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Wikiversity offers the possibility of setting up your own learning projects, perhaps centred around a class or learning group.  I hadn’t fully appreciated this aspect of the site and it is both intriguing and exciting.

Here is a quote from the site:

Possible question: I’ve read all this stuff so far, and it seems I can just jump in here and use Wikiversity to set up some pages to organise and teach my own class. Surely this is hardly in the interest of a global project like Wikiversity? Surely there must be some kind of limitation on my exploitation of Wikiversity’s resources?

Answer: of course you can jump in and do your own class stuff here!

The reason why this helps the world at large is a piece of deep, subtle and somewhat speculative wiki-wisdom, however. The theory of wiki-dom looks at the very long-term effects and fate of the learning resources you create. At first, a new resource may be so specific and particular in terms of time, place and people, that it is of absolutely no use to the wider world whatsoever. Your resource may only be used by you for a few weeks (time); its content pretty well limits it to your own lesson planning and classroom events (place); and the people involved may not extend outside your class (people). However, unlike a non-wiki webpage, others can come after you and find the resources you have left behind. Rather than reinventing the wheel, they may re-purpose your resources to save themselves time. During the process of repurposing, it is likely that the universality (wider usefulness) of the resource may increase by a small, perhaps almost insignificant amount. The universality will tend to increase, because the resource has now been used on two occasions in different times, places and by different people. Of course, each time the repurposing occurs, the universality may not increase much, or may even sometimes decrease. But in the long run, the resource will incrementally become more valuable and of more universal appeal. This is something which is scarcely visible at the beginning, or not at all visible. But it is the theory of the wiki.

Hmm.  Looks like something I might be interested in pursuing.

I am currently working on writing the end of term papers for my class and I found this excellent resource for students who are preparing to take exams.

Students in group D, if you are reading this, please study this material in your own time and feedback to me by email.

To find the site, click the title link to this post.

Matt Staggs was talking about ludicrous spam with semi-inviting titles on his blog and at first I thought this email was an example. But it isn’t. It’s real and it looks too good to miss.

I cut and paste from my Gmail box:

Speaker: Dr Mark Norman
When: Monday 18 August at 9.20am
For: Primary and Secondary teachers and students, Grade 4 and up
Where: Online in Elluminate.
Sign up: http://knowledgebank.globalteacher.org.au to sign up.

Earlier this month, Melbourne Museum held its first ever public dissection of the largest giant squid Australian researchers have encountered. In this seminar, world-renowned squid expert and Deputy Head of Science at Museum Victoria, Dr Mark Norman, will be talking about what was learned in the public dissection and how it might contribute to greater awareness and understanding of these little-known and rarely seen deep-sea creatures.

This seminar follows our hugely successful “Meet the Motherfish” seminar with Dr John Long where we had more than six teacher-led classes join us online giving their kids a chance to speak direct to Dr Long. This second Science Superstars event is a great opportunity for science teachers to attend with their classes by joining in via electronic whiteboards. Participants will get an opportunity to talk direct with Dr Norman about the squid and what it can teach us.

This event is free but you need to sign up. For more information and to sign up go to:
http://knowledgebank.globalteacher.org.au

Thanks to Knowledgebank for this! I expect all you squid-crazy kids to get on down there and sign up at once.

Google’s answer to Wikipedia is now up. I’m off to check it out now.

OK. It seems heavily biased towards the medical so far. Give it time I suppose and it will probably stop discussing its ailments and move on.

At present, if you click on a subject – say ‘wind energy’ – it takes you to a decent article, but the embedded text links then go off-site. It’s going to take a long time for them to get to Wikipedia levels. And who is going to do all the editing and moderating to make content ‘authoritative’? The Google announcement answers these questions up to a point but it will be interesting to see how it shapes up.

I’m still excited and hopeful about the idea, but it’s definitely an addition rather than a replacement for Wikipedia.

More sound advice on blogging, this time from Web Monkey.

More sound advice on blogging, this time from Web Monkey.

iTunes now has a university site where you can get podcasts of lectures in video and audio formats.

I will be reporting on any of the courses I do and enjoy.

iTunes now has a university site where you can get podcasts of lectures in video and audio formats.

I will be reporting on any of the courses I do and enjoy.

A complete Wikibook on Blended Learning theory and practice.

Extensive article on the history of memory from Wikipedia.

There is also a whole category on mnemonics.

Wikibooks has a volume, presumably in progress, on ‘intelligence intensification‘, which looks interesting.

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