.  But it's all good.

I'm doing this workshop to see if/how I can use Wikis to support my students, particularly from the perspective of building a collabotative learning community.  Has anyone tried this approach?  All the best with the workshop everyone.

• Anyone got any ideas on how I can stop this posting encroaching on Richard's space?
• Yeah -- I've fixed it, but best not to explain how this works just yet ;-). If you're curious look at the syntax in Wiktext mode :-) Anyway point being, in wiki communities we help each other. --Wayne Mackintosh 06:47, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
• My bad Jeanette! I was going to fix it when I suddenly had to be somewhere else. Yes, wikis are a great way to foster collaboration and support students. Here's a starter: wikis in education Richardnz 08:44, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
• Cheers guys, looked at the code, from what I could decipher it's not as structured as html so I had no idea how to fix it myself - hopefully will work this out during the course. Thanks for the link RIchard. --Jeannette 08:42, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
• Dear Jeannette, Welcome to the Wikifamily. You will enjoy this wonderful community of global educators who are anxious to make it happen. Welcome agian. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:21, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Sandhya Gunness

HI Everyone,
I'm Sandhya Gunness, Lecturer at the University of Mauritius for Open and Online Learning. I'm really happy to be able to contribute a little back to the Wikieducator initiative ever since I jumped on board back in 2006 where we were introduced to Wikieducator in Vancouver at the COL office and were able to welcome the first VUSSC workshop in Mauritius. I've been watching amazed while WE grew and having all these exciting people on board. People passionate about learning, sharing and "digging deeper in these higher grounds"- people like You- WE ;) We've done some wiki-writing with my students and they have been thrilled at the possibilities of shared editing and collaborative writing. Looking forward to this workshop.
Hi Sandhya, great to touch base again in the wiki -- as you say you've been with us since the early days and for those who don't know Sandhya -- she served on the Interim International Advisory Board, back in the days when we were too small to elect a Council. Really appreciate your gift of time to help us out again. --Wayne Mackintosh 09:02, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi, Sandhya, Nice to meet you. Your work is amazing. It's rains in Pune now and the countryside is beautiful. I have a few friends in Mauritius and am reminded of them. Do visit whenever you come to Pune again. Kalpana--Kalpana Gupte 16:55, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

Dear Sandhya, thank you for coming in and doing all that you have done. It is great to have friends around to rely on for help. Really more appreciated than I can express. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:22, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Klaus Reich

Hi! My name is Klaus and I am living near Innsbruck, a city in the Alps in Austria - please note the missing "al" ;-) Greetings to all those from the southern hemisphere :-) I am working as a new media/teacher training coordinator in the Vice-Rectorate for Students and Teaching and as research officer at the Institute of Educational Science - both at the University of Innsbruck . My focus is on continuing professional development for educators/trainers and in e-learning, including accessibility and usability of learning environments, barrier-free web-design, e-accessibility and evaluation of web-based learning. I have worked for several years as a project officer in these fields as well. For work and personal matters I use dokuwiki and confluence wiki, but have never applied wikis in my lectures till now.
Hi Klaus -- had a good chuckle -- enjoy your sense of humour. Welcome aboard -- we've pleased to see solid growth in the WikiEducator community from Europe. Dokuwiki is great wiki -- clean and great for producing documents (in terms of its structure and design). Although I must concede -- I'm a little biased towards Mediawiki - -a very powerful engine. Hope you enjoy your time with us :-) --Wayne Mackintosh 09:06, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

## Lynne Chapman

Hello,

I am an educational developer returning to work after a year's absence and I need to learn about wikis so that I can teach others how to use them for learning as well as how to use them :) I hope to be able to maintain my involvement each day but already am under pressure as it is a new semester and the busiest time for people like me. I am sure everyone relates to the pressures of time  and I am not alone.

THe course material is very detailed and appears to ensure that anyone of any level of expertise will be catered for. A very thorough site and lots of variety for different learners. Thank you. It is so refreshing to receive free assistance.

I really like learning by doing!

Hello Lynne nice to meet you. Where are you from? Yes we all have life & work pressures so we understand :) Let us know if we can assist. Cheers --Jenni Parker

Hey everyone.

Rohan from Melbourne, Australia.

Was invited through Robyn to join in. I look after the IT for a higher ed college and am interested in seeing how wikis can be used in education. We have been running Moodle for the past 2 years and it will be interesting to see how the 2 can complement.

Hi Rohan nice to meet you. I am sure you will be pleased Robyn invited you to join in. I am also an experienced Moodle co-facilitator / administrator (on IT4ALL). I look forward to chatting with you about Moodle and how the "2" can complement each other. :) Cheers --Jenni Parker
Dear Rohan. Welcome aboard. I see you are in good hands already. Warm wishes,--Patricia Schlicht 19:24, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## KIZITO MUGAGA

Hullo;This is Kizito Mugaga,from Uganda.Igraduated in 2009 from Makerere university with  a bachlor's degree in science(Biology) with Education.Am currently teaching at St Joseph of Nazareth, Mpigi. Am so proud to be a member of the wiki family and am looking forward to develop the skills of ICT which still a problem in Uganda due to lack of facilities.These skill will enable me share knowledge through the wikieducator programmes.

Hello Kizito nice to meet you. Yes I am sure your new wikieducator skills will assist you to share your knowledge. Please ask if you need assistance I am very happy to help :) Cheers --Jenni Parker
Hi Kizito,It is wonderful to "see" you here again. I know how motivated and hard working you are. Please keep up and continue making Uganda proud.--Vkizza 14:03, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Dear Kizito, Welcome to our WikiEducator family. I am really looking forward to your contributions. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:25, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## MAMUN BARBHUIYA

Hi, I am Mamun from Assam, India. I have been teaching English in a college. I am very happy to be a part of the greatest event in wiki. Wiki gives us a platform for exchanging idea, sharing experiences and getting up-to-date information in education. Hope to meet you all in Wiki.

Bye

(: Welcome Barbhuiva. It is a great honour to have you take part in this international Wiki event. I find it a great pleasure in learning with others in this relaxed setting. Look forward to seeing your profile on Wikieducator -- LeRoy Hill, CEN 13:21, 21 July 2010 (UTC). )

(: Dear Mamun Yes, I am fortunate. Myself and Dr. Mishra working together in some of the projects. I am learning lot more from him --Gmythili 10:13, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

Hi everyone! My name is Tehmina and I work at Massey University in Albany, North Shore, New Zealand. I have made a lateral move into the arena of academic development after spending 8 years as a lecturer in experimental psychology in Japan. I am fascinated by eLearning and the collaborative possibilities of wikis, but have never really taken the time to learn about them before now. I am looking forward to FINALLY coming to grips with the tool, and hopefully finding ways to use it to enhance students creativity and collaboration. See you all in the wiki!

(: There's no better time than the present, Tehmina! I continue to find new ways to create open educational resources in Wikieducator that help improve my knowledge and teaching practice. This workshop is a great way to start networking with others while learning the code required to make contributions to various projects. --Benjamin Stewart 18:21, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

## LeRoy Hill

Greetings everyone. I am really excited by the idea and possibility of open education. I have been teaching since 1995 and presently I am on study leave pursuing a PhD in Education at the University of Nottingham. My professional duties in the past included, Graduate certified teacher (Social Studies, Information Technology, Geography, and Caribbean Studies), Head of Humanities Department at the Albena Lake Hodge Comprehensive School (ALHCS) and President of the Anguilla Teachers' Union. I hold a BSc in Social Studies from Andrews University and a MA in Instructional Technology (Curriculum & Instruction) from Virginia Tech. I have been an avid user of various online tools for collaborative learning and knowledge sharing. In 2003 I created a local VLE for my school ([www.classnotes.ai]) which sparked my interest in participatory design. This effort grew to be a Caribbean wide tool for students to collaborate and learn with each other. In 2008, I created an online network for Caribbean educators (Caribbean Educators Network) and presently researching a participatory framework for sustainable e-learning in a social networking setting.

I am delighted to be one of the co-facilitators of this historic wiki workshop.  Please feel free to participate fully in the sessions.

Hi LeRoy -- I know you have a hectic schedule -- but am very pleased you could take some time out to help with the facilitation of our record breaking WikiEducator Gives Back workshop -- not too mention helping to keep Caribbean numbers and representation from your region in this international workshop. Great to have you on Board! --Wayne Mackintosh 09:20, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

Dear LeRoy, your expertise in the field of education will surely help us wiki family in the days to come. Looking forward --KD Shijo

• Dear LeRoy, thank you for all that you do and have done to help others. It is highly appreciated. You are doing an amazing job. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:28, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Marinda van Rooyen

Marinda
I am Marinda van Rooyen. I work at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. I am a Web studies Official. I work with the university's Learning Management System. I am currently doing a Masters Degree in Hypermedia for Language Learning, hence my interest in this wiki workshop. I am fascinated by e-learning and especially collaborative learning possibilities presented by the e-learning environment. I am currently researching e-assessment possibilities which could maybe replace boring multiple choice question assessments.
Welcome Marinda. Glad that you could join in the workshop.  I am sure that you will be pleased with your efforts at the end of the workshop. --LeRoy Hill, CEN 09:24, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

## Sigi Jottkandt

Hi everyone, I'm a lecturer in publishing at NMIT, Melbourne, Australia. I'm very interested in learning about open educational resources from all of you. I became involved in open access publishing several years ago when I co-founded the Open Humanities Press (www.openhumanitiespress.org). I met Wayne while I was back in NZ last year during Open Access week when he kindly agreed to join us virtually for a session on OER. My background is English literature, and I've been teaching and researching in the US, Belgium and Holland. I'm eager to make connections in the OER community in Australia. It will be fascinating to see how far this workshop takes us!
Hi Sigi -- glad you could make it :-) I'm very keen to explore the grey areas and opportunities for collaboration between the open access publishing worlds and the OER community -- let's make these futures happen! --Wayne Mackintosh 09:25, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Dear Sigi, Welcome to our WikiEducator family. It is good to have you with us. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:29, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Alex Tait

Hello everyone.  My name is Alex Tait and I currently work for the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management in NZ.  A newbie to wikis, let alone wikieducator but looking forward to figuring this thing out over the next 10 days.

Hi Alex -- you've come to the right place to explore wikis. We were all newbies one time or another. Enjoy the experience -- next time you will be able to help someone else :-) --Wayne Mackintosh 20:59, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
Dear Alex, Welcome again, Good to see you are enjoying this workshop. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:30, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Liz Harrison

Hi everyone from sunny Durban, South Africa. I'm now over the football World Cup and ready to focus on learning about WikiEducator - perfect timing! As an educational technologist working with academics to learn how to teach online this project is fascinating. I love the idea of communally created and accessible knowledge. The idea of treasuring and sharing both local and global knowledge suggests that we'll be reevaluating our criteria for what counts as worthwhile knowing. The challenge is marvellous.

Hi Liz, welcome aboard -- We were all proud of South Africa's hosting of the world cup -- Great stadium in Durban! Yeah -- rethinking criteria of worthwhile knowing in an open world is a fascinating concept -- Enjoy the workshop! --Wayne Mackintosh 00:23, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

## Leila Boyle

My name is Leila Boyle, from Auckland, New Zealand. I am currently a Part-time Senior Tutor in Statistics at The University of Auckland's Student Learning Centre.

I am interested in learning more about how I can use wikis to make on-line resources available to my students.

Hi Leila nice to meet you. I am also a part-time university lecturer and this semester I will be showing my students how to use wikis to produce online content. If I can be of any assistnace during this workshop, please ask! :) Cheers --Jenni Parker

## Suresh Babu.R.G

Hi everyone!,
I’m Suresh babu from Kochi,India. I’m an educationalist and Trainer. I like Vedic math , mental math and memory techniques and I love teaching these techniques to my students. I’m really excited to be part of the free education drive and would like to learn and share more and useful knowledge.Thank you very much.
• Dear Suresh, you will surely enjoy this workshop and will benefit from. Keep abreast the same passion... All the best, --KD Shijo
• Dear Suresh, Welcome again to our Wiki family. you will soon realise that this is a very powerful online community with over 15,000 users in over 120 countries. Welcome aboard. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:31, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Michele van Wyk

Michele van Wyk
Hi Everyone!

I am from Johannesburg and work as an education consultant at the University of South Africa (Unisa). My work is very similar to that of an instructional designer and currently my focus is on continuous professional learning opportunities for our lecturers in the field of online learning.

I enrolled for this workshop because I would like to learn how a Wiki works. I believe that my practical experience here with the Wiki will help me to promote it to our lecturers so that they can use it for teaching and learning purposes.

Hi Michele -- a special welcome to colleagues from Unisa :-) I spent 12 years of my career @ Unisa and am indebted to the depth of knowledge and experience I gained in open distance learning. Remember that we run at least one free Learning4Content workshop every month and you're most welcome to point colleagues to these free workshops. More over - -all our course materials are freely available and you can run your own training sessions using these OER teaching materials. Great to have you on board and send my regards to Unisa! --Wayne Mackintosh 00:27, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

• Dear Michele, We have already spoken but I wanted to formally welcome you again. Great to have you with us. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:32, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Anna Rogozinska

Anna Rogozinska
Hello there, I am a PhD student at University of Warsaw, Poland. I teach classes on ICT and anthropology of the internet so I am always looking for new tools to be used to combine theory with practice both for myself and for my students. I hope to learn a lot and develop ideas on how to transfer the knowledge to other learning environments.

(: Hi Anna, I wish you all the best for your PhD research. Hope you will find this workshop useful to your work. Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 16:28, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

• Hi Anna,great to have a person of your calibre join us on WE. Welcome and have fun.--Vkizza 14:07, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
• Hi Anna, I hope you are enjoying this experience. Welcome aboard. Warm wishes, --Patricia Schlicht 19:34, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Kassimu Nihuka

Hello everyone.! I am a lecturer in the Institute of Continuing Education at the Open University of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam – Tanzania. Currently a PhD student at Twente University in the Netherlands. My current PhD research focuses on Supporting collaborative course design for e-learning delivery at the Open University of Tanzania.

Hello Kassimu nice to meet you. Please ask if you need assistance I am very happy to help. Cheers --Jenni Parker
Fixed. --Daniel Mietchen 14:15, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

## Kamil Śliwowski

Hello, I am open education and media literacy animator and educator, working for Modern Poland Foundation, also cooperating with Coalition for Open Education and Creative Commons. I'm interested in free culture, copygights and use of new media and technologies in education and non-governmental organisations.

(: Hello Kamil, You are very welcome to this eL4C41 Online workshop. It is nice to know your skills. Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 14:07, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

I am interested in helping more people learn how to edit a wiki, I learnt in February 2008 and wish to repay by trying to become a co-facilitator.
Hello Nadia nice to meet you online again :) This is also my first time co-facilitating on wikieducator. I look forward to learning with you. Cheers --Jenni Parker
Hi Nadia, glad you could pop in -- I know that you have a busy travelling schedule at the moment. Really appreciate your help and gift of time to help out with the WikiEducator Gives Back workshop :-) --Wayne Mackintosh 00:28, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Nadia, so great to see you here. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:34, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Brenda Mallinson

I am currently employed as Programme Specialist (ICTs in Education) at the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) in Johannesburg, working on a number of Educational Technology projects including the ongoing Partnership for Higher Education in Africa (PHEA) ETI project. I am also a Research Associate at the Department of Information Systems, Rhodes University, South Africa, having previously lectured in this Department from 1999 to 2007. Prior to that I ran the Computer Based Education Unit (CBEU) at Rhodes University from 1994 to 1998. While at the University, I established and led a research group in Advanced Learning Technologies, as well as implementing a post-graduate module in this area.

Looking forward to some extended wiki knowledge sharing!

Hi Brenda, pleased to meet you! SAIDE has an impressive international track record in the world of Distance Education --- please say hi to all my friends at SAIDE. You've come to the right place for wiki knowledge sharing! --Wayne Mackintosh 00:31, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

## Asha Noel

ATNoel
Hello everyone. My name is Asha Noel and I am the Education Specialist at the Distance Learning Secretariat in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education in Trinidad and Tobago.

I have not had much experience with wikis and am looking forward to learning how to effectively use this tool. I am also excited to share knowledge and experiences with others from around the world who are interested in technology and education, and hopefully pick up some best practices, new perspectives or innovative ideas!

Hi Asha nice to meet you. Did you see Gerard Ahee's introduction (above) he is also from Trinidad, Tobago. I am currently co-facilitating a Moodle for Teachers workshop (on IT4ALL) and one of the particpants is from Trinidad, Tobago...do you know him - Sean Rogers - hehe just joking, whenever I tell people I am from Perth they always ask if I know their relatives! :) I look forward to connecting with you & Gerard online. Cheers --Jenni Parker

Hi Jenny, nice to meet you as well. Gerard is actually my co-worker. Trinidad is small but as for Sean, I do not know him but would be interested in getting connected and more about the programme you are facilitating.--ATNoel 12:27, 29 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hello Asha Great to see you here. I am really excited about this wiki learning initiative and feel honoured to be working with such a great team. Moodle is a great tool! In 2002, I used it to create a VLE for my school which fast became an inspiration for my focus on collaborative learning and teaching. Great to see you involved in training others. Keep up the great work. -- LeRoy Hill, CEN 09:07, 22 July 2010 (UTC))
Great to see you are doing good things in the Caribbean. Have you been in touch with anyone in Trinidad as to our open school? Sound like something that might interest you. Let's stay in touch.--ATNoel 12:27, 29 July 2010 (UTC)

## Darsana Joseph

HIIII my fellow mates! I'm extremely delighted to be here. I'm Darsana Joseph, from Cochin, the astonishing land of beauty, which is reknowned as Queen of arabian sea.I'm a higher scondary student.I'm an active member of ebalajanasakhyam,initiated by Sebastian Panakkal.Our aim is to familiarise wikieducator all over kerala.With this intention,Our teacher Sebastian Panakkal had made me as well as my friend Amrithraj as Wikieducator leaders of our respective schools.Amrithraj is also available in this platform.We hope that we could achieve our goal within no time and hense attract more and more towards wiki.Being a wikieducator newbie, I want to understand more about ways in which wikis can be used in teaching and learning. I intend to use my learning to share with other learners, and hopefully to broaden my own learning opportunities. I look forward to the journey!

Hello Darsana nice to meet you. Your teacher Sebastian obviously has great faith in you and your friend Amrithraj to learn and pass on your knowledge to your schools. I would consider it an honour to assist you on your learning journey. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions. Cheers --Jenni Parker

## Leslie Lindsey

Hello!  I am currently a graduate student in Denton, Texas, and work as an instructional designer at Texas Woman's University.  It's a great job where I get to help faculty improve their teaching in the online environment, and I love helping to ultimately make classes more satisfying for students.  I'm interested in learning more about wikis and their possibilities in a variety of disciplines in higher education.

(: Hi Leslie, You are very welcome to this eL4C41 Online workshop. I hope you will find the activities interesting. Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 16:19, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

## Sayali Dubash

Dear All Greetings from India, I am a student of e.B.Ed and recently had an opportunity to participate in the L4C40 workshop facilitated by Patricia ma'm and Geeta ma'm. Well it was a wonderful experience. I am once again looking forward to meeting new people, learning new concepts and most importantly actively involving myself in creating OERs. Regards.--Sayali Dubash 13:52, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hello Sayali, You are very welcome to this eL4C41 Online workshop. I am sure with your experience of eL4C40 workshop, you will help others too. Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 16:21, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

(: Hi Sayali, I visited your page, truly impressive. Welcome aboard. Warm wishes,--Patricia Schlicht 19:36, 23 July 2010 (UTC))

## Henriette Carle

Hi, my name is Henriette Carle and I'm living in in the south of Germany, near Tübingen. I'm working as an online publisher for the website MediaCulture-Online which provides information about media literacy education, especially for teachers. My interests are both learning with wikis as open content and open educational ressources.

(: Hi Henriette, You are very welcome to this eL4C41 Online workshop. Your work on Media Literacy Education for the teachers is very interesting. Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 16:23, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

## Anirban Ghosh

Anirban
Hi! Wiki friends. I am working as Lecturer in Commerce at Netaji Subhas Open University, India [2]. I am delighted to be a part of the L4C41 Workshop as co-facilitator. It will be a great experience for me as I have to play a new role. I hope I shall also learn many wiki skills from this workshop. I have been awarded AAOU Staff Exchange Fellowship at Korea National Open University(KNOU) during August-September 2010. I shall try to popularize the activities on WIKI at KNOU.
Hello Anirban. I am also a new wikieducator co-facilitator - nice to meet you. Cheers --Jenni Parker

(: Hello Anirban , You are very welcome to this eL4C41 Online workshop. Congratulations for your AAOU Staff Exchange Fellowship at Korea National Open University(KNOU). Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 16:17, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

Hi, Anirban. Nice to meet you again. We also met earlier IGNOU ONLINE Workshop. Do you remember. Regards, Mamun

(: Hi Anirban, I am waiting for you to join me in welcoming Group C Newbies--Dr. Gita Mathur 10:38, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

(: Hi Anirban, Great to have such a skilled and experienced person with us. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:37, 23 July 2010 (UTC))

## Marcia Kloepper

Greetings from Alabama in the United States. I am an IT Specialist at a public university. I support faculty and students in the use of technology for teaching and learning. Job description also involves experimenting with "stuff" that hasn't quite yet made it to university main-stream adoption, such as virtual worlds. Delighted to be part of this Workshop and am amazed at the global aspect.

(: Hi Marcia, You are very welcome to this eL4C41 Online workshop. I hope you will enjoy this workshop. Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 16:07, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

## Sue Davis

Hi from Saint John, NB Canada. I am an instructor at the New Brunswick Community College. I teach online and in the face-to-face classroom (1/2 time) and I work with faculty both individually and in groups on a number of projects (1/2 time). I am keenly interested in Web 2.0 and I am a self-confessed twitterholic @NBCCSue. Looking forward to learning more about Wikis.

(: Hi Sue, You are very welcome to this eL4C41 Online workshop. I am sure we will be benefited from your experience of teaching online as well as through f2f. Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 16:07, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

Thank you for your warm greeting. Sue

I want to add my photo but the "insert/edit image" icon does not let me browse my computer. Suggestions?

(: Hi Sue -- Wow amazing support from the community adding screen shots on uploading images -- fantastic. WE is a 24/7 community of support. In addition, we've not covered how to upload images yet -- will do this later in the workshop. However, if you want to work ahead like many others on the course - -take a look at the tutorial for uploading images -- its free ;-) --Wayne Mackintosh 20:55, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

(: Hi Sue! Thank you for your comment in my introduction. Great to see a familiar face too in this workshop! Thank you for your kind words about my small contribution that I try to do for those educators who follow me in Twitter. To insert a picture, you must first upload the image to the wiki site by clicking the link - Upload file - that is located on the bottom left side of your screen in the toolbox area (see image below). I hope this helps. I look forward learning and working with you. ~ Steven.-- Steven Diaz )

Hi Sue, I recognized your name right away. Glad to "see" a familiar face! :>)Maria BTW, is there a better way to reply to posts other than editing?--Ria 16:14, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the info on how to insert an image. I did it but the photo is really large! Oh well, at least it is on my intro :-) --Suedavis 11:18, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Sue, Welcome to the Wiki. It is great to see you here. Welcome aboard. Warm wishes,--Patricia Schlicht 19:39, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Olufemi Olubodun

Hello, I am joining this programme from Nigeria and at the present in South Africa for few days. I am particularly interested in the course not only to learn but to add value to the initiative of OER as I believe it will dominate future thoughts on some practices in teaching and learning. With the level of poverty and deprivation in Africa and many developing countries many could not go to school or do well because of limited access to resources that would have added value to the learning. I work in the University of Lagos as an instructor and have excellent knowledge in the use of technology in various ways for education and creative inquiry. Wiki is an interesting tool and joining this group will add value to my knowledge.

(: Hi Olufemi , Welcome to this eL4C41 Online workshop. I agree with you that through Wiki and OER we can extend the access to resources to the needy ones. Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 16:10, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

## Elaine Gustus

Hello everyone! I live in the green ridges of central Pennsylvania in the United States. I'm an instructional designer at Penn State University and I work with the faculty to create online courses. I'm participating in this workshop to explore the possibility of implementing wikis in some of the university courses. Looking forward to it!

(: Hi Elaine , Most welcome to this eL4C41 Online workshop. And all the best to you for implementing Wikis to your courses. Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 16:14, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

## C.Koltzenburg

nice to be here, I think this is a wonderful course - and I admire http://wikieducator.org/Learning4Content/Workshops/eL4C41/Introductions#Daniel_Mietchen for his wiki activism for scientific inquiry.

(: Hi Koltzenburg, Greetings. I am sure you will enjoy and learn from this workshop. Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 16:25, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

## Kuteesa J,

Hello everyone, I am Kuteesa Joy, an educationist from Uganda. I am looking forward to using wiki editing skills.
(: Hello Kuteesa, Greetings. I am sure you will enjoy and learn from this workshop. Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 20:35, 21 July 2010 (UTC))
(: Hello Kuteesa, Nice to meet you here. I know how committed and motivated you are. Please keep up.--Vkizza 14:18, 22 July 2010 (UTC) ))

## Tabisa

Hi everyone, this seems to be an interesting course. I am from a computer science background and mainly working with e-learning; I believe the knowledge of Wiki's will assist me communicate and share ideas with my peers

Hello Tabisa, Greetings and welcome. I am sure your knowledge of e-learning will prove useful in implementing wiki for academic courses. All the best. --Ramesh Sharma 20:52 21 July 2010 (UTC)

## Bill McMullen

Hi everyone. Over the past 20 years I've had the fortune of working in adult education in northern and western Canada and am interested in how wikis will encourage student success, especially in remote Aboriginal communities. I'm currently Coordinator of Undergraduate Degree Online Learning Development for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton. Although we joke that there are two seasons here...snow and cold...although far too short, the summers here are actually quite nice with 18+ hours of sunlight and temperatures in the mid-20's. I look forward to wikiing (is that a word?) BTW that's me on the left of the photo with our Cree Elder, Walter Bonaise.
--Bmcmulle 19:28, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

Hello Bill, Greetings. It is nice to know about you and you are welcome to this workshop. Best--Ramesh 20:49 21 July 2010 (UTC)

## Julia Weiersmuller

Greetings from South Auckland, New Zealand, where I teach 12 yr olds and encourage staff to get into Web 2

Hi Julia, another from NZ great. So good to have teachers encouraging each other with Web 2 :) Carolct 22/7/2010 10:46 am NZ

## Graham Stott

Hi -- I am Graham Stott (ignore the user name aardvarkpal!). I'm British, teaching in Palestine in the English Programme of the Arab American University, and I'm involved in setting up a Department of Education. I teach Educational Technology (also fun things like Pedagogical Grammar) to trainee teachers but I haven't used Wikis before. Shame on me! I'm looking forward to learning.
Hi Graham, you will love using wikis with your students. It's a must have these days for teachers esp newly qualified ones to know their way round web 2, so it's great to have you here :) Carolct 22/7/2010 10:51 am NZ

## FRANCIS APPIAH

Hi Everybody, my name is Francis Appiah. I am a Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. Just got introduced to Wikis. Justin was great. I am glad to be back to school at remote location. I can see my world changing with Wikis. I just can't wait.

Welcome Francis, I've never been to Ghana, so hopefully I may learn something about it whilst we do this workshop :) Glad to have you on board. Carolct 22/7/2010 10:35 am NZ

## Rokosiga Morrison

'Bula vinaka' to you all!

I am Rokosiga Morrison, I am from Suva, Fiji and I work as an Instructional Designer at the Center for Flexible and Distance Learning with the University of the South Pacific. I was involved with wiki a few years back while studying but I stopped using it for so many other reasons. This is a great opportunity for me to improve my skills and to get to know more about WikiEducator. My work involves consultation and providing advice to my fellow colleagues who are writing distance courses. I welcome this challenge to be a participant in this online session as my technology skills are very basic. So looking forward to learning from you all and the fact that I will be collaborating with people from all over the world is an incentive itself to register for the session.

Hi Rokosiga, I have recently met Shikha Raturi online who lives in Suva. If you know her say "hi". Anyway welcome to the wiki! Carolct 22/7/2010 10:38 AM NZ

## Raewyn MacCormick

Hallo world. I am a mathematics teacher at a private girls' school in Auckland, New Zealand. I have much to learn and will be experimenting and enjoying collaborative learning as the workshops proceed.

Hi Raewyn, another Kiwi, great, though I am guessing by your name with Welsh heritage (and Scots too or is that your partner :) Carolct 22/7/2010 10:38 AM NZ

## Sally Woods

Hi, I'm from the beautiful Hawkes Bay, NZ where we make fabulous wine among other things. I work at our local polytech mainly helping lecturers put their teaching materials online. I know very little about wikis, unlike my colleague and friend Michael, and am looking forward to spending time in this collaborative wiki environment.
Hi Sally, great to see another EIT colleague and friend here. We are having quite an EIT presence. Must all meet up physically after the course :) Carolct 22/7/2010 10:35 am NZ
Hi Sally. I still have lots n lots to learn about wikis. By the way Sally is another ukulele player so as wiki is also Hawaiian I'm sure you'll catch on quickly :)--Mverhaart 09:07, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Sally, if this comment ends up in the right place it will be great as I'm not having much luck so far. Great to see you and others from EIT also doing this course
--Debznz 12:46, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Hey Deb. The trick with wikis is to see what others have done and copy them :)--Mverhaart 11:09, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Sally. Love the photo - really shows off the sun & wine of Hawkes Bay (today was no exception - hard to think it is winter!) --Mverhaart 11:08, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Vera S.Santos

Hello, everybody! My name is Vera S.Santos, I am Brazilian and I live in São Paulo. I’m an EFL teacher and digital media enthusiast! I have an MA in English and computer mediated communication. My MA dissertation is about the use of wikis for the collaborative construction of multimodal texts in a scenario of non-formal education. So, I love wikis and I love this opportunity to be here with you and to learn more about wikis. Have a look at my twitter !

Greetings Vera - -Welcome! Wow you have the perfect background to lend a hand in helping to build the Portuguese WikiEducator. WE have a set of Portuguese WikiTutorials which need to be updated for rich text editing and transferred to the Portuguese installation -- hey perhaps you can work with the Portuguese team :-) --Wayne Mackintosh 00:38, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

## Monica Marquez

Hello. My name is Monica Marquez. I am 29 years old and I live in Aguascalientes, Mexico. I work at the University od Aguascalientes. I work as an English teacher for BA students. I am interested in using these type of platforms for my classes as well as a tool for assessment through courses. I have used blogs or my classes so students can practice grammar structures, reading, listening and vocabulary items. My main purpose to use wikis is to know how to use them for evaluation and assessment throughout a course or semester.

Hi Monica. Welcome. If you have any questions please ask us :) Cheers --jennip 02:29, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
• Hi, Monica. Ben is also from Aguascalientes, so you have a close neighbour in the course. It is very good to have you in the workshop with us!--Jrradney 04:01, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
• Dear Monica, Welcome to the Wiki. We have a large number of WikiEducators in Mexico. I encourage you to check them out here: WikiEducator Mexico Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:44, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
• Hey! I know you! It's great to have you here Monica. Once you've completed this workshop, I encourage you to take on a facilitating role in a similar workshop we have planned for Fomento in August. Again welcome and if I can be of any assistance, feel free to contact me. By the way, using this icon in the toolbar automatically inserts your signature which you can use each time you post a message in WE. --Benjamin Stewart 12:57, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

## Carol Gray

Aloha, This year I am teaching middle school social studies at Connections Public Charter School, a K-12 public school in Hilo Hawaii, which means I am teaching History of the Hawaiian Kingdom/Pacific Islands, American History, and Health. Because I had been teaching social studies at our High School these are all new classes for me, so I want to design these classes with quality technology tools integrated into the curriculum from the start. I am very excited about learning more about the nuts and bolts functions of the Wiki educator environment. In particular, there is relatively little quality online information and resources for teaching Hawaiian History. I hope my classes can use the wiki tools to change that, by creating online materials other students and teachers can use.

Teachers go back to work next Thursday and students return the following Tuesday, so this workshop is just in time!
(: Hi, Carol! It's rather ironic that materials would be lacking, since wiki is a word invented by Hawaiians :). The possibility for opening up self-directed learning in a wiki environment, so that students could actually construct their own content on Hawaiian history in a collaborative way with others on the Web is exciting. I hope you are able to learn all you need to get started on this important cultural project. --Jrradney 04:12, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

• Dear Carol, Welcome to the Wiki family. Just like you many came to do the same thing, to explore how WikiEducator could be integrated into the classroom and it works beautifully. Please check out the content page on wikieducator itself, at http://www.wikieducator.org WikiEducator Main Page] Warm wishes and welcome again--Patricia Schlicht 19:47, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Rabikha Hasni

Hello my wikis friends, I'm Rabikha and I'm a lecturer from Wawasan Open University, Malaysia. WikiEducator has become the most exciting experience of my career. I would like to learn more about wikis.I'm looking forward to working with you all.

Welcome Malaysia and Wawasan Open Univeristy -- I see that we have a strong team from Wawasan at the workshop and you will definitely have an authentic wiki experience during this workshop. --Wayne Mackintosh 11:21, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

## Álvaro Ricárdez

I'm a Mexican TEFL teacher working in a junior high school in Oaxaca, México. It's my seventh year there. I have a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering but I'm now retired from engineereing. I'm 60 years old. Presently I am studying on line to get my BA degree on teaching foreign languages, and I just finished my third semester. I study at the UNAM, Mexico's National University. I'm very interested in opening a wiki for my school teachers. Two years ago I opened a wiki for TEFL teachers in my area. It's at [3] and it's in English. But now I want to open a new one for all the teachers in my school. Many of them do not speak English so I will do it in Spanish. I want to share tips and tools for using technology in the school. I also have a wiki for my students. I'm now trying to prepare my wiki fo the new course which starts on August the 18th. That wiki address is [4] I hope to learn a lot in this shop!

Wow Álvaro -- You know what they say -- you're never too young to learn! Great wiki projects -- feel free to start a Wiki portal in WikiEducator -- were a great bunch of Educators (more than 72% of our users are educators working in the formal sector) and we're a great bunch of folk. Remember - WIkiEducator runs a free workshop every month and this is great way to provide training for your students as well. --Wayne Mackintosh 11:26, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

Thanks a lot Wayne for this nice welcome. I'll tell my students and co workers about these shops. Have a nice workshop!

## Isla Taufalele

Kia ora koutou,I am a mother, volunteer educator, distance educator and chemistry teacher from Hamilton, New Zealand. I am currently employed by New Zealand's largest school,Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, The Correspondence School.I am interested in learning more about distance education and in particular how it can be effective for youth. My education dream is to expand my small mentoring/tuoring group for Tongans into a larger network. Maybe this course will give me some fresh ideas, looking forward to the challenge.

Mālō ē lelei. Welcome Isla. Great to have participants from the Correspondence School join us. Do take a look at New Zealand's OERNZ wiki project -- the Newsletters provide a good idea of what we're doing, see here. Wow -- I've had the privilege of presenting two WikiEducator workshops in the Kingdom of Tonga -- See L4C12 and L4C13 -- perhaps there are ways we can connect with colleagues in Tonga :-) --Wayne Mackintosh 11:33, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Malo e lava mai, Isla. Koau Vilimaka mei Fisi. Fiefia ho'o 'i heni pea mo ho'o lava mai ke tau kaufakataha he feinga ni. Hange koe lau 'a Wayne, mahalo ko ha founga 'eni ke ma'u ha kakai ke tau kaufakataha hono patoloaki e nague ni 'i Tonga. Ka ke toki ma'u taimi, pea ke 'eva atu ki he 'eku peesi 'oku lolotnga fai ai 'eku fakamuna. 'Ofa atu.--VFoliaki 01:25, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
• Welcome Isla, to WikiEducator. It is great to have you with us. We did have a few Tongans participate in this initiative but I think it has been a while if I remember correctly. We are always open to helping. Welcome again. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:49, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Larry White

Greetings from Ottawa, Canada! I am joining in from Algonquin College, Ontario's 4th largest community college, where I work as Academic Manager in the School of Part-time Studies. Our college serves some 18,000 full-time and 35,000 part-time students. My portfolio includes responsibility for existing and new programming in the areas of media and design, Police and public safety and health and community studies.

I have about a 7-year background in curriculum design and development, the centrepiece of which is the Master of Distance Education that I earned through Athabasca University in 2006. With luck, I'll be commencing doctoral studies in social sciences at Royal Roads University in February 2011. In my doctoral research, I would like to explore the relationships that exist between pedagogy, assessment and practice, especially as they relate to opportunities to individualize learning online despite the use of learning management systems that, by default, seem to try to standardize learning.

I am here to learn. Seems that is what I'm always doing. Wikis intrigue me and I look forward to learning more about how to apply them in learning and collaborative environments.

In my other life, I can often be found outdoors camping, hiking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, pretending to be a photographer, and snowshoeing. Of course, my bloodhound, Ben, ventures out with me often.

Looking forward to working with you all this next short while.

Larry

• Hi, Larry (at first I thought you must be "Office Larry" from the Molson commercial :) Then I remembered that it was "Office Glen" from Toronto (Toronno) in the commercial. So, I missed all around) I notice there is someone in the workshop who works at Royal Roads, so it must be good to have that sort of contact. Also, there are several people from Athabasca here, so you probably feel right at home. Thanks for introducing yourself. --Jrradney 03:59, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
• Dear Larry, Welcome to WikiEducator. I think we have another person from the Algonquin College in this course, Group I, if I remember correctly. Great to have you with us. You will be fascinated by this self-organising large online community of over 15,000 registered users/global educators. They are truly amazing. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:52, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Amal Hanna

Hi every one. It is nice to see you all here in the forum and these coming workshops. I am looking forward to learn new experience of collaboration with you all who wish to get their learning material online available for those who want to learn. Developing courses for our students to participate in, collaboratively, is going to be one deep foot print for the future which we aim to make that real today, with all of our aspirations to make that happen.

You will definitely experience new ways of collaboration in WikiEducator! Welcome to our family of collaborators :-) --Wayne Mackintosh 11:36, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Welcome Amal. Good to have you with us. I hope you are enjoying this training opportunity thus far. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:53, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Hello friends -- Dr. Dilip Barad is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of English, Bhavnagar University. He is teaching English Literature and Language to the Post Graduate students of the University. He has 14 yeras experience of teaching to students belonging to various faculties like commerce, management, computers, humanities and social sciences. His area of interest is CALL, innovative use of ICT in teaching English and Literary theories. He has conducted workshops on use of Web tools for teaching in national and international conferences. He has penned books and articles on Thomas Hardy, Kamala Das and Web tools for English teaching. Recently Ministry of HRD (Govt. of India) has awarded special financial assistance for e-Content development and he is working on UGC research project on ‘Technology and Teaching English’.

(: Hello Dilip. I am certainly improving my geography of where institutions are. There are a lot of resources out there for teaching English, and wikis would certainly be useful for students to write collaboratively, improving each others English as they go. Welcome to the wiki workshop :) --Carolct 04:49, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

(: Dear Dilip. It has been a while. Great to see you here. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:53, 23 July 2010 (UTC))

## Maria Rosario Di Mónaco

Hi there! I'm an EFL teacher from Rosario, Argentina. I've been teaching English for over 25 years now, most of them at a private institute. In the last years, I've become increasingly fascinated with the affordances of the new technologies in education. I must say wikis are among my favourite tools because they offer the ideal environment for collaborative learning. And I love the idea of contributing and sharing resources. I've been profiting a lot from the material available on the web to give my students the opportunity to continue learning beyond the classroom walls and I feel it's time I tried and gave something back in return for all I have received. I'm here to learn how to do that.

(: Hi Maria, great to have you on-board. We love people who want to give back. I am sure other English teachers will benefit from your experiences. Carolct 04:59, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

Thanks for your warm welcome, Carol. Still finding my way around the wiki but anticipating lots of enriching experiences.

Hi Maria, Welcome to WikiEducator. I too am fascinated with how new technologies are impacting education. WikiEducator is a wonderful place in which to "give back" -- full of warm, supportive and fun wikieducators gifting their time and talents for the benefit of all.
I fixed the code so that your picture now displays...note that when you link to images, you need to include the 3-character file extension AND WikiEducator is case specific, so the name of the image has to be written exactly as you loaded it, which I was able to look up: Image:MaryDM.JPG--wiki's have easily accessible histories of every edit made. <yikes, long sentence>
Good to meet you...and great start on your userpage! Your WikiNeighbor, --Alison Snieckus 19:48, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

## Scott MacLeod, Founder, World University and School

I'm presently developing World University and School (http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University), a global, virtual, open, free-to-students, multilingual (future credit- and degree-granting) university and school, - like Wikipedia with MIT Open Course Ware, Berkeley Webcast and Yale OYC, with people to people teaching and learning. WUaS intends to be in all languages, all subjects, all nation states and at all levels. Add or take a course. With your web camera, post something you'd like to teach to youtube.com or other video host. Interactivity happens in virtual worlds like Second Life. It's for the emerging world (especially the One Laptop per Child countries) and everyone - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com. I'd like to invite you to develop, teach, learn, add and create at World University and School. Here are some links for this:

Hi Scott, great to see a growing number of wiki projects focused on widening access to free learning materials and learning opportunities. Remember that the OER Foundation offers at least one free workshop every month and WE are more than happy to assist your project in building Wiki capability for content developers at the World University. Working together we achieve more than working alone. Fortunately the World University uses a CC-BY-SA license so you will be able to copy over WikiEducator materials for use at the World University as we are also free to copy World University materials for use in WikiEducator. --Wayne Mackintosh 07:58, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Dear Scott. Welcome to WikiEducator. Wayne said it all. Wow, it would be amazing if we could find common grounds for collaboration. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:56, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Dr. GeneLoeb Aronin

Hello Dear Wiki friends.

I am a retired university professor of education. I now work in the field of Geriatrics helping elderly live better lives. I am an active member of the American Society of Aging which helps professionals working with elderly. I write, study, and report on technology used to help elderly and their communities through my Center for Technology and Mental Health of Elderly. I network and write about innovations in work with older persons. I and my wife enjoy visiting our three sons and seven grandchildren, and taking short trips in the area, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, United States. I am looking forward to learn about wikis as a means of collab orating on projects to assist older persons the world over..

(: Hi GeneLoeb, there is so much potential for technology and the elderly isn't there. And so many are getting connected on the Internet. The oldest of our family (my great aunt) who has just had her 99th birthday is not connected but all of the next generation down are, more so than my cousins. Welcome to the workshop! Carolct 08:09, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

## José Valdez

Hi fellows,

My name is José and I'm an English teacher from Aguascalientes, a small city in the heart of Mexico. I have a BA in English Language Teaching and and MA in Educational Technology. I've been working as a teacher for more than 15 years. Currently, I'm teaching EFL to high school and university students. I enrolled this course because I'm interested in distance learning and I think this is a great opportunity to update.

(: Hola, bienvenidos a este taller wiki. And I can only say that thanks to Google Translate. Carolct 08:30, 22 July 2010 (UTC))

Hola Jose. Is Aguacalientes close to San Miguel de Allende? Two years ago I took photography workshops in San Miguel and fell in love with the city. I hope to return in a couple of years to explore a bit more. Sue Davis

It's great to have you here Chito! Did you notice that Monica has signed up for the workshop as well? The knowledge and skill that you obtain in this workshop will serve you well as we conduct a similar workshop face-to-face with our Fomento teachers (i.e., EFL Educators) in August. I see you figured out how to upload pictures, well done! Let me know if I can be of any assistance. --Benjamin Stewart 03:19, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Ranjini Kalidass

Hello everyone. I am Ranjini Kalidass from Wawasan Open University, Malaysia. Wikieducator is something very new to me and I am completely excited to join the rest of you here. I am sure the experiences I gain here will guide me through my career. Thank you.

Hi Ranjini, there are a number of colleagues at Wawasan Open University who attended a face-to-face workshop at your University and I'm sure they will be willing to help you out. However, the level of support you will receive from our WikiEducator family is amazing! WE look forward to watching and helping you grow the wiki way. --Wayne Mackintosh 08:23, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

## Robert Benn

Hello from mostly sunny California!  I am a physics teacher in a public high school in Fremont, California. [Fremont is on the east shore of the San Francisco Bay, between Oakland and San José]

I think that a wiki will be just the thing to develop student interest and foster ownership in their learning.  The collaborative nature will help low confidence students discuss and add to the topic.  I am concerned about computer access.  Will all students have access to internet to do the work?  How much class time will it take to train the students?  Hopefully this class will answer some of these concerns?
By the way,  The "mostly sunny" is because the always famous San Francisco Fog often moves in to block the sky!

I am looking forward to learning/sharing with other educators, tips ideas and successes using wikis.--Robert Benn 05:45, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Robert, we're inspired by your Governors strong commitment to open text books. I'll be visiting SFO early August to help the Wikimedia Foundation on an important project -- hey perhaps we could catch up for a coffee to chat about those ideas for using wikis in your classroom? --Wayne Mackintosh 08:26, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Robert - I live in Marin, but teach part-time at DeAnza College in Cupertino. My course - Computers and the Internet in Society is entirely online. I use WikiEducator for the class - my stuff and students work collaboratively on projects. Because my course is a distance learning course, all students must have internet access to participate. You can make wiki work optional or one of the formats students may choose for their project "deliverable". Though not ideal, perhaps the students can work in groups so not all students need their own web access so long as the group does. Most of my students have had internet access in high school - in class, in the school media lab, at home, in the local library or community youth center. No "marine layer" aka fog in Marin today but it is cold and windy - typical summer weather. :o( --Valerie Taylor 00:33, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Professor Mogana Dhamotharan

Hello everyone! I join you all from the Wawasan Open University, Penang, Malaysia. I am the Dean of the School of Foundation and Liberal Studies. We offer the BA (Hons) in Liberal Studies as well as the BA (Hons) in Psychology programmes at present. I must add that we have some exciting courses in our Liberal Studies programme.
Hi Mogana -- a very warm welcome to Malaysia and Wawasan Open University! Its a real privilege to meet again in the wiki since we last met in India. We look forward to exploring whether we can develop and contribute components of your course materials as OER -- working together we achieve far more than working alone! --Wayne Mackintosh 08:20, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

## Tero Toivanen

Hi! I'm Master of Arts in Education and Special Education Teacher and musician specialized in Cuban music. I live in Espoo, Finland. Currently I am working in the Kilonpuisto School as a special education teacher teaching autistic pupils. I have already participated in some Learning4Content Workshops. I enjoyed them and learned many new skills. I am very honored, that I have the opportunity to take part in this historic workshop! --Teromakotero 07:26, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Wow Tero I just love Cuban music. You must upload an MP3 off some of yours! Welcome to the workshop ) Carolct 08:33, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hi Tero, so good to see you here. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 19:57, 23 July 2010 (UTC))

## Karolina Grodecka

Hi there, I'm e-learning specialist working in Centre of e-Learning at University of Science and Technology in Poland. My main responsibility is designing and facilitation online courses for teachers and educators who want to implement e-learning to their teaching practice. I also collaborate with Coalition for Open Education which is organisation shaping open education in Poland. At AGH we have launched inistitutional repository of OER located on Moodle. I was looking a opportunity to learn different perspective thus this course is a great chance to get knowledge and practice how to create OER in wiki way.

Best wishes, Karolina

Dzien dobry Karolina, witam serdecznie. I married a Polish girl so know a tiny bit of the language. I'm also a Moodler, good to see you here, let me know if I can help. Richardnz 10:20, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Dear Karolina. I love what I am reading about your professional involvement. There lies so much creativity that you can apply in exercising your responsibilities. You will soon realise how wonderfully WikiEducator fits into what you are doing and many educators around the world are using it in the classroom and for many other purposes as well. Welcome aboard. Warm wishes,--Patricia Schlicht 19:59, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Veda Deshpande

Hello Everyone! I am Veda Deshpande from Thane, India. I completed my B.Sc. from Amravati University. After then I done a post graduate diploma in computer science(PGDCS) from Amravati University. Now I am a student of eB.Ed. I would like to work in the field of education using ICT. I am interested in creating an interactive e-resources for learning. I like this concept of OER when introduced as a part of my eB.Ed. course. I think this is the best platform for me. I am looking forward to increase my knowledge, skill & particiption in OER. And I am very happy to be a part of WikiEducator.

Hello Veda, welcome to the wiki. The community will help you learn what you need. Richardnz 10:22, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Dear Veda, You will most definitely enjoy the learning curve and soon see what all you can do on this platform and how. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 20:01, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Allanah King

I am a frequent user of wikispaces and want to explore the uses of Wikieducator as a medium for sharing educational resources.

I am an ICT Facilitator and a primary school teacher of eight and nine year olds in Nelson, New Zealand.

WE have a class blog [5].

Hi Allanah -- Welcome! Do you have any contact with Nelson Central School -- the Principal is a great wiki fan. mmmmm -- perhaps we should arrange a Wikitaster session for teachers at Nelson schools? Would be possible under the OERNZ project --Wayne Mackintosh 11:43, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Wayne

Yes Nelson Central is one of the schools in my cluster. I am looking forward to getting into Wikieducator so I can better help other teachers get it as well.

Allanah

Hi Allanah really nice to find you here! Hope this works as a springboard to build things together --MFK 22:50, 24 July 2010 (UTC)

## Shijna.A.M

Hi,everyone, I am Shijna from India. This is my first time to be in Wiki educator .It is certainly a new and wonderful experience. I am very glad to be among  people from around 50 different countries. I am working as an online tutor for math till higher grade.I would like to explore the world of Wikieducator

My contact :

Shijna---Shijna 05:43, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

shij80@gmail.com

(: Hi Shijna,very nice to have you on Wiki Educator. You surely wont regret your decision to join. This worldwide collaboration potential is what is making many of us going.Bravo --Vkizza 14:29, 22 July 2010 (UTC) )

Thanks for your comment--Shijna 05:44, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Preggy Reddy

Hi,

It is a honour to be in the company of so many illustrious persons and I'm both thrilled and daunted by the expertise of you all. I am however eager to experience the other side of a coin that I've been familar with for most of my career, namely web development. Even though I am a contributor to another MediaWiki project http://www.esaach.org.za, and have been experimenting with MediaWiki; for my Masters research http://gravitysa.co.za, these initiatives are dissimilar to the Learning4Content one in that both the scale and the model (user-contributed) are larger then life. Most importantly though is the move away from an autocratic approach to a more democratised one, case in point would the burgeoning pace of Open Source Software development and initiatives such as Book Sprints - these typify that notion that 'sum of the parts is greater then the whole' (my preferered spin) on the phrase, 'the whole is greater then the sum of the parts'.Please go to my WikiEducator user page for more information about me.

Signing off for now.

Preggy

preggyr@dut.ac.za

Hi Preggy, Welcome to WikiEducator. So glad that you have decided to join this workshop. My experience in WikiEducator has made me a real believer in a user-contributed, democratic process for the creation of learning materials. It's been wonderful and fun collaborating with people from around the world as together our "sum IS bigger than the whole". Good to meet you...and great start on your userpage! Your WikiNeighbor, --Alison Snieckus 19:01, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Dear Preggy, Welcome aboard. This workshop will open your eyes to possibilities you might not have realised to this extent before. I hope you are enjoying the course thus far. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 20:02, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
• Hi Peggy, Welcome to WikiEducator. You will find this community of teachers & educators has deep interactions. Do visit the India page. warm wishes--Dr. Gita Mathur 08:50, 25 July 2010 (UTC)}}

## Trish Andrews

Hi everyone, I am a Senior Research Fellow for the DEHub project at the University of New England at Armidale in Northern New South Wales, Australia. However I live and work in Brisbane, interacting virtually with the rest of the project team and traveling down to Armidale every so often for some concentrated face-to-face work! The DEHub team has an active wikieducator site [6] and I am very keen to develop my skills in wikis to be able to contribute more fully to our site. I am also interested in exploring the ways in which such sites can support research activities.

Hi Trish, Welcome to WikiEducator. The DEHub project on WikiEducator is a wonderfully rich and important contribution to WikiEducator. I check in periodically to see what's new. I've seen it grow from just a page or two to a very deep resource. I'm so glad that you are interested to contribute and have joined this workshop. Your WikiNeighbor, --Alison Snieckus 19:20, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Trish, welcome to this workshop. DEHub is a great project and very useful to a large number of WE members. Keep adding, enjoy the workshop.--Dr. Gita Mathur 08:36, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Amritraj Sajeevan

I am a student aged 14 years studying in IX standard. My school's name is Amrita Vidyalayam. I want to lead my school to make a School Wiki Portal. Kerala Government had decided on their ICT policy asking all schools to have a School Wiki. My friend Ms. Darsana Joseph too has joined this batch. We shall take WE to the skies (: Wow Amritraj,How I wish to have a student such as you in my class. It is people like you who change the world for better. Warmly welcome aboard. --Vkizza 14:37, 22 July 2010 (UTC) )
(: Wow! I hope you don't mind that I use your situation as an example for how students can get excited about online participation in a world-wide community. I teach adults who are amazed and excited to find such interest among younger people in writing for the world. Thanks for being with WikiEducator! --Jrradney 00:32, 23 July 2010 (UTC))

Hello Amritraj - My students at DeAnza College - a community college in California are just a few years older than you are. Here is some of the work that my students have produced in WikiEducator. They have enjoyed the work and have produced some great material. We would be happy to assist you in learning about WikiEducator. --Valerie Taylor 00:39, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Patty Nordstrom

Hi--I live in State College, Pennsylvania, US. I work at the Pennsylvania State University as an instructional designer in training services. My background is in agriculture and education; I hold a BS in Agronomy (crop and soil science) and a M.Ed. in Agricultural and Extension Education. I am also a D.Ed candidate in Instructional Systems. The focus of my dissertation research is on the integration of technology into schools for the promotion of 21st century skills. I welcome the opportunity to participate in this project, especially because of the diversity of the others involved.

Patty

Hi Patty, Welcome to WikiEducator. I live just north of Trenton, New Jersey, US, not too far from you. Yes, the diversity of "wikieducators" is amazing, which makes for wonderfully enriching collaborations. Every day I learn something new (and not just a new way to code on the wiki:-). Hope you enjoy the workshop. Your WikiNeighbor, --Alison Snieckus 19:29, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

## Manyaku Jaqouline Rammupudu

Hi everyone. I am working as an Instructional Designer at the Department for Education Innovation, University of Pretoria (South Africa). Some of my responsibilities include support and orientation of lecturers into the university's e-learning system, training of lecturers, administrators and students in using the system. I am interested in learning more about the educational use of web 2.0 technologies especially wikis and blogs. Looking forward to the workshop! --Manyaku 13:00, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Manyaku, Welcome to WikiEducator. Like you, I am very interested in the use of web 2.0 technologies in education, in particular to support learning. Glad to meet you and good start on your user page. (See my answer to your question about uploading images on your talk page). Your WikiNeighbor, --Alison Snieckus 20:12, 22 July 2010 (UTC) <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1316988396627_545" />

Hi Manyaku! Glad to meet you here. Your job sound somewhat to what I might be doing after my studies. After sharpening my skills a bit more I am also interested to engage actively as an eLearning consultant in my country and beyond...Nice to see you --Joyce W. G-G 04:15, 28 September 2011 (UTC))

## Avani Maniar

Hi All,

I am a teaching faculty at the department of extension and communication, faculty of family and community sciences, The M.S University,Vadodara,India. I teach development communication courses to P.G students. I have designed and developed various ICT based teaching material and would like to learn more about usage of ICTs for teaching and development work.

Hi Avani, Welcome to WikiEducator. Like you, I am very interested in how to use ICTs for learning and teaching. I rearranged the text on this introduction so that your name is in the heading code. You will learn more about how to use headings in the workshop. It's good to just jump in and try editing--the community is always here to help you! Glad to meet you. Your WikiNeighbor, --Alison Snieckus 19:56, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

## Pushpa Dixit

Hi friends! I am lecturer in SSCCM, one of the self finance colleges of Bhavnagar University ,Bhavnagar, Gujarat,India. I have 10 yrs. of experience in teaching business communication to the students of UG & PG level. Wiki educator and this learning workshop will be of great help to me. thanks.

Hi Pushpa, Welcome to WikiEducator. So glad that you have decided to join this workshop. I have learned so much through my participation in WikiEducator. I'm sure you will too. Good to meet you. Your WikiNeighbor, --Alison Snieckus 20:00, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

## Ravi E. Patel

Hi my name is Ravi, and I am an instructional designer working for Penn State World Campus. Although I have done work in wikis, I have never formally read or studied about them. So I thought it might be fun to participate in such a large project. I'm looking forward to learning alot and interacting with others in the group.

Welcome aboard - -its great to have colleagues from Penn State joining us. I had the privilege of visiting World Campus in 2007 on the invitation of Ken Udas, professional colleague of Garry Miller and good academic friend of Michael Moore - -so very chuffed to see a strong team from Penn State. Enjoy the workshop and you will definitely have fun! --Wayne Mackintosh 20:44, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Ravi, I am also a Penn Stater working in Training Services. It is wonderful to meet new people both locally as well as globally that have an interest in improving the educational community. Hope you enjoy the workshop. Your Co-worker, --Glenna Emel 22:22, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Jo Ravi, Great picture. Welcome to the Wiki. I had the privilege to meet Ken Udas here in Vancouver when Wayne Mackintosh was still working here. Good to have you with us. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 20:05, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Dear Ravi, its nice to interact with you. Hope you find wikieducator a good learning experience. Today is GuruPournima. So hearty wishes to you. May all of us teachers help one another to build a great learning community.... Cynthia D'Costa. --Agnes 02:02, 24 July 2010 (UTC))

## Thabiso Saka

Hello everyone! My name is Thabiso Saka. I am from Lesotho, My home country. I am a tutor at the Institute of Extra Mural Studies (IEMS) of the National University of Lesotho (NUL). I have been with the Institute for the past three years. I like to learn as much as possible about wiki-educator. I am quite grateful to be sharing this learning opportunity with all of you in this workshop. It is my hope that I will successfully share with you some knowledge and skills from our different experiences. I am particularly interested in adding e-learning into my professional and career development.

Thank you.

Hi Thabiso -- Welcome from the Mountain country -- a beautiful part of Southern Africa. Sure you will learn a lot about WikiEducator and experience our community during this workshop. We will definitely be sharing our tapestry of diverse and rich experience from 50 countries. Don't worry about the photo just yet -- We will learn how to upload images later in the workshop. Some participants are working ahead of schedule ;-) --Wayne Mackintosh 20:48, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Thabiso, at the top of this page, someone asked a similar question and was given instructions. Have you tried to follow these? I hope you will be able to succeed in this task, but I will check back later to make sure. Also, this is a task that has more instruction later in the course as Wayne has commented above, so you may not want to worry about it for the present.--Jrradney 00:37, 23 July 2010 (UTC))

(: Dear Thabiso, welcome aboard. You will enjoy the learning curve of this workshop. Feel free to call on us. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 20:07, 23 July 2010 (UTC))

## TEVITA ULUI JITOKO

Hi everyone! My name is Tevita Ului Jitoko and I am currently working at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala campus, Suva, Fiji as an Education Technologist..

Our core roles includes developing Distance Flexible Learning course materials and administer online learning through the use of Moodle(USP's learning management system) and Mahara (USP's eportfolio system)..

Good luck everyone, TJ

(: Hi TJ, welcome to the wiki workshop. There seem to be a few South Pacific People. I see you use Mahara, which was developed here in NZ by some colleagues I know :)) Carolct 21:54, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

## Derek Chirnside

I work in Christchurch, New Zealand as a contractor in the field of teaching and learning. I am a generalist. At present I work mainly in Course design, policy help around e-learning, staff development, Adult education and workplace learning. I am also particularly interested in learning communities.

Currently I am helping re-design a Hospital website, TA in a 200 level economics course, providing policy advice to a workplace trainer organisation with over 11,000 trainees, and teaching into workshops for Vietnamese teachers (Teaching Strategies) and Korean Educators (Reflective practice and learning theory)

My intermittent blog is Light in the Shadows - Derekc 21:44, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hi Derek, good to see you here. Email me and let me know how things are going for you in the contractor life.) Carolct 21:52, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hi Derek, great to have you being part of this amazing workshop. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 20:08, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Derek! Glad to see you again. I used to be your particpant in your lovely series of Moodle workshops at UC.--Joyce W. G-G 22:13, 25 September 2011 (UTC)

## Elizabeth Mbasu

Hello everyone! My names are Elizabeth Mbasu and I hail from Kenya; the beautiful country in East Africa. I work at Kenya Institute of Education and am already a L4C graduate since 2008. Am so passionate about use of OERs that I have found Pie Pie EduSols ,an initiative to promote collaboration and use of OERs among Kenya teachers through sharing. On board, I believe there is lots more to learn especially using the rich text editor and sharing in the rich diverse multicultural presence.
• Hello Elizabeth! It's great what you are doing to promote OERs among other educators. I would like to know more as I am also trying to do the same. Perhaps you would be willing to share your experiences during our next live session scheduled for this Sunday? We are looking for particapants who would like to share their knowledge and skills using Wikieducator.--Benjamin Stewart 23:25, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Hello Elizabeth - Welcome again to L4C! Please tell us more about your project and how we can help you. Many new L4C graduates are looking for meaningful projects where they can apply their new skills. You might be able to recruit some volunteers. --Valerie Taylor 01:05, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Dear Elizabeth, It has been a long time. I am so pleased to see you here. Thank you also for your vision and foresight. Sometimes things take a little longer but they get there anyway and in time. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 20:10, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Elizabeth! Glad to meet my fellow Kenyan. I am also excited by your eLearning initiatives back home and I would like to meet you one day in Nairobi :) I have visited your place of work but somehow casually. I am also interested to embark on eLearning consultancy after my studies. We may continue to share more...----Joyce W. G-G 04:16, 28 September 2011 (UTC))

## Aleta Curry

Hi everyone. I'm Aleta, typing on a bitterly cold morning in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia. I'm here thanks to an invitation from Daniel over at The Citizendium, where I'm a specialist editor. Hoping to learn more about wiki stuff and to be helpful. I am easily frustrated by computer technology, and in that respect I can probably be helpful in explaining things to 'non-techies', since I empathise!

(: Hello Aleta and welcome to the workshop. Hoping to learn more and wanting to be helpful are exactly the qualities you need to be successful in WE! Don't worry about getting frustrated. The workshop is designed to take you step-by-step through the learning process, so no worries! If you have questions, your facilitators are sure to help. --Benjamin Stewart 00:36, 23 July 2010 (UTC))

Hello Aleta - I like WikiEducator because it is easy to produce great looking results! The formatting is consistent. Pictures can be added easily. Collaborating with others to produce something that is bigger and better than you can do as an individual is really exciting and rewarding. And other educators are willing and able to help you learn all this in just a few short weeks! Please ask us for help BEFORE you get frustrated. --Valerie Taylor 00:45, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Aleta, glad to see you made it and dived right in! Have you seen that Supten is around here too? I am looking forward to your comments on functionalities that are different here (e.g. edit mode, talk page layout, OOo converter), and wish you loads of rewarding interactions. Perhaps this community would be ripe for a Write-a-thon? --Daniel Mietchen 00:58, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
Yes, I said 'hello' to Supten, but he's been quiet - probably swamped, as usual.
Sorry Aleta, you have caught me right on bad manners! :-) Supten 03:45, 4 August 2010 (UTC)
Not at all, Supten, I know how very busy you are! Ciao! Tallong 09:50, 4 August 2010 (UTC)
I think the first thing that struck me, Daniel, was that although at first glance they seem the same, wikis are all different!
Wiki educator Write a Thon - What a great idea! (Obviously I should have "watched" this page so I would see messages!) It's getting so long - so many good people from all over - wow!
Tallong 21:58, 1 August 2010 (UTC)

## Kathleen Texeira

Hi,

My name is Kathleen Texeira.I am an administrator at a Primary School for children ages 5-13 years in Trinidad, West Indies.I am very much interested in learning about wikis. I want to incorporate its use in teaching and learning in the classroom. I also want to observe its impact on motivating struggling readers to  become striving readers. In order to achieve this I must be competent at wikis. I am grateful for this opportunity and will encourage other administrators and teachers  to participate. It is also a wonderful experience to be able to collaborate with other educators from all around the globe:)

(: Hi Kathleen, welcome, it is great to have you join us, we are all on a shared learning journey here and I know you'll pick up lots of great ideas and ways in which you can use this in your teaching and learning as well as finding ways to help motivate struggling readers.) --HeatherDay 02:07, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Dear Kathleen, Many educators who came to the Wiki at some point have exactly moved on to do this are working with it in their classrooms. Check out the content page/tab of the WikiEducator Main page where you will find information on some of these projects. Look for a Biology class Declan McCabe has done. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 20:12, 23 July 2010 (UTC))

## Andrew Berryman

Hi Andrew. Welcome! Could you tell us a little about yourself? Where do you live? How are you involved in education? If you want to find out more about me...just click on my name to visit my user page  :) --jennip 02:29, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Andrew and welcome to the wiki - we are here to help - just shout. Richardnz 06:17, 24 July 2010 (UTC)

## Glenna Emel

Hello world! This is Glenna from beautiful Central Pennsylvania in the Northeastern United States. I work at Pennsylvania State University as an Instructional Designer in a training department. I have utilized wikis for a collaborative tool in a variety of formats but am looking forward to seeing how it can better be utilized in a educational forum. I hope to focus on the pedigogy of its use and gather some insight into how other are actually using it in the classroom.

(: Hi Glenna, welcome, thanks for joining in, I'm sure you you come across lots of great examples of wiki use. I'm also interested in the pedogogical side of effectivly using wiki's so I would love to share in new ideas.) --HeatherDay 02:28, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hi Glenda, welcome. I am about to use a wiki with students in a f2f "workplace learning" unit I am teaching (starts Tuesday). Their first assignment is to develop a class wiki which will be a toolkit for trainers. Each person will be allocated a traning method which they must research and create a 1 page entry in the wiki to share with the whole class. They are giing criteria to meet eg: advantages/disadvantages of the method, hints for using the method effectively, examples & step x step instructions of how to conduct training using this method etc. So - just 1 example for you I'm sure others will be happy to share their examples :)) --jennip 02:37, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hi Glenna! Thanks for the warm welcome. I'm sure that I've seen you around but glad to be working on this project together.-Ravi)

## Heather Day

Kia ora and Hi everyone! I'm an Educational Developer at Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand. My main focus is on supporting and improving capability of staff in relation to learning and teaching skills. I have been facilitating several of my courses on WikiEducator for the last two years but may still feel like a newbie for quite a while yet. There is always something new and exciting to learn with WE that continually improves and enhances what you do and as always I'm looking forward to expanding my learning. :)

(: Hi Heather. Yes wikieducator is a great learning environment. I also learn something new everytime I visit. Enjoy the workshop! :) Cheers) --jennip 02:40, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hi Heather, Nice to see you here. I have tried to send you a message but the email link was broken, and I don't have another email address for you. Would love to connect. Warm wishes,--Patricia Schlicht 20:14, 23 July 2010 (UTC))
(: Hi Heather. Greetings from India. Lovely to know that you are enjoying the workshop. Good luck and God bless.Cynthia D'Costa--Agnes 01:56, 24 July 2010 (UTC))

Nice to see another kiwi here. You have been using wikieducator for a couple of years and still feel like a newbie! Is there hope for me. It all seems a little overwhelming at the moment.--AllanahK 02:57, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

## Alison Kirkness

Hi Everyone, I hope I'm finally on board. I've been following everything without being able to contribute - some difficulty with passwords. I work in the area of language and culture as an academic developer at Auckland University of Technolgy, Auckland, NZ. I'm looking forward to learning more about this form of educational technolgy, and WikiEducator in particular, because it has such humanitarian goals. I've just read the interview Wayne Mackintosh gave on Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/22470 and suggest you might feel as inspired as I do by it. I'm hoping to catch up on lost ground over the wet cold weekend here in Auckland. What clever thinking to timetable the ten days of WikiEducator over two weekends! --Alison.kirkness 10:14, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Alison, welcome aboard! Restored your contribution inadvertently deleted by a participant practising there skills on this page. Now worries -- its a wiki and we can fix just about anything. Yeah -- have run hundreds of these workshops we recognise the realities of life in education -- there is so little time. So squeezing in two weekends gives folk more flexibility to manage their time on the wiki :-) --Wayne Mackintosh 10:38, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Wayne, I didn't want two entries so I deleted the older one but realise that must have deleted everything. Now I'm back in the same boat again - with two entries. Would you be able to delete the one below without my losing this one? Lucky you can't see the colour of my face!--Alison.kirkness 11:06, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Alison - I'm just across the road from you at the eLearning Group, University of Auckland with Cathy Gunn & others. Wayne, I added my introduction yesterday afternoon (on 23 July at about 0400 UTC I estimate). I saw it come up OK with my photo after I saved it, but in the meantime it's disappeared and I can't see my edit in the page history either. Perhaps it was deleted like Alison's? One problem may be that I had to jump up and head out when I realised I was late for picking up my youngest son from school, and I didn't hit save until I got home again about half an hour later. But if you are able to find & restore my introduction, I'd appreciate it! Great to be part of the workshop and thanks to you and the other facilitators for making it possible :) -Adam Blake Ablake88 02:29, 24 July 2010 (UTC)
• I'm really glad you overcame the problems with passwords and have joined our little virtual village. The beauty of the wiki world is that it is a play area (not a performance area); when someone makes a mistake, it is of no more consequence that when we are making a tower and the blocks become unstable so the tower falls (except in this case, we just restore to before the tower fell, rather than having to start over). Your goal here should be to make lots of mistakes that you can learn from. Enjoy! --Jrradney 01:14, 24 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi Alison. Have deleted your other entry. Wikis can be easy to fix (as well as having a mind of their own at times!) --Mverhaart 11:16, 23 July 2010 (UTC)/div>
Hi Alison, Welcome to WikiEducator. I see you have jumped right in. Welcome again. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 20:15, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Puleng Motshoane

Hi all, my name is Puleng Motshoane from the University of Pretoria (South Africa). I am an Instructional Designer for the Faculties of Natural Sciences and Law. I joined WikiEducator in order to learn the effective use of a Wiki so that I can support and encourage the academic staff to use it especially those who are dealing with large classes.

Deaer Puleng, Welcome to Wikieducator. I hope you will find this learning experience fun and exciting. Feel free to contact us for any help. You will find this learning environment very supportive. Even the Government of India for instance is using WikiEducator for their staff training. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 20:17, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Dr. Vikas Raval

Hello friends! My name is Vikas Raval. I have been serving as an assistant professor of English in Institute of technology, Nirma university, Ahmedabad (India)for five years. I did my Ph.D on contemporary postmodern british fiction. I have joined this e-learning program to update my knowledge of wikieducator.

Dear Vikas. Welcome again to Wikieducator. You will find this experience very rewarding and I am also pretty confident that it will provide you with more food for thought. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 20:19, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Mabel Bothasitse

Hi Everyone, I hope I'm finally on board. My name is Mabel Bothasitse and have been following everything without being able to contribute - some difficulty with passwords. I work in the area of research for an institution of open and distace learning in Botswana. I am expecting to learn about the content development for wikieducator and how I can play a role in taking education to another level in little, cost free way. I support WikiEducator because its goals are clear and to the point; to inform the nations. I am slowly get on board. --Mabel 10:27, 23 July 2010 (UTC)Mabel

• Mabel, I'm so glad you finally gained access! Not being able to participate can be so frustrating, especially when you 'know' that we are trying to be an open community of learning here. As facilitators, we don't want to intrude upon your learning, but we do always want to be available when you need help. There is a great group of facilitators and facilitator-trainees (I'm in this last category; you can help me get better at this!) offering help when you need it. It is really good that you are part of our community!--Jrradney 20:15, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
• Dear Mabel, I know connectivity can be a challenge even in our hemisphere it can happen, so glad you gained access and can be part of this exciting course. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 20:20, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Smitha Ratheesh

'Hello Dear Wiki friends,' HI, I am smitha ratheesh from kerala, a beautiful and attracting land. I have completed my computer engineering Diploma and doing MCA (IGNOU)now. I'm an active member of eschool cochin kerala initiated by Sebastian Panakkal.Our aim is to familiarise wikieducator all over kerala.With this intention,Our teacher Sebastian Panakkal had made me as well as my friend Mathew ,Mathew is also available in this platform, he is also working for wikieducator. This is my first time to be in Wiki educator .It is certainly a new and wonderful experience. I am very glad to be among people from around 50 different countries. I And I love the idea of contributing and sharing resources

Dear Smitha, I love Kerala India, actually the organisation I work for is holding a huge distance education conference in Kochi in November this year. Welcome, Smitha. I hope you are enjoying the course thus far. Feel free to ask question. We are here to help. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 20:21, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

• Hi, Smitha! I must admit, I had to look Kerala up on Google Earth to see where it is (apparently I'm more geographically-challenged than I thought--smile). It looks lush, fertile, and wonderful in many ways. You probably don't get much of the weather we get here in British Columbia (western) Canada. I imagine your gardens produce food all year long (while ours only grow during our very short summers (June-September). Perhaps later in the workshop you will upload some pictures on your user page, so we can see how beautiful Kerala is. Thank you for your introduction.--Jrradney 20:26, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
• Hello Smitha. Good to meet you on the forum. I am in Dunedin and in the middle of winter. We have not had much snow yet, and a "warm" day is 12 degrees celsius. Kerala sounds very warm and lush. <smile> The video "Wikis in Plain English", one of the Day 2 tasks is worth a look. --Bronwynh 06:13, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

## Anne Helsdingen

Hi, I'm Anne Helsdingen and I work at the Open University of The Netherlands as a post doc researcher in educational sciences. I have a Master’s degree in experimental psychology from Free University in Amsterdam and a doctorate degree in Educational psychology from the Open University in Heerlen, The Netherlands. I have worked at TNO Defense, Safety and Security as a research scientist for almost twelve years, doing contract research. In january 2009 I started working at the Open University and I'm involved in developing new concepts for adaptive learning environments, including Open educational environments.

Dear Anne, Welcome aboard. Good to have you with us in this course. Your area of involvement at the OU sounds exciting. Love to hear more about it some time. For now, great you have found us. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 20:23, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## CHETAN TRIVEDI

I AM YOUNG AND ENTHUSIASTIC TEACHER OF ENGLISH AND TEACHING AT POST GRADUATE LEVEL AT DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH KSKV KACHCHH UNIVERSITY, BHUJ-GUJARAT-INDIA. I AM INNOVATIVE AND TECHNO-FRIENDLY TEACHER TO INITIATE THE E-LEARNING PEDAGOGY. LETS ALL TOGETHER STEP AHEAD TO LINK THE GLOBAL WORLD.

Hi Chetan, Welcome to WikiEducator. So glad that you have decided to join this workshop. WikiEducator is a truly global community. Just this workshop alone includes participants from 50 countries. Good to meet you. Your WikiNeighbor, --Alison Snieckus 21:41, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hi Chetan. You will find Wikieducator one of the best learning experiences of your life. Enjoy the workshop.... Cynthia.--Agnes 01:53, 24 July 2010 (UTC))

• (: Hi Chetan. Visit the India page & add your name there.--Dr. Gita Mathur 18:31, 25 July 2010 (UTC))

## Nirisha Garimella

I am Nirisha Garimella. I work as an instructional Designer at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas (close to Dallas, TX). Our team of instructional designers works with our faculty and other instructors to develop their online course. Some of faculty use wikis well and are excited about the possibilities it offers.

Sorry for coming in late. I was away at a conference and just got back to my office and am catching up on work.

Dear Nirisha, welcome to WikiEducator. Great you could join this learning opportunity to see first hand how a wiki brings together over 15,000 educator from around the globe who all have one goal, provide free access to education. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 20:25, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

## Bob Zenhausern

I direct the Enabling Support Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit with a dual mission to support persons with disabilities and lifelong education.
The emphasis of ESF in on accommodation to the diverse needs of individuals based on everything from physical disabilities to learning styles.

Dear Bob. If I am not completely mistaken, we have met before briefly on the Caribbean Educator Network. Is this true? or am I mixing you up with somebody else. The name sounds so familiar. For now, welcome to WikiEducator. It is great to see you here. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 20:26, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
• (: Hi Bob good to see some familiar aces here on wikieducator. I am sure that you will progress quickly to apprentice 2 level soon. @Patricia yes, you may have interacted with Bob on CEN, he is one of our active members and member of the advisory group. )
• (: Hi Bob, welcome to the workshop. Let me know if you need help. --Dr. Gita Mathur 08:46, 25 July 2010 (UTC))

## Chelsey Dawes

Hello! Wow, has it taken me a bit of time to get the hang of this! But, I think I am on board now. My name is Chelsey I am working for an organization called Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, that focus's on providing education to women and children in Afghanistan. I am trying to learn the Wiki so that I can facilitate a Wiki for the organization. (Let's hope I can do it!)

I am from Canada but am currently a student at Arizona State University pursuing my Masters in Social Justice and Human Rights. I graduate in December, so I am sure this Wiki knowledge will come in handy!! Some amazing people have posted on this intro wall! Can't wait to finish reading the rest of the introductions!

All the best!

Chelsey

• Good on you Chelsey, you can be sure many participants here will give you all the help you need in such a wonderful cause. Welcome to the wiki, let me know if I can help. Richardnz 06:14, 24 July 2010 (UTC)
• I have been amazed at the information that has been coming over CBC radio concerning Afghanistan over the past year. There have been interviews with women leaders and musicians on many of the social issues confronting that society. I hope you can make good progress in managing a wiki for CanWFWiA (or maybe that CWWA?). Enjoy your time in Arizona (I graduated from Monument Valley High School on the Navajo Nation at Kayenta--about a hundred years ago); speaking for the contingent of Canadians in this course, we'll keep your dogsled ready for when you return (smile).--Jrradney 23:57, 24 July 2010 (UTC)

## Mathew M.K

Hai friends, I belong to a small village near to Cochin in the state of Kerala,s.India.I am an economics graduate and worked as a team leader of a marketing team of an fmcg compny. Now I am a member of the eschool Kerala,an attempt of Mr Sebastian Panakal. His relentless efforts in promoting new skills and knowledge thru internet attracted me and I am here to share and learn new skills,learnings and venues.

Welcome Mathew - WikiEducator is a great place for sharing and learning. The online collaboration and warm community spirit is always inspiring and rewarding. We look forward to learning more from you about eschool Kerala. --Valerie Taylor 13:06, 24 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hi Mathew, You are very welcome to this eL4C41 Online workshop. Hopefully I will see you in PCF6 (COL and IGNOU) being held in Cochin in November this year? I am one of the facilitators and will help you in develop your page. Enjoy this workshop and donot hesitate to ask for help. You can either email me or leave a message on my page. Warm Wishes. --Ramesh Sharma 18:40 24 July 2010 (UTC))

## Fabiana Kubke

Kia Ora, Hola, Hello. I am a scientist and biology teacher at the University of Auckland. Love brains, love education and love collaboration. I volunteer for the olpc project as a tester with the New Zealand testing group, and am looking forward to doing some collaborative work in this space. Isn't it a shame that much of our knowledge is stuck inside our brains where it cannot be easily accessed?

Hello Fabiana - Welcome. WikiEducator is a great place to share what's in our brains. Any time you have the urge to make some of your knowledge available, just create an OER in WikiEducator. It is great for course notes, student projects, link lists, whatever... All contributions appreciated. And the community of WikiEducators is most welcoming. Enjoy! --Valerie Taylor 13:02, 24 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hi Fabiana, I liked your comment on how to access 'what-is-inside-our-brains'..may be in near future we will have some USB port in our Medulla Oblongata to make that task easy..<smiles> :-))) --Ramesh Sharma 18:26 24 July 2010 (UTC))

## Dr. Seema Agnihotri

Hi. I am Dr. Seema Agnihotri from India. I am working as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education,ICFAI University. I am looking forward to enhance my social networking by being the part of Wikieduactor.

Hello Seema - Welcome to WikiEducator and the workshop eL4C41. We are a community of educators who really enjoy teaching and learning. If you have any questions, please ask. We are here to help. --Valerie Taylor 18:25, 24 July 2010 (UTC)
Hello Seema Great to see and meet you here.--nisha :-) 02:15, 25 July 2010 (UTC)
• (: Hi Dr.Seema, Welcome to WE. You will find a lot of educators developing OER's on education. First master the wiki skills in this workshop & then you can contribute richly to the Educational resources. Visit the India page here and meet the others from India too. Warm wishes.--Dr. Gita Mathur 02:29, 25 July 2010 (UTC))

## Sean Rogers

Hello every one I am Sean Rogers, from Trinidad and Tobago it is great to be here. I am a Telecommunication Engineer with Genesis Innovative Solution.Please visit Ginnsol --Seannn9 19:45, 24 July 2010 (UTC)
• (: Hi Sean, Great to see you back at our WikiEducator Gives Back workshop. Cheers --Wayne Mackintosh 22:39, 24 July 2010 (UTC))

Hey, Sean! Nice to see you made it to this workshop, too! I know you bring a lot of energy to learning and helping others learn. Welcome aboard!--Jrradney 00:01, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

• (: Hi Sean, Nice to see you back, I hope you will work towards a higher certification during this workshop. You may like to be a good WikiNeighbour too. Warm wishes--Dr. Gita Mathur 02:24, 25 July 2010 (UTC))
• (: Welcome Sean good to see some familiar faces here on Wikieducator. Look forward to you getting your first level certification -- LeRoy Hill, CEN 05:36, 25 July 2010 (UTC))

Hi Sean, nice to see some Trinbagonians in the course. Hopefully we will be able to connect in the future. --ATNoel 13:02, 26 July 2010 (UTC)
(: Hi Sean, Welcome back. and hope to see you soon in Georgetown, Guyana. Best Wishes. --Ramesh Sharma 14:21 26 July 2010 (UTC))

First of all let me congratulate Wayne Mackintosh for providing us with this grand opportunity of joining hands on this platform.I am Abdul,a teacher from India and I am really happy to be back with you.I am looking forward to interacting with you in the coming days. I also owe my gratitude to people like Dr Nellie Deutsch Patricia Schlicht and Gladys Gahona who guided me in the previous sessions.Lets make this a wonderful event! Cheerio

(: Hello Abdul, You are very welcome to this eL4C41 Online workshop. I am one of the facilitators and will help you in develop your page. Enjoy this workshop and donot hesitate to ask for help. You can either email or leave a message on my page. Warm Wishes. --Ramesh Sharma 14:20 26 July 2010 (UTC))

## Aswathy Babu

Hello I am an Indian teacher.Iam passionate about teaching especially Chemistry,a profession truly enjoy. I am dedicated to my students. I enjoy melodies, reading and painting when get leasure. I have a Bachelors Degree in Education (B. Ed as they call it in India) in education and Masters Degree in Chemistry (M.Sc.). I am here to learn as much as possible and network with global community. Wiki is a wonderful place for that. I am a teacher at eSchool Kerala.

Hello Aswathy and welcome to the workshop! It's still not too late to get caught up, so jump right in! If you have questions, just ask! --Benjamin Stewart 17:51, 25 July 2010 (UTC)
Hello Awasthy, I am a science teacher too. WikiEducator is the right place to meet people with similar values in teaching. Visit the India page & add your name there. Best wishes.--Dr. Gita Mathur 18:30, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

## Dennis Maloney

Sorry I am late introducing myself but I have been grading exams. Many of you know what that is like;-) I'm Dennis Maloney and I work at the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral in Guayaquil, Ecuador (just below the equator). I teach English as a Foreign Language to undergraduates and ICTs in English Language Teaching to masters students. I also colaborate with the national TESOL affiliate giving presentations and workshops throughout the country. I hope to help them set up a wiki to support local English Teachers in their professional development.

I certainly do, Dennis. Welcome! Tell us something about yourself. What are your interests? What do you teach? What do you hope to get out of this workshop? etc. --Benjamin Stewart 17:49, 25 July 2010 (UTC)
We share common interests in TESOL. I hope to have opportunities to collaborate! --Benjamin Stewart 19:04, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

## Gisela Suarez

Hi everyone!

I'm from Aguascalientes, Mexico.  I've been teaching EFL for 6 years and I'm currently working at a public university (UAA) and a private high school. I love my job! I joined this workshop because I want to learn wiki skills and then incorporate them in my classes.  It's a great idea to share resources like WE because people from around the world have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with others. I'm looking forward to working and sharing with you all! (: Hi Gisela, Welcome to this workshop. You a absolutely right about WE being the right place for teachers who believe in OER's You will meet many like minded WikiFriends here. Warm wishes--Dr. Gita Mathur 18:26, 25 July 2010 (UTC))

Hello Gisela! It's great to have you in the workshop. As I have been telling Chito, Monica, and others, those who participate in this workshop will be at an advantage in August when we offer a similar workshop to all teachers in Fomento. Enjoy the workshop and let me know if I can be of any assistance. By the way, using this icon in the toolbar automatically inserts your signature which you can use each time you post a message in WE. --Benjamin Stewart 20:48, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

## Shivaani Selvaraj

Hello everyone,

I'm also sorry to be late- it's been a busy week. I currently work as an Instructional Designer at Penn State University - there are at least a couple of us here. I'm excited about OER and the harnessing of new media and technologies for education and social justice. I've been a community organizer and have learned a lot by experimenting with digital tools to amplify messages and create new networks. Lately I've been consulting with a couple of organizations around using collaborative tools and I wanted to brush up on wikis. I'm looking forward to sharing and learning from you all!

(: No need to apologise -- We all have busy schedules and WE understand. Do what you can at times which suite your schedule -- It should be easy enough to catch up on the first few days. Welcome aboard! --Wayne Mackintosh 00:01, 26 July 2010 (UTC))

Hi everybody – What a great range of participants! The introduction I posted on Friday has disappeared so here’s a quick replacement. I’m a learning designer/senior tutor in e-learning at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. I teach online and off, and work with individual academics and in support of university-wide projects, all aimed at enhancing learning and teaching with technologies and increasing staff capacity to make good use of e-learning. (BTW, it’s great to see staff taking part in this workshop from the Centre for Flexible and Distance Learning, University of the South Pacific, who kindly hosted two of my colleagues last week as they worked on developing our HEART learning design support strategy – thanks!) I’m just getting started on a PhD in e-learning & global health, with the broad working title Development of a sustainable partnership framework for utilising university courses, open educational resources and e-learning to address health & social needs in the Pacific. I'm heading off soon to do a PhD orientation course in development research at the Centre for Development Research, University of Bonn. I’m excited about the way that communities/environments like WikiEducator can foster learning for capacity development. Best, Adam Ablake88 23:23, 25 July 2010 (UTC)
• I'm very glad you persevered, Adam. It is very good to have this background on your work and your future plans for education. I know that this topic will bring us a lot of new ideas and vigour at WikiEducator, and hopefully WE will be able to challenge some of the material you are encountering in your program courses from time to time. Thank you for your introduction.--Jrradney 23:34, 25 July 2010 (UTC)
(: Hi Adam -- great to see you here and glad you could make it. Sorry about your intro going missing -- its an unusually large workshop and a Newbie may have inadvertently overwritten your post. Once we move over to our user pages -- this won't be an issue. Thanks for reposting and welcome to our family. --Wayne Mackintosh 00:04, 26 July 2010 (UTC))
(: Thanks to you both for your great work in facilitating this mega-sized workshop. I'm a newbie to MediaWiki so the 'disappearance' of my introduction may well be my own fault! cheers, Adam Blake 04:07, 26 July 2010 (UTC))
(: Hi Adam from just up the street. Great to see you here. If you want, we should talk about what you are doing on your PhD, seems to overlap quite a bit with something we are stewing with Peter Thorne, from Pysiology and Audiology.)--Fabiana Kubke 05:44, 27 July 2010 (UTC)
(: Hi Fabiana - Yes, Peter's name came up in relation to the Global Health Group when I first started contacting people to discuss my plans. Early days yet - I'm still trying to see through my PhD registration! - but would be good to keep in touch on this. I'm going to settle on a way of recording/disseminating progress on the project (maybe via WikiEducator!) and will send you details as soon as I have. Do you have anything online in relation to your project yet? cheers, Adam Blake 20:55, 27 July 2010 (UTC))

## Gaelyn Douglas

Hi, everyone, I have recently joined wikieducator as part of a team from Massey University in New Zealand. We intend to contribute to this site through our project work as part of our postgraduate diplomas in e-learning. It is great to be on board and looking forward to finding out as much as possible about this technology. Cheers --Gaelyn 01:10, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hi Gaelyn --- welcome aboard. WE were very impressed with the work done on last year's project through Massey Uni. Its a great initiative. Welcome to our family. Perhaps there are opportunities under this project that would qualify for an OERNZ bounty project -- do take a look. --Wayne Mackintosh 01:14, 26 July 2010 (UTC))

## Hema Pant

Hello all. I am really happy to be part of this collaborative learning enterprise. I am an academic from the Indira Gandhi National Open University, India. A teacher educator by training and an ODL practitioner,I am hopeful that this workshop will enhance my professional competencies in general and wiki skills in particular.--Panthema 06:58, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

• (: Hello Hema, Your page is progressing very well. Visit the India page & add your name there. Warm wishes--Dr. Gita Mathur 14:15, 26 July 2010 (UTC))

(: Hello Hemaji, I heard that you shifted to some faculty and now not in RSD/RC. Good to see you here. Enjoy. --Ramesh Sharma 14:18 26 July 2010 (UTC))

## P.Chitralekha

Hello everyone. I am an associate professor of botany in Dyal Singh Collge, University of Delhi, India. I have been teaching botany to undergraduate students for the past 17 years. I like teaching but my interest always has been in research in plant sciences. Curiosity to know about wikieducator program and to findout whether through this training I will be able to share knowledge I have accumulated over the years made me sign up for this workshop. I hope I am able to actively participate and learn the basic skills to develop OER. I hope to enhance my knowledge through discussions and am sure Wikiknowledge will help me become a better teacher. But I fail understand how econtent can help the millions of students in India who do not have access to a computer.--Dr.P.Chitralekha 10:54, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

(: Hello Chitralekha, Your page is progressing very well. You can add your signatures to the above message. Visit the India page & add your name there. Warm wishes--Dr. Gita Mathur 14:16, 26 July 2010 (UTC))

Dear Chitralekhaji, ref. your concerns for providing computer access to millions of students, Lets feel proud that India has developed laptop under $35 (USD) with the support of IITs and IISc (and working on to bring the cost to$20 and then to $10) so may be HRD Ministry very soon would be able to provide the same to the schools or students. Here is the link for the news on YouTube and on technorati so cheers!! --R C Sharma, PhD 20:44, 26 July 2010 (UTC) ## Nomvuyiso "Mvuyi" Cetywayo Nomvuyiso "Mvuyi" Cetywayo I've recently started as an E-learning Project Manager at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. I'm looking forward to learn how I can use wikis to enhance learning. (: You are very welcome to this online workshop and hope it will be useful to your E-Learning project at the University of Pretoria. All the best. --R C Sharma, PhD 20:53, 26 July 2010 (UTC)) (: HI there, Great to have you onboard wikieducator..Wikis are great tools..as you see for collaboration, constructing information, organising contents and getting people together! All about 21st century learning - !!--Sandhya 09:18, 28 July 2010 (UTC)) ## Afshana Anzeg Hello everyone. I am Afshana from the Fiji Islands. Fiji is a little dot in the South Pacific ocean and incase some of you are not are not very familiar about my home land... its the land of the flying Fijians (in rugby terms). This is the first time I have joined a Wiki workshop and I hope to learn a lot from this. • Hi, Afshana! It is great to have you with us all the way from Fiji. We are all happy to help as you practice your wiki skills in this workshop. Please let us know, if we can help guide you in any way; the best way we have found to provide guidance is to allow you to add and edit whatever you wish on your userpage and its subpages. We will keep an eye out and suggest improvements as we see possibilities. You can also ask your facilitators questions on your userpage, and we will respond as we are able. --Jrradney 23:47, 26 July 2010 (UTC) • Add note here ## Fiona Bulman Greetings to this very wide community. The size and scale of this is a bit intimidating for someone who knew about one of the first main frame computers in South Africa (that filled a room) but was too intimidated to go in an meet it face to face. Now there is this huge community just in one wiki educator project going on all the time and all over the palce. WoW. The only trouble is that working through this course gets confusing at times - then when you get something to work it becomes quite addictive - then I will be late for work!!! Totsiens! --Fiona Bulman 04:49, 27 July 2010 (UTC) Hi Fiona, and you keep trying different things to see what will happen on the preview page and then you tweak it a few times... I know. However, you have a sandbox to play in and there are people to help when something doesn't work. Richardnz 10:03, 27 July 2010 (UTC) ## Sudheesh I am Sudheesh. I am from India. I am working as Training Associate in Finance Department, Government of Kerala. I am very happy to be with WikiEducator.This is the first time I have joined a Wiki workshop and I hope to learn a lot from this. I'm looking forward to learn how I can use wikis to improve my learning. (: Welcome Sudheesh, Add here something about your areas of interest & what you expect to find at WE. Visit the India page & click on usenames to see what others are doing. Good wishes.--Dr. Gita Mathur 11:21, 27 July 2010 (UTC)) (: Hello Sudheesh, You are very welcome to this eL4C41 Online workshop. I am your facilitator and will help you in develop your page. Enjoy this workshop and donot hesitate to ask for help. You can either email me or leave a message on my page. Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 14:03, 27 July 2010 (UTC)) ## Shekhar P.Sharma Hello Participants and Facilitators I am Shekhar from Virginia, USA.I do not have any back ground in Teaching. I joined WE to bring Disaster Management online for communities around the globe. It is my passion to help communities get prepared for natural and man-made disasters. I am here as a student and learner. I need help in uploading my picture to begin with and then to know about my Facilitator. (: Hello Shekhar, You are very welcome to this eL4C41 Online workshop. Regarding uploading photo, please see details as explained on the top of this Introductions page (in response to a question asked by our fellow colleague). I am one of the facilitators and will help you in develop your page. Enjoy this workshop and donot hesitate to ask for help. You can either email me or leave a message on my page. Warm Wishes. --Ramesh Sharma 14:01 27 July 2010 (UTC)) I am still getting the error message: You must provide the original source of the image, author of the work and a license. • Oh, I see now! So you uploaded the image using the "upload file" link, but when you try to complete this process the error message is telling you it needs more information. In particular the system is trying to obtain a claim from you that you are the source and author of anything you are trying to upload (WikiEducator does not want to violate any copyright laws in regard to anything posted). In the same dialog box that show the filename of the image you are uploading, there are several lines of information with the following strings (examples only, not a complete list): • Source= • Author= • etc. • What you need to do is add information after each of the equals signs (=) in the list. You also need to select the proper licence before you will be allowed to upload and display your image. It is a rather complex procedure, but it ensures that we are not in violation of either our WikiEducator commitments or copyright law.--Jrradney 20:05, 27 July 2010 (UTC) ## John Milne Tēnā koutou I am a project manager who has worked on various e-learning projects. I was part of the team that developed the e-learning guidelines in 2005 and worked on the eTools project on tools for formative assessment. I have worked in the tertiary sector in New Zealand and the UK and in the compulsory sector at the NZ Correspondence School. Kia ora John, you're work in New Zealand is well known to many here I'm sure. Welcome. In the unlikely event you need any help, just send a message or email. Be glad to hear your thoughts on WikiEducator. Regards Richardnz 08:58, 29 July 2010 (UTC) ## Pankaj Agarwal Hi I am from Meerut (India) and working on ICT based content development. Previously, I was in teaching profession. I am also running a science club and interested to publish a monthly science magazine. I am also working for the popularisation of Vedic Math, its a math developed by ancient Indian mathematicians beased on Vedas. --Pmvia 11:19, 28 July 2010 (UTC) (: Hi Pankaj, Welcome to WE. It would be nice if you add more to your userpage(I have linked it to this introduction). Visit the India page too.--Dr. Gita Mathur 08:35, 28 July 2010 (UTC)) ## Jejy I am a good girl • Glad to hear it - would you like to tell us a little more? Richardnz 08:59, 29 July 2010 (UTC) ## Sharon Butler Hi, I am a Quality Assurance IT Professional in New York. I am interested in learning more about the wiki environment. I am in the process of returning to school and am hoping that learning more about this environment will give me an edge in deciding a new career path. • Hi Sharon, welcome to the wiki. I'm pretty sure that learning wiki skills won't be wasted and I'm sure you will meet many interesting people in the process. Richardnz 09:01, 29 July 2010 (UTC) ## Rajitha Sebastian I have a Masters Degree in Commerce. Presently, I work for Vodafone as a Customer Relations Officer. I am a teacher at heart. Before being employed by Vodafone, I worked as the Computer Trainer for an Anglo Indian High School. At school and college, I was active in Music and Band teams. I have come here to learn Wiki skills. I have done a little bit of Stocks,Shares and investments after college. I teach 'Financial Intelligence' to my friends. I use "Rich Dad Poor Dad" a wonderful book by Robert Kiyosaki for the purpose. My extra curricular activity is helping young people overcome shyness, develop confidence in themselves etc. I manage the administration for eBalajanasakhyam, a youth club where we arrange global networking with peers of comparable age to learn each others culture and to help cultivate international brotherhood. Hopefully, the youth club will be able to contribute to and benefit from WE. • Wow, Rajitha! I'm really excited to see how you develop open education resources for financial intelligence. This is an important area for us all to become better at. Since you are a teacher at heart, you have definitely found the right place to develop your skills for life-long community-based learning.--Jrradney 19:22, 28 July 2010 (UTC) (: Dear Rajitha, good to know about you. May be we also need some "intelligent financial tips"!--R C Sharma, PhD 18:59, 30 July 2010 (UTC)) ## Ibrahim Latif My name is posted above. I am a Ghanaian living in Ghana specifically in Kumasi the capital of the Ashanti region which doubles as Ghana's second city. I am a National Service Personnel (Teaching/Research Assistant) with the Dept of Agricultural Economics in the Faculty of Agriculture-KNUST. Basically, organize tutorials for undergraduate students in my faculty in courses like Introductory computer, statistics, MIS and Design and Analysis of Experiments. I have a passion for research in Agricultural and Rural projects and will love to contribute my quota in the nearest future to the development of this field. Having gone through Web 2.0 Education, I cant help but feel that in it is an enormous potential to improve collaboration and communication between students and professors and between researchers and their colleagues domiciled in the same country at different locations or colleagues located entirely outside the country. The concept of wikis can be harnessed for collaboration in conducting and supervising interdisciplinary and multi-locational researchers at the same time. This could as well be used in the gathering, refinement and dissemination of real time information. • And fun, Ibrahim! Seriously, learning is a social activity so I'm sure you will enjoy participating in this journey, let me know if I can help. Kind regards. Richardnz 09:03, 29 July 2010 (UTC) ## Brendan Smith A happy group at the end of a semester For the past seven years I have been teaching English in Vietnam. I hark from New Zealand where I had a career in business journalism. Now I am putting my business savvy to good use in supporting students who are embarking on their own career in the business world by pursuing a business degree. Through my association with WikiEducator I am to build students' capacity to use all forms of technology with ease. Vietnam is a grand place to observe all the trials and tribulations of a developing country trying to break free from its Third World tag. It is making good progress from a poverty rate of 29% in 2000, but still upward of 10 per cent of the population are mired in a life situation where they have to survive on US$1 a day - that's 20,000 Vietnamese dong, enough for four lightly filled bread rolls.

Great ambition Brendan, if I can help let me know. I call New Zealand home these days and have enjoyed my travels in Vietnam also. Richardnz 03:34, 1 August 2010 (UTC)

## Shikha Raturi

Hello everyone. I am Shikha and currently living in Fiji and consider myself a global citizen! I have been teaching Chemistry in different countries for more than 20 years. I strongly support (and practice) the idea of use of technology in education. I am passionate about elearning and its potential. A big Vinaka Vaka Levu (Thank You)to WikiEducator! --ShikhaNR 03:50, 1 August 2010 (UTC)Shikha Raturi--ShikhaNR 03:50, 1 August 2010 (UTC)

## Kavita Dev

Hello, I am Kavita, working as a data processing supervisor in Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik, Maharashtra, India. I came to know about this activity a little late, so I am joining today. I am looking forward to do research work in the area of elearning.

## Rodrigo Nejm

Hello everyone, I'm psychologist and work as e-safety awareness director at SaferNet Brazil, a NGO that works to promote Human Rights on the Internet. I have been working with teachers, children and parents to promote a safe and ethical use of cyberspace in different regions of Brazil. We have a team of free software developers to build IT skills to operate our cybercrime hotline but we are also developing all our materials with the Open Educational Resource perspective. For us is a pleasure to join so many important and motived educators.

## Arron Pawlowicz

Hello world! I'm playing catch-up with this workshop as i have been hiking the high Serrias of California, in the shadow of the highest peak in the the United States of America, Mt. Whitney. I'm living in a small town named Carpinteria, which is about 10 minutes south of Santa Barbara, California. It is at a smallish graduate level school/insitution called Pacifica Graduate Institution I work as a circulation librarian. Because the school is a hybrid of off-site and on-site learning the library is always trying to find ways to interact and engage with students through the use of technology. When one of the reference librarians handed me a flier for this online workshop I thought this as a valuble and worthwhile pursuit to learn about and engage in. One can never have to many tools in their tool box!

• Welcome to the workshop, Arron! Please see my response to Kavita's introduction above; the same offer of help applies.--Jrradney 19:09, 2 August 2010 (UTC)

## Valerie Bross

Hello, Everyone! I'm also catching up with the group. I'm living in Los Angeles, California, working as a librarian. I'm very appreciative of the way this workshop has been set up to allow us to work at our own speed.

• Welcome, Valerie! As with Arron and Kavita above, I would be happy to help, should you need it. Please refer to my offer to Kavita for details. --Jrradney 19:10, 2 August 2010 (UTC)

## Uchendu

Hello everyone, I am Florence Uchendu from Nigeria, the giant of Africa. I am a Nutritionist and a PhD student at Department of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Public Health, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. I am an e-learning Course Coordinator at National Open University Of Nigeria, Lagos Nigeria. I entered into the workshop so that I can be able to know how to communicate with the wiki community as well my students in the wiki environment. So far, I am enjoying it and making progress.

However, I have a question. How do i go back to the the main page after working on my sandbox in my user page?