mercredi 30 avril 2008

Sharings ...

Last weeks assignements of OER course concerned sharings :
  • pictures first
  • audio then
  • videos at last
I am afraid I didn't achieve all of them. But why ?
The classical first answer is "I have so much to do". That's ture of course and last weeks were really tensed. But, of course, that's a wrong answer. It just mean that current assignements where not on my top priorities.

Let's have some guesses concerning why it was not top priorities.

Firstly, it is always hard to keep motivated through a long lasting course or project, and it is particularly true online where jumping from a point of interest to another is a rule.
Secondly, to my point of view, those assignements are not really great challenges. Something is missing to give sufficient interest to this. Maybe, I should have given myself an additional constraint, but motivation was missing.
Thirdly, an impression of repetition in all those assignements.
And last, but not least, collaboration is missing, but this last point is hard to attain in such course.

Reading all this, I think this is a kind of first evaluation. But, it doesn't reflect my point of view concerning OER course. This was a great idea, and this is still.
Some of the participant tried to develop links between us and maybe can we find some continuation.
I just think, at this time, that the problem is a problem of rhythm.

More on evaluation and feedback is coming.
... soon ....

... Hopefully ;-)

vendredi 11 avril 2008

Nice Picture

I wanted to publish this picture for a while, but keeping it on my computer to use it to fullfill this home work.

Now it is published on Flickr, and with correct information and license.

No time for now to include it in Commons, but soon for sure.

jeudi 10 avril 2008

Wikimedia and all its projects

Ooops , I am really getting late.

Maybe, I didn't really feel motivated enough last week.

Concerning the organisation, one realize that behind an esay to use tool ((Media)wiki) there is a considerable organisation to get structured content. My own experience helped me to realize that this organistion in slightly diffreent between the different projects depending on people involved, their own priorities and level of structuration.

The other axis is organisation of content which is quite clear in an educational view :
  • wikipedia, wiktionary, wikiquote for "basic", extended, NPOV knowledge
  • wikimediacommons as repository for medias content used in other projects
  • wikibooks as organisation of knowledge in a progressive, organised, pedagogical manner
  • wikiversity handle more dynamic content as it concerns organisation of learning : definition of course and real course hosting (as OER course).
This is definitely a sound organisation, but it needs quite a long explanation and a comparaison to real life that seems to be clear only to scholars.

Concerning impact, I think we all are convinced that this movement will help to increase access to culture, information and knowledge. We also hope tht it will get comparable impact than libre software to software industry.
Will wikimedia be one of the organisations to foster this impact ? For the encyclopedy level, we're now sure. At teaching/learning level, there is still work to do, but experimentations like OER course will definitely constitute valuable experience for the future of Open Knowledge.