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"Education [...] is a process of living and not a preparation for future living." — John Dewey (discuss)

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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This Spanish course for beginners contains 19 chapters. Each chapter addresses progressively more difficult vocabulary and grammar arranged around a specific everyday topic, and each chapter contains a country focus section with information about a particular hispanophone country.

Prehistoric Rock Art
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This is an example of rock art from the cave of El Tajo de las Figuras in southern Spain. The painting depicts deer, birds and people. The art in the cave comes from the paleolithic and neolithic eras. 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.

Iberian rock art - Images of the Stone Age - Prehistoric art
The Wikimedia Atlas of Prehistory - Prehistory images - History images


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.

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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:
DeutschFrançaisРусскийČeštinaItalianoPortuguêsEspañolالعربيةSvenskaSuomiSlovenščinaΕλληνικά日本語한국어हिन्दी中文Other

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.