Wikieducator workshop L4C34 at Gargi College, New Dehi India, conducted by Dr. Gita Mathur
I was the coordinator of the workshop on L4C34 held at Gargi College, New Delhi , facilitator being Dr Gita Mathur. Apart from the two of us, our organising committee consisted of Dr Sheela Kumari (Physical education), Ms. Arshmeet Kaur(Mathematics) and Ms. Romita Popli(Commerce). It was a very memorable experience. As soon as the participants logged in they got message from Mr Anil Prasad and you. Thanks for the constant encouragement. Soon after registering they could see what collaborative content development meant. Your box was also appreciated by everyone.
The workshop was very successful from all aspects. Though some of the participants (very few) had an idea about wikieducator detailed information could be obtained only through this workshop. Hats off to the wikieducator developers and our dear Dr Gita Mathur for arranging such a wonderful inhouse workshop. Since the group was of our own colleagues it was full of fun working with them. I also had signed in and learnt some syntax before the starting of the workshop and could help the participants on the first day. The second day of the workshop was only on hands on session and all our participants really enjoyed it.
Everyone liked the concept - having your own web page (though a bit of apprehension about somebody meddling with their page). And most of us being college teachers soon thought of using it for the benefit of our students. It is directly relevant to us. The speakers were wonderful. Everyone had something different to share. Dr. Savitri Singh very nicely exposed us to the concept of wikieducator and the free software linux. It was a nice gesture of hers to have spent time with us inspite of her busy schedule. Dr Sreedher enlightened about CEMCA, its functioning and the easy now which of course warrants a separate workshop. Dr Sreedher was there on two days and this boosted the morale of the organising committee. It was really an honour for us. Mr Bhushan's interactive session was highly absorbing, very thought provoking and of course highly interactive. He made us realise the importance of Linux and we all soon agreed to form a LInux users group at our college. Ms Lakshmi (NISCAIR) gave us a very important piece of information - that on important websites which were of complete relevance to the science departments. She also spent the whole day with us. Dr. Gita Mathur was full of excitement giving very well planned, well organised talks and helping in hands on sessions. I am thankful to her for roping me into the committee. In fact this gave me a very good experience in organising and conducting a workshop.
The apprehensions of the participants slowly started fading as the speakers presented their talks and answered their queries. Our own principal madam Dr Meera Ramachandran aptly summarised the wikieducator concept; she is very enthusiastic about it and alwasy supports such causes which lead to academic development of the faculty. After the workshop all our participants are willing to continue with wikieducator content development. Thanks again for all your support.