Archive for November, 2008

Suppport Wikipedia, Wikiversity and more …

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

2008 fundraiser banner button en Suppport Wikipedia, Wikiversity and more …

Have you used Wikipedia this year? I was asking this today in the UOC UNESCO Chair in Elearning Fifth International Seminar in Barcelona (Blog of the event).

Result: 100% positive. I have noticed that in last two years more and more people are “pretty well educated” on how Wikipedia works. Almost everyone see its’ value and quite many know how the articles are written, as well as what are “discussion” and “history”. Many people also understand that in the end of the article there are list of references and links and one many anytime check them, if feels that there is maybe something wrong with the article.

So, please, go and give some money for Wikipedia (and the other projects of the Wikimedia Foundation). Wikipedians and Wikimedians – the community – is doing a great job and the Wikimedia Foundation is making it possible. Disclosure: I am in the advisory board of the Wikimedia Foundation, though they are not paying me anything (and have never, or will expect them to pay me). So, I am also giving.

Also, remember that it is not only Wikipedia. Its much more. Check out all the Wikimedia project.

LeMill is growing while MobilED is becoming small and beautiful

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

LeMill is something we are developing in my research group in Helsinki with our developer friends in Estonia, Hungary and Georgia. Don’t ask whether LeMill must have something to do with geopolitics. Not really – except that it was originally funded by the EU with several new member states (Estonia and Hungary). An interesting anecdote is anyhow, that in LeMill English is still the largest language followed by Russian.

The most active LeMill community is in Georgia. They are running their own LeMill in Georgia in Georgian language. In number of learning resources Georgian LeMill is actually larger than the “central” LeMill.net hosted by us. How this happened?

Some time ago our Estonian friends were presenting LeMill for Georgian educational authorities. They like it, and today the rumor is that LeMill is the national learning material repository of the country.

Today the “central” LeMill.net has 3161 teachers and other learning content creators. It carries 1466 reusable learning content resources, 299 descriptions of teaching and learning methods, and 480 descriptions of teaching and learning tools. Still we keep on saying for people that if your learning resource is not yet in LeMill, please join the community and let’s make it together!

If you are interested in to follow LeMill development you need the RSS of the LeMill blog. If you would like to have a the super cool LeMill t-shirt – heh – write us.

Same time when LeMill is growing we are aiming to create “modest” future for MobilED. MobilED is another project we are working with in my group. MobilED is an audio wiki platform we originally developed with friends in South Africa. The aim was to enhance access to learning materials in such a schools that are lacking materials. We did some experiments and learned a lot. Now we are looking whether the same platform could work as a community media – a platform for a village or neighborhood to share information in a “local newspaper way”. You may read more about this from the MobilED blog.