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Contact-new.svg Martin Buck
Employer:Camosun College
Country:Flag of Canada.svgCanada
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This user was certified a Wiki Apprentice Level 2 by Rcsharma .
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Hi. My name is Martin Buck. Below a few words of introduction.

My Home

I live on southern Vancouver Island on the west coast of North America in the province of British Columbia, Canada.

My Livlihood

I work in Victoria, BC at Camosun College where I have been a faculty member since 1987. I am currently instructing computer studies and math online as a member of the Community Learning Partnerships Department which is part of the School of Access. Before that I was a secondary school instructor teaching English, French and Computer Studies.

My Vocational and Academic Passions

Over the course of my career I have been an active participant in and evaluator of the use of educational technology to help faculty, staff and students gain digital literacy skills. I seek to help make a positive difference in the communities where I am invited to be.

In 1995 arising out of a Master in Education thesis project, I began Learning Webs, a project to develop and deliver online instructional materials for Adult Basic Education students. These were delivered in an online electronic schoolhouse combined with face-to-face instruction, in partnership with local community learning centres. As of 2009 they included the Songhees Employment Learning Centre, Saanich Adult Education Centre, Victoria Native Friendship Centre, Bridges for Women and Literacy Victoria. As a member of the project leadership team of the South Island Learning Community (funded by the Canadian government's Office of Learning Technologies from 2005 - 2008), I helped introduce digital learning skills to these communities.

After over a decade creating online content, first in <HTML>, then WebCT, Moodle, Desire-2-Learn and MyMath Lab/MathXL; I have become a WikiEducator convert. I'm in the process of moving my Adult Basic Education (adult upgrading) curriculum to Adult Basic Education here at WikiEducator.

Personal Passions

These include my family, reading, restoration of older motor vehicles and sport aviation. I have started to build a Zenith CH-801 aircraft[1].

Official website address

The Learning4Content Project

As part of the Learning4Content Project, I have been asked to demonstrate some Mediawiki skills.

Apprentice Level 1

To achieve this level I have demonstrate some basic WikiEducator skills such as

  • registering for an account
  • completing the Newbie Survey
  • creating a WikiEducator user page.

Evidence for Workshop Learning Contract

I have demonstrated the following:

  • use of bold
  • use of italics
  • headings and sub-headings (see above)
  • lists (you are looking at one)

Explaining the Wiki Concept to a Friend

I have done that several times, most recently at an workshop I attended. A good resource on What is a Wiki for those with the appropriate bandwidth is available at

Apprentice Level 2

For this level I have to demonstrate some basic editing skills including

  • External links using a "pipe". This is a funny phrase. I assume it means a link to another page that is hyperlinked from some text, rather than just the hyperlink itself. An example would be to my own web page Camosun Faculty Website
  • Internal links using a "pipe". An example would be to the curriculum I'm putting online at Adult Basic Education.
  • Creating new pages. See the internal link above.
  • Uploading images. See the example at the top of this page as well as in the curriculum above.

The evidence requested for this level is either on this page or at Adult Basic Education.

As with most wiki pages, this is a work in progress . . .

Notes from my Wikineighbours

(Comment.gif: Dear Martin, Hope you are reading the instructions on wiki skills. In case of any help needed, donot hesitate to ask for help. You can either email me or leave a message on my page. Warm Wishes. --Ramesh Sharma 19:42 30 July 2010 (UTC))

(Comment.gif: Dear John, Greetings. Have you decided on which optional community service (learning contract) project you would like to work on? Best wishes --Ramesh Sharma 15:16 26 July 2010 (UTC) )

(Comment.gif: Dear Martin, Great progress! You are definitely on your way of becoming a WikiMaster --Ramesh Sharma 20:36 23 July 2010 (UTC))

80px-Wikineighbour V2.pngHi Martin, I'm your WikiNeighbour. You might be interested to meet more wiki-colleagues. Please let me know if I can be of any help to you. Gladys Gahona.--chela5808 04:22, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Welcome from a Canadian colleague Randy Fisher 23:34, 13 July 2010 (UTC))

(Comment.gif: Dear Martin, I welcome you to this eL4C41 Online workshop. I am your facilitator. Enjoy this workshop and donot hesitate to ask for help. You can either email me or leave a message on my page. Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 18:30, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

(Comment.gif: Welcome Martin. I am one of the co-facilitators for Group D. You are also welcome to contact me if you require assistance. Cheers ) --jennip 03:23, 23 July 2010 (UTC)