Tuesday, April 08, 2008

WEEK 5: An Adult Wikimedia?

The work of the wikimedia foundation is exemplary when it comes to free culture, openness and creating free content. And the relationship among the wikimedia projects, OER and education IMHO will be a growing and deepening endeavour. Much of what other course participants have said this week points out why the wikimedia foundation has had such success;

Where do I see the future of wikipedia, OER and education? That is a big question, that has many parts;
  • First, I see wikipedia as a struggling teenager right now. It is trying to find it's adult persona; financially, and ideologically. Where it ends up in the next few years will determine how it will align with the OER movement and with Education in general.
  • Second, I believe all the WikiMedia projects need to go mobile. IMHO it is the mobile user community that is the road ahead, particularly in regards to OER and Education. We have over 1.3 billion coming of age in the developing world, and easily accessed OER based education is the key.
  • Third, As some of you may have read I believe that for OER to become successful it needs to include assessment and accreditation. I believe WikiMedia needs to create WikiAssess (or something similar).

1 comment:

Juha said...

I consider your third statement as really important factor too, maybe the most important considering the future of OER. I believe the time for just providing passive resources has passed. Self-assessment needs good guidelines and tools to be effective. But how to provide assessment for that and feedback? Is the community the answer? What kind of tools do we need to make this happen?