Wikiversity:Learning projects/Guide

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The original source of this discussion was the Colloquium.

Guide to Learning projects[edit]

I think we can develop a Guide to Learning projects based on Guide to WikiProject in wikipedia. This could help clearer up things about Learning projects. Srinivasasha 06:24, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

I like the idea of a Guide to Learning projects. Wikipedia WikiProjects are mostly concerned with "the improvement of articles within a certain subject area". I think Wikiversity should view its pages in the "School:" and "Topic:" namespaces as "WikiProjects" for the improvement of Wikiversity educational content in certain subject areas. In my mind, it is easy to divide Wikiversity educational content into two broad categories: learning projects (activities for learners) and more static learning materials. At Wikimania this past Summer Jimmy Wales announced the launch of Wikiversity and said, "..... the idea here is to also host learning communities, so people who are actually trying to learn, actually have a place to come and interact and help each other figure out how to learn things. We're also going to be hosting and fostering research into how these kinds of things can be used more effectively." (source) I think that last sentence in Jimbo's statement is important because it emphasizes the reality that we need to discover efficient ways to form and foster learning communities in the form of Wikiversity learning projects. Here at the start of the project, Wikiversity learning projects need to encourage participants to explore topics that they want to learn about while also encouraging those same participants to create the educational content of Wikiversity. --JWSchmidt 16:40, 1 December 2006 (UTC)
I was taking about Learning project's organizing issues not its contents. I think Learning project's organizing issues is very similar to organizing issues in WikiProjects in wikipedia. Srinivasasha 02:33, 2 December 2006 (UTC)
I agree; they are both wiki-based collaborations. Most of the Wikipedia WikiProjects are concerned with efforts to create/improve/develop encyclopedia articles for a topic area. Wikiversity learning projects can have many different objectives and are themselves part of the educational content of Wikiversity. I have to admit that I have never understood why there are some Wikipedia participants who think it is their job to try to regulate WikiProjects. I've always just ignored those efforts to regulate collaborations at Wikipedia. Exactly what kinds of "organizing issues" are you interested in? --JWSchmidt 02:57, 2 December 2006 (UTC)

The guide proposed above has been started at Wikiversity:Learning_projects. Mirwin 06:01, 13 September 2007 (UTC)