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The Research Portal
Wikiversity page count. Note: Before the official launch of Wikiversity as a project, in August 2006, some course materials were already produced on Wikibooks.

Welcome to Wikiversity's research portal! This is intended to be a quick link out to resources about what research is, how to do research, what kinds of research there are, as well as research activities within Wikiversity. You can find all research-related pages from Category:Research - but hopefully on this page you are just one or two clicks away from where you want to be!

If you are interested in research - of any description - or simply want to find who else is doing research on Wikiversity, please see the researchers page - and please feel free to add yourself and your interests..

Please also note: Wikiversity is still very young - we would appreciate your input in all aspects of our work - developing resources, as well as our research guidelines. Even this page itself is under heavy construction - please bear with us - or, preferably, pitch in.

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Developing Wikiversity through action research in its largest sense, the question this project will address is "Why Wikiversity?" In other words: why does Wikiversity exist, and what does its existence mean for the world of education, and for you and me? Wikiversity is a repository of learning materials, a resource for self-study, a space for collaboration, a space in which to learn collaboratively, a space to explore about learning, a space to learn about teaching, etc. So, how does Wikiversity do all this - "how" in the sense of "by what means" - and, crucially, "by what values"..

Learning to learn a wiki way - 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 exemplar of how a wiki can be used for learning and to refine, develop and expand on the social practice of using wikis for learning.

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Searching for water and life on Mars. The map shows a possible landing site at Eos Chasma.

Selected research

Research policy
The Wikiversity project proposal included the idea of allowing some research activities inside Wikiversity. Please read - and help develop our research guidelines on our multilingual coordination Wikiversity.

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Did you know...

The major chromosomal difference between humans and chimpanzees arose when the ancestral ape chromosomes 2A and 2B fused to produce human chromosome 2. See Human Genetic Uniqueness Project.

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"It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas … If you are only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you … On the other hand, if you are open to the point of gullibility and have not an ounce of skeptical sense in you, then you cannot distinguish the useful ideas from the worthless ones." - Carl Sagan

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." - Albert Einstein

Research learning projects
Things you can do
Stock post message.svg To-do list for Portal:Research/New: edit · history · watch · refresh

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Research news

Ten Democracy Projects in Seventy Minutes by Ethan Zuckerman. Should people know what their representatives in Congress are doing? Is Congresspedia the research tool people need to create an open government?

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