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Email containing instructions for Day 9

Kia ora

First an apology for not posting instructions to the list yesterday. Through a user error -- I corrupted my operating system and lost the functionality of my graphic user interface. So I had a busy day retrieving data and getting my notebook up and running again. As a result -- I was not able to connect to the workshop.

Anyway - -thanks to the flexibility of a wiki online workshop -- I've shifted Day 9 to Tuesday.


Today we will consider options for working off line and converting existing documents into wiki syntax. This is a useful feature, particularly if you want to convert existing materials for sharing on WikiEducator.

You will find the instructions for Day 9 on our course homepage:

After the close of business tomorrow, I'll announce the participant who has gained the most edits for this workshop and check on your wiki certifications.

Have fun!


Email containing instructions for Day 8

Kia ora

I see quite a few User pages taking shape in the wiki -- I'm impressed. Folk still need to practice their images :-) In the near future I suspect we may see a growing number of Kiwis receiving our global Community Userpage Expo (UPE) award:

Today we'll have a look at how you can leave a message on the talk page in the wiki. Have a bash and leave a message for one of the course participants. You will find the instructions on our course homepage:

Remember that I wikk register participants on our OERNZ discussion list on google groups ( If you have anything specific you would like to ask pertaining to our national collaboration to build an OER commons for New Zealand -- this is a good place to ask.

Next week we'll take things easy and I'll show you a cool feature to convert existing lesson plans or resources you may have into wiki syntax for sharing among teachers.

They say that sharing is caring :-) and have a great weekend.



Email containing instructions for Day 7

Hi everyone

Congratulations to the participants who are well on their way to achieving their 2nd wiki certification. Most folk just need to practice how to insert and manipulate images. This is about as difficult as wiki editing gets. Leigh has been posting good questions on a doable wiki project. Do take a look:

Many educators are concerned about the open editing in wikis. Today we will learn how you can monitor edits and how to revert edits.

A side note for anyone who may have fallen a little behind, don't give up, the finishing line is in sight! Besides, today is a little more relaxed so use this time to catch up on images. To be fair, images are perhaps the most complicated aspect in the wiki because it involves uploading files to the WikiEducator server. Once you have mastered images you are well on your way to achieving success!

You'll find a link to the instructions for Day 7 from our course homepage:

As you know, these workshops are part of our national collaboration to build an OER commons for New Zealand. This is a project designed by Kiwi teachers for Kiwi teachers. Feel free to download copies of OERNZ News and help spread the word among colleagues and friends at your individual schools:

Today, I'll also register you on the OERNZ mailing list -- this a good way to keep up to date with what is happening with the OERNZ project. Its a low traffic list, but remember you can always unsubscribe at any time.

Cheers Wayne

Email containing instructions for Day 6

Kia ora

Today you will learn how to upload and manipulate images in WikiEducator. After completing today's activities you can qualify for your 2nd community Wiki certification.

You will find the instructions to the activities for Day 6 on the course home page:

If you have missed out on a day or two's activities -- not too worry. This is a flexible workshop and all the activities and course materials are accessible from the course page. If you can find an hour or two, you should quite easily be able to catch up and join the leaders board for the highest number of edits during the workshop :-)

As you know, WikiEducator is a free content project - - therefore we can only use images which use open content licenses. (You can read more about free content here: .)

I recommend that when you are practising the upload of images -- choose a photograph which you took. This means you can legally license the content under an open content license. You will asked to choose a license and select a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) or Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license (CC-BY-SA). We don't have enough time in the workshop to cover all the detail on licensing -- that's for an intermediate level course. It will make sense when you try uploading an image.

Have fun and I look forward to awarding your next WikiEducator certification!



Email containing instructions for Day 5

Kia ora

The start of another great day (very wet in Dunedin but its been pretty dry of late). I see that our cohort are making good progress and folk are starting to post questions and ideas in the wiki discussions :-)

  • Congratulations to those participants who now have the WikiEducator community kudos and status of a Level 1 WikiApprentice :-) Do you have a wiki certification yet?
  • Leigh Hynes is leading our edit rankings for this workshop with Ivana, Jonathan, Lynda and Che off to a good start. Well done !

The idea is to use the skills we learn each day to add information to your user pages. Visit the participant list page and click on the User page links to see what folk are doing. What is your edit count so far?


Day 5 of our workshop focuses on internal and external links and how to create a new page in the wiki. You'll find a link to the instructions for Day 5 on our course home page:

We all have busy schedules, and if you've fallen a little behind - don't worry. It's pretty easy to catch up. If you have any questions feel free to post these in the wiki. WE are here to help.

CU in the wiki Cheers Wayne

Email containing instructions for Day 4

Kia ora

I trust that you had a good weekend. I see that a number of participants used the opportunity to catch up after a busy week.

Today we'll start experimenting with basic wiki editing on your user page. You will learn how to format text using using bold, italics, lists headings and subheadings. The idea is that you will demonstrate these skills on your user page or sandbox and qualify for your first community certification in WikiEducator :-).

It's quite easy using the rich text editor. After today's session you will have covered the skills for your first wiki certification.

You will find a link to the instructions for Day 4 in the course material box of our home page:

CU in the wiki! Cheers Wayne

Email containing instructions for Day 3

Kia ora,

Today has been purposefully designed to create a gap for those who may need a little time to catch up on the first two days work :-).  If you've fallen a little behind, we have the advantage of the weekend to catch up. All you will need is about an hour to work through the acitivities for the first three days.

It's great to see folk introducing themselves in the wiki :-) -- Do take a look.

I see that that our Introduction page has recorded 112 page views. We have 10 particpants registered for this workshop, and judging by the number of page views, this means colleagues are reading and visiting the wiki pages :-). Don't be shy -- join in and get your feet wet. If you get stuck -- just post your question in the wiki or by reply to this email. We're here to help.


Today we will show you how edit your user preferences and ask you to complete our New user survey -- shouldn't take you more than 10 minutes. See:

Remember the best page to keep track and keep up to date with the workshop is the course homepage:

Cheers Wayne

Email containing instructions for Day 2

Kia ora everyone,

A special word of welcome to folk who joined us yesterday. You can still invite friends to join us -- shouldn't take more than 15 or 20 minutes for new arrivals to catch up -- the advantage of flexible teaching :-).

Just making sure that you'll have a copy of the instructions for Day 2 of our OERNZ workshop in your inbox. Note that all instructions are linked from our workshop home page -- . (Bookmark this page in your browser)

I see folk are making progress with the activities for Day 1 and experimenting :-). If you missed the email for Day 1 -- no worries -- you can access copies of previous email post in the wiki (see: ).

Get to know your fellow participants and read the introductions posted so far (see: ). Wiki's are about experimentation -- be bold and have a bash at posting your own intro.

Day 2 is pretty relaxed -- you will learn more about the amazing world of wikis. Your assignment for Day 2 is to post ideas and thoughts in the discussion on quality in open authoring systems. You'll find step-by-step instructions for Day 2 listed on the course schedule page:

Alternatively, you can access the course materials directly from the home page for this workshop: .

I'll CU in the wiki :-)

Cheers Wayne

Email containing instructions for Day 1

Greetings everyone,

A very warm welcome to the 3rd OERNZ free wiki skills workshop! Together we are making open education futures happen for New Zealand. We're a small group and there is still space for educators to register. Feel free to invite a colleague or friend from your school or institution to join you --- its more fun when you can share experiences with local colleagues. Folk can register online here:

This is a wiki workshop, so all our instructions and activities will be conducted in WikiEducator. Each day, I will send you an email with the instructions for the day's activities which you are free to complete at your own pace and at a time which suites your personal schedule. You should be able to complete the activities assigned for each day within 20 to 30 minutes -- so this is not too onerous.

Wiki's come with a health warning -- they can be addictive, but we;re going to have lots of fun.

You will find the instructions and assignment for the first day of the workshop from the course homepage in the wiki:

Have fun and I will CU in the wiki :-)

Cheers Wayne