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In search of Wikiversity course formats that are well-suited for the wiki user interface.
Background and proposals[edit source]
In November 2005 the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees rejected the first Wikiversity project proposal and instructed the Wikiversity community to modify the proposal to "exclude online-courses". The Board requested that the Wikiversity community "clarify [the] concept of e-learning" that will guide Wikiversity. The modified Wikiversity project proposal that was approved by the Board calls for two major components of Wikiversity:
1) learning materials
2) learning activities.
The Wikiversity model for e-learning is discussed at the Wikiversity Education Portal.
If we assume that "exclude online-courses" meant to avoid traditional and conventional online courses, then which formats of learning projects would be acceptable wiki-courses?
I've proposed another namespace (or boilerplate, at least) that can perhaps split up the burgeoning Topic: namespace and add what I think is a useful structural element to WV. I call it the Wikiversity:Practicum boilerplate. It is partially inspired by the Learning to learn a wiki way presentation, which I liked so much that I redirected Learning Group in the main namespace to it.
The Practicum: namespace would be a learning environment for PAR, based on participation, action, research, empowerment, community-building, positive social change, public discourse and critical reflection. I think this meshes well with the pedagogy of "real-world" academia.
Practicum:Multilingualism (broad prime example) – I was working on the Multilingual worksheet resource, and serveral others at the same time when I concieved of this. A Multilingualism practicum would have to integrate Learning Groups, Materials, Schools, Portals, Categories, Templates, Help, Talk and many things at once. It could however produce an Interwiki-international macro-community of certified translators and provide them with tools to expedite the work of translating Wikiversity.
Practicum:Sounds of the Wikiverse (another broad example) – I've sortof primed all this up in peripherals to the Wikiversity the Movie project, (tentative name, Wikio) combining everything from lessons like Introduction to Portuguese and groups like A Wikivervity Garage Band through Topic:Internet Audio building cross-school collaborations between School:Music, School:Journalism with ecclectic stubs to School:Computer Science toward a complex holistic form, which to me is a definative Academic Practicum.