Wikiversity


Wikiversity

Infobox Website
name = Wikiversity

url = [http://www.wikiversity.org/ www.wikiversity.org]
commercial = No
location = Miami, Florida
type = Educational, self study
language = Multilingual
registration = Optional
owner = Wikimedia Foundation
author = Wikimedia Community
slogan = "set learning free"
launch date = 15 August 2006

Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project, [ [http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/wiki/Opening_Plenary_%28transcript%29#Wikiversity_.2826:35.29 Welcome speech] , Jimbo Wales, Wikimania 2006 ( [http://www.supload.com/listen?s=SI0OG2vN04i audio] )] which supports learning communities, their learning materials, and resulting activities. It differs from more structured projects such as Wikipedia in that it instead offers a series of tutorials, or courses, for the fostering of learning, rather than formal content.

History

Wikiversity's beta phase officially began on August 15, 2006 with the [http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Main_Page English language Wikiversity] .

Project details

Wikiversity is a center for the creation and use of free learning materials, and the provision of . Wikiversity is one of many wikis used in educational contexts, [ [http://www.itdl.org/Journal/Jan_07/Jan_07.pdf#page=19 "Wikis and Wikipedia as a Teaching Tool"] by Piotr Konieczny; International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning;January 2007, Vol. 4, No. 1.] as well as many initiatives that are creating free and open educational resources.

The primary priorities and goals for Wikiversity are to:
*Create and host a range of free-content, multilingual learning materials/resources, for all age groups in all languages.
*Host scholarly/learning projects and communities that support these materials. [ [http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Wikiversity:Wikiversity_project_proposal Approved Wikiversity project proposal] , Wikiversity]

The Wikiversity e-Learning model places emphasis on "learning groups" and "learning by doing". Wikiversity's motto and slogan is "set learning free", [ [http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Wikiversity:Learning Wikiversity:Learning] , Wikiversity] [ [http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Portal:Education/Wikiversity_model Wikiversity learning model] , Wikiversity] indicating that groups/communities of Wikiversity participants will engage in learning projects. Learning is facilitated through collaboration on projects that are detailed, outlined, summarized or results reported by editing Wikiversity pages. Wikiversity learning projects include collections of wiki webpages concerned with the exploration of a particular topic. [ [http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Portal:Learning_Projects Wikiversity learning projects portal] , Wikiversity] Wikiversity participants are encouraged to express their learning goals, and the Wikiversity community collaborates to develop learning activities and projects to accommodate those goals. However, as the project is still in its early stages, [ [http://chronicle.com/free/2005/12/2005121601t.htm Wikipedia, the Free Online Encyclopedia, Ponders a New Entity: Wikiversity] by Andrea L. Foster; The Chronicle of Higher Education; December 16, 2005.] [ [http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,135533-pg,1/article.html Wikiversity Gains Momentum] at PC World] its learning model is still in development.

Learning resources are developed by an individual or groups, either on their own initiative, or as part of a learning project. [ [http://www.editlib.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Reader.ViewAbstract&paper_id=24981 "One Laptop Per Teacher: Content and Curriculum for (in-service) Teacher Training"] by Ian Kennedy, Delia Pass and Roxan Cadir; Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2007; pp. 2564-2569] Wikiversity resources include teaching aids, lesson plans, curricula, links to off-site resources, course notes, example and problem sets, computer simulations, reading lists, and other as devised by participants - but do not include final polished textbooks. Texts useful to others are hosted at Wikibooks for update and maintenance. [ [http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Wikiversity:What_Wikiversity_is_not Wikiversity:What Wikiversity is not] , Wikiversity] Learning groups with interests in each subject area create a web of resources that form the basis of discussions and activities at Wikiversity. Learning resources can be used by educators outside of Wikiversity for their own purposes, under the terms of the GFDL (like Wikipedia).

Languages

There are currently six language Wikiversities - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Greek; Wikiversity projects in other languages are being developed at the [http://beta.wikiversity.org "beta"] multilingual hub.

For newly established specific language Wikiversitys to move out of the initial exploratory "beta" phase, the new Wikiversity community must establish policies governing research activities. Wikiversity may act as a repository of research carried out by the , or others who are involved in wiki-based, or other research. Wikiversity hosts original research in addition to secondary research, unless a specific language group decides upon no research. It is expected that researchers will respect and update guidelines for appropriate research through a community consensus process. [ [http://beta.wikiversity.org/wiki/Wikiversity:Scope_of_research/Policy/En Scope of research on Wikiversity (in development)] , Multingual Wikiversity hub] [ [http://beta.wikiversity.org/wiki/Wikiversity:Research_guidelines/En Wikiversity research guidelines (in development)] , Multilingual Wikiversity hub]

References

ee also

*
* OpenLearn - a project of Open University to deliver free educational resources
* WikiEducator
* Wikiversity (Wikibooks)

External links

* The [http://www.wikiversity.org/ Wikiversity multilingual portal] - with links to all Wikiversity sites.
* The (in beta phase)
* " [http://209.85.173.104/unclesam?q=cache:6DniVqOwftAJ:www.courts.mo.gov/file.asp%3Fid%3D3311+wikiversity&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=10&gl=us Resources for Professional Development] " Prepared for the Fall conference of the Missouri Juvenile Justice Association, October—2006, Office of State Courts Administrator, Division of Judicial Education P48.
* [http://64.233.179.104/scholar?hl=en&lr=&q=cache:GxPqQpQxXEUJ:jephc.com/uploads/Manuscript990221Web3.pdf+wikiversity "Conference Review"] by Peter Mulholland; Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care; Vol.4, Issue 4, 2006. ( [http://jephc.com/uploads/Manuscript990221Web3.pdf pdf version] )
* Topps, D. "Sharing medical educational resources using free and open-source software." in 7th Annual WONCA Rural Health Conference - Transforming Rural Practice Through Education. 2006. Seattle, WA, USA.
* [http://64.233.179.104/scholar?hl=en&lr=&q=cache:pnj7HTazn44J:www.wwmr.us/Access-VanHook.pdf+wikiversity "Access to Global Learning: A Matter of Will"] by Steven R. Van Hook; Education Resources Information Center; (ERIC Document No. ED492804); April 27, 2006.
* [http://64.233.179.104/scholar?hl=en&lr=&q=cache:_FJYBJHzugsJ:orgprints.org/10673/01/10673.pdf+wikiversity "Organic Education: Nine Best Internet Tools"] by John Paull.
* [http://64.233.179.104/scholar?hl=en&lr=&q=cache:V1AQzAkeddEJ:repositories.cdlib.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi%3Farticle%3D1005%26context%3Duclastat/cts/tise+wikiversity "Using Wiki to Promote Collaborative Learning in Statistics Education"] by Dani Ben-Zvi; Technology Innovations in Statistics Education; Volume 1, Issue 1, 2007, Article 4; Page 4.
* [http://64.233.179.104/scholar?hl=en&lr=&q=cache:C0VPpDZarLcJ:www.activemath.org/pubs/semantics2006.pdf+wikiversity "Bootstrapping a Semantic Wiki Application for Learning Mathematics"] by Claus Zinn.
* [http://64.233.179.104/scholar?hl=en&lr=&q=cache:_kI7zTJznCgJ:eprints.qut.edu.au/archive/00006622/01/6622.pdf+wikiversity "Beyond Difference: Reconfiguring Education for the User-Led Age"] by Axel Bruns; Proceedings ICE 3: Ideas, Cyberspace, Education.
* [http://64.233.179.104/scholar?hl=en&lr=&q=cache:876F3XE4K78J:wiki-riki.wikispaces.com/space/showimage/AERA%2BWikibook%2Bpaper%2Brevised--4th%2Bedit-q.doc+wikiversity "The Challenges and Successes of Wikibookian Experts and Wikibook Novices: Classroom and Community Collaborative Experiences"] by Suthiporn Sajjapanroj, Curt Bonk, Mimi Lee and Meng-Fen Grace Lin.
* [http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue49/guy/ "Wiki or Won't He? A Tale of Public Sector Wikis"] by Marieke Guy; Ariadne, Issue 49; October 2006.
* [http://64.233.179.104/scholar?hl=en&lr=&q=cache:qynvh5pa5OsJ:molodiez.org/artjournal_05.pdf+wikiversity "New-Media Art Education and Its Discontents"] by Trebor Scholz.


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