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MU OER Portal.217:06, 7 April 2012
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OER PORTAL from Mumbai University113:19, 31 March 2012
Thank you again Alison!313:02, 31 March 2012
Recent blocked user210:17, 19 February 2012
Invitation to join WE Math Community020:47, 17 August 2011
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Curious about homeschooling311:56, 5 December 2009
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«no subject»

Thanks for your mentoring. A request... visit my pages designed for MU OER PORTAL & give me feedback for improvement. Thanks & Best regards...Sujata"

Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)19:42, 19 August 2012

Hi Sujata,

Very nice.

I noticed a few small corrections I would make on the portal page:

  • delete the brackets around the Mumbai University link at the very top. (The link is external, so only one bracket is needed on either end)
  • Revise the external link to Pinboard so that the work "Pinboard" is the link, rather than having the following [1] as the link.
  • add in the last two images in the gallery

I can see that the wiki code is a big mix of things. I wonder if it would be better in the long run if the portal page followed a more structured approach. There are many institutional portals which began using the instructions at Create_an_institutional_OER_portal_page. The page would start with a navigator, including the two images at the top, and the text, and would follow with a number of editable boxes showing the various content. Each of the boxes displays content from a subpage, which is accessed via the edit button. The advantage of this method is that it's easy(er) for those that follow to figure out how to update the portal. Here's the category of institutional OER portals if you want to check out this approach.

Also, I suggest adding your portal page to the Institutional portals category. Add the code [[Category:Institutional OER portal]] at the very bottom of the wiki text. I also suggest adding the page to the India category.

Let me know if you have questions about any of this.

Your wikineighbor, Alison

ASnieckus (talk)11:32, 23 August 2012

«no subject»

It looks someone has edited Template - PREVNext. Hence images of toggling arrows are disappeared. Pl help. Best regards

Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)17:43, 18 August 2012

Hi Sujata,

I checked the template: Template:PrevNext and nothing has been altered recently. Also, the arrows are displaying correctly on the pages I'm working on.

Let me know where it is that you are having trouble with the arrows and I'll take a look.

Thanks, Alison

ASnieckus (talk)04:30, 21 August 2012

I think the problem occurred when I disabled external images for a few hours. I reenabled them after I discovered the problem, and will need to find a solution to some heavily used templates (like Template:Clickpic) before disabling them again.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

JimTittsler (talk)12:31, 21 August 2012

«no subject»

Thanks....U r always inspirational..Best Regards Sujata

Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)04:47, 17 August 2012

Hi Alison,

I just noticed an important typo on the Coyote tools page. The example calculation was incorrect (actually, the final conclusion 'length = 18.22 cm ' was correct but an intermediate step listed 22 cm as the length (I had been working with a different example and have since removed that skull for re-photographing).



Dmccabe (talk)06:33, 23 May 2012

Hi Declan,

Not to worry. We got through the exercise without noticing (probably because we didn't actually calculate using the measurements in your sample).

I think the activity worked well, but in 1.5 hours, we were only able to figure out what to do and then do a few measurements. Did you see my feedback post on the main Digital Coyote project tools page?

It's hotter than blazes here today...seemingly way too hot for late May.

Best, Alison

ASnieckus (talk)09:44, 29 May 2012

Hi Alison,

I just found your comments! Sorry about the delay. My watch list seems not to be working.

I appreciate the work on this. I'll be back on it in Spring. I'm on a different course in Fall, so it's unlikely that I'll get back on this unless the student who was working with me returns.



Dmccabe (talk)14:07, 6 June 2012

Hi Declan,

Not a problem. I leftmy response on the Project tools talk page.

Enjoy the summer in VT. Alison

ASnieckus (talk)05:45, 21 July 2012

MU OER Portal.

Hi I wish to create Microblogging Space for my MU OER Portal. Pl advice me about the software to be used & overall how to go about it. Regards

Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)06:32, 7 April 2012

Hi Sujata,

I don't have any experience with adding a microblogging space, but I can point you to a few resources:

  1. WEnotes widget page describing the main functionality.
  2. example of widget used for microblogging activities in the WE copyright course
  3. Jim Tittsler's blog page which talks about the functionality of the WEnotes widget.

Hope this helps. Alison

ASnieckus (talk)08:47, 7 April 2012

knowing someone is around the globe who is really considerate even for the unknowns...of course we r no more aliens. Thanks again. Warm regards

Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)17:06, 7 April 2012

«no subject»

Right now I have edited


Is it the right way? If not PLease Show me the correct method by editing the same template. It will be very helpful to me.

Warm regards Dr Sujata Dhopte


Help me in editing...creating new version of template AIMS. I wish to change the word AIMS.

How to go about it?


Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)06:32, 3 April 2012

Hi Sujata,

I saw that Jim Tittsler has helped you to create a new version of the template in question and he has adapted it to your needs. Hopefully this has helped you. I wanted to also point out to you that there are other ways to create what we call an "institutional portal". The beginning shell of a MU OER portal, based on a template that has been used to create portals for a number of institutions, is already available: MU OER. I thought you might like to see this as an option.

Let me know if you'd like more information about how to customize this version to your needs.


ASnieckus (talk)15:31, 3 April 2012

Its gives utility..thanks..looking forward to convert/modify it as per my requirements.

You r accessible & considerate...thanks...warm regards

Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)20:30, 6 April 2012

Template Editing

Straight Sorry... I was unaware....but definitely follow your instructions. Pl do give such frank that I will able to give justice to our project MU OER PORTAL by collective wisdom acquired by expertise like you. SLMintro is there on all the pages of the portal..was giving problem by denoting numerical 2 which was irrelevant,,,so editing was required,,,henceforward I will give it a try to create new version. thanks & indeed sorry for the inconvenience caused. Regards Dr Sujata

Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)06:23, 3 April 2012

Not a problem. Glad you are making progress to figure out how things work.

Your wikineighbor, Alison

ASnieckus (talk)15:32, 3 April 2012

Hey ASnieckus. I just recently tagged some articles for deletion. Swag_Team is an example. Am I on the right path, or do these people actually belong to this wiki? I'm inclined to believe they don't. I'm online in the evenings, so I can give you a hand with vandalism if you want. Greetings. --Alhen 18:33, 31 March 2012 (UTC)

Alhen (talk)07:33, 1 April 2012

Hi Alhen,

The Swag Team stuff has been going on for some time. I did a mass delete awhile back, but it all got remade soon after. When I talked with Jim Tittsler about it (he's the main tech person here), he was thinking the person was using WE to stage things into wp. Not sure, but it's darn annoying. I was hoping the person would get tired, move on and then we could go in and delete everything. I've not tried tagging them for deletion. Let's see what happens...if the tags get taken off. If not, I'll go in and delete, as is the practice when pages get the delete tag.

Glad you are here on WE. Great to have someone with wp experience.

Take care, Alison

ASnieckus (talk)11:01, 1 April 2012

I have had similar thoughts.....but they don't seem to do any harm dmccabe 23:33, 31 March 2012 (UTC)

Dmccabe (talk)12:33, 1 April 2012

OER PORTAL from Mumbai University

Dear Allison

Do you have different types of FONTS. I need it urgently for editing.

Dr Sujata Dhopte

Dr Sujata Dhopte (talk)02:13, 31 March 2012

Hi Sujata,

I've not seen it used on WE pages, but wikipedia suggests that there are a few fonts available on the wikimedia platform. See the article: HTML font family. Looks like the font would be specified in tags.

Also note that you can specify different colors and sizes for fonts (much more common on WE).

Where is it that you would like to use the alternative font? If you indicate the text/page, I could try out some code. And maybe offer a better suggestion.

Also, Jim Tittlser is the expert on wiki coding and would be able to better answer your question.

Hope this helps. Alison

ASnieckus (talk)13:19, 31 March 2012

Thank you again Alison!

I join the crowd saying 'Thank You!', since you certified me on 'Wiki Apprentice Level 2'. In tutorial 8 for 'Wiki Buddy' I'm learning how to use the talk pages, so here we go...

SwedInBalchik (talk)03:38, 4 March 2012

Hi Jonas,

You're welcome. Glad you are continuing to work through the tutorials. As I like to be timely in my responses to talk page posts, I use the LQTemail gadget available in "my preferences" (click the gadget tab), so I get email notification of posts to pages on my watch list. (Note that you may need to actively add the page to your watch list, as just posting on the talk page doesn't automatically add it....that is, if you have the auto add feature turned on in my preferences.)

I went and looked at tutorial 8 (as you'd kindly supplied the link) and noticed that the use of this gadget is not included in the content. I will add this idea to my to-do list.

Best, Alison

ASnieckus (talk)11:00, 4 March 2012

Ok, I added LQTemail... In Wiki Buddy, some aquired skills are 'Adopt-a-User' and 'Provided evidence of demonstrating WikiEducator to a friend showing how it works'... any example how I diplay this evidence? /Jonas

SwedInBalchik (talk)22:56, 30 March 2012

Hi Jonas,

Glad to see you are continuing your work in WE. I am not certain what is meant by 'Adopt-a-User' (I wasn't part of the original creating of these rankings), but after taking a look at the editing history on the WikiBuddy page, I think it relates to the bullet before and the one after. The idea is that WE is a collaborative environment and a WikiBuddy should be making a concerted effort to help others get up to speed with how to work in a wiki. One way to find people who need help is to monitor the "Recent Changes' and the WE google group for posts from people requesting help, or who appear to need some guidance. It's usually easier to find people who need help during a Learning4Content workshop period (one just ended earlier this month), but people-in-need pop up in between as well. And of course you could help a friend get up to speed with how to work in WE.

The way we will know that you have been providing this help (for both of the last two bullets) is by studying your contributions. When displaying a person's user page, there is a link in the toolbox on the left to see a listing of that person's contributions.

You have done some excellent work on WE; the EduToolkit is a wonderful project. I'm excited to see how you will implement this in P2PU.

Hope this helps. Feel free to ask further questions.


ASnieckus (talk)13:02, 31 March 2012

Recent blocked user

Coincidence or paranoia? I blocked that user - same one you deleted, and 15 minutes later my computer flagged 2 viruses...?? dmccabe

Dmccabe (talk)16:24, 17 February 2012

Oh my. I am a bit paranoid about the spam deletions I've been doing a lot of, of late. Too bad Jim T's google plus hangout was yesterday. hmmmm, I run ubuntu (mostly)...not sure how to check for viruses. An angry blocked user could sure do a lot of damage. Thanks for the heads up.


ASnieckus (talk)01:43, 18 February 2012

I'd go with coincidence. Did you download anything during those 15 minutes?

JimTittsler (talk)10:17, 19 February 2012

Invitation to join WE Math Community

Hi Alison,

Thanks Alison for inviting me to the WE Math Community. I hope to contribute fruitfully. You will hear from me soon the areas I will be working on.

Best wishes,

Godfred. --Godfredabledu 07:47, 17 August 2011 (UTC)

Godfredabledu (talk)20:47, 17 August 2011

Signature Adding


Thanks for your review and help.

Ii just added the signature in the signature part .It is not coming in that table .

everywhere else it is working properly.I tried in both rich text and normal editor. i am not able to solve it.

Looking forward to your comment

Shijna (talk)17:16, 29 July 2010


I am sorry to say I am not sure why the signature is not working for you in the table. It's really a mystery. Maybe you should try creating a table in your sandbox and adding your signature in one of the cells. Does that work? If you think this is a general problem, then we should report the problem on the WikiEducator Google groups list. It's best to do some trials to pinpoint the problem best you can beforehand. Let me know how you progress on this.


ASnieckus (talk)06:03, 8 August 2010

Ni Sa Bula Alison!

Thanks again for visiting my page and for initiating the discussions in my discussion page.

You and your family should visit Fiji. It's a nice place to spend your holiday, especially around this time of the year when the weather is a bit cooler. And if you come around, you might also want to visit Tonga, the Cook Islands, or Vanuatu. Tonga is only an hour flight from Fiji.

I am interested in knowing more about home-schooling. I guess learning in the home is more natural and genuine than learning in the formal classroom. I admire your courage to start a homeschool.

As for the signature, I'm sure you are right - it's not going to be linked since I am in my own userpage. I've fixed (removed) the 'red' signatures.


Vilimaka (talk)15:02, 31 July 2010

Hi Vili,

Thanks for your note. Ah, about homeschooling. It's not so much that being home helps the learning, but rather that when a young person has charge of his/her own learning, the person can be motivated by what matters most to him/her, rather than to what matters most to the government (i.e., required tests) or particular teachers. There is so much knowledge that is worth knowing--each young person should play a major role in deciding what's important for him/herself to learn.

So, I'm still curious about how your signature was created that it comes up red (because it points to a mainspace page rather than your "User:" page). There are a few instances on your page; see the one in the learning contract and there are two instances in the "Feedback and Notes" section. Did you use the signature button to create these? It's quite the mystery. I've seen it happen with a few people.

Thanks for your thoughts on this.


ASnieckus (talk)15:27, 1 August 2010

Thanks Alison!

Thanks Alison for welcoming me so heartily. Hope to contribute fruitfully at WE. Supten 12:29, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

Supten (talk)01:29, 22 July 2010

Hi Supten, You are very welcome. Your contributions are already fruitful :). I look forward to future collaborations.

Your WikiNeighbor, Alison

ASnieckus (talk)07:11, 22 July 2010


Hi Alison Snieckus,

Warm welcome to the WikiEducator family of educators.

Anil Prasad 05:40, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

Anil Prasad (talk)18:40, 31 January 2009

Thanks for the welcome. (I'm just up to how to "talk" in the WE tutorials, so thought I'd try it out :-)

I wonder what the grayed-out (279) means after your title "Greetings!"....

ASnieckus (talk)10:57, 1 February 2009

I hope this test message sets the notification of a new message being available.

JimTittsler (talk)19:09, 16 February 2010


Thanks for the test. The message did display on my Special:Newmessages page. I marked it as "read", but afterwards the watchlist page still says there are newmessages.

It used to be that my messages to others would show up on the Special:Newmessages page. It is these messages that I wrote to others that I am thinking are causing the the button to activate.

When I go to the Special:Newmessages page using the button on my Watchlist page it says only:

New messages
[Mark all as read] button
Messages sent to you:
Messages on other talk pages:

I'm glad to know that messages from others may show up.

As you suggest, it may be an LQT problem. I'm glad to hear that there's an effort being planned to address this software.

Thanks for looking into the problem.


ASnieckus (talk)03:47, 17 February 2010

Curious about homeschooling

Hi Alison,

Why do you think homeschooling movement is strengthing in USA?

I've been reading some web sites regarding to the topic. (e.g. I am honestly impressed about the potential of homeschooling.

To my knowledge in Mexico homeschooling is not still accepted by goverment. I think it's a shame.

Cheers. Gladys G.--chela5808 15:06, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

Chela5808 (talk)04:06, 10 February 2009

Well, this is a hard question. For me, it's a "lifestyle" choice. I have a vision for what "pursuing an education" should be like and when my boys attended primary school, our experience was not at all what I wanted, for me or them. Too much crying, frustration, and learning to "hate" certain subjects. If my younger son had to read all of the required books in school, I'm pretty sure he'd graduate "hating" reading. What a shame that is. I'm lucky to be in a situation where we have enough money to be comfortable without my having a "regular" job.

I cherish having the freedom to encourage my children's education as we see fit. We use a self-directed student-centric approach, where the learner decides what's important to him and then we work together to lay out and implement an educational plan. Some call this method "eclectic", meaning that we use lots of different styles and methods. Some homeschoolers replicate the school methods at home--timing, subjects, teaching methods... I don't see this as helpful for me. Others use a method called "unschooling" that works from the premise that people are learning all of the time, and that education comes from living a life (the author John Holt coined the term). I'm not sure if we're unschoolers or not. I'm not sure why homeschooling has grown, except to say that it offers a wonderful life and maybe more and more people can see that and choose it for themselves, if they can.

The potential of homeschooling is, IMHO, the implementation of self-directed, student-centric learning. I'm just finishing the book "Disrupting Class" by Clayton Christensen, Curtis W. Johnson, Michael B. Horn. Their premise is that over the next few years methods of educating children are going to move sharply toward computer-based courses and then to student-centric learning, based in online adaptive learning tools. I think wikieducator will be part of making this happen. The authors are likely talking only about the USA, but I think student-centric learning will become the dominant paradigm world-wide, hopefully in my lifetime.

I'm interested to see how countries that don't allow homeschooling will deal with this change. I wonder if entrenched schools will be capable of making the shift, and what will happen if they don't.

--Alison Snieckus 03:41, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

ASnieckus (talk)16:41, 10 February 2009

Hi Alison

I just found this as I was looking for references to self-directed and student-directed learning in WikiEducator. Thanks. I appreciate your thoughts and ideas.

Most of the WikiEducator content seems to be for teachers, and I don't see teachers adopting or re-using the work of other WikiEducators.

Perhaps going directly to self-directed learners - specifically Sixth Graders and promoting Science and Math learning objects might be more effective.

Your comments are very helpful.

--Valerie Taylor 01:03, 1 December 2009 (UTC)

Vtaylor (talk)14:03, 1 December 2009


Thanks for extending this discussion...definitely my favorite topic. In my experience, self-directed learners demand (in the economic sense) a better than average learning environment. It doesn't happen all at once, but once the learner realizes that he/she has a choice about such things, can be truly in charge of her own learning, it's amazing how effective that young person can be in identifying and adapting learning environments to be right for him/her. I do think that this *consumer* power will be a main driving force for change, although adults will surely play a key role in advising and guiding the decisions.

I do think we need more learning resources that are directed to the learner. Increasingly I see online resources that are an odd mix of directly useable-by-the-learner materials, with teacher notes fit in here and there. I think we are right now in the midst of this shift and it's the digital tools (for both authors and learners) that are urging us forward. The new materials will be so much more than online textbooks! And it's key to recognise that learning greatly benefits from community and collaboration -- yay, moodle.

Earlier today I saw a review (link may only be available for a short while) of a new book called Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America by Allan Collins and Richard Halverson. The book advances the idea that "if schools cannot change fast enough to keep pace with the advances in learning technologies, learning will leave schooling behind." I think this is already happening in some places.

It's not clear how this is all going to work with our grade- and standards-based system. In a learner centered world, the learning of any one topic might occur at a number of different points in the process. Many young people are quite *uneven* in their knowledge base, that is very deep in some areas but rather shallow and *behind* in others. I have a saying for kids like this, "Feed their strengths and the weaknesses will come along." This approach doesn't work with our current standards-based system, but it seems that recognition of the breadth of human variability needs to take a more central role in our educational system. I look forward to seeing how these forces play out.

Thanks again for noticing. The future is right around the corner and WE get to help make it happen.


ASnieckus (talk)10:42, 5 December 2009



Philbartle (talk)21:56, 25 August 2009


Thanks for pointing me to this page. Really fascinating. A number of ideas I'd never thought about. I'd always wondered if different people see individual colors differently, but never thought about the physics to realize that objects don't have color -- we interpret color. Wow.

You should put a sign up on this kinda stuff "Beware, some of the ideas below could blow your mind."

Thanks for sharing, Alison

P.S. I thought about editing the subject header, but there's something enjoyable about it. I'm leaving it as is.

ASnieckus (talk)03:22, 21 September 2009

Learning Management Systems

Thanks Alison for sorting out the link issue with me. I had forgotten that bit of the tutorial and had been struggling a bit as a result. Our learning management system is just a way of structuring the on line interaction between staff and students. It allows teachers to structure materials, set and receive assignemnts, carry out surveys etc. We are working with a company to design ours as we go along so it is work in progress. In addition to staff student interactions it can facilitate student student discussions around particular assignments and in general in a space that is limited to our students only. We have a fairly large number of staff so it also has the potential to alow staff to have discussion forums around various threads. It is still fairly new and we have had a few teething problems so the challenge is in getting everyone to use it and explore its potential. I am going to try to embed my user page onto my profile page on the LMS right now. This will be a test to see if we can use wikis as learning and teaching materials within the LMS. I hope this is of some interest. Warm regards--Robin 08:03, 22 June 2009 (UTC)

Robin Kirkham (talk)21:03, 22 June 2009


You're welcome. Don't hesitate to ask if you have a question about particular wiki editing format. I did a lot of asking when I first started.

Thanks for the explanation of how your LMS will be used in your school. Seems like it's a real leap forward in helping students and teachers collaborate. I've thought about using a moodle site for some of the collaborative work that I do with teens, but haven't gotten much farther than making an account.

Were you able to embed your user page into the LMS? I'm very interested to try this, also. Like you, my hope is to find ways to effectively use the wiki OERs in a rich learning environment. A number of WE members work with their students right on WikiEducator. There will probably be many different methods, each suited to a different situation.

Cheers, Alison

ASnieckus (talk)06:12, 26 June 2009

Proud to be your Wikineighbour

Hi Alison, I've been keeping track of your professional development as Wikieducator. I'm very proud to meet you and to be one of your first contacts in our community. Thanks for your enthusiastic and valuable contributions. --Gladys Gahona 14:41, 16 April 2009 (UTC)

Chela5808 (talk)03:41, 17 April 2009


What a coincidence that you left this message today. I was thinking (in the shower) earlier this morning that I wanted to leave you a note saying how it was you that helped me find a place to be on Wikieducator and to be confident in those first few weeks about what I could contribute. And the best thanks I can offer is that I am "paying it forward" by offering friendship and guidance to other newcomers. For example, I've been encouraging Nedal, as you encouraged me. It's fun and I do learn a lot.

Did you see that Wayne posted (a few weeks ago now) about the possibility of a partnership with Connexions. I decided to stop work for a bit on statistics material because there is quite a bit of very good material in Connexions, and it'd be silly for me to copy and adapt when it might happen automatically. I figured I'd give it a few months and then check in to see how likely.

Gladys, you are doing such wonderful work here on wikieducator. I too am glad to have gotten to know you in those very first days. Thanks so much for your friendship.


ASnieckus (talk)09:30, 17 April 2009


Thank you for your comments! I really liked your page, it is very informative!

Angela (talk)02:29, 19 June 2009

Thanks. And your page is really looking great. Love your picture -- it has a wonderful texture.

ASnieckus (talk)10:56, 19 June 2009
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