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This document is a charter that was approved by a WikiEducator Workgroup as detailed below. Any substantive edit to this page should reflect group consensus. When in doubt, discuss first on the talk page.


The purpose of this Workgroup is to suggest and document the Vision, Mission, Interim Organization Structure, Interim Business Procedures and Pilot initiatives for WikiEducator Open Learning Academy (WOLA).

Specified outputs

  1. Vision statement of WOLA
  2. Mission statement of WOLA
  3. documentation on an interim organization setup and business procedure for the community college
  4. List of pilot initiatives of WOLA

Leadership style

Shared or collective leadership: A group that has a shared leadership style relies on its members to voluntarily lead aspects of the project on an as needed basis given interest, aptitude, and experience of members. This style is characterised as inclusive (every member can participate in leading the group) and enriching (the group's members directly benefit from participation). Shared leadership works well when the group encourages ownership, learning, and sharing.

Skills required to achieve workgroup objectives

List the skills necessary to achieve the workgroup objectives. This does not necessarily mean that members must have these skills to participate in the workgroup, but rather they have the will and desire to develop these skills through their participation in this workgroup.

  • We are looking for individuals who understand/familiar with/involved in the functions of WikiEducator.
  • We are looking for individuals who understand wiki as a collaborative working tool.
  • We are looking for individuals who understand/familiar with/involved in designing organizational setups and business procedures for academic institutions
  • We are looking for individuals who understand/familiar with/involved in developing online academic environments
Note: These skills are not a requirement to join, but skills we expect to develop and pursue towards our workgroup objective.


for formal participation in this workgroup, please sign up in the member section below. It will serve as a signature. :Note: This charter applies to all members participating in this workgroup (whether or not they appear in this section).

Member responsibilities

Members of the community college workgroup agree to:

  • regularly contribute to discussions taking place on workgroup talk pages,
  • contribute to workgroup-wide task completion and volunteer for assigned task completion,
  • and strive toward a consensus that realises the best and most reasonable outcomes in WikiEducator's interests.

Members and signatures

List the workgroup members with each member name linked to their WikiEducator user page (suggest using the signature code ~~~~ to record date/time of joining; see instructions in the edit version of the table below).

Workgroup members
Anil Prasad 06:57, 18 May 2012 (UTC)
Dr. Gita Mathur 08:43, 20 May 2012 (UTC)
Patricia Schlicht 17:24, 20 May 2012 (UTC)
Letare Hemrom 16:38, 21 May 2012 (UTC)
Balqis Thaahaveettil 17:13, 22 May 2012 (UTC)
Jibril Touzi 17:14, 27 May 2012 (UTC)
Dr Savithri Singh 19:55, 27 May 2012 (UTC)
User:Harbns 15:51, 28 May 2012 (UTC)
Supten 01:25, 30 May 2012 (UTC)
Sebastian Panakal 01:39, 31 May 2012 (UTC)
Mbasu 09:10, 4 June 2012 (UTC)
Pankaj 05:01, 12 June 2012 (UTC)
Pete Forsyth, 21 June 2012

Resources to achieve Workgroup objectives

Volunteer support of WikiEducator Community


Describe the scope of commitment required of workgroup participants:

  • How much time will the workgroup need to complete the objectives? : 12 weeks
    • 2 weeks to form workgroup and approve its charter
    • 2 weeks to discuss and approve Vision & Mission statements for WOLA
    • 2 weeks to discuss and approve interim organization structure
    • 2 weeks to discuss and approve interim business procedure for WOLA
    • 3 weeks to discuss and approve pilot initiatives
    • 1 week to prepare the report of the workgroup
  • How often are team members expected to meet? Asynchronous meeting throughout the mission period
  • What is the scope of this endeavor? Development of documentations for the pilot initiatives of WikiEducator Open Learning Academy (WOLA)

Ground rules (the process)

Outline the process that workgroup participants will use as they work together to achieve the desired outcome:


  • When and where will the workgroup meet? on relevant WikiEducator pages
  • What technologies will be used in order to meet? wiki and web mail
  • What happens if a member cannot be at a meeting but has not finished an assignment due? members will collectively finish assignments
  • What are expectations regarding participation in meetings?


  • Three major items, as stated above, are to be discussed, arrived in a rough consensus and reports prepared. Therefore, separate pages for discussions and reporting on each of the items will be created.
  • Members of the workgroup will be free to add new discussions and reply to any existing discussions during the assigned period for discussions.
  • Once the discussion period is over, a draft report will be posted on the report page. Minor corrections like typos can be made directly in the draft report. Any major changes should be first discussed in the talk page connected to the report page.


How and where will members communicate with one another? through related WikiEducator pages and email


WikiEducator encourages all groups and teams to make decisions using a consensus approach. For a discussion of the use of consensus decision-making in Wikipedia, see *What is Consensus?

The project plan

Include access to the workgroups planning documents, providing a gantt-like focus on who will do what and when. A spreadsheet in Google Docs (published on the web for all to see), for example, might facilitate this process.

Success elements for the Workgroup

  • Collective desire to reach the goal set
  • Sharing of intelligence, skills and efforts
  • and implementation of methods like:
    • participative
    • collaborative
    • associative
    • creative

Evaluating workgroup success

Document a process for evaluating the workgroup's outcomes against its stated objects and target dates and taking action to ensure that the workgroup learns from the process:

  • The success of the workgroup shall be evaluated based on the participation in the discussions and the documentations developed as per the stated objectives.
  • Through active participation embers can learn from this experience about how not only to make this workgroup better but future workgroups as well?

Discussions on the charter

Hi friends, add your comments/suggestions on the charter here regards Anil Prasad 14:39, 27 May 2012 (UTC)

Would not it be nice to state the elements and the success elements of a working group, such as :

  • Collective desire to reach the goal set
  • Sharing of intelligence, skills and efforts
  • Implementation of methods (participative, collaborative, associative, creative)
  • Collaborative work can be done in Google Docs
  • etc.
Dear Jibril, the success elements, as suggested by you, are ideal and it can be added to the charter. Regarding the platform for collaboration, we may go with the suggestion of Dr. Gita and Patricia, because WikiEducator is an ideal as well as strong platform for open collaborative works. Regards Anil Prasad 06:43, 5 June 2012 (UTC)
  • In my opinion all discussions and collaborative work should be done on WikiEducator pages. This has the advantage of inputs by other WikiEducators who may not be a member of the group but are interested in a particular topic/project. Also, all versions of the document are available all the time.--Dr. Gita Mathur 16:04, 4 June 2012 (UTC)
  • I agree, all discussions should be done transparently on WikiEducator for everybody to see and follow. We can create sub-working pages --Patricia Schlicht 19:20, 4 June 2012 (UTC)
I also agree. Regards Anil Prasad 06:43, 5 June 2012 (UTC)
  • In the last point of Boundaries, should we use the term "community college" or "WOLA" or "open learning academy"? Supten 05:23, 5 June 2012 (UTC)
Dear Supten, you are right. We have to maintain consistency in the usage of name while referring to our initiative. We may use WOLA. Regards Anil Prasad 06:43, 5 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Can we think about WikiOL Academy or WOL Academy instead of WOLA? I feel that WOLA does not indicate that this is where you can come to learn--Dr. Gita Mathur 02:30, 7 June 2012 (UTC)
We have to stick on to the pattern approved by the community through voting – that is – full name: WikiEducator Open Learning Academy and acronym : WOLA. When we create interfaces for learners, we shall use the full name along with the acronym, with an intention to popularise the acronym. The point raised by Supten was about using the same in our charter documentation. Since we are all familiar with WOLA, it may not be a problem for the workgroup, however, considering all site visitors, we may use the full name with acronym – that is - WikiEducator Open Learning Academy (WOLA) here as well. Anil Prasad 04:13, 7 June 2012 (UTC)


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