Hi Declan Thanks for sharing. Your WikiEducator work with students is both innovative and inspiring.
I'm pleased that we've been able to support an open OER website for more than 12 years without charging users or resorting to advertising on the site to help pay the bills. This demonstrates the power of the open source model. We look forward to continuing our efforts to share open technologies for the OER community. We've come a long way. This year we've been able to launch a free 1st year of study with pathways for learners to achieve university-level qualifications (see for example the Certificate Higher Education Business <https://oeru.org/certhe-business/>) based entirely on course materials authored in WikiEducator! Still lots of work to be done and we look forward to providing the technologies to support these initiatives for the next decade and beyond! Cheers Wayne On Thu, May 31, 2018 at 3:09 PM, Declan <declanjmcc...@gmail.com> wrote: > 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: > > https://www.researchgate.net/publication/325214710_Use_of_ > Point-and-Shoot_Photography_to_Compare_Regional_ > Differences_in_Canis_latrans_Coyote_Skull_Size > > > > 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. > > > Sincerely > > > Declan > > > > -- > -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google > Groups "WikiEducator" group. > To visit wikieducator: http://www.wikieducator.org > To visit the discussion forum: http://groups.google.com/group/wikieducator > To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org > To unsubscribe from this group, send email to > wikieducator+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com > --- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "WikiEducator" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to wikieducator+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout. > -- Wayne Mackintosh Director OER Foundation and OERu facilitator UNESCO - ICDE Chair in OER Mastodon: @mack...@mastodon.oeru.org -- -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "WikiEducator" group. To visit wikieducator: http://www.wikieducator.org To visit the discussion forum: http://groups.google.com/group/wikieducator To post to this group, send email to email@example.com To unsubscribe from this group, send email to wikieducator+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com --- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "WikiEducator" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to wikieducator+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.