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Wikiversity; or education meets the free culture movement: An ethnographic investigation

Published on Sep 27, 2008in First Monday
· DOI :10.5210/fm.v13i10.2234
Norm Friesen16
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Janet Hopkins1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, has challenged the way that reference works are used and understood, and even the way that the collective enterprise of knowledge construction and circulation is itself conceptualized. The article presents an ethnographic study of Wikiversity, an educationally-oriented sister project to Wikipedia. It begins by providing an overview of the orientations and aims of Wikiversity, which seeks to provide for participants both open educational contents and an open educational community. It then undertakes a detailed examination of this project's emerging, overlapping communities and cultures by providing descriptions produced through a combination of ethnographic techniques. These descriptions focus on the experiences of a participant-observer in the context of a eleven-week course developed and delivered via Wikiversity, titled Composing Free and Open Online Educational Resources. These descriptions are discussed and interpreted through reference to qualitative studies of the more developed dynamics of the Wikipedia effort --allowing this study to trace the possible trajectories for the future development of the fledgling Wikiversity project. In this way, this paper investigates the communal and cultural dynamics of an undertaking that --should it meet only with a fraction of Wikipedia's success-- will be of obvious significance to education generally.
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Preben Hansen15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Stockholm University),
Henrik Hansson5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Stockholm University)
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Yuri Gordienko5
Estimated H-index: 5
(NAS: National Academy of Sciences),
Sergii Stirenko6
Estimated H-index: 6
(National Technical University)
+ 1 AuthorsL. V. Bekenov5
Estimated H-index: 5
(NAS: National Academy of Sciences)
The current tendency of human learning and teaching is targeted to development and integration of digital technologies (like cloud solutions, mobile technology, learning analytics, big data, augmented reality, natural interaction technologies, etc.). Our Science Gateway (http://scigate.imp.kiev.ua) in collaboration with High Performance Computing Center (http://hpcc.kpi.ua) is aimed on the close cooperation among the main actors in learning and researching world (teachers, students, scientists, ...
Published on Mar 29, 2013in Library Hi Tech News
Dinesh K. Gupta3
Estimated H-index: 3
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Veerbala Sharma2
Estimated H-index: 2
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to study and highlight the implementation and implications of crowdsourcing around the globe.Design/methodology/approach – The study is based on a review of the literature related to applications of crowdsourcing.Findings – Crowdsourcing via the Web is a creative mode of user interactivity. It is an online problem‐solving model that has emerged in recent years and its scope and implementation are being explored extensively and rapidly.Practical implications...
Published on Jan 1, 2013
Bayan AbuShawar2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Eric Atwell22
Estimated H-index: 22
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Magdi Sawalha
Wikiversity is an online open-source public repository for University-level teaching and learning materials, based on the Wikipedia architecture for "crowd-sourcing": it relies on volunteers to collaborate by actively contributing their knowledge for the common good. Undoubtedly a huge volume of learning resources exists on the WWW, but scattered on individual websites, in a wide range of formats and structures. Individual lecturers prepare online teaching materials to support their own teaching...
Published on Dec 10, 2012
Norman Friesen1
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Alex Kuskis1
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Th is chapter focuses on the pedagogical and technological aspects of interaction in distance education. It reviews a number of types of interaction and suggests areas and approaches to research that will expand our understanding and competence in using new tools, technologies, and techniques. Th e rapid growth of social networks like Facebook, both on and off university campuses, together with access to the Internet over portable devices, has more recently confi rmed and hastened the expansion ...
Published on Jun 1, 2012in Journal of Computer Assisted Learning2.45
Norm Friesen16
Estimated H-index: 16
(TRU: Thompson Rivers University),
S. Lowe2
Estimated H-index: 2
(TRU: Thompson Rivers University)
Facebook and other social media have been hailed as delivering the promise of new, socially engaged educational experiences for students in undergraduate, self-directed, and other educational sectors. A theoretical and historical analysis of these media in the light of earlier media transformations, however, helps to situate and qualify this promise. Specifically, the analysis of dominant social media presented here questions whether social media platforms satisfy a crucial component of learning...
Published on Jun 1, 2012in Journal of Computer Assisted Learning2.45
Norm Friesen16
Estimated H-index: 16
(TRU: Thompson Rivers University),
S. Lowe2
Estimated H-index: 2
(TRU: Thompson Rivers University)
Facebook and other social media have been hailed as delivering the promise of new, socially engaged educational experiences for students in undergraduate, self-directed, and other educational sectors. A theoretical and historical analysis of these media in the light of earlier media transformations, however, helps to situate and qualify this promise. Specifically, the analysis of dominant social media presented here questions whether social media platforms satisfy a crucial component of learning...
Published on Jan 1, 2011
Henk Huijser9
Estimated H-index: 9
(University of Southern Queensland),
Michael Sankey9
Estimated H-index: 9
(University of Southern Queensland)
This chapter outlines the potential benefits of incorporating Web 2.0 technologies in a contemporary higher education context, before identifying possible ways of doing this, as well as expected challenges. It uses the University of Southern Queensland, primarily a distance education provider, as the context for many of its case study examples. In particular, it addresses the important role of the allowances of particular Learning Management Systems (LMSs) in pedagogical applications of Web 2.0 ...
Published on Jan 1, 2011
Lynne Hunt9
Estimated H-index: 9
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Henk Huijser9
Estimated H-index: 9
(University of Southern Queensland),
Michael Sankey9
Estimated H-index: 9
(University of Southern Queensland)
This chapter shows how virtual and physical learning spaces are shaped by pedagogy. It explores the shift in pedagogy from an orientation to teaching to an emphasis on student learning. In so doing, it touches on Net Generation literature indicating that this concept has a poor fit with the diverse nature of student populations engaged in lifelong learning. The argument is that the skill set required for lifelong learning is not age related. At the core of the chapter is a case study of the Univ...
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