Veterinary Education/Nick Short December2009

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Letter to Nick Short, Royal Veterinary College, UK

Mr. Nick Short, BVSc MSc MRCVS
Head of eMedia Unit
Academic Support & Development
Tel: 07811 405653
Electronic Media Unit (EMU)
The Royal Veterinary College
Royal College Street
London, NW1 0TU

Hi Nick,

I've come to you via Wiki-Vet - it's a wonderful resource, even though I'm not a veterinarian (although, I'm connected to Jim Edwards, in NZ)

I am interested in the work you are doing, and wondering if there might be an opportunity for relationship-building and even a collaboration.

My role is to build the community of WikiEducator - a global, open source community of 11,000+ educators in 110 countries, developing a free and open version of the world's education curriculum, in line with the UN's Millennium Development Goals. We are a top 87,000 website and growing rapidly. I am on the governing council - (Think Wikipedia for educators).

"WE" is the flagship project of the International Centre for Open Education, based in New Zealand. - - we receive infrastructure support from the Commonwealth of Learning, and Athabasca University hosts our servers.

We are proponents of Open Education and Open Philanthropy, where resources can be shared, used and remixed within and among communities, to encourage project sustainability and scalability. There's a role for funders too, as they can designate materials developed as "open", so that they can be reused...

I note your interests in ICT - the vast majority of educators join our community for just that - a place and space to learn about and use technology. So, it would be great to touch base. I'd be happy to answer any questions, and learn about your interests as well.

Over to you - please let me know if you'd like to chat.

Best regards,

- Randy Fisher

See this link for Nick's Bio.