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Hullo every one. This is Dorothy Kyagaba from Uganda. I am a teacher trainer of History Education in Makerere University. I am interested in integrating Open Educational Resources in the teaching and learning of History. I also want to carry out my Ph.D studies on the affordances of OER  in Sub-Saharan Africa. Am looking forward to this online training to enhance my skills in these. Thanks.

Dear Friends, Please use this page to introduce yourself to your fellow participants. Tell us a bit of yourself and why you joined the training and are hoping to do with it.--Patricia Schlicht 04:34, 22 November 2010 (UTC)
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Tip: If you want to sign your comment line this -Mverhaart 01:33, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
use -~~~~

Open the 'edit' menu (you must be logged in) and click with your cursor on the place where you would like to enter your e-signature. Then go to the toolbar on the edit menu and choose the third button from the right, the e-signature button. Save your input, and your name with your user page will appear as in Michael's example above.

(Comment.gif: Just a little note, there is a difference between a single [ and double [[ the single one is used for a full web link (e.g. [ to wikieducator], the phrase after the url is what gets underlined/hyperlinked, whereas the double one links to a page in WikiEducator (e.g. [[user:MVerhaart|Michael Verhaart]] links to my page, notice the | separating the page and the bit to be hyperlinked.)

Patricia Schlicht

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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, culture/anthropology, open and distance learning/eLearning, community and capacity building. I am a philanthropist. Feel free to email me. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 04:35, 22 November 2010 (UTC)
Hi Patricia -- Always a pleasure having such experienced Wikieducators sharing their knowledge and expertise :-) --Wayne Mackintosh 04:13, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

Hi Patricia! Thanks a lot for your support and encouragement. I am very glad to have you as a facilitator and I know with your insight, I will achieve much more on WikiEducator. Best regards.--Emmanuel Nalumenya

Hello Patricia, and thanks for your encouraging comments.  If it's true that a supportive learning environment facilitates effective learning outcomes, then I'm in good hands and should have few problems!  Jeannie

HI PATRICIA your words motivate me to make maximum use of wikieducator and also contribute. am also passionate about learning. Vishal jhotty

Hello Patricia, my name is Hansa Roodurmun. I am from Mauritius. I am an educator and my field of specialisation is Mathematics.The Wiki experience is challenging as well as inspiring. I want to make the most of this wonderful opportunity offered to me. i wish to have your full support to learn a maximum of things.

Hello Patricia, I am Dr. K.S.Ramakrishnan, Assistant Professor, School of Education, Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai, India. I am a teacher educator, and I have joined this online workshop to learn wiki thoroughly and to conduct similar workshops in nearby colleges of education in Chennai. I am sure that I will utilize this opportunity thoroughly. I wish you will extend all your help to make me a trainer like you.I thank you for your motivation and Dr. Ramesh Sharma's warmth.Thank You, K.S.Ramakrishnan

Michael Verhaart

Hello everyone Mwave.gif. I am a lecturer in IT at the Eastern Institute of Technology, in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand and Patricia has kindly agreed to let me help co-facilitate this course and teach me how at the same time!! I am looking forward to catching up with many of you and making new wiki friends. 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. For a diversion I play the ukulele (but only basic chords). Hawke's Bay is an area with two cities, Napier and Hastings known for its sun, wines and Art Deco Architecture. -Mverhaart 04:19, 27 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Hi Michael, the pleasure is absolutely mutual and I am looking forward to working and learning from you too. Cheers --Patricia Schlicht 17:04, 5 December 2010 (UTC)
Hi Michael -- big thanks on behalf of the international WikiEducator family to step in and donate time to building wiki capacity around the world. You are now part of our international team of facilitators :-) --Wayne Mackintosh 04:00, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

Hi Michael! Thanks a lot for your motivation. Looking forward to learning from you. Your insight has inspired me. Best regards. --Emmanuel Nalumenya

Hello Michael, and thanks for your welcoming words.  Yes, I have of course used Wickipedia, so I guess I should more accurately say I've never used a wicki as an educational tool, which is embarrassing enough, believe me! - Jeannie

Michael, you'll note also that I'm still learning to spell wiki correctly! - Jeannie

Sean Rogers

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Hello everyone. I am a telecommunications engineer with Genesis Innovative Solutions Ltd in Trinidad. I have participated in previous workshop before and have gradually understood the purpose of WikiEducator and embrace the concept of open source software and education. My aim this time shall be to move up the ladder from Wiki Apprentice 2, pick up my project RELAX, which I started some time back and make new friends. Cheers-- Sean Rogers--Seannn9 15:06, 5 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Hi Sean, Great to see you here again. I comment you dedication and drive. Have a look here to take your skills to the next level, a Wiki Buddy under the WikiMaster programme. Cheers, --Patricia Schlicht 17:02, 5 December 2010 (UTC). Thank you Patricia it means a lot to you.Sean Rogers--Seannn9 15:35, 12 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Hi Sean, Great to see you here. Looking forward to seeing what you will develop -Mverhaart 01:20, 6 December 2010 (UTC). Mverhaart, I hope that it would be good. Sean Rogers--Seannn9 15:35, 12 December 2010 (UTC)

Hi Sean! Congs upon your involvement on WE activities. Looking forward to sharing, collaborating and learning from you. Best regards. --Emmanuel Nalumenya. And I from you. Sean Rogers--Seannn9 15:35, 12 December 2010 (UTC)

Hi sean i would be grateful to you if you could help me to teach me how to use wiki as an educational tool. Vishal jhotty

Rehanna Lutchman

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Hello all! I am a Computer Science/Information Technology teacher with Fyzabad Anglican Secondary School, as well as a Lecturer/E-Tutor with the University of the West Indies, Trinidad.
I am continually exploring e-learning avenues, so that I can improve my teaching abilities/techniques, and in turn educate others in the various methods available. So I'm looking forward to this online experience in interacting and learning over the next 2 weeks!--Rehanna Lutchman 19:23, 5 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Welcome, Rehanna. We are happy to have you with us. Welcome to the Wiki. The world of elearning is multifaceted and ever changing. You are following many educators who are exactly doing as you do, so you among good company. Looking forward to your contributions. Feel free to ask any questions you might have under the Wiki Discussions tab under the appropriate heading. Warm wishes --Patricia Schlicht 19:33, 5 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Hi Rehanna. I too like to explore new avenues in my teaching. Wikis have become a big part of may teaching and I am sure you will discover many ways you can use them during this course. Neat to have you onboard -Mverhaart 01:24, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

Hi Rehanna! Congs upon your involvement on WikiEducator activities. I am looking forward to collaborating, sharing and learning from you. Best regards.--Emmanuel Nalumenya

Kathryn Mac Callum

Hi everyone. I am a lecturer in IT at the Eastern Institute of Technology, in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand (same as Michael). I am currently working towards my PhD in educational technologies, with a focus on mobile learning. The reason for doing this workshop is that (1) I am interested in Wikis and how they can be used in teaching and learning. (2) As part of DEANZ (New Zealand Association for Professionals working in Flexible, Open and Networked Education) we are interested in becoming involved with Wiki Educator so I saw this workshop is a great way for me to get my feet wet as a relative newbie in this area. (3) Because Michael suggested I do it.
Looking forward to learning more and getting to know the rest of you.--Kathryn Mac Callum 22:25, 5 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Hi Kathryn, neat to have a colleague here in the course. Hopefully you'll be able to help me with my facilitator skills also -Mverhaart 01:29, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
Kia ora Kathryn -- great to have you on board. You've come to the right place to test the wiki waters as a newbie. You may be interested in the OER4PAD project -- a new concept to facilitate collaborative development of OERs for professional development. --Wayne Mackintosh 03:57, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Hi Kathryn, a warm welcome to WikiEducator. You have most definitely made the right choice. Enjoy the learning course and jump right in. We are here to help. Warm wishes --Patricia Schlicht 05:14, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

Hi Kathryn! It is my pleasure to interact with you on WikiEducator. I am looking forward to collaborating, sharing and learning from you. Best regards.--Emmanuel Nalumenya

Re: Thanks for your message. Hope you have enjoyed the course as much I have but still much to learn. --Kathryn Mac Callum 00:34, 16 December 2010 (UTC)

Alex Perry

Hi all. I am the HOD of Biology and the ICT Specialist Classroom Teacher at Wellington East Girls' College, New Zealand. As part of my ICT role I am developing my use of ICT's for teaching and learning and am very interested in running some in school workshops in the use of Wiki Educator. I use Moodle, Google Docs and various Web 2.0 tools with my classes, and see this as an extension on what I am already doing. Next year we are rolling out a Digital Citizens Programme and there will be a section looking at and promoting the use of Creative Commons licenses. I see Wiki Educator as a way of introducing the ideas involved to the staff of the school.
I am looking forward to being an online student for the next week or so, and participating in a new community.  (Alex Perry)

  • Hi Alex, I am sure you'll see lots of possibilities in using wikis for education. It does take a little getting used to where students can make changes to the content. Neat to have you in the wiki. -Mverhaart 01:29, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

  • Dear Alex. With an educator community of meanwhile almost 16,800 people from around the world, you will find many like-minded colleagues who are doing the same, so you are among good company. Let us know if we can help when you get there. In the meantime, feel free to call on us to help you, whenever you need to. Welcome aboard. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 05:17, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

Hi Alex! I am glad to interact with you on WikiEducator. I am looking forward to collaborating, sharing and learning from you. Best regards.--Emmanuel Nalumenya

Melanie Webber

Hello all. I am a Media Studies teacher at Western Springs College in Auckland, New Zealand. I've joined the training because I keep stumbling across interesting links that lead to WikiEducator, so I figure I need to know more about it! I've had a little bit to do with wiki's before, and am old and geeky enough that I've dabbled in html coding back in the day which I see could be helpful here. I'm very interested in how ICT can be used to help improve students learning (and my teaching) whilst giving them skills they can take into their future lives.  An online workshop is a new and exciting experience for me.

Kia ora Melanie. Welcome aboard. Be sure to check out the OERNZ project -- our kiwi collaboration to build a national OER commons for the school sector. I'm sure you'll enjoy the online workshop and your html skills will be a welcome addition to our growing family of 17000 educators around the world. --Wayne Mackintosh 03:55, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
Hi Melanie, This will probably be the first of many online workshops for you. We hope you'll have a really neat experience and be able to see how you can use this in your teaching - Michael (Mverhaart 04:38, 6 December 2010 (UTC))
  • Dear Melanie. You will find this course exciting and fun, and you will meet many educators from around the world that have either taken the course already and are here again to learn more, or people like you, who have discovered this free learning opportunity on an open platform that can do so much for the benefit of others. Welcome to WikiEducator. Let us know when anything is unclear. We are here to help you. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 05:20, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

Hi Melanie! It is my pleasure to interact with you on WikiEducator. I am looking forward to collaborating and sharing with you on WikiEducator. --Emmanuel Nalumenya

Jeannie Daniels

Hello everyone. I'm a lecturer at La Trobe University in Melbourne, working with both staff and students on academic language and learning development. I confess to never having used a wiki EVER, although have attended a number of seminars about how useful they are. One of the academic developers here at La Trobe has recommended WikiEducator to me, so I'm hoping to now find out for myself, and I hope, apply my learning in some of my (very diverse) teaching areas. I've participated in quite a number of online learning courses and workshops before, so in that respect I don't feel quite so 'new'.

Hi Jeanie. Welcome aboard! Don't worry about being new to wikis. You're in good company. WikiEducator is the first wiki account for two-thirds of our users and the majority of our users are either teachers, lecturers or trainers working in the formal education sector. You've come to the right place to explore wiki technology. --Wayne Mackintosh 03:52, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
Hi Jeannie. I am always surprised when people say they have never used a wiki - especially with Wikipedia being such a useful resource on just about any topic. Great to have you on-board and I'm sure you learn lots - Michael (Mverhaart 04:34, 6 December 2010 (UTC))
  • Dear Jeannie, We appreciate new additions to WikiEducator and you are not alone, there are quite a few newbies taking the course. Don't get intimidated by those who have been here before and are taken the course to learn more, there is room for everyone. The good thing about this course is that you can work at your own time and pace and we are here to help you obtain the skills. So jump right in. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 05:21, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

Hi Jeannie! I am glad to associate with you on WikiEducator. I am looking forward to collaborating and sharing with you on WikiEducator. Best regards.--Emmanuel Nalumenya

Dear Jeanne - Looks like you're getting the hang of adding to the wiki really fast - you'll be creating content in no time - well done :) - Michael (Mverhaart 10:45, 7 December 2010 (UTC))

Wayne Mackintosh

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Just popping in to say hi. I may not have as much time as I would like to interact with our new WikiEducator family members -- but a short note to say welcome.

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 03:49, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

  • Hi Wayne, its a real privilege to be able to share my wiki knowledge. As a first time WikiEducator facilitator I am lucky to have Patricia as my mentor. - Michael (Mverhaart 04:34, 6 December 2010 (UTC))
  • Hi Wayne, thank you so much for for taking the time to say Hello in your busy schedule. Most of us are aware about the innovative and creative work you are doing to drive WikiEducator's mandate forward which will take us far into the future of education. Cheers --Patricia Schlicht 05:24, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

Hi Wayne! Thanks for the great work on WikiEducator. It is my pleasure to associate with you. I am very passionate about wiki tools and their applications in teaching and learning. I am new on WikiEducator and I would like you to mentor me into a WikiMaster. Best regards.--Emmanuel Nalumenya

Katherine Scripps

Kia Ora all, I have recently completed a B(Ed)Tch Early Childhood with the University of Auckland. I live in New Zealand in Whangarei, New Zealand. I completed my degree online as a flexi student and first encountered wikis as part of a class assignment. My mum did the last wiki educator course and she recommended it to me as she really enjoyed it. I am interested in learning about wiki educator and how I could use it to support gaining teacher registration and also its potential to extend young children's learning experiences.

  • Hi Katherine - There is certainly a lot of interest into how wikis can be used in taching. For wikieducator there is a little on Early Childhood Education . Hopefully you will be able to contribute and expand what has been started after this course. Welcome - Michael (Mverhaart 09:30, 6 December 2010 (UTC))
  • Welcome to the Wiki, Katherine. I am glad your mum enjoyed the last training and you will find that you have joined a large educator community around the world who is looking to enhance their classrooms through the use of WikiEducator and will find many like-minded people. Welcome aboard. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 16:00, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

Hi Katherine! It is my pleasure to associate with you on WikiEducator. I am looking forward to collaborating, sharing and learning from you. Best regards. --Emmanuel Nalumenya

Emmanuel Nalumenya

Hi everyone! I am a chemistry teacher at Gayaza High School which is the oldest girls' secondary school in Uganda. I am passionate about learning new things and integration of technology in teaching. I am more than excited about being associated with WikiEducator and I request all of you to support and guide me as i get acquainted with WikiEducator and its applications. Best regards. Emmanuel Nalumenya.

  • Hi Emmanuel. Neat to have you in the course. I see WikiEducator has some Chemistry resources donated by Chemistry teachers of British Columbia, Canada. Hope you enjoy the course and become part of the WE family - Michael (Mverhaart 09:33, 6 December 2010 (UTC))
  • Dear Emmanuel, the Gayaza High School is of course very wellknown to the OER Foundation/WikiEducator as Victor Kizza was one of the first ones to drive the Uganda Open Education agenda forward. Welcome aboard. Good to have you with us. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 16:01, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Hello Emmanuel, great to know I'm not the only relative newcomer here. I look forward to working with you and the others.  Jeannie

David Okey

Kia Ora and hello everyone. I have been actively involved in the use of ICTs in education for the last 10 years. When I search for information about ICT in education I often end up in the WikiEducators site. When Mel, above, showed me this tutorial I thought it was an excellent opportunity to learn more about WikiEducators. I teach Physics and manage our school's intranet.

  • Hi David. Welcome to the WE course. Hopefully you will be able to create or help with existing resources on WE after the course. Have added some headings to your user page to save you some typing :) Cheers Michael (Mverhaart 09:35, 6 December 2010 (UTC))
  • Dear David, You have definitely come to the right platform and we hope that you will find this learning experience exciting and inspiring. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 16:02, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

Hi David! I am glad to associate with you on WikiEducator. I am looking forward to collaborating, sharing and learning from you. Best regards.--Emmanuel Nalumenya

Tero Toivanen

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I am a musician specialized in Cuban music, Master of Arts in Education and special education teacher. Currently I am working in the Kilonpuisto School, Espoo, Finland as a special education teacher teaching autistic pupils. I have participated in some WikiEducator workshops before, but I want to learn more! This is a great way to learn wiki-skills! --Teromakotero 18:20, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Welcome back, Tero. Good to see you here again. It is always nice to be among good friends. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 18:24, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Thank you, Patricia! You're absolutely right! Great to be back! Warm wishes--Teromakotero 18:32, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Hi Tero! I am glad to associate with you on WikiEducator. I am looking forward to collaborating, sharing and learning from you. Best regards. --Emmanuel Nalumenya
  • Hi Tero. Looks like you've been involved in wikis for a while. Would be neat to have you share your passion and create some resources on WikiEducator - nothing teaches more than doing !!! - Michael (Mverhaart 22:55, 6 December 2010 (UTC))
  • Hi Michael! I'm doing one resource about autism. --Teromakotero 09:57, 22 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Hi Tero - I see you added some code to this page which was converted html which means it won't display as html. Could you let me know how you are creating it so I can help you out (I hope you don't mind but I have removed it from the page until we can sort it out). (For those of you who aren't sure what I mean don't worry about it :) - Michael (Mverhaart 20:28, 10 December 2010 (UTC))
  • I can't remember what I did. I'm studying html basics and maybe I tried to solve something with it. --Teromakotero 09:57, 22 December 2010 (UTC)

Ibrahim Oyekanmi

Hi everyone, I tender my unreserved apologies for coming in late. L4C workshops are events you cant seem to get enough of because you always learn new things and get an opportunity to refresh skills learnt earlier. And one of the things i have benefitted from is the accessibility of the facilitators even after workshops to guide us beginners. I wish everyone a rewarding workshop experience. I am open to collaborations with other Wikieducators. I welcome the newcomers to the Great WE family. 20:52, 7 December 2010 (GMT)
(Comment.gif: Dear Ibrahim, Your observations are shared by many, even the faciltiators. There is a lot to be learned and learning curve feels fresh and new, the more you dig into it. Thanks for coming back. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 20:03, 7 December 2010 (UTC))

Vishal Jhotty

Hi everyone, am from Mauritius the paradise island. i had registered in the beginning but had not been able to continue due to some personal commitments. So i present my apologies. Am happy to be back and expect to learn wiki skills

Nirmala Parameswaran

Hello Everybody,

Great to be on to this Learning4/Content/Workshop. I am Mrs. Nirmala Parameswaran, a dynamic young lady around fifty six. Having graduated in Microbiology from Bhavans college Andheri, Mumbai, I did my postgraduation by research on a medical project, from Grant Medical college Mumbai.(Early diagnosis of Pancreatitis.)This paper won me the prize at the Simala International conference. Then I worked at a college in Mumbai, in the department of Microbiology, before getting married and settling down south-Kerala. My husband is a doctor a postgraduate in Pharmacology and I have two kids; a son who is a Mechanical Engineer and SAP consultant and now pursuing his MBA in Bradford UK. My daughter is a postgraduate in Chemsitry and now married and settled in Southern Kerala.

Soon after the kids got out of my hair, I did my 12th grade exam of Trinity college of London, and began teaching English, Personality development and Basics in French. I also did a course in Abacus and now run two institutions from my home, under the name NIMS. I am a certified Zone Trainer of JCI (International Junior Chambers) and also a qualified advisor and trainer of ICICI Prudential. With almost thirty plus years of experience in teaching behind me, I would love to meander through this portal, make new friends and enjoy the experience.

My hobbies are reading and playing the veena, besides making new friends.Extremely religious, I believe everything in this world happens with a purpose.

Hoping to have lots of value added friendships,

I sign off,


Mrs. Nirmala Parameswaran.

Dr. K.S.Ramakrishnan

Hello Everyone,

Myself Dr. K.S.Ramakrishnan, Assistant Professor, School of Education, Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai, India. I am an M.Sc. (Physics).,M.Ed., M.C.A., Ph.D. (Educational Technology), .,(PGDHE). <p>I am teaching Physical Science, Research Methodology, and Educational Technology at B.Ed.,M.Ed.,M.Phil level and guiding Ph.D. students in Educational Technology. I join this workshop to learn the wiki authoring skills thoroughly and create Open Content in my subject. <p>My major aim is to create wiki content in my mother tongue (Tamil) and give it to the unprivileged children at SSA of IGNOU. <p>I am happy to know that many of you have joined this workshop with high spirits. Let us introduce each other, learn from one another and create wiki pages also in collaboration. <p>If any one from the faculty of Education, we may share our ideas and try to create a test wiki page in future. I wish all of you all the best. In future, you may call by KSR. <p>Dr.K.S.Ramakrishnan <p>9841547264 Dr.K.S.Ramakrishnan (KSR).