My Wiki Activities
This Tectonic Shift Think Tank will bring together an international group of thought leaders and practitioners to identify the transformation opportunities for Mediawiki and related FLOSS technologies for eLearning using free cultural works for Education.
Building on the phenomenal success of the "wiki way" for open content authoring, this group will explore how to make the future happen. We will present concrete proposals to move wiki technology in education from a play pen for connected Web 2.0 junkies to a serious mainstream contender for widening access to education across the world. We will place particular emphasis on the sustainable development of free cultural works for education in support of the realisation of the millennium development goals.
In working towards the vision of a free education curriculum by 2015, COL in collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry of Education is hosting a capacity building and strategy workshop to launch a Pacific Chapter of the FLOSS4Edu initiative.
FLOSS4Edu (Free/Libre and Open Source Software for Education) is a rapidly growing Commonwealth initiative to tackle the dire shortage of free knowledge for education, and to build capacity in the use of free software tools for educators. WikiEducator's FLOSS4Edu project strives to build a thriving community of teachers sharing knowledge to widen access to quality learning opportunities. This workshop aims to ensure that the Pacific region can engage as equal partners in our information society leveraging the potential of relevant and accessible technologies.
COL in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is using WikiEducator to develop free content, and to promote skills and literacy using Web 2.0 technologies. African educators worked with free content donated by the College of the Rockies, British Columbia, Canada to localise for the African context at a workshop hosted by the University of Education,Winneba, Ghana.