Tuesday, January 22, 2008

WikiEducator, Participation and the Next Step

I'm pleased to announce that the OER handbook project is teaming up with WikiEducator. WikiEducator has generously offered to host this project as well as contribute to the content. I've already created an OER handbook page on Wikieducator and moved over the proposed outline. The blog will stay right here and continue to provide updates about the project.
I've also received several e-mails asking about participation. Let me be clear in saying that we are not soliciting money for this project. What this project really needs is your experience.

In terms of personal participation, what we need next is for people look over the proposed outline. Next, pick a topic from the outline that interests you and add it to the OER handbook page under "Sections being worked on currently." Then create a new page for that section and begin adding your thoughts. Use the OERInterop2007 meeting notes if you're unsure how to begin. Feel free to experiment as you write in that section.  I've begun writing an introduction to the handbook; maybe that will give some ideas about what you want to write.
As always, leave a comment or e-mail (seth no spam, no space gurell at g mail dot com) me if you have any questions.

Also, if you know of anyone who might be interested in this project, go ahead and invite them. If they have any questions, feel free to have them contact me.

1 comment:

Peter Rawsthorne said...

This is an excellent idea. A handbook or course on OER creation is a very timely thing. I have a few things you may want to consider;

1) using http://edublogs.org/ as the hosting environment. It has a more educational focus and is based on open source. I believe you may want to consider blogger is proprietary and not based on open source. I believe OER projects should choose open software first.
2) Why not approach Teemu and offer to co-author this course, which in the end will become the handbook. I don't see duplication of effort the best thing for EOR we need collaboration. http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Composing_free_and_open_online_educational_resources
3) consider a related paper I wrote on this subject a couple of months ago; http://www.rawsthorne.org/docs/PeterRawsthorne.OERProgram.pdf

My $0.02. please take these as suggestions for consideration...