Tuvalu/L4C Workshop

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Participants from the 1st workshop
Tioata, Teagai, Fanoiga and Katalina working on OLPCs at L4C workshop November 2008. More photos at Leigh's flickr
Leigh and Setapu working on a page
L4C Group 1

Brent Simpson was originally to give this workshop. Brent is a very experienced Wiki user and taught me everything I know. I'm sorry he couldn't come to Tuvalu, I know he was really looking forward to it. I hope the Tuvaluans will have the chance to bring him another time - he is especially helpful to people who are ready to learn advanced editing skills.

In this workshop I will take you through editing basics from what is a wiki to how to add images and make links. For those who have not used computers before, this will be a tough little ride, but well worth it. For those who are familiar with computers and the Internet, I am sure you will find this interesting and rewarding.

I hope as many as possible will continue to use wikis after this workshop, and not just the Wikieducator. I hope you will see the great potential for Tuvalu's position in the world with projects like the Tuvalu page in wiki travel, the creation of a Tuvaluan Wikipedia, creation of text books on Wikibooks and Wikijunior, and of course - education plans and resources on Wikieducator and Wikiversity. This workshop will give you the fundamental skills for creating content on all these wiki projects.

Good luck --Leighblackall 21:01, 1 December 2008 (UTC)

What is a wiki?

And here are a few English Wiki-Tuvalua/Pasifika things we have found:

What is free and open media?

And here is a range of free and open media about Tuvalu:

Create user pages

Create a user page on Wikieducator and use it as your own personal web page.

  • Try to create page sections. Remember 1 equals sign is a main section, 2 is a sub section, 3 is a sub sub section, and so on.
  • Include a short bio, and image of yourself, or something that might represent you.
  • Idea notes for OER.. perhaps Tuvaluan points of difference?
  • Links to Wikipedia articles of interest to you, your colleague's User Pages, and the Tuvalu main page.
  • Try to use bold and italic text.

Sign contracts

We need to sign contracts for the workshop. After we have created User Pages we will copy the text of the Contract and paste it as a subpage to our User Page. Then we will click the signature button and generate a PDF for faxing to the Commonwealth of Learning.

Create Open Educational Resources (OER)

Consider copyright

Consider the usefulness of OER to education around the world. Get to know the Creative Commons copyright licenses, and in particular the CC BY and the CC BY SA. You can find open and reusable media to make OERs at the following sites:

Create OER

Create a subpage for your own OER, ensuring that all the text and media you use has the necessary copy rights to be an legitimate OER. Give the page a descriptive name. You are to develop this OER and when ready, copy it to a subpage on the Tuvalu Wikieducator page. My suggestion is to consider Tuvalu's points of difference and create OER based on that, however I'm sure many people will want to stay with standard K12 curriculum developments too. Either is fine of course. In your OER page please try to include as many of the following as you can:

  1. Page sections
  2. A dot point list
  3. A numbered list
  4. Bold text
  5. Italic text
  6. An internal link
  7. An external link
  8. An image
  9. Your signature

Remember to use the Help tutorials if you are uncertain.

First workshop notes


  1. --Sieniene 00:03, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  2. --Mfinauga 00:15, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  3. --Taukave 00:18, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  4. --Terykiai 00:50, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  5. --Tefelo 00:20, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  6. --Penehuro 00:23, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  7. --Ffalasa 00:25, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  8. --Betty vave 00:25, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  9. --Evotia 00:27, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  10. --Jesatl 00:27, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  11. --Elle Faleasiu 00:29, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  12. --Teagai 00:29, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  13. --Leighblackall 00:30, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  14. --Mrhauma 00:32, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  15. --JoeVusoniua 02:57, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  16. --Teimana 03:01, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  17. --Tvave 03:08, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  18. --Vtovia 04:23, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  19. --Temukisah 23:39, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  20. --Katalina 04:13, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

Second workshop notes


  1. --Leighblackall 03:43, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
  2. --Joenaroba 03:47, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
  3. --Terykiai 22:41, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
  4. --Pugasia 03:50, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
  5. --Jesatl 03:56, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
  6. --Jeku 04:00, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
  7. --Lakera 04:00, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
  8. --Bindoz 04:03, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
  9. --Ptaomia 04:05, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
  10. --Naki 04:06, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
  11. --Villan 04:09, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
  12. --Ffimalani 04:09, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
  13. --LedVusoniua 23:31, 30 November 2008 (UTC)
  14. --MKH 04:13, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
  15. --Katalina 04:17, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
  16. --Vtovia 04:20, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
  17. --Elle Faleasiu 05:32, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
  18. --Sieniene 21:49, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
  19. --Tvave 21:50 28 November 2008 (UTC)


2 L4C workshops were held in the Government Building of Tuvalu, on Funafuti Island from 25 November to 2 December 2008, with each day starting at 8am and finishing at 4pm. The workshops were conducted by Leigh Blackall and were sponsored by the Hewlet Foundation, Wikieducator, The Commonwealth of Learning, and Otago Polytechnic. The Tuvalu Department of Education hosted the workshops, coordinated by Lapana and Katalina.

A total of 18 people completed the first workshopp, and 19 the second. Participants ranged from primary and secondary teachers from the Islands of Tuvalu, through Department of Education administrators, a local ICT business person, a trainer at the Tuvalu Maritime School, an agent from the Tuvalu Association of Non Government Organisations, and agents from the Department of Environment.

Most participants achieved Wikieducator's Apprentice Level 1, and some achieved Level 2. All participants created a User Page on Wikieducator that included a photo and bio information with page sections and links to subages for their signed L4C Contracts and at least 1 open educational resource as per L4C contract requirements.

Most participants focused their OER efforts on the Tuvalu Education Curriculum with emphasis on foundation level maths, English, business and economics, agriculture and Tuvalu studies. Some participants went further in initiating proposal documents for new curriculum, as well as a school website on the Wikieductor site.

OLPCs where used in the workshop, which created some difficulties for the facilitator and the technical adminstrator. Internet connection was mostly usable, with only one day being seriously affected by continuous loss in connectivity. As well as the reliability of the Satellite connection in Funafuti, the OLPCs were very inconsistant in holding the wireless signal in the room. Further information about the experience of using OLPCs in these workshops can be found on http://learnonline.wordpress.com/2008/12/01/my-experience-with-olpc-in-tuvalu/

Over all the workshop was a success, especially for those who attended both. With the level of computing experience evident in some of the participants, coupled with difficulties in using the OLPCs and the intermitant connectivity, it seemed as though the full 2 workshops were needed by several of the participants before demonstrating a reasonable level of independent confidence with basic MediaWiki editing.

--Leighblackall 02:43, 3 December 2008 (UTC)