Hi folks

I have learned since joining Wikieducator that there really is no typical 
content or approach to OER.  The projects are as strange and idiosyncratic 
as the individuals dreaming them up.  And yet they find homes here and 
based on page visit data, they are at least seen by others.  The page on 
maintaining chainsaws has not been modified since 2009...and has received 
more than 20k visits. My old Biology in Elementary Schools page was visited 
nearly 80k times....once the course ended I considered whether I should 
scrap it; I should not!  

A bit more obscure, my streams project wiki is the foundation for an 
iPhone/Android app and changes made on Wikieducator are (mystically) 
reflected in the phone in my pocket.  I presented this at an international 
conference last week and it was rather cool to see all the hands go into 
pockets to download as soon as I provided the search terms.  Wikieducator 
content instantly transmitted into the hands of the entomologist 
specialists who will use it.  I don't believe that the phone activity is 
captured in the 4 or 5 K visit count.

Falling under the category of "truly strange" perhaps, is a collection of 
skulls my students have built called 'digital coyote' which we started to 
provide calibrated coyote skull images from diverse geographical locations 
for educational usage.  The idea was to share a fairly scarce resource 
(seriously, how many teachers have 100+ coyote skulls for their students to 
measure).  We did that and we published a teaching article about it; 
teachers and students can measure and compare skulls from…Alaska and Texas 
for example. 


But….we realized that the resource we had built was of sufficient quality 
to also serve as a model for the research community.  Three undergraduate 
student researchers and I have just published that paper:



This research is in large part based on OER content hosted by Wikieducator 
in turn based on images we placed in Wikimedia Commons , but this 
particular paper is non-educational and not a candidate for the Eric 
platform….so we shared it instead on Researchgate.


Sooo....I don't yet know where my next OER adventure will take me but in 
the meantime, I'd like to express a heartfelt thanks to the OER community 
for the logistical and technical support in encouraging this sort of 
strange and wonderful collaboration.




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