# User:Teachers Network

1. FLOSS4eduIndia_Teachers Network
2. FLOSS4EduIndia_Teachers Network/Planing
3. E-learning workshop, CIE, University of Delhi, 24-26 February 2007

Inputs from Prof. Mathew, Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi, India.
E-learning Workshop on Wiki-educator Central Institute of Education, Delhi University 24-26 February 2007

A Report

The workshop was jointly organized by Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Vancouver, the Indian Association of Teacher Educators (IATE) and the Central Institute of Education (CIE), University of Delhi. Dr. Wayne Mackintosh, COL led the workshop on all the three days. It was attended by 37 teacher educators from all over the country including one each from Iran and Brunei and three M.Phil scholars from the Department.
The workshop began with a round of introductions that set the direction for the work to come the next three days. Each participant had an opportunity to mention in some detail the work they had been involved in, in Education and to articulate the expected outcomes of the workshop. After this, participants were introduced to e-learning, its importance and the role of wiki-educator, its community values followed by an introduction to online collaborative publishing with simultaneous hands on experience.
In the post lunch session the participants were introduced to the basic wiki syntax, which was practised immediately. The procedure to create a sandbox was taught. Sandbox is a page where all rough work can be done before transferring this work to the final pages on wikieducator online. This way new material gets added and continuous refinement of the existing material can take place. The procedure to restore the material before editing was also practised. There was a good deal of enthusiasm in learning the syntax as participants worked in teams of two and three. In a short while, each participant was able to log in with a new account, apply syntax, edit and chat.
On the second day the participants were encouraged to visualize possible projects they could work on online and collaboratively which could come within the frame of the existing four mega-projects of Wiki, i.e. FLOSS 4 Edu. Indian chapter, Learning 4 content, Newbie tutorials and Common Wealth Computer Navigator's Certificate. After some discussions among the participants, the projects were brought on the discussion board, to ensure better collaboration and openness in discussions. There were three steps that were to be completed:(i) Overview of the project (ii) Aims and objectives, and (iii) Project plan that was to include milestones that one would be able to achieve and the time duration in which these milestones would be achieved. Finally there were project presentations by all members. Following is the list of projects:
· Continuous comprehensive evaluation · Educational management · E- learning design and practice · Perspective building in learning and cognition · Quality enhancement through e- learning · Activity based learning · Teaching learning material · Learning to live together · Teaching English to Young learners (TEYL) · Building an educational theory in the Indian context · Classroom practices · Constructivist strategies for teaching science · What works in e-learning · How a teacher overcomes problems · Innovative practices of teaching physics · Induction programme for teacher educators · Indian philosophy in teacher education · Social contexts of learners’ identities · ICT literacy (India) · Developing and sustaining teacher motivation in e learning

Details of these projects are available on: http://www.wikieducator.org/OER_and_eLearning_Workshop_%28India%29#Links.

On the third day, many participants reported early as the workshop was to wind up by afternoon and said that they had sat through the night to work on the project! The concept of free softwares available online was introduced, some of which are open office 2.0,edubuntu, and exe. As the presentation on EXE began, there were lots of questions participants had to ask. One of them was to find EXE expression in Hindi (This need has already been met!). The second rally of questions was an eye opener to everyone, especially those from resource starved areas to find that there was something called Openware / Office that gave equal quality and access without spending much money.
In the concluding session, Dr. Wayne advocated Windows free computer systems and hoped to see offline authoring software finding greater acceptance in the near future. Prof. Mohan Menon, COL, Vaancouver, appraised the participants about the South Asian Consortium for Teacher Education, which would get active after June 2007 and about the e-learning conference that was to commence in the afternoon. We recapitulated our experiences and stated our aspirations while acknowledging the efforts of the Conference Secretariat. Outcomes:
This workshop has been a beginning in open thinking and new learning designs. We hope to follow this up with many more such experiences. There was a follow-up workshop at CIE for another batch of enthusiastic teachers and researchers who couldn’t attend the first workshop. The report on this workshop is available on: http://www.wikieducator.org/User:Teachers_Network/FLOSS4EduIndia_Teachers_Network/Planning. This report is circulated and uploaded at “Teachers Network” for all participants to validate and edit. There have been similar attempts at other institutions where the participants have initiated their colleagues and other teachers to wikieducator. A comment by one of the participants reflects the essence of the workshop: “Aware of myself as not such a computer savvy person, I made it a point to attend the workshop on e-Learning, so as to get initiated into the practice of e-learning. Indeed the experience widened my understanding of the scope of e-learning and significance of free content, in particular. In fact the exposure to the philosophy of free content and collaborative authoring, on-line exchange of ideas was an eye-opener and felt like a breath of fresh air as compared to the closely guarded approach to research that is often witnessed in academics”.
Inputs from:
Nutan Bharati, CIE, Delhi University
Ila Mehrotra
Minu Talwar MV College of Education, DU
Neelam Bali

Elearning Workshop on Wikieducator: 26-28 February 2007

The workshop was organized jointly by COL, IATE and Delhi University at the Department of Education (CIE), Univ. Of Delhi, India. Prof. Wayne Mackintosh,COL, facilitated the workshop well attended by forty teacher educators as participants from all over the country plus one each from Iran and Brunei.

Pre-work- the workshop organizing committee, computer lab incharge and the students of Computer Education in B.Ed. course spent time and effort over and above their regular routine to set the CIEcomputercentre systems (20 in number) to the specifications required for the workshop. Four systems from the faculty too were updated specially with the help of an outside technician. Two laptops were also pressed into service as demand for computer access expanded. The students, the incharge and the outside technician were attending to troubleshoot as and when asked by the participants during the workshop.

On Day one, the workshop began with a round of introductions that set the direction for the work to come during the day. Each participant had an opportunity to express work done in the field of education as well as expected outcomes of the workshop to be able to apply solutions locally.


Prof. Wayne Mackintosh detailed the look and feel, the functionality and the background activities of WikiEducator. There was a great enthusiasm in learning the syntax as participants worked in teams of two and three. This learning was facilitated and supported by giving individual attention to each participant.

In a short while, each participant was able to log in with a new account, apply syntax , edit and chat . Participants asked a lot of questions that were patiently answered by Prof. Mackintosh. There were some hiccups in one I/O uplink connectivity as all forty participants at once tried to edit , upload and chat. (Services available to users include access to the Internet through 20 Mbps bandwidth to the two campuses. ref: http://www.du.ac.in/collegenetworking/)

On day two, a lot of collegiality was experienced. I, as one of the participants, found it an unique experience to be in a learning mode with so many teacher educators representing various corners of the world/Nation. Again each one of us made the best of the time to express project ideas. We were supported in presenting our ideas in an ISD format. Finally there were lots of interesting project presentations from comprenhensive participation by all members. Following is the list of projects:

1. Continous Comphrensive Evaluation
1. Educational Management
1. ELearning design and practice
1. Perspective Building in Learning and Cognition
1. Quality enhancement through eLearning
1. Activity-Based Learning
1. Teaching Learning Material
1. Learning2Live together
1. Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL)
1. Building and educational theory in Indian context
1. Classroom practices
1. Constructivist Strategies 4 Teaching Science
1. What works in eLearning
1. How a Teacher Overcome
1. Innovative process of teaching physics
1. Induction programme for teacher educators
1. Indian philosophy and teacher education
1. Social Contexts of Learners' Identities
1. ICT Literacy (India)
1. Developing and sustaining teacher motivation in eLearning

Day three, MAny participants reported early as it was half a day work and said that they sat through the night to work on the project! As the presentation on EXE began, there were lots of questions participants had to ask. One of them was to find EXE expression in Hindi ( this need has been met so efficiently that we are still to get over the time lag!).
\ The second rally of question was an eye opener to us all and it amazed many participants from resource starved areas to find out that there was something called Openware/ Office that gave equal quality and access without spending much money.

The session after the tea break was a valedictory complemented by the presence of Prof. Mohan Menon ,COL. We recapitulated our experiences and stated our aspirations while acknowledging all present and the efforts of the conference secretariate.

This workshop has been a beginning in open thinking and new learning designs. We hope to follow up with many more such experiences. Also see a report from the follow up workshop at CIE:

http://www.wikieducator.org/User:Teachers_Network/FLOSS4EduIndia_Teachers_Network/Planing


This report is circulated and uploaded at "Teachers Network" for all participants to validate and edit.

Day 1

1. Introduction
1. Tour through Wikieducator
1. User page creation

Day 2

1. Project area identification
1. Team Project design at Wikieducator ( Where is the list of those project titles??)-

Check out- http://www.wikieducator.org/FLOSS4Edu - for
Contents
1 Free/Libre and Open Source Software for Education in Africa (FLOSS4Edu)
3 The Vision of FLOSS4Edu
4 Whats happening at FLOSS4Edu
5 Educational Content
6 FLOSS4Edu Regional Chapters
7 FLOSS4Edu Events
8 FLOSS4Edu Documents

Day 3

1. Reacap