Wikiversity:Colloquium/archives/August 2012

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Wikiversity nominated for award

Hi all,

My name is Matthew Roth, Global Comms Manager at the Wikimedia Foundation. We just got the following notice in through the press queue on OTRS. I'm not familiar with the publication or the award, but assuming it's legitimate, I'm putting the info here. I hope this is the best place to post. Please let me know if not. I also apologize if this appears to be spam or is not useful. If that is the case, please feel free to close this discussion or delete post haste. Thanks! Matthew (WMF) (talk) 17:09, 1 August 2012 (UTC)


Dear Wikiversity:

Congratulations! We’re happy to inform you that you have been nominated for an People’s Choice Award. Nominations were made by our readers and other members of the free education community. The category for which you have been nominated is: Best Non-Video Open Education Resource.

Voting will take place online from now until Friday, August 31. Anyone can vote, so we encourage you to send the ballot to your colleagues, followers and friends:

We’ll announce the winners of the awards on in early September, and will provide updates about the awards on our site, Facebook page and Twitter feed @EducationPortal. Again, congratulations on being recognized as a leading education revolutionary. Good luck!

Best regards,

Stacy Redd

The nominations are in! readers and members of the OCW community have chosen the best of OCW as nominees for the OCW People’s Choice Awards.

Voting has begun. Anyone is welcome to vote, so please forward the ballot on to your colleagues, friends and followers: Winners will be announced August 31 on

Follow us on Twitter @EducationPortal to stay informed!

•Best User Experience

           Flat World Knowledge
           UC Irvine OCW
           American Museum of Natural History

•Best Video Lectures

           MIT OCW
           UCLA Video Lectures

•Best Non-Video Open Education Resource

           Students Circle Network
           OER Glue

•Most Engaging Resource

           Khan Academy
           FGV Online

•Best Instructional Supplement

           College Open Textbooks
           DNA from the Beginning

•Most Interactive Resource

           Open Culture
           Bridge to Success
           Tufts OCW

•Most Open Resource

           Kansas State University Human Nutrition (HN 400) Flexbook
           Open Michigan

•Most Progressive

           Process Arts
           African Virtual University
           Open Badges

•Best New Face in the Free Education Movement

           CrashCourse YouTube

•Best Advocate for Free/Open Education

           Nicole Allen, Textbook Rebellion
           Nick Shockey, Right to Research Coalition
           David Wiley, BYU

Builders at Wikiversity

Builders should be recognized and celebrated as well as students, teachers and researchers at Wikiversity. Click here for more information. Planotse (talk) 21:06, 11 August 2012 (UTC)

Proposal: School of Creativity

I have posted some content, and done a very small amount of exploring the (very large) Wikiversity.

I am reluctant to start the School of Creativity all by myself, because I know so little about "how to do it best". But the topic is notable, important, relevant, and necessary -- and also very interdisciplinary!

As I am trying to imagine it, the School of Creativity should be able to support

  • Curricula (interdisciplinary links to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Not necessarily in that order,

but "STEAM" makes a nice acronym.)

  • Courses (for example: Visualization development, Brainstorming, Interplay between Convergent and Divergent Thinking, Lateral Thinking, Problem Solving, Creativity in the Arts, Creativity in the Sciences, Creativity in the Crafts, Great Thinkers and Their Innovations)
  • Lessons (for example, How to Find Your Very Own Personal Solution for Rubik's Cube, How to do Computer Programming in BASIC, Introduction to Machine Theory, Creativity in Twentieth Century Mathematics, etc.)
  • Essays, Articles, Reading lists, Activities

Content is available in the Wikiversity and in its sister Wiki projects. But even more essential than content is the organization of that content so that students can easily find pathways to learning whatever they desire to learn. For example, I learned more about the C++ computer language in two days, by reading a book by Bjarne Stroustrup, its inventer, than I did in two years, trying to wade through 2 gigabytes of inadequately organized (but still important and useful nonetheless) documentation which came with the compiler.

-- Ray Calvin Baker (talk) 19:11, 12 August 2012 (UTC)

<source lang="matlab"> doesn't properly work

Hi, since a while there is a problem with displaying Matlab calculations. Here you can see some Matlab code in the gray box. But if you look at the source you can see that most of the calculation is not shown. This is something new. The calculations in the gray boxes on the bottom of this section (example function ...) are not shown at all. When I created the page of course they were. Greetings, Lipedia (talk) 20:19, 20 August 2012 (UTC)

Proposal: School of Latin American and Chicano Studies

Is there any interest in a School of Latin American and Chicano studies? It would be interdisciplinary in nature, covering both cultural, social, and political aspects of the region. Davidgolding (talk) 20:16, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

Student Union

Please have a look at this proposal for a Student Union. Leutha (talk) 09:24, 29 August 2012 (UTC)

I generally agree with the concept of a Student Union. However, I have some serious concerns with the approach and tone being expressed on this page overall.
  1. "How this problem [of a Student Union] should be addressed is hereby a challenge for Computer Science students. They should build a student union for Wikiversity as part of their learning experience here at Wikiversity." Building additional resources is good, so why limit it? --Marshallsumter (talk) 22:28, 29 August 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for those comments. I must admit I also agree that it would be useful to have a clearer idea of what people mean by "leaders"? Leutha (talk) 00:15, 1 September 2012 (UTC)

Left some feedback at the talk page, ----Erkan Yilmaz uses the Wikiversity:Chat + 01:52, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

Perhaps I should transfer my comments to the talk page for Leaders. --Marshallsumter (talk) 18:58, 19 September 2012 (UTC)
Some comments moved. --Marshallsumter (talk) 14:01, 25 September 2012 (UTC)