Learning to learn a wiki way
- 1 Strategic planning for the project
- 1.1 Why is the Learning to learn a Wiki way project needed?
- 1.2 How could the Learning to learn a wiki way project be conducted?
- 1.2.1 The boot strap step is recruiting participants
- 1.2.2 The first step is to refine and clarify the aim of the project
- 1.2.3 The second step is to plan a set of interventions
- 1.2.4 The third step is to implement these interventions
- 1.2.5 The fourth step is to critically assess and evaluate the consequences of these interventions
- 1.2.6 The fifth step is to repeat the cycle
- 1.3 What does the Learning to learn a wiki way project hope to achieve?
- 1.4 Who will be involved in this project?
- 1.5 How will this project fare over time?
- 2 Tactical planning for the project
- 3 Project resources
- 4 Project artifacts
- 4.1 Group reflective blog for learning to learn a wiki way
- 4.2 Investigation of information relevant to this project
- 4.3 Planning the project
- 4.3.1 Why do you want to join the learning to learn a wiki way project?
- 4.3.2 What specific outcomes do I want from the learning to learn a wiki way project?
- 4.3.3 Why did you become an active participant of a (learning) project and how did you find out about it?
- 4.3.4 Clarifying the aims of the learning to learn a wiki way project
- 4.4 Participations
- 4.5 Planning for Useful Interventions; A personal experiment
Strategic planning for the project
Strategic planning can be viewed as answering the Why, What, Who, When and Where questions along with the strategic part of the How questions of a project. The practical How questions can be dealt with under tactical planning. In practice this entails identifying the context of the project (intellectual, technological, economic, social, etc.), setting the goals for the project, identifying the objectives needed to achieve these goals, identifying who will be involved in the project and identifying what resources the project will need.
Why is the Learning to learn a Wiki way project needed?
Since wikis are a relatively new social phenomenon, using wikis as tools for learning is a new and evolving social practice. If Wikiversity is to succeed, we need to learn how to make the best use of wikis for learning. This project aims to be an example of how a wiki can be used for learning and to refine, develop and expand on the social practice of using wikis for learning.
- This project depends on the participation of its visitors to be successful. So why not join us and share your thoughts by answering the following question?
Why do you want to join this learning project?
How could the Learning to learn a wiki way project be conducted?
This project is intended to become a piece of Participatory action research (PAR), a form of action research. PAR is a process that occurs when the actions a group takes to empower themselves through creating, modifying or developing a social practice are informed by critical reflection - a process which then prompts further development of the social practice.
PAR comprises four elements; participation, social practice (action), critical reflection and empowerment. PAR is an approach to developing or changing social practices. Social practice can be defined as recurring activities involving people working together. In a learning context, this includes practices ranging from reading (the interaction of reader and author), self study or creating a study guide to implementing national and international educational policies. These practices include learning in groups, workplace learning, curriculum development and learning within an educational institution. However not all social practices are appropriate as the subject of PAR. This is because all the people involved in PAR should be participants. To be a participant in PAR means taking part in the planning and decision-making process as well as specific tasks.
In an educational situation, PAR implies learners becoming active learning facilitators. It also implies that the subjects of the research project become its active researchers. Participation in PAR includes the choice of what social practice should be investigated. The action or intervention taken to create, develop or modify the chosen social practice needs to be informed by critical reflection. This means looking at the historical, political, cultural, economic, geographic and other contexts of the social practice before and after any actions or interventions that the participants make. This analysis is used to inform decisions on what future actions or interventions need to be taken to develop the social practice further. This whole process needs to result in the empowerment of all those involved. Crucially, it should also provide support for others to empower themselves from the lessons learned during the Participatory Action Research.
The boot strap step is recruiting participants
The project can't take place without participants. However people may be reluctant to commit time and energy in an undefined project. One way of resolving this is for an individual or a small group of people to put together a preliminary project proposal and then start recruiting participants. The project proposal can then be developed by all the participants.
The first step is to refine and clarify the aim of the project
This should involve setting and prioritizing an overall goal, specifying objectives, and drafting a preliminary review of the relevant literature.
- Your participation is crucial for this step, please add your thoughts below.
The second step is to plan a set of interventions
The term intervention is used because it implies that some form of action will be taken as in Participatory Action Research (PAR). The very act of editing these project pages is an intervention. Interventions can be anything from simply reading or copy editing these pages to creating a project plan to creating and modifying learning materials. Decisions concerning particular interventions are made through consensus with extensive collaboration throughout the development of the project.
A number of methods of accomplishing this have been suggested. One approach is for someone to make edits to the project and the other members of the project to re-edit these. This process continues until a consensus is reached. Another approach is for someone to layout a proposal for an intervention such as creating a guide to action research and see if the other members will join in with this intervention. Yet another method would be to reach a consensus within the group on what interventions need to be made and then plan these collectively. This project will explore and discover various methods for interventions and how to plan them.
The term intervention is used to avoid implicit assumptions, bias and prejudices in the actions taken. PAR encourages the use of critical analysis of the subjective, political, economic, social and cultural context of all the interventions in the project. The term "intervention" (rather than "action") implies a degree of neutrality, objectivity and a consensus-driven structure. The set of interventions is planned collectively with as much participation as is possible.
The third step is to implement these interventions
Learning to learn together involves drawing related resources together through a diverse range of interests, skills, and participation levels. Intervention is a multi-directional process that is implemented from the outside in (for example, a new participant bringing in a fresh idea), and from the inside out (for example, discussing the project in the Colloquium). Implementations can range from compiling and classifying key learning materials to facilitating collaborations between and among learning groups both inside and outside of the local wiki. The project may also suggest needed projects, materials and resources for topic areas that may be lacking.
The fourth step is to critically assess and evaluate the consequences of these interventions
A means of assessing, quantifying and qualifying interventions according to their effectiveness toward the goals and objectives needs to be in place.
See Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team for an example of article quality assessment. This example is presented as a wiki-aware, consensus-driven assessment tool. This project's aim is NOT to assess Wikiversity content (though such an effort may form in the future, most likely outside of this project) but rather the effectiveness of its own interventions.
The fifth step is to repeat the cycle
What does the Learning to learn a wiki way project hope to achieve?
- Identify and develop:
- methods of recruiting participants to Wikiversity
- methods of recruiting participants to a learning project
- methods of valuing the skills, knowledge and attitudes of all participants
- ways of supporting participants in becoming actively engaged with the Wikiversity.
- Develop effective methods of collaborative learning
- Identify and develop:
- methods of planning learning on a wiki
- a variety of appropriate learning activities and materials
- methods of managing learning
- a range of appropriate feedback and assessment techniques
- methods of evaluating the process, planning, and implementation of the project
- Reflect critically:
- on your own practice as a participant at Wikiversity
- on the role of Wikiversity
This learning project will only work if it meets the needs of its participants. You can help achieve this by answering the following question:
What specific outcomes do I want from this learning project?
Who will be involved in this project?
This project is open to everyone (as, indeed, it is the central question which Wikiversity participants hope to answer through their work). As a tactic to move this project forward, active members of the Wikiversity community will be asked if they wish to contribute.
- Cormaggio 16:08, 7 October 2006 (UTC)
- Leighblackall 07:43, 25 October 2006 (UTC)
- Daanschr 13:41, 21 November 2006 (UTC)
- JWSchmidt 15:42, 28 November 2006 (UTC)
- Srinivasasha 05:39, 1 December 2006 (UTC)
- Executivezen 16:12 4 December 2006 (UTC)
- Remi 07:50, 11 December 2006 (UTC)
- mmizi 14.16, 17 December 2006 (CET)
- Saidkassem 18:36, 22 December 2006 (UTC)
- CQ 03:12, 25 December 2006 (UTC)
- Dionysios (talk), a Participant in the Wikiversity School of Advanced General Studies, Date: 2007-04-04 (April 4, 2007) Time: 024501 UTC
- Pmhollow 18:39, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
- Mirwin 07:14, 18 December 2007 (UTC)
- --Jolie 17:27, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
How will this project fare over time?
This is an open ended project. As Wikiversity finds its collective identity and builds momentum some learning and teaching patterns will become evident. The time line shows the project well under way by December 2006 and workable structures and procedures in place by 2008. The progress continues with changes and tweaks and the user base has become much more diverse than expected. A wide variety of styles have emerged and attempts to homogenize, stratify and unify have met varying degrees of success. Change is nearly constant and it is impossible to predict how the community will change or respond to change.
Unlike Wikipedia, Wikiversity has no plan to reach a Version 1.0 or any such state of perceptible completion. While Wikiversity is completely supportive of Wikipedia, it is a totally different environment for a totally different purpose. An Encyclopedia, by nature must resemble an authoritative body of highly structured factual information. A learning community has no such restriction. Learning to learn a wiki way is all about emergence. As the world and the web change, so Human communities adapt. Wikiversity's custodial style is more of a meritocracy than a beaurocracy. See Wikimedia for more about Wikiversity and the sister projects
Tactical planning for the project
Tactical planning is about answering the practical How questions of the project. This entails identifying methods of archiving the objectives identified in the strategic plan. In effect it is changing strategic questions like "Why is this project needed?" to "How can we create this project?", or "Who is involved in this project?" to "How will they be involved in the project?" or "What does the project hope to achieve?" to "How will the project achieve these objectives?".
How can the project recruit and keep active participants?
So far participants have either found the project themselves or been invited by other members. It would be useful to find out how participants become active members of other learning projects on Wikiversity and beyond.
- To start this investigation please could you answer the question:
Why did you become an active participant of a (learning) project and how did you find out about it?
How will we refine and clarify the aim of the project?
Research background information relevant to the project
Even though wiki learning is a new field there are plenty of examples and reports on the subject. It would be helpfully to gather a list of these resources and provide reviews or critiques with reference to this project. Mystictim 12:39, 29 November 2006 (UTC) Free-Ed.Net is a very active and prolific source of self-learning resources http://www.free-ed.net
- Bruner, Jerome S. The Process of Education. Harvard University Press 1962.
- Dewey, John. How we think. Lexington, Mass: D.C. Heath, 1910.
- Dewey, John. Experience and Education. New York, New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1938.
- Vygotsky, Lev S. Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes. Edited by Cole, Michael; John-Steiner, Vera; Scribner, Sylvia; and Souberman, Ellen. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1978.
- Bransford, John D.; Brown, Ann L., Cocking, Rodney R. How people learn: brain, mind, experience and school. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1999.
- Howard, Pierce J. The Owner's Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind-Brain Research, Bard Press, 2000.
- Pinker, Steven. How the Mind Works. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1997.
World Wide Web
- Wiki as a tool for learning
- Supporting Wikiversity participants
- Developing Wikiversity through action research
- Using wiki in education is a useful introductory article on this subject.
-  is the corporate site for a learn to learn project being run in English and Welsh secondary schools.
- Learning how to learn is the materials website for the above project and is run by the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme. You can log in with the user name guest and no password.
- Open minds is a project which investigated the way young people are educated in Britain today conducted by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts (RSA).
- Assessment for learning is the process of seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to decide where the learners are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there. (Assessment Reform Group, 2002)
- Cognitive acceleration is a method for the development of students' general thinking ability (or general intelligence) which has been developed at King's Collage London.
- The Campaign for learning are working for an inclusive society in which learning is understood, valued and accessible to everyone as of right.
- John Dewey: Philosophy of Education is a good jumping of point to find out more about the granddaddy of learning by doing.
- Lev Vygotsky Archive includes extracts from the writings of the rediscovered master of social learning theory.
- Knowing Knowledge and interesting wiki on the subject of the nature of knowledge in the knowledge age.
Reports and Studies
- About learning is a report by Demos on learning to learn in English and Welsh secondary schools.
- How people learn: brain, mind, experience and school sets out the latest results from social and cognitive science on learning.
- Technology Innovations in Statistics Education; Volume 1, Issue 1, 2007, Article 4. "Using Wiki to Promote Collaborative Learning in Statistics Education"; Dani Ben-Zvi.
- Bruns, Axel (2007) Beyond Difference: Reconfiguring Education for the User-Led
Age. In Proceedings ICE 3: Ideas, Cyberspace, Education, Ross Priory, Loch Lomond, Scotland.
- Using Wiki in Education is an interesting blog on this subject.
As the project progresses it will generate content for Wikiversity. If the content is short it should be entered below. When chunks of content become large enough they should be transfered to their own page and a link added below.
This is a subpage and is intended to be the collective blog for this project. Rather than write to this subpage directly it is a composite page of individual's learning blog pages from the project participants. You can find out more and add your learning blog at the Group reflective blog for learning to learn a wiki way .
Investigation of information relevant to this project
- About learning a report by Demos study group aims to investigate the implications of this report for Wikiversity in general and this learning project specifically.
- How people learn: brain, mind, experience and school is a study site for this important book. This book and study site may well be one of the keys to a successful Wikiversity.
Planning the project
The central problem as I see it is how do we create active learning communities at Wikiversity. I think that there are numerous solutions to this problem. I would like to explore using Participatory Action Research (PAR) as a method of finding some of these solutions. I’ve never carried out any PAR before so this will be a learning journey for me. The first step is to recruit participants for the project and find out why they want to join the project and what they want from the project. This will help to clarify the aims and objectives of the project. Please feel free to add your reasons for joining the project and what you hope to get out of the project under the headings listed below. Mystictim 00:26, 28 November 2006 (UTC) Which page does this change?
Why do you want to join the learning to learn a wiki way project?
- I want to find out how to do it with my own class of philosophy students so that we can all learn together in a collabrative, meaningful environment. User: Asewell.
- I find the Wikiversity a very exciting project and want to find out how to use it to develop learning projects in the areas of education, philosophy and computer applications. Mystictim 00:26, 28 November 2006 (UTC)
- I agree with you, Mystictim, that one of the central things we need to do in Wikiversity is to explore and identify how learning is to be provided for in Wikiversity (as distinct from providing educational material which can be used for autonomous self-study). I think it is a potentially very powerful learning project to carry out within a framework of (participatory) action research - as this is also the focus of my own research (see my blog and wiki). I think I have something to contribute here, but I also have a lot to learn - hopefully we will explore, reflexively, what it means to participate in this space and what our reflections tell us about the nature of this space and what can become of it. This whole project (ie Wikiversity) is a deeply exciting one, and this particular learning project/community has the potential to become a microcosm of the whole, and a resource for all. Cormaggio talk 16:03, 28 November 2006 (UTC)
- A "Learning to learn a wiki way" learning/research project is important because of its subject matter, but it is also relevant to the larger issue of establishing a role for research within Wikiversity. At Wikimania this past Summer Jimmy Wales announced the launch of Wikiversity and said, "..... the idea here is to also host learning communities, so people who are actually trying to learn, actually have a place to come and interact and help each other figure out how to learn things. We're also going to be hosting and fostering research into how these kinds of things can be used more effectively." (source) The Wikiversity community has been instructed by the Board: "..... guidelines should be developed, *in particular* with regards to collaborative research. We would hope that these guidelines are as much as possible developped on the beta site (in particular collaborative research), so that all languages share a common goal and a few common non negociable rules." (source). If we actually had "Learning to learn a wiki way" as an active research project it would provide an example of how research can be done at Wikiversity and provide us with something to point to when the progress and status of the Wikiversity project is reviewed at the end of the first six months. --JWSchmidt 17:10, 28 November 2006 (UTC)
- I'm actually certified in teaching social studies, but technology is my hobby and until I find a teaching position, it's also my current job. Wikiversity is interesting to me because it blends both technology and education and I can do it within social studies...so for me it's a no-brainer. Add to that the fact that I grew up with the internet coming to strength and I'm sure it will be around for quite some time. Participating in wiki is a way to stay current for my future students. --Kfitton 03:09, 29 November 2006 (UTC)
- I'm exploring ways to involve formal learning organisations and national curriculums and standards into the wikiversity... early days, lots to think about. Apart from that, I'm just generally interested in free and open learning and how to formally credit that with formal educational qualification...--Leighblackall 09:51, 30 November 2006 (UTC)
- I'm involved in introducing networked learning into business and management education and look to Wikiversity as a fantastic social experiment from which to gain inspiration and to which to direct skeptical onlookers. The audience I serve are extremely skeptical of networked learning, and will probably look at Wikiversity in complete bafflement. There are some crushing barriers we face from concerns within this audience (clients, academics of the slightly older generation) of poor tech-literacy, the turn-off from impenetrable 'geek' languages, generation (Y) and gender issues, intellectual property issues. However, if I haven't already done so via this post, I'm very interested to join a PAR project. My other interest is as a philosopher, so I'm keen to examine on what basis we make claims in this and in other talk pages. Executivezen 20:49, 4 December 2006 (UTC)
- I teach so I always look for the another way to learn. There are many ways to present data, information, and knowledge so, I find there is a need to practice learning. I know my topics, but, I am always looking to improve presentation and material. This looks to me away to find new avenues of professional growth. User:Almendoza 21 December 2006
- I am a functional writer with the ability to edit content, while also keeping in mind the author's intended message. I feel I am a perfect addition to an open source, "hunger-for-knowledge-drive", since I have perfected the art of being a student, or as I prefer, professional scholar; all while attending Washburn University, here in Topeka, KS for only the last seven years or so! Who knows, I might even graduate someday...!"Ifroggi 07:19, 5 January 2007 (UTC)
- I am part of a community of volunteers that wants to see the global sharing of knowledge and learning expand at a more rapid pace. The curve for knowledge is growing so fast and I see tremendous strides for mankind over this next century as we collaborate on learning and knowledge leveraging this new medium. I volunteer my time and build courses for enrichment programs for grade school and highschool. I am going to find the time in my busy schedule to either post the material in an existing wiki or creat one if appropriate....!"fjjjd 6:30pm, 5 February 16th, 2007 (UTC)
- Dionysios (talk), a Participant in the Wikiversity School of Advanced General Studies, wants to learn to learn a wiki way because wiki is still beyond his comprehension; and he wishes to remedy that. (s) Dionysios | Date: 2007-04-04 (April 4, 2007) Time: 023201 UTC
- I want to learn more about effective online learning and teaching techniques using wiki software. Also learning how to use and develop templates and other software modules like possibly incorporating animation into my wikiversity/wikimedia projects and software is a priority once I have some content that I want to bring to the next level. Pmhollow 18:55, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
- I desire to be a lifelong student. as such I have always noticed that interactions, critical debate and careful consideration of other peoples insight greatly accelerate that. too many other online collaborations seek neither education nor insight; limiting potential learning.--Jolie 17:12, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
- I like the way of jointly sharing and compiling easy accessible knowledge (Wikipedia and Wikibooks) or learning resource (Wikiversity). When learning on a new subject, it is good to follow a footsteps that guides to the most useful ressources and activities. When no such footsteps exist, I must walk by my own. However, I can create the footsteps while I am walking/learning. So I want to learn how this works. --tomaschwutz 21:02, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
- The reason I would like to join this learning project is because I believe strongly in free and open learning and I am also a lifelong learner. I would like to see a system somehow set up where each project an individual takes can be tracked and some type of crediting be given. Also as each student learns something new that information can be passed on to new wiki users. Also I feel there should be a program developed to make it easier to get started using a wiki and how to keep up with that wiki. I feel the wikiversity is an excellent program and should continue to be developed for future generations.--Dragondayton
- I have a large WikiHowto online and want to learn how I can make it a more useful and effective collaborative learning tool.I am thinking that perhaps creating 2D or 3D goal-based scenarios according to the writings of Dr. Roger Schank might be better.
- I want to learn programming and feel joining a collaborative project is a good way immersing myself in the habits and languages. C. Calthrop 19:47, 9 January 2011 (UTC)
- I always want to learn, know more about everything in the world that interests me, and I like the idea of cooperation between the students themselves, besides the students with the faculty, to further education. That's why I liked Wikiversity in the first place, because it serves both of my interests. I want to participate and learn as much as I can in between my daily schedule, and that's why I want to learn the processes which run this wonderful place. I think this project will help me in that. User:Scorpio April 30, 2011
What specific outcomes do I want from the learning to learn a wiki way project?
- I hope to develop my skills as an online learning facilitator and to eventually earn a living from this activity. Mystictim 00:26, 28 November 2006 (UTC)
- I also hope to develop my own skills as a researcher, an educator and a reflective practitioner - but I also hope that participating in this project can really crystallise for me and others what learning means within a wiki and how it is provided for - something that is still quite fuzzy in my mind, after over two years of thinking and writing about the subject. Cormaggio talk 16:03, 28 November 2006 (UTC)
- I'd like to improve my skills and awareness of mediawiki editing, and discuss opportunities to interact wikiversity activity with activities in formal educational organisations.--Leighblackall 09:53, 30 November 2006 (UTC)
- I'm also hoping that the MobilEd initiative will work in with Wikiversity.--Leighblackall 09:55, 30 November 2006 (UTC)
- This is great! My outcomes are to prepare me/my thinking for a PhD in deconstructivist philosophy of education, courtesy of the discussion. As well as to aid my professional work as a learning technologist. Executivezen 20:54, 4 December 2006 (UTC)
- I'd like to use this project to discuss specific topics in how to improve learning in a wiki environment and then implement those ideas in the content areas that I am working on. I see a lot of potential for the wiki model of learning, but it is not yet clear to me how to structure lessons that encourage participation and take full advantage of the interactive nature of a wiki.--mikeu 13:24, 12 December 2006 (UTC)
- I see a potential in this model, and I hope to contribute (as well as benefit)from some type of alternative(s) to the "My Space" insanity that panders to the lowest, most primitive emotional response in net users. -- Anonymous
- I would like to see Wikiversity and the larger Wikimedia metacommunity become a solid source of reliable content on the Internet. I think it's reasonable, even inevitable that wiki-enabled communities can help shift the paradigm toward an open and fair community model and away from commercialism and corporate overcontrol. CQ 12:44, 23 December 2006 (UTC)
- I would like to see standard techniques developed and published to help individuals or small teams create new projects that look active and interesting to newcomers. I fear Wikiversity will stagnate if it cannot quickly create and support myriads of little learning teams and communities. Mirwin 11:31, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
- Wikiversity needs to become a comprehensive and easy to use source of information for every project that is started. Users need to know exactly what projects are complete, in test, and in development. Otherwise Wikiversity will never have any real credibility with the general public. Once this is attained, combined with mechanisms to enforce curriculum standards with a quality assurance process, the ability to use multimedia, and the ability to use open source courseware, then the Wikiversity project will have truly become a useful learning tool. The results of a useful English language Wikiversity is that it would become a catalyst for global change among peoples that can not or will not pay or participate in traditional modes of instruction. Think of the possibilities for a person living in a slum of Lagos Nigeria, for example, who has access to the Internet and someday finds some quality Wikiversity projects that can help him test out of regular college courses and actually make college affordable while providing real world skills to help pay his/her way through school. For instance a good course in Cantonese and Mandarin could give him/her the advantage to work at and start a local export business for a Chinese manufacturing firm in Guangzhou while creating more local employment opportunities since he would have familiarity with their native Chinese dialect and the written language. There are many situations like this around the English reading “third” world that could benefit from this form of instruction. Finally the fact that Wikiversity can be edited by anyone is not a fatal flaw in itself. It should be communicated as an opportunity to review the sources and reinforce one’s understanding of the subject. Pmhollow 20:43, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
- an evolution of the internet itself, where information is organized allowing the most cursory review of topic, to indepth interactive community involvement and research, right down towards repetitve personal investigation. The ability to both move wiki towards this desired capability ( a continuum if you will of interactions, from highly definitional to personal investigation) AND an effort to be changed by wiki- to understand its goals and allow it to evolve to whatever new exciting role it will have in informational history.
--Jolie 17:24, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
- I hope to learn how I can best use wikiversity and sister projects in various ways. --tomaschwutz 22:27, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
- I would like to see a comprehensive plan for each project like step by step lesson plans, quizzes, assignments and so on. That covers a particular subject from beginning to end. Also I would like to see away to track each project or course I am taking from my page, that could possible also show what I have completed and not completed. Dragondayton
Why did you become an active participant of a (learning) project and how did you find out about it?
- I've become an active participant in this learning project because I need a set of tools for creating online learning projects. Part of my motivation for this is that I would like to earn a living as an online learning facilitator. A stronger motivation for me is that this specific project and the Wikiversity in general matches many of my beliefs and desires. Doing social useful work is an important value for me. This project provides a space were I can put my skills and knowledge to good use.
I arrived here by a round about route. I discovered Wikibooks earlier last year when I was actively searching for collaborative projects around creating learning materials. I found the discussion about deleting Wikiversity and the proposal to establish a separate project by accident. From time to time I'd come back to check the progress of establishing Wikiversity as a separate project. I signed up in August and setup this project in September. Mystictim 20 December 2006
- Dionysios (talk), a Participant in the Wikiversity School of Advanced General Studies, has joined the Learning a Wiki Way Project because he has a broad general interest in wiki learning. As with Mystictim (talk), Dionysios would like to earn his living online, or, at least in the case of Dionysios, to earn a major portion of his living online. And, too, as with Mystictim, this specific project and Wikiversity in general has a certain resonance with many of the core values and desires of Dionysios. And, too, as with Mystictim, Dionysios has an abiding interest in Good Work, in the case of Dionysios, the Good Work as espoused by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, William Damon, and Howard Gardner at the Good Work Project. Probably it was searching Wikiversity in the general area of Learning that led this Participant to theLearning to Learn a Wiki Way Project. (s) Dionysios, Date: 2007-04-04 (April 4, 2007) Time: 035501 UTC
- ... the route of finding this project was long and confusing. I still am trying to understand what is the best way to contribute and intereact with wiki, given time constraints. I have carefully read through the text, attempting to intereact with the project as directed. I am intrigued and interested in learning but somewhat concerned. most dates range from 06 to early 07. almost a full two years later- have intereations ceased? is there still a community interested in the useful topic? In an attempt at further interactions I will seek out active participants..--Jolie 17:34, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
- I am not decided yet to become an acitve member of this project. I found a link to this project when i was looking for ways to learn about wikiversity. --tomaschwutz 22:31, 21 November 2008 (UTC)
- My concerns are the same as those of User:Jolie and User:Tomaschwutz|tomaschwutz. I have time constraints as well, and I'm not sure I can be regular at this thing. I won't leave behind too long gaps, if possible, but I doubt it, and that's what's keeping me from becoming an active member in this project. --User:Scorpio April 30, 2011
- I was exploring wikipedia, marveling at the amount of information that has been collected. That got me to the wikimedia group, which brought me here. I am also a huge proponent of sources of free online learning. I haven't gotten involved in adding information yet (except for removing a typo), but I fully intend to.
Clarifying the aims of the learning to learn a wiki way project
Perhaps begin with a Wikiversity member commitment to the accurate documentation of information provided within the Wikiversity knowledge relay, as well as providing all necessary works citations that support posted documentation. Also, make a goal to build standards of liability in maintaining a positive reputation concerning academic fortitude. Making a commitment to assist others in setting and reaching their educational learning goals through positive peer encouragement, friendly competition/and or challenges, offering peer-based tutorial support..but not requiring a participation quota for any reason. to create a volunteer based member task group to assist in defining the overall tasks yet to be accomplished, outlining future objectives, finding new creative learning methods, to collaborate, research and compare what has, and has not worked in the past for similar entities; making sure to avoid repeating any previously established 'learning blunders'. --Ifroggi 09:19, 5 January 2007 (UTC)
Try using the Requirements Writing Workshop as a framework for identifying the user goals, functions, and structures of your proposed system. I'd appreciate your feedback. TWFred 15:53, 2 December 2007 (UTC)
A nearly two year gap in active participation cannot be ignored. since the heart of this project is participation; intended action must be stated, interaction solicited and conversation continued.
I will begin a general search for how wikidiversity projects are led. does the leader have a permanent role in the evolution of his project? does the leader pursue the stated project to completion or solicit, wait for, or delay project completion on participants? Does an interested individual have the moral and ethical right to alter or extend underlying aims and intended interactions? What is the moral and ethical duty of a intended participant to a slowly progressing, or unprogressing project? --Jolie 17:55, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
- Those are wonderful questions, and I'd be very interested to know the answers, myself. The Jade Knight (d'viser) 03:39, 7 October 2008 (UTC)
I will be restarting this project. I will begin an investigation into a topic of interest to me; I will then perform an action by stating a summary of my investigation on my home page, here in Wikiversity. I will track any occurring interventions and analyze them. how helpful are they?
One natural question, is that when one is learning; at what point and in what way is the most useful writing generated. Are question useful? do questions generate more interventions?
Since expertise is a quality that cannot be ignored, the person beginning the investigation should wield some expertise in this area. Thus, I being a chemist at a gasoline refinery will be investigating gasoline and specifically the social impact of gasoline. I intend to write my beginning statement about gasoline around noon, tuesday OCT 7.
(it would be nice to coin a word that describes the process of stating information on a wikipage for the purpose of creating conversation and eliciting participation from the wiki community.)
Any way, once this done feel free to interact. the next step is tricky. not only do I need do know how many people interact I need to know how many people COULD interact with the Topic.
What you have interacted MORE if the statement was said differently? did you have an opinion and point of view that could have been stated? did you feel that the statement engaged you? lots of people have something to say about gasoline, and its effect on your behavior and our society.
I think that the statement might fail to elicit expertise in the wiki community in:
- Scope (appropriate scope for the topic, not too general or specific)
- Not engaging the reader
please score the post for the four characteristics (1-5) 1 being the worse and 5 being the best.
should you want you can score this entry, please put scores (as well as comments) on the discussion page. Make sure you indicate what statement you are scoring. I will make sure each statement has a bold heading.
I will track questions/statement ratio; complexity of the post; size of the post; and keep track of how many intereactions, the average score, and charactererize any posted comments.
I will analyze the average score in an attempt to describe the posting style that yields the best wiki intereaction.
thank you for your help. again please feel free to give any suggestion for improving or altering the new experiment. --Jolie 13:47, 7 October 2008 (UTC)
- Is there a way members can be contacted so we can all stay connected? Also maybe we should think about setting up a way to asign or volunter to do any projects we all agree upon.I am not sure where we are going with this project, so maybe someone should let us know where we currently are at, and what are the future plans. Dragondayton