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Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning. We invite teachers, students, and researchers to join us in creating open educational resources and collaborative learning communities. To learn more about Wikiversity, try a guided tour, learn about adding content, or start editing now.

Today's Featured Project
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Nonlinear finite elements is a course of about 150 to 200 pages designed by mechanical engineering researcher User:Banerjee. It is the best developed of a number of related mechanical engineering projects created by the same user - other projects include Introduction to Elasticity (about 100 pages) and Waves in composites and metamaterials (a 25-page lecture series). Nonlinear finite elements contains a lecture series, homework assignments and solutions. Course description: "an introductory course on nonlinear finite element analysis of solid mechanics and heat transfer problems. Nonlinearities can be caused by changes in geometry or be due to nonlinear material behavior. Both types of nonlinearities are covered in this course. The course aims to (1) provide the mathematical foundations of the finite element formulation for engineering applications (solids, heat, fluids) and (2) expose students to some of the recent trends and research areas in finite elements." For related materials, see also continuum mechanic, finite element analysis and nonlinear finite elements (category).

The Moon Landing
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This photograph is taken from the Apollo 11 expedition to the moon in 1969. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is on the left, and the lunar module is on the right. Click on the image for a full size version which you can freely re-use and modify. Print it and use it for your lessons, integrate it into your pages on Wikiversity, or use it in other learning resources and websites. Use the links below to find more images like this one.

Images of the Apollo mission
Images of human spaceflights - Images of space exploration
History images in general


This image is a part of the
Educational Media Awareness Campaign, raising awareness among educators about the availability and usage of millions of free internet media in education.

2020

  • 1 May: Clinical psychology students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have updated Evidence-based assessment.
  • 30 April POGILs provide a structured format for engaging learning resources. See POGIL to learn how.
  • 19 April: The spring 2020 classes in English 105 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are finishing up their Federal Writers' Project – Life Histories pages.
  • 12 April: Programming Fundamentals provides an introduction to programming. New programmers should start with Python. Experienced programmers can follow the examples to quickly learn COBOL structure and help address the COVID-19 COBOL programmer shortage.
  • 21 March: Educators who are transitioning to distance learning and desire help are encouraged to post a request at Wikiversity:Colloquium.
  • 19 March: The learning resource COVID-19 is under development and require update and support especially for
    • translation,
    • checking,
    • updating, ...
Keep in mind that there is also Wikipedia:COVID-19 resource for encyclopedic content about the Corona virus, the Wikiversity COVID-19 is designed as a learning resource.
Wikiversity's sister projects

Wikiversity is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that also hosts a range of other multilingual and free-content projects:

Wikipedia
Wikipedia
Free-content encyclopedia
Wikibooks
Wikibooks
Free textbooks and manuals
Commons
Commons
Shared media repository
Wiktionary
Wiktionary
Dictionary and thesaurus
Wikiquote
Wikiquote
Collection of quotations
Wikinews
Wikinews
Free-content news
Wikispecies
Wikispecies
Directory of species
Wikisource
Wikisource
Free-content library
Wikivoyage
Wikivoyage
Open travel guide
Meta-Wiki
Meta-Wiki
Wikimedia project coordination
MediaWiki
MediaWiki
Free software development
Wikidata
Wikidata
Free knowledge base

Wikiversity is also available in other languages:
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Main Page[edit]

Other pages that explore proposed changes: Wikiversity:Main page design changes and .Talk:Main Page.

Critique of the current main page[edit]

The current Main Page was first designed at User:Trevor MacInnis/MainPage starting in the first week after the Wikiversity project launch. Additional development of that design took place at Wikiversity:Main Page/Design. Like the original Main Page design, the current design arguably still contains many links that are irrelevant to new visitors. The current design was influenced by experienced Wikipedia participants who have since pehraps not contributed significantly to the Wikiversity project. As such, the current Main Page may serve best experienced Wikipedians who follow a link to Wikiversity.

As a young project, Wikiversity needs is to attract new participants, most of whom may not be experienced wiki editors. Does the main page serve the needs of Wikiversity or is it an artifact resulting from the efforts of a few Wikipedians who created it and then went back to Wikipedia?

Main Page namespace[edit]

Which namespace should the Main Page be in? The current Main Page is in the "Wikiversity:" namespace because it is viewed as a "meta page" about the Wikiversity project. An alternative would be to return the Main Page to the main namespace so that it can take on the primary function of being a learning resource; a page where new visitors can learn about the Wikiversity project.

Main Page target audience[edit]

The Main Page should be designed for the least knowledgeable visitors with the least wiki experience. These "Wikiversity naive" visitors need to be efficiently guided to basic information about wiki, the purpose and mission of Wikiversity and the current status of Wikiversity (essentially, a content development effort). New visitors who are not experienced wiki editors need to be shown how easy it is to participate by editing Wikiversity pages. More experienced wiki users can take care of themselves and make use of the pages linked to in the "navigation" and "community" side boxes. Can we identify a few key types of Wikiversity Main Page visitors and re-design the main page so as to better serve them?

Current redesign is 0.3, available here.