Wikiversity:Candidates for Custodianship/Dave Braunschweig

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I'd like to nominate Dave Braunschweig for probationary custodianship. Dave has been contributing significantly to main space learning materials and has been an active contributor to the Colloquium and Wikiversity space discussions, as well being an experienced educator and IT expert. -- Jtneill - Talk - c 11:34, 4 February 2013 (UTC)

YesY Done This starts the 4 week period of probationary custodianship. My apologies for the lengthy delay. I was hoping another bureaucrat would activate as I have nominated and offered to mentor (I would generally prefer someone else to add the custodian rights), but we clearly need more active custodians. [1] -- Jtneill - Talk - c 23:00, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

Questions[edit source]

  1. What are your best contributions to Wikiversity , and why? --Tito Dutta (Talk) 10:44, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
    My best contribution to Wikiversity so far is Internet Protocol Analysis. It exemplifies how OER content can be used to replace a textbook and how Wikiversity can be used to provide active learning opportunities rather than simple article learning. The result is much more effective for real-world students, and should also be effective for dedicated Wiki learners. The course is still generating an average of 5 hits a day six months after it was completed. My other contributions are more scattered, creating and cleaning up templates, adding categories to content I am familiar with, and participating in the Colloquium as time allows. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 14:14, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
  2. You have recently supported a speedy deletion request, did you notice that that the same article is being discussed at RFD Wikiversity:Requests_for_Deletion#Kedar_Joshi? --Tito Dutta (Talk) 10:44, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
    Yes, I had seen Wikiversity:Requests_for_Deletion#Kedar_Joshi at one point, but had not reviewed the article itself until yesterday. I did a couple of quick searches to find the deletion discussion again but was unsuccessful, so I commented on the article instead. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 14:14, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
    You first answer looks very good, and the second answer, not so much! I don't know how you tried to search, directly visiting WV:RFD or searching with Kedar Joshi prefix:Wikiversity:Requests for Deletion could be helpful! --Tito Dutta (Talk) 18:42, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
    I understand that this is an issue that interests you. However, the search method wasn't relevant, as I was specifically requested by User:Draubb to review his recent efforts. His comments were on the article itself, and I followed up there. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 01:02, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Comments[edit source]

As I mentioned to James, if he's willing to nominate and mentor me, and the community is willing to have me, I'd be honored to support Wikiversity as a probationary custodian. I'm relatively new to the community, having only been active since October 2012. However, I've been quite active since then with a complete course developed and a variety of other edits, including several templates.

My "real-world" students have indicated that they prefer the Wikiversity course format to the textbook series they were using previously, and their mastery of the material is better so far with Wikiversity than with the equivalent textbook material. So, I'm now a strong advocate for Wikiversity. The best example of my approach to course development can be found at Introduction to Open Educational Resources, something I wrote to help encourage fellow educators to develop OER. I would sum up the approach as: Use existing resources where possible and provide active learning opportunities to help learners master and apply the concepts.

In terms of agenda as a Custodian, I don't have one other than to help support the community. But I do have several decades of experience supporting computer systems and users. If you review some of the discussion threads I've participated in, you'll find I'm big on a consensus approach to Wikiversity. And being a relative newcomer myself, I'm sensitive to those just getting started, and thankful that no one bit me when I made some of my first edits.

I'm sure I still have a lot to learn, but if approved, I'll do my best to help out where I can.

-- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 23:58, 4 February 2013 (UTC)

  • plenty of contributions plus helpful with wikicode. I also have not seen any problems with Dave Braunschweig. - Sidelight12 Talk 17:15, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

Custodians willing to mentor[edit source]

I'm willing to mentor. Dave has indicated his willingness/acceptance here. -- Jtneill - Talk - c 11:34, 4 February 2013 (UTC)

Probationary custodian period started[edit source]

Mentor's recommendation for full custodian status[edit source]

Per the mentor's permission, I am nominating User:Dave Braunschweig for full custodian status. During an extended mentorship period, far beyond the norm, Dave has continued to tirelessly serve the Wikiversity community. I'll specially note this action, clear, moderate, and correct.

CentralAuth shows 14,500 edits to Wikiversity today, which includes deleted edits. As a custodian, Dave does not normally delete pages unilaterally, other than the usual spam or vandalism, but when he finds a problem page, he may nominate it with Template:Proposed deletion. As he is the only reliably active custodian, and after the period expires with no user removing the template, he does delete, and this then gives him a high deleted edit count, currently 1,202 (see edit stats below). In one case, I questioned a deletion of his, based on a speedy deletion request by another user, and he immediately undeleted for discussion.

Sysop actions:

I have no hesitation recommending Dave as a permanent custodian. --Abd (discusscontribs) 15:45, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

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