# Introductions

## 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 so many educators 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. I'm also actively involved with the OER university network which will provide free learning opportunities for all students worldwide with pathways to achieve credible credentials from our founding anchor partners. A special word of welcome to all OERu members joining this workshop. If you want to find out a little more about my work in WikiEducator, feel free to visit my userpage. --Wayne Mackintosh 22:40, 11 February 2012 (UTC)
Well done Machintosh. hundreds and hundreds are getting benefit from wikieducator. Let me know whether a certificate in printable format will be prodided to the workshop participants. Thanx. mamun Barbhuiya
Thanks a lot for your quick response. Hope to meet you in other discussions. Mamun Barbhuiya
Mamun
Thanks a lot Wayne for arranging this workshop ;this is my second workshop on EL4C and third on WE ( including OERu ,we had last month).I will try my best to achieve higher wiki editing skills and certification.I'm glad that WE reinforces us everytime .I was the UPE awardee for last month (Jan 2012).It boosted my spirit to work on WE so much.Looking forward to getting more experiences and innovations  from your creative brain in connecting educators globally ! Balqis Thaahaveettil 22:14, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Wikiworkshops are great. One gets ideas and wants to implement them, one learns from peer's creative efforts. I am working on a resource on Problem based learning. Problem Based Learningand would like to get suggestions from you. I was wondering how interactivity can be added like micrblogging to make it live. --Ravi limaye 18:09, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Wikiworkshops evoke the spirit of Self Learning. The wiki platform is a wonderful tool and templates for different pedagogy approaches for learning involve integrating various features of the wiki. Sir, these are the areas I wish to learn more

* adding blip tv videos or use of Kaltura i.e firstly adding the video to blip tv and then embeb in wiki
* microblogging for interactive synchronous environments for a page (the way it was done for Ceative common workshop)
* possibility of creating multiple users for a page / course on wiki (the way we have students for courses in moodle)


My passion for OER continues and I wish to undertake workshops on wiki skills for colleges of the region ( there are 100 technical colleges, 100 degree colleges in my immediate neighbourhood) I wish I could initially show presentations to have participants for wiki cetification events. I need your guidance as this work would be from a volunteer and not from an institute. I am on sabbatical persuing my research on "Designing and evaluating Courseware on web based collaborative learning environments". Here I would be using moodle as LMS and wikieduactor for content repository. I need your support for my mission. --Ravi limaye 01:01, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

## Manisha Domun

Hello colleagues, my name is Manisha Domun. I am an Educator and presently working at the Centre for Open and Distance Learning, Mauritius institute of Education. I really want to know more about how digital resources such as OER are helping to innovate the teaching process and integrating the curriculum.. Thank you wikieducator for this insight.

Greetings Manisha! Welcome to L4C. We have a large WikiEducator community from Mauritius which is inspiring to see how OER can support small Island nations. --Wayne Mackintosh 21:13, 12 February 2012 (UTC)
Hi Manisha , Greetings from India Looking forward to collaborate and share with you on WE.Best wishes in advance for the workshop.Balqis Thaahaveettil 22:16, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

## Alenka Švab Tavčar

Hello, I'm Alenka Švab Tavčar from Slovenia. I work at the Police Academy as teacher/educator. I've worked a lot with eXe. eXe is no longer actively developed, but some of it's developers spend a lot of time on WikiEducator. So, I'm here to find out what are they doing now and how WikiEducator can help me.

Hi Alenka, Wow! another eXe fan - -its a great authoring tool. I was involved with the project since its inception and Jim Tittsler, one of the lead developers of eXe is the Lead Software Engineer at the OER Foundation. Many features from eXe are informing how the WikiEducator community evolves. Welcome aboard. --Wayne Mackintosh 21:16, 12 February 2012 (UTC)
Hi Alenka, we have used eXe to produce most of the online resources for our midwifery programme in New Zealand and we love it. We continue to use it but are exploring wikieducator as well. We host our programmes on moodle and want to find out how to transfer resources that we might develop on wikieducator into moodle. I am also keen to find out if we can make resources as beautiful and intuitive as they are on eXe - I love the various styles becasue they make the resources look interesting and different. --Sallypairman 20:25, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
Hi Alenka,Welcome to the WE worshop .Greetings from India.It's nice to know that you have already an interest on eXe.Looking forward to know from your experiences on education .Best wishes in advance for the workshop .Balqis Thaahaveettil 22:20, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Yes, I'm an eXe fan. Some student in Slovenia are working on eXeCute project. They also recommend eXe in eu4all project. I made all off my SCORM packages in eXe and now I'm ready to try something new. I'm sure WikiEduacator is great, I'm gong to try it beacuse of you, Wayne Mackintosh. I trust you beacuse of eXe project.

I am also eXe fan and tried it successfully to create an IMS pacakage and use it in Moodle. Thanks for the above links. The pdf file eu4allis of great help. Is there a site in English for eXeCute?--Ravi limaye 01:07, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

## Ravi Limaye

I am a Researcher in webbased collabarative learning environments.

Welcome Ravi -- Pleased to see you have joined this workshop as well. Your passion for OER and its potential for widening access to learning in India is inspiring. --Wayne Mackintosh 21:17, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the encouragement. I am a Researcher in webbased collabarative learning environments. It is great to learn wikiskills through the creativity of peers and the inputs given by the workshop.--Ravi limaye 09:06, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Glad to see you here my WE colleague .We were together for our first workshop too .Hope to collaborate and learn from each other more in the coming days .Balqis Thaahaveettil 22:23, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

## Herbert Thomas

I am currently employed by the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and have been involved in both secondary and tertiary education for a long time: first, in the field of English literature and language and, later, in the field of technology-enhanced learning.

Hi Herbert. Great to have you joining us as an experienced educator and as a founding anchor partner institution of the OERu :-). --Wayne Mackintosh 22:09, 12 February 2012 (UTC)
Hello Herbert,Nice to have you here on WE .Really interested to know about your experiences in the secondary and tertiary education and to collaborate with you in sharing ideas about teaching English.Balqis Thaahaveettil 21:36, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

## Vasi Doncheva

 My name is Vasi and I currently live in Whangarei, New Zealand and work at NorthTec as Flexible learning manager. I'm excited about the opportunities a head of us as OERu anchor partner and what we could achieve together with the support of the OER community of educators in the 2012 prototype pilot. I'm looking forward to polishing my Wikieducator skills and learning from other fellow educators passionate about sharing knowledge and creating free learning opportunities for all.If you want to find out a little more about my interests and what I’ll be working on during this workshop, feel free to visit my userpage. Playnice nz 06:25, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
Hi Vasi Welcome! Very pleased you could join us and look forward to working with all OERu partners in building exciting learning futures! --Wayne Mackintosh 23:18, 12 February 2012 (UTC)
Thanks Wayne :-). Looking forward to make a start on the Management course as part of the 2012 OERu pilot. If we can identify the collaborators from the other partners and why not the wider educator community we can use this workshop to get some of the course conversion done.02:03, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
Good idea, at least starting with a representative sample because that will inspire collaboration from the sector :-) --Wayne Mackintosh 02:07, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
I'm also going to work on a workshop introducing educators to OER so if anyone is interested to contribute that will be great and very much appreciated. You will find a link on my user page. Playnice nz 06:32, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
Hello Vasi,Greetings from India.Glad to have you here to know more about your ideas on Core skills 4 educators .Looking forward to getting to know about your collaborative ideas on OER .--Balqis Thaahaveettil 22:31, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi, I liked your page. --Ravi limaye 15:25, 24 February 2012 (UTC)

Thank you Ravi. --Vasi Doncheva 20:33, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

Kia Ora, I'm Jade from New Zealand.  I work for Otago Polytechnic's School of Midwifery. I am based in Palmerston North. I like the idea of learning more about wikis to assist with rostering for student midwives on placement.

Welcome Jade. Great to see you already have an idea how you could use wikis in your own context. -- Vasi Doncheva 20:41, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
Kia ora Jade - -Welcome to another founding anchor partner of the OERu - -Otago Poly's work in open education is inspirational -- we are the world's first tertiary education institution to adopt an open IP policy. --Wayne Mackintosh 21:11, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

## Niki Davis

I've been using WikiEducator for around two years but my skills are very limited and it is high time I made more effort to increase them and set a better example to my colleagues and students!

I aim to use WikiEducator as an increasing part of my teaching and student communities so we all will continue to have access to the resources and have other develop them with us too. This as a model to the teachers and staff I teach in a way that supports growth and authentic community service.

I am looking forward to this course but have to fit it in with a heavy workload, including been off campus on the first day. Thank you for this opportunity and for WikiEducator itself.

Kia ora Niki. Great to have an active WikiEducator and OERu anchor partner join us for this workshop. What I love about the wiki model is that the technology supports users irrespective of their skill level. I am still learning every day about new features of the Mediawiki software engine and collaboratively our capability as a community grows. --Wayne Mackintosh 05:38, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

## Abhijith M S

Hi all. I'm an Electronics&Communication Engineer by profession and I'm a fresher in wikieducator. I like the words 'Creative Commons'. Its really awesome concept. I expect to learn from wikieducator and contribute whatever I can!

Well done Abhijith. You are wel come and really you find many creative things.. just go on and enjoy communicating with others.. feel free to ask others ur problems and you will find solutions fromother participants= Mamun Barbhuiya

My background is also electronics.I am a Researcher in webbased collabarative learning environments. It is great to learn wikiskills through the creativity of peers and the inputs given by the workshop.--Ravi limaye 09:07, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

## Jane-Frances Agbu

Hello colleagues. I look forward to another interesting workshop. I am a course coordinator with the National Open University of Nigeria. I am interested in writing and designing of quality course materials for e-learners. Hoping to gain further insight in this area. --User:Jane-Frances Agbu 14th February 2012

Hi Agbu, its nice that you are interested in course design for e-learners. I am also interested in it. more during the period of workshop.Mamun Barbhuiya

I am a Researcher based in India, in webbased collabarative learning environments. It is great to learn wikiskills through the creativity of peers and the inputs given by the workshop. I would like to learn from your experience. --Ravi limaye 09:25, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi Jane-Frances, I am interested in learning more about the writing and designing of quality course materials for e-learners. I am interested in learning more about having our students create their own text books. Patrice Prusko Torcivia

## Mamun Barbhuiya

Hi colleagues, I am Mamun fromthe Indian State of Assam. I teach English language in a college. Also interested in integrating technology in language teaching. pl. feel free to communicate me in wiki.. its a marvellous platform.
Hi Mamum. Pleased to meet you and thank you for your kind words and response to my introduction. As a small charity we do not have the financial resources to assess and produce certificates of accomplishment or completion. However, we do have a community award system called Wikimaster. The OER university collaboration will be working towards formal certification of free OER courses in the future, this will take time to implement. --Wayne Mackintosh 03:19, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

## Sally Pairman

Kia ora, I'm Sally from New Zealand. I also work at Otago Polytechnic. My current roles are as Director of Learning and Teaching and the Head of the School of Midwifery. It's great to see some other midiwfery collagues here and I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone in this workshop. I'm looking forward to developiing my wiki skills. --Sallypairman 22:56, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

Kia ora Sally. Welcome to eL4C52. You lead by example -- its refreshing to see senior educational managers taking time out to explore wiki technologies and to share experiences with the group. We will learn together. --Wayne Mackintosh 03:22, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
Hello Sally ,Greetings from India .All the best for the workshop !Looking forward to see your collaborative works on WE--Balqis Thaahaveettil 22:05, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

## Jane Mountier

Greetings all

I work at Otago Polytechnic in a variety of administrative roles. This course is an opportunity to challenge my techno-phobic tendencies! It seems to be going ok so far :-)

Hi Jane -- welcome. If those techno-phobic tendencies start playing up -- remember we're here to help. Just ask. As long as you remember to use the save button we can fix anything and I promise you that you can't break anything in the wiki. Its a very forgiving technology ;-) --Wayne Mackintosh 04:42, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

I am a Researcher based in India, in webbased collabarative learning environments. It is great to learn wikiskills through the creativity of peers and the inputs given by the workshop. I would like to learn from your experience. --Ravi limaye 09:25, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Hello Jane ,Nice to read your words "Techno-phobic tendencies ":-) Here on WE ,the workshop provides you everything to challenge this !Greetings from India.--Balqis Thaahaveettil 21:59, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

## Irwin DeVries

Hi all, I'm Director of Instructional Design at Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning, an anchor partner of OERu. I'm very pleased to meet you all.  I would like to become proficient at WikiEducator, particularly so that I can participate in the open development and design of OERu prototype courses. The greatest pleasure of course is meeting other open educators from around the world. I look forward to getting to know you and working together.

Great to see you join us Irwin. I'm here for the same reasons and looking forward to learn more about open educational desing and development Playnice nz 06:24, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
The notion of open collaborative design is pioneering work. I'm really looking forward working with the team in realising the potential of this model to improve learning for millions of students worldwide. --Wayne Mackintosh 20:55, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
Hello Irwin ,We are happy to have you here to learn from your experiences regarding instructional design .Greetings from India--Balqis Thaahaveettil 21:54, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

## Cynthia Thompson

Hi: I am the Assistant Provost from the University of Belize, and currently acting as Director for our Open and Distance Learning Unit. This is my first experience with WikiEducator and I am looking forward to navigating the space and learning as much as I can about OER.

Hi Cynthia, Greetings from New Zealand to the University of Belize. Welcome to the WikiEducator global family! --Wayne Mackintosh 10:48, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

Hello to another colleague in Central America! While I work with SUNY in Panama, I live in Honduras, so we're practically neighbors! Maybe we can explore some collaboration! Lorette Pellettiere Calix

Hi Lorette. Nice meeting you! Imagine I did my graduate studies in SUNY-Albany. Is SUNY Panama a branch of the US SUNY system?

It's not SUNY Panama. SUNY/Empire State College works with a Panamanaian partner university. Yes, the same SUNY system, and in Albany you were just next door to ESC, too.

Hi Cynthia,Welcome to the Wiki Educator Family .Greetings from India.We are glad to have you here--Balqis Thaahaveettil 21:43, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

## Eric J. Stone

Kia ora koutou. I am a staff development advisor at Northland Polytechnic, Whangarei, NZ

Kia ora Eric. We extend greetings from the deep South to our OERu partner in the North. --Wayne Mackintosh 10:49, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
Great to see a representative of our training and development team joining this workshop. With your help and support I'm looking forward to develop OER capability at NorthTec :-) Playnice nz 23:08, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
Hello Eric,It's really great to see experienced people like you here on WE.Hope that we can share and collaborate for better education for future on WE--Balqis Thaahaveettil 21:52, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

## Alfonso Sintjago

I am a graduate student at the University of Minnesota. While I have followed Wikieducators and I am captivated by the concept of the OERU, I have been unable to finish this course previously and I thought it would be helpful to complete to course to feel a proper part of this community. The work of this community is to me both unique and priceless. I greatly admire the mission and work of this organization.

I was born in Venezuela. My biggest interests are increasing international collaboration and access to opportunities for all through the effective use of technology within education. Happy to be here! :) (Link to my profile) - User:Sintjago

Hi Alfonso. We share similar interests in using open technologies to facilitate international collaboration in education. I agree - the OERu concept is very exciting and we all have the opportunity to contribute to its future success. Welcome to eL4C52! --Wayne Mackintosh 10:52, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
Hi Wayne. That is one of the best parts of it all, that is not about the individual but the community. I look forward to learning from everyone else in Wikieducator :). --Alfonso Sintjago 17:31, 15 February 2012 (Central Time US)
Hi Alfonso,greetings from India and welcome to this great workshop.Hope that you can achieve so much through this WE--Balqis Thaahaveettil 21:50, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

## Dr Sujata Dhopte

Greetings to you all.... I am currently working on Mumbai University's OER project. We are a team of senior faculty members...in a process of transferring Microeconomics content on Wiki & MOODLE.

I wish our efforts through Wiki platform should reach the unreached to open a knowledge pathway.Do visit my userpage.

Your project sounds exciting Sujiata. I'm sure you will find the wiki is a great tool. The more I learn the more I like it :-).Playnice nz 20:19, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
Dear Sujata, We are very impressed with the OER project at Mumbai University. You are very fortunate to have Dr Savithri Singh, one of India's leading WikiEducators and OER practitioners working with the team. I have fond memories of the launch of the WikiEducator's India Chapter officiated by the eminent Dr Swaminathan. Savithri played a leadership role in the establishment of the India Chapter. --Wayne Mackintosh 21:01, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

Hello, I am a Researcher based in India, in webbased collabarative learning environments. It is great to learn wikiskills through the creativity of peers and the inputs given by the workshop. I would like to learn from your experience.I liked your page. --Ravi limaye 09:26, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Hello , You have a wonderful page Sujata! Being an Indian ,happy to learn from you about OERu experiences in India.--Balqis_Thaahaveettil 21:19, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi, I am working on a resource on Problem based learning. Problem Based Learningand would like to get suggestions from you. --Ravi limaye 18:09, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

## Patrice Prusko Torcivia

I am an instructor with SUNY Empire State College. I teach for the Center for Distance Learning and International Programs. I currently teach primarily in Panama but have also taught in our Prague, Dominican Republic, and Lebanon programs. We use a blended model where we travel to Panama and work face to face with the students for a week, they work online for 8 weeks and we then return for a week face to face. I am interested in using wikis for international collaborations and to increase access to education. I am also a PhD candidate doing research on women studying STEM. I am looking forward to this workshop and working with all of you!

Welcome Patrice. Great to have another OERu anchor partner join this workshop. Your extensive experience in blended and distance learning in an international context will be very useful in the open learning design process of the pilot courses. So far I have discovered the wiki is the best tool for collaboration on such scale.Playnice nz 20:28, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
Hi Patrice. Nice to meet you. Your research regarding women and STEM studies sounds very interesting. It would be great to learn more about it. I am currently exploring possibilities for collaboration in the Dominican Republic. Do you still have contacts in the island? I am planning on going there this summer and it would be great to meet other educator workers that are working in the field of Open Education and Innovation. Alfonso Sintjago 17:40, 15 February 2012 (US Central)

Hi Alfonso-Yes, Alfonso, we still have contacts in the Dominican Republic. The director of our Latin American Programs, Lorette Calix, is also in this workshop. I would suggest you contact her and see if you can get together this summer. We use elluminate to connect our students in the Dominican Republic, Panama and the US with guest speakers and have been using Google Docs and blogs for collaboration. I am looking to see how we can use wikis. What type of collaborations are you looking to do? Our courses primarily focus on business and marketing. I would love to talk more about my research related to women and STEM!

Hi Alfonso! We'd be happy to hear from you. You can write to me at Lorette.Calix@esc.edu

Hi Patrice ,Glad to have you here and learn from your experiences with OERu.Greetings from India.--Balqis_Thaahaveettil 21:47, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi, I am working on a resource on Problem based learning. Problem Based Learningand would like to get suggestions from you. --Ravi limaye 18:09, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

## Sabarish

Hai all,

I am teacher and teacher trainer from Kerala. I hope 'WE' can do much for our children.

Sabarish 18:26, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

Welcome to the WE community Sabarish. We are all here beacuse we want to build a better furutre and together 'WE' will make a difference. Playnice nz 20:34, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
Welcome to the WE family Sabarish .Wish you a wonderful workshop ahead.It's nice to know that we are from the same place .Feel free to ask your doubtsBalqis Thaahaveettil

## Sharon Casey

Hi My name is Sharon Casey. I am a Reference and Instruction Librarian at CCBC Dundalk in Baltimore, Maryland. I'm hoping to become more comfortable with wiki's.

Warm welcome Sharon. Great to see a librarian join us.Playnice nz 20:47, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
Hi Sharon. Welcome to the WikiEducator family. I'm told that Maryland has the best crab cakes in your part of the world. Would that be true? --Wayne Mackintosh 20:47, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

I'm not sure if I'm supposed to answer that question here, but yes everyone loves Maryland crab cakes. I can't say first hand becauseI am a vegetarian.

## Kathleen Stone

Greetings! My name is Kathleen Stone. I am a Coordinator of Curriculum and Instructional Design at SUNY Empire State College's Center for Distance Learning. I primarily work with the Science, Math, and Technology area of study on course revisions and new course development. I participate on the Learning Resources taskforce at the college. As part of the taskforce I am currently taking David Wiley's "Introduction to Openness in Education" open course and this seemed like a great compliment to that! Trying to learn all I can about open education.

Wow, we have and impressive team from ESC joining the workshop. Welcome Kathleen, pleasure to meet you online in WikiEducator. Yes David's course is great. I'm keen for the OERu partnership to develop an elective course on open education. With smart design and the remix advantage OER provides, I'm very keen to have a Master's degree elective as well as an undergraduate (e.g third-year level) option for incorporation into the OERu's inaugural credential - -eg a specialization stream for the Bachelor of General Studies in "tertiary Teaching" or "vocational education". Many vocational educators around the world are keen to upgrade qualifications and achieve their first degree. It would be great to include an open education elective. --Wayne Mackintosh 20:45, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

Thank you for the welcome! I was also happy to see many of us from ESC taking this course. I am new to the college and extremely excited about getting involved with the OER movement! I see this as something that has the potential to radically transform education. --Kstone 21:09, 21 February 2012 (UTC)

Hello, I am a Researcher based in India, in webbased collabarative learning environments. It is great to learn wikiskills through the creativity of peers and the inputs given by the workshop. I would like to learn from your experience. --Ravi limaye 09:28, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Wikiworkshops are great. One gets ideas and wants to implement them, one also learns from peer's creative efforts. I am working on a resource on Problem based learning. Problem Based Learningand would like to get suggestions from you. --Ravi limaye 18:09, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Nice to meet you Ravi! I am slowly making my way through the course. Feeling a little behind. I feel fortunate for the opportunity to learn about wiki's in such dynamic way. I have been trying to decide on what kind of project to get involved with here. What do you have in mind for your Problem-based learning project? Have you started a page for it yet? --Kstone 21:09, 21 February 2012 (UTC)

Yes, my page on PoBL ( problem Based learning) is Problem Based Learning --Ravi limaye 12:38, 22 February 2012 (UTC)


## Michele Ogle

I'm taking this workshop to learn more about working in Wikis, and about open resources and licensing. I work in online education and would like to make use of open resources.

Hi Michele. You've definitely come to the right place to learning more about collaborative development of OER. Welcome! --Wayne Mackintosh 21:16, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

## Richard Collecutt

Hi, I am a tutor and also a Moodle administrator for NorthTec, Whangarei. I am always looking for new ways to engage students in learning environments.

Welcome Richard, your knowledge and experience with Moodle and the web as well as academic background will be very valuable to the WE communiy and useful when we work on different ways to integrate wiki resources into Moodle or other web based learning environments. Playnice nz 22:58, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
Kia ora Richard. Another OERu founding anchor partner representative! Welcome to the WikiEducator family. As Moodle admin, you may be interested in taking a look at how we use iframes to integrate WikiEducator content in Moodle (and other LMS) -- see help instructions here. With a little "intelligent" Javascript removes redundant wiki navigation in the delivery site. Very effective for collaborative development of learning materials using one source with detailed version control, but the flexibility for teaching distinct student cohorts. --Wayne Mackintosh 22:55, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

## Susan Fall

My name is Susan Fall and I live in Rochester, NY.  For my final project for my M.A., I am writing a math book that will be used as a resource for a course that will be offered through WikiEducator in the Fall; the course is entitled A Mathematical Journey.  I am taking this training to learn how to enter and edit the sections of my book.

Greetings from New Zealand Susan. Wow that's going to be an amazing project for your M.A. Apart from your learning in gaining this post-graduate credential, your outputs will help thousands of learners worldwide who will be taking OERu courses. Thank you for your contribution! I must compliment ESC for combining formal study and the real world of OER collaborative development. --Wayne Mackintosh 00:09, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

## Lorette Pellettiere Calix

Hello all! I, too, am from SUNY/Empire State College International Programs. I am an instructor (Management courses) and am also the Program Director for ESC's programs in Panama and the Dominican Republic. We are always looking for ways to connect our students and this looks like another good tool. I used wikis several years ago, but never seemed to achieve much enthusiasm from the students. I'm hoping knowing more about how to use wikis will help me better introduce it to the students.

Hi Lorette! Welcome to the WikiEducator family. I think ESC is going to become a global hub for peer collaboration, OER and wiki technology. Very pleased to have you with us. --Wayne Mackintosh 00:51, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

## Betty Hurley-Dasgupta

Hello, everyone! I am thrilled to join my colleagues from Empire State College in this workshop. I am currently the Interim Associate Dean at our Center for Distance Learning, but will be returning in July to my role as mentor/coordinator in mathematics. Susan Fall, one of my mentees, has introduced herself already and her project (creating OER materials to use in ESC's prototype course for OERu)is the culmination of her masters degree in liberal studies. She continues to inspire me and, along with the OERu project, keeps me excited about being involved in education. To me, WikiEducator provides an opportunity to engage with a global community of learners.

Hi Betty. Glad you could join us. We continue to be inspired by ESC's model and commitment to the values of open education. It's a privilege to be working with New York's open university in designing and developing the OERu 2012 prototype courses. --Wayne Mackintosh 01:25, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Hello, everyone. My name is Mary Guadrón and I teach Nursing at SUNY Empire State College. I am looking forward to working with all of you - and learning how to build OERs. Thank you, WikiEducator!

Hi Mary. Great to meet you in WikiEducator. There may be opportunities for WikiNeighbours on this course working in the area of Nursing and Midwifery to connect and share experiences and possibly some OER collaboration? --Wayne Mackintosh 01:50, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

## Wanda Jackson

Well hello there! What a varied bunch! Great to see a few other instructional designers / developers and lots of other New Zealanders.

Like Niki, I've been hanging around Wikieducator for a while, but more as an absorber/observer than a creator. About time I contributed something!!!

Looking forward to the rest of the workshop.

Kia ora Wanda. Welcome. Judging by our international experience the "absorbers / observers" very often make the best contributors. Be warned -- our WikiEducator family is addictive :-). --Wayne Mackintosh 02:48, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

## Mara Kaufmann

Greetings from another SUNY Empire State College nursing faculty member. I was prodded into joining this course by my dear colleague Mary and I am grateful for the opportunity to participate with all of you and tease her as I told her I would write this here. I enjoy learning about and using technology in engaging and interacting with my students and colleagues and this OER on Wikieducator fuels my social justice leanings. I type slowly and feel to be in suspended animation sometimes but I will plod along as I master the newness of this environment. My prodding friend is a good teacher and will come to my call for help. Until we meet again here .....good night!   Mara

Hi Mara. The work of the WikiEducator family and the OER Foundation is underpinned by a strong value commitment to social justice. You've come to the right place :-) Slow typing will position you well as a reflective wiki learner :-)--Wayne Mackintosh 03:41, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

## Audi Matias

Hola! I’m afraid to say this but I, too, am from SUNY Empire State College. I am a new faculty/mentor and teach science at the Center for Distance Learning. My background is in geology and part of my interest is science education at the informal and formal setting. I am looking forward to learning more about the WikiEducator project as well as working with wikis and OERs.

Hi Audi. Amazing! I think ESC is breaking a new record for the highest number of participants from a single institution in the history of our +120 Learning4Content workshops. Well done!. Looking forward to sharing experiences in science teaching the wiki way. --Wayne Mackintosh 03:43, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

## Harbans Singh

Each journey begins with a single step. The significance of this step lies in the fact that objective of free access to the sum of human knowledge to knowledge citizens lies in the small desktop server started in 2006 . This has inspired me to become capable to promote the cause of WE to have meaningful retirement. It is extraordinarily nice to me as non educator to participate in this workshop to learn Media wiki skill ----Harbans Singh 04:39, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Dear Harbans -- Thank you for your inspirational words. Your dedication as a retired professional demonstrates the potential for volunteers to continue supporting learners worldwide while enhancing retirement. Namaste! --Wayne Mackintosh 04:48, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

## Fiona Coffey

Hi I am looking forward to become more technically savy especially in my role as a student practice facilitator. I live in New Zealand and work for Otago Polytechnic with Jade but with the Wellington cohort of midwifery students.

## Liz Archer

Hi! All.

I am from the University of South Africa and while I have been using Wikis for qutie a while, I usually did not contribute. I am here to learn more about the power of wikis to facilitate collaboration and OER.

Hi Liz. A very warm welcome to another OERu anchor partner, Unisa is Africa's largest university and in fact the first single-mode distance education university. The "North" had to come to Africa to see how to implement distance education on scale with Unisa predating the foundation of the British Open university by 2 decades! I sense that Unisa is revisiting its pioneering and leadership role with OER --Wayne Mackintosh 08:56, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

## Balqis Thaahaveettil

Hello Educators,

Greetings to all :-). I am a college certified lecturer from India ,passionate in teaching Online and interested in collaboration .I have passed the national eligibility test to teach at colleges and secondary level.I have worked as a teacher educator and trainer at teacher training college,giving lectures in educational psychology at graduate level.I am also tutoring A level students in UK.I also have an experience of teaching K 12 section and would like to get to know about the recent changes in the higher education scenario. This Wiki Educator is one of my favourite places online since I joined it in the last L4C workshop.It has fascinated me since then through its ability to help us collaborate ,share and know educators with a helping mind .Above all it will really make us feel the healthy competitive spirit through its User Page Expo and Skill levels.You can take a sneek peek at my page here.All new members can have a look at thishelp page if they ever got stuck.I wish myself and everybody here a very useful and creative workshop ahead

Hi, I appreciate the good work you are doing related to open source. Your page has always inspired me for its creativity. --Ravi limaye 04:03, 17 February 2012 (UTC)
Thank you for these encouraging words,Ravi Limaye.You have been a good supporter always. Balqis Thaahaveettil 22:32, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

Wikiworkshops are great. One gets ideas and wants to implement them, one learns from peer's creative efforts. I am working on a resource on Problem based learning. Problem Based Learning and would like to get suggestions from you. I was wondering how interactivity can be added using WizIQ to make it live. --Ravi limaye 18:09, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Yes Ravi limaye,wiziq is a wonderful platform to teach online. You can definitely check it out . I can't assure that all most all the real class room implications of the theory ( constructivism) of Problem Based Learning would work well in a virtual setting like wiziq because most of the web 2.0 class rooms bases on the lecture demonstration methods even though they integrate technology to the classrooms to a great extent .The viability of its usage depends upon the instructional designs and strategies that you are going to implement through your classes ..no matter what the theory(traditional or constructivist ) is !And Finally, the only difficulty is that it is not an licensed under open source and if you are trying to make your project under OER ,then it is better to opt for open source which is best in the long run ! Balqis Thaahaveettil 22:39, 19 February 2012 (UTC)

## Bhole K G

Hi I am Associate professor at physics in Vaze College, Mumbai, India. I am also working as coordinator for distance education programmes. I like reading, writing. I got attracted to this wiki and continued to spread its information to my friends. It will be nice to have interaction with you all

Welcome Bhole, its a good platform to share ideas, experiences and our emotions. I am also an associate professor in English. more you can find in Mamun Barbhuiya

Hi, I am working on a resource on Problem based learning. Problem Based Learningand would like to get suggestions from you. --Ravi limaye 18:08, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

## Kevin Bell

Hi everyone. Sorry to be a little late to the party - we've got a lot going on here in Southern New Hampshire at the moment. I, and hopefully one of my colleagues, will be getting up to speed today / tomorrow and will be borderline competent before we know it. If you haven't heard of SNHU, we're all particularly excited this week to have been featured as one of FAST Company magazine's Most Innovative 50. Apologies to global members - the list is a tad Ameri-centric. It also gives me WIKI practice at making a link (to the FAST company magazine article)
I look forward to collaborating with you all.

Hi Kevin. Great to have you on board - -welcome! SNHU deserves to be excited about your top 50 accolade! I've taken the liberty to share the good news with our OER networks to internationalise the news. Well done. Our wiki course has been designed for folk to catch-up -- the first few days are focused on helping participants become familiar with the environment -- Next week we start with "real" wiki editing. --Wayne Mackintosh 04:26, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

## Michele Forte

Michele Forte Type your intro here ... Hi everyone! I am also a new mentor here at Empire State College SUNY. It is very exciting to be a part of this collaborative learning space!

Hi Michele, great to have you on board. We're more than happy to "re-brand" this workshop as the ESC Learning4Content workshop :-). Its refreshing to see the enthusiasm from colleagues at ESC joining this workshop in large numbers! --Wayne Mackintosh 04:28, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

## Heriberto Valdez Bonilla

I'm so happy in participating in this workshop, because I want to encourage my students in the educational use of the Web. My problem was that my knowledge about how to achieve such goal was elementary. I hope not only to learn new skills, but to become a part of an educator's net in order to have as many resources to apply in my work and as many friends as I could meet in this wonderful community, and of course, you also can count on me!

## Pramod Kumar T.K.

--Pramod Kumar T.K. 10:27, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

A very good day to you. I am presently functioning as Assistant Director(Academic) at National Institute of Open Schooling,India. We are involved in the development of OER for our vocational courses. If you want to know more about me click on the link http://wikieducator.org/User:Pramodkumartk

Dear Pramod, indeed a privilege to have a member from the world's largest open school! I hope you enjoy the workshop and look forward to hearing more about your experiences in developing OER for open schools. --Wayne Mackintosh
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04:40, 15 February 2012 (UTC)Thanks a lot....Hope to learn from all....Pramod Kumar T.K.

I am a Researcher in webbased collabarative learning environments. It is great to learn wikiskills through the creativity of peers and the inputs given by the workshop. I would love to learn from your experience. I liked your page. --Ravi limaye 09:10, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Thanks... I have learned a lot from your user page. I saw you very active in many areas.It shall be a pleasure getting inputs from your side. --Pramod Kumar T.K. 10:27, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

Hello ,
You have a wonderful page ! It is great to have another Indian here .Hope to collaborate and learn in future through WE .Best wishes in advance!--Balqis Thaahaveettil 22:03, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Nanni.....--Pramod Kumar T.K. 10:27, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

Wikiworkshops are great. One gets ideas and wants to implement them, one learns from peer's creative efforts. I am working on a resource on Problem based learning. Problem Based Learning and would like to get suggestions from you. --Ravi limaye 18:09, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi All. I am currently on Canada's West Coast. I work as an educator at the Sunshine Coast Alternative School, in School District 46, Sunshine Coast. This is a rural area just north of Vancouver British Columbia.

## Dan Companion

What a terrific place to find, I am an adult student with limited financial resources. I currently live in Atlanta, GA; I have a passion for helping others to learn. Our world needs to bring together a place where anyone can pursue a dream through education. Currently, the internet has amazing sources for intellectual property sharing; however, it is still unstructured and confusing to many. I am looking forward to working with such an ambitious group of individuals. My strengths are in business management and would love to share whatever knowledge that I have acquired and learn so much more from this site.

## Eileen O'Connor

Hi, folks.   Great to meet so many people from around the world and to see the growing interest in sharing what we know across borders and boundaries.  I have been in science as a career from the 1970's and moved into computers at IBM in the 1980's  - mostly product management and marketing, but I learned what computers can do and am fearless with learning more, with very little formal training.   From about 1990 on, I moved into bringing science and technology to soon-to-be science teachers.   My program at Empire State College (of the State University of New York) trains science teachers for uban and high-needs settings.

I use technologies in my teaching as often as I can - I teach online.   My students make websites (in Google), create YouTubes of their teaching, and meet in virtual spaces (Second Life but I am trying to learn open-source 3d so that I can work around the cost and have more control).   I was thankful that Betty at Empire passed along the info about his course, because I would like to create my own wikis and to work on wiki content with others.  And, I wanted to be on the other side of an online course.   This will be a great experience.  Nice to meet you . . . at a distance.  Eileen

## SATISH

I am Dr. Satish, done my M.Sc, M.Phil and PhD (discipline: Biotechnology)from Gulbarga University, Gulbarga, Karnataka, India. Presently I am working as Assistant Director,Distance Education Council, Got. of India, New Delhi. Earlier I was Research Office (Scientific) and Incharge of Yoga Research, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, an autonomous body of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, New Delhi (from 2008-2011). Earlier to this from 2003 to 2007 I also worked as Guest Lecturer at Dept. of Biotechnology, Gulbarga University,Gulbarga,Karnataka, India.

## Jonas Backelin

My name is Jonas Backelin and I'm from Sweden, but working with the eduToolkit organisation in Balchik on the Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria. I would like to develop our next course Certified Networked Teacher - The use of Web-Tools with as an online course on WikiEducator.
Hi Jonas, hope you are surviving the bad winter and looking forward to the spring and summer :-). I lived in Balchik for a couple of years while working in Albena as Training and Development manger in the late 90s. Your WikiEducator projects look interesting will promote to my colleagues.--Vasi Doncheva 20:46, 29 February 2012 (UTC)