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December 2012

Vukasin B. Vasic (Вукашин Б Васић) is a Teacher at Nada Dimic School of Economics, Zemun at Belgrade in Serbia. He teaches ICT. He obtained his Master of Science in Economics. Basketball Club Partizan Belgrade (Кошаркашки клуб Партизан) and Football Club Partizan (Фудбалски клуб Партизан) are his favourite. See him in action at his FaceBook page. He believes in, “If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that”.

Let's congratulate him on being the UPE winner for December 2012!

November 2012


Dr. Savithri Singh is the Principal of Acharya Narendra Dev College (ANDC). She is a multi-talented Educator, WikiEducator, Administrator, Traveler, Ornithologist, and a lot more! With over 30 years of teaching experience, she is a trained Botanist. In addition, she contributes to issues on women, environment, science education - curriculum, syllabus - and free and equal access to education. She has been using Wikieducator (WE) for collaborative development of materials in a project involving IGNOU, INBAR, COL, CIBART and ANDC. She encourages research by faculty and promotes workshops for and experiment-based research projects by undergraduate students CPURT]. Her vision is Acharya Narendra Dev College to be identified as a Centre for excellence in research in the sciences. She is a member of the National Focus Group on Teaching of Science, and National Knowledge Commission – Working group on Science and Maths. She was an elected member of the First Community Council and is an Ambassador of WE in India. At present, she is involved in Bamboo and Rattan project; developing resources for undergraduate courses on WE; Pilot Elearn project of Delhi University; and Elearn project of NCERT[1] etc. She has conducted f2f L4C workshops. Old Hindi film songs of great Indian Singer Mukesh are her favourite.

Pl join us in congratulating Dr. Savithri for being the UPE winner for November 2012!

October 2012

Mahmudul Huq Foez is a freelance journalist and researcher. He lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh.He has great plans for promoting WikiEducator and is working on developing WikiEducator community in Bangla. He is involved in projects which serve grassroot journalism, local governance, and all educational sectors in Bangladesh. He has a beautiful blog (in Bangla). He proudly says, "Now I am a Wiki Educator. I want to COLOUR my work with WIKI.".

Please see Mahmudul's beautiful and colourful WikiEducator page and join us in congratulating him for being the UPE winner for October 2012!

September 2012

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Brent Simpson is an experienced WikiEducator and a custodian at Wikiversity. In addition, he is also a member of the Advisory Board. He lives on Waiheke Island, New Zealand/Aotearoa. Brent is also a Sysop & Beauracrat for Wikieducator as well as currently on the Community Council. He works for the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, (NICAI). He has also worked on TILT, a resource for teaching Information Literacy that has been freely distributed under David Wileys original Open Publication License, since 2000 and is now the Information Literacy tutorial at hundreds of institutions worldwide. Brent has strong interest (/has worked on) in the following: WikiEducator Audacity Tutorial; Wikieducator Tutorials; The Learning Design Project on WikiEducator; and Main Page redesign.

Let's congratulate Brent for being the UPE winner for September 2012!

August 2012


Dr Sujata Dhopte teaches Economics at M K Sanghvi College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai. A talented multilingual (speaks Marathi, Sanskrit, Hindi and English fluently) she is a Doctorate in Management. Serving Learning4Content Community on WikiEducator, she is the Technical Coordinator for OER project of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL)/ CEMCA and Mumbai University. Contributing to the society, she started a Social Awareness Programme ‘Samvedana’ for students through field visits to the places like Orphanages, Handicapping Schools, Remand Home, Hospitals, Old Age Homes as a part of Extension programme. She is also involved in Population Education Project and Adult Education Programme for R ward, Mumbai division. Her another achievement is being the Field Coordinator for extending training and evaluation for Six Colleges by Department of Life Long Learning & Extension, University of Mumbai. Recognising her services to the community, Mumbai University awarded her ‘Guest of Honour’ as Editor for ‘Samvedana’ Magazine for Students Life Long Learning & Extension Activity. She was also awarded First Position among 172 Colleges of Mumbai University's UDAN Festival for the Skit' Computer Ki Palkhi', which she wrote and directed.

Please join us in congratulating Dr Sujata Dhopte for being the UPE winner for August 2012!

July 2012

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Sean Rogers, a Trinidadian, is the Managing Director and owner of Genesis Innovative Solutions Ltd, located in Trinidad and Tobago. He is a trained and Certified engineer in the installation fiber optical cables, Category 5 and Category 6 for the commercial and residential application. His firm looks after the designing, deploying reliable and durable networks to enhance organisations communication capacity. Sean targets to increase the productivity, boost the firm's presence in industry and training of the companies' IT staff so that such staff efficiently administers the company’s network to maintain a 99.99% up time. Although he has an experience of over a decade of working in telecommunications and ICT industry, his quest of learning more and more has not stopped, so he is Currently pursuing a foreign language - Spanish at the Venezuelan Embassy in Trinidad and an Associate Degree in Project Manager at the cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies in Trinidad.

Let's congratulate Sean for being the July 2012 UPE winner!

Felicidades, Sean, por ser el ganador de la UPE y desearle todo el éxito en tu carrera!

June 2012

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Professor Betty Hurley-Dasgupta, a doctorate in Mathematics Education from the University of Rochester, is an Area Coordinator for primarily mathematics courses at the Center for Distance Learning of SUNY Empire State College where she has been working since 1982. Before that, she worked for a number of years at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in physics and math learning centers. She has co-facilitated a MOOC with Carol Yeager which focused on Creativity and Multicultural Communication.
She is a member of the OERu team and is currently working in creating OERs to help learners develop stronger quantitative skills. You may like to know more about her Project Studying Math At Empire State College.

Another area of interest is the Personal Learning Environments (PLE) where she currently coordinates a pilot project (Digication) with faculty and students. Furthermore, she is implementing Mahara and Moodle for her classes.

Please join us in congratulating Betty for being the UPE winner for June 2012!

May 2012


Pramod Kumar T.K. is Assistant Director (Academic) at National Institure of Open Schooling. He obtained his Masters in Physics from University of Pune and Master of Arts in Distance Eduation from IGNOU. He is now pursuing MPhil (Distance Education) from Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University. He is an expert programmer in FORTRAN, C, C++ etc {hope Microsoft Corp. is getting attentive!}.

He is an achiever. An awardee of Maha Mahopadhya Datto Waman Potdar Prize for excellence in B.Ed, he also received a Certificate of appreciation from D.A.V .Regional Directorate, Western Region in 2005. He secured first Place in Pune District Zone Chess championship in 1990 and has won prizes at different levels in Teaching Aids Competitions. An innovator by nature, he got listed an innovative Geometrical Instrument for patent by Mumbai Patent Office. In addition, the design of Vector Addition toy; Ohm’s Law apparatus; Model to demonstrate SHM as projection of UCM; and all in one magnetism apparatus are to his credit! Further to his achievements are his publications. He has co-ordinated and edited Four Volumes of Revised School Health Manuals of Central Board of Secondary Education; and Teachers’ Manual on Life Skills for classes IX-X, India.

Please join us in congratulating Pramod for being the UPE winner for May 2012! And those who are planning to challenge him for a Chess competition...visit his page and fix time and venue!!

April 2012

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Vasi Doncheva is working as Flexible Learning Manager with NorthTec, New Zealand which is one of the Founding OERTen anchor partner for OER University. She is passionate about integrating Web 2.0 tools and social media to engage learners and creating learning opportunites for diverse and widely dispersed communities. Developing core competencies in technological literacies is her top agenda. She is also interested in Communities of Practice for professional development in higher education sector. Getting involved with WikiEducator is the step bringing her closer to becoming OER Champion! She has successfully facilitated the EL4C52 - WikiEducator Learning4Content Workshop held from 15 to 27 February 2012.

Lets congratulate Vasi for being the April 2012 UPE winner!

(Comment.gif: Thank you. I'm really honored to receive this award for my first contribution to Wikieducator OER4Ed. Hope to be able to contribute more in the future.--Vasi Doncheva 04:20, 17 April 2012 (UTC))

Congrats Vasi - well deserved! --Irwin DeVries 04:49, 17 April 2012 (UTC)

March 2012


Ravi Limaye is a multi-talented WikiEducator, who by profession is an Engineer and has worked in different sectors like Defence (Indian Air Force), Telecommunications, and Software and IT Applications Development. His current interests are in Education sector where he is engaged in institution building and capacity enhancement in higher education, accreditation of courses in higher education, community radio, and institution portal development and its upkeep. After completing his M.Tech. he wishes to pursue a Doctorate in open learning in higher education.
A die-hard WikiEducator, he plans to develop content collaboratively via this wonderful platform. With an "Open Mindset" he is set on "Mission Wikieducator" and he says, "I will be there where I can contribute..."
Lets congratulate him for being the UPE March 2012 winner and wish him all the best for his mission 'possible' of creating local level workshops via WikiEducator.

February 2012


J. Randolph Radney, earned his baccalaureate and masters degrees from Colorado Christian University (1976) and The University of Texas at Arlington (1982), respectively, in linguistics. His doctorate (also from UTA) is in humanities, with special focus on study in linguistics. In the beginning of his career, he taught guitar at the Jefferson County School District (Colorado). Later on he started teaching academic writing courses to non-native speakers of English at The University of Texas at Arlington before moving to British Columbia (Canada) in 1984. In 1994 he started teaching at Dallas, TX to help students learn a newly-developed software data management application (LinguaLinks). He joined UTA once again in 1995 as a graduate teaching assistant, this time teaching introductory linguistics courses. After completing his doctoral coursework in 1997 (which he restarted in 1995, initiated in 1984), returned to Canada, and began teaching data management and linguistics at the Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL), located on the campus of Trinity Western University (TWU). There in 2002 he designed and offered the introductions, critical thinking, and ethics in an online format for multiple semesters. Since 2006 he has settled in the interiors of British Columbia and taught blended learning courses for TWU/CanIL, and then, occasional courses for Thompson Rivers University. He is passionate about integrated linguistics, phenomenology, philosophical hermeneutics, and the use of Moodle and Web 2.0 technologies in education. His other passions reside in playing guitar, singing, watching sports, reading, gardening and to keep fit, he regularly exercises.

He is deeply involved with WikiEducator and facilitated WikiEducator eL4C41 workshop.

Please join us in congratulating Randolph for being the UPE winner for February 2012!

January 2012

Balqis Thaahaveettil, a Post graduate Degree holder in Education from the University of Calicut, India, is a teacher educator /trainer at teacher training college. She teaches educational psychology. She is further interested in teaching school children science and math subjects; and life sciences, basics of Educational philosophy and of course English to graduate students. She has a unique style of teaching in an interactive, learner centered way helping students to overcome and tackle with problems of their varied learning styles. Currently she is keeping herself busy in giving online classes on Communicative English and Psychology (especially Educational Psychology).

she is very involved in the OER university initiative. She is also working on developing a resource for prospective teachers on microteaching which empowers them to acquire the right pedagogical skills before they start real classroom macro teaching. Another project of her is related to lesson plans and resource classes on Moral Education among children. She's also involved in taking workshops at Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL). Her hobbies include painting, gardening, reading, telling stories, writing poems, blogging, cooking, making things, thinking about the ultimate reality, painting and sharing knowledge.

Let's congratulate Balqis for being the UPE winner for January 2012!