Community Media space on WikiEducator

    | April 12, 2010

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    The Community Media space on WikiEducator (http://www.wikieducator.org/Community_Media) brings together 40 organizations and 100 people from around the world working in community media. The space is for sharing ideas and resources on strengthening media organizations and using media for learning about farming, skills development, health, secondary schooling, etc.

    WikiEducator (http://www.wikieducator.org) is an open source, global education project, in the top one per cent of the world’s websites, with more than 7,500 registered users and 7,500 unique visits per month.

    How is it unique?
    The Community Media space is a site for Community Media/radio practitioners to collaboratively develop, share, remix and reuse Open Education Resources (OERs). These are materials directly relevant to the work done in communities around the world, and developed by people who are actually doing the work. The OERs include: radio scripts, case studies, training curricula and manuals, workshop materials, learning programmes, pilot projects, and more. It’s also a networking space, linking members and sharing community events.

    Free Wiki skills training:
    WikiEducator provides free wiki skills training on a monthly basis, through an innovative program funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). People who participate in the online course can receive certification. Learning outcomes focus on knowledge of the mediawiki language (or “syntax”) and practical applications which allow users to put their materials on the wiki. COL offers additional training support for special projects.

    For more information or to join:
    You can join the Community Media space by visiting: http://groups.google.com/group/community-media, and by following the instructions to “Join this group.” You will need to enter a Gmail e-mail address. If you don’t have one, you can create one at https://www.google.com/accounts/NewAccount. Alternatively, you may email Ian Pringle at ipringle@col.org, and he will subscribe you, using your regular e-mail address.

    Links:
    -Community Media space – http://www.wikieducator.org/Community_Media
    -Community of Practice – http://groups.google.com/group/community-media
    -Free Wiki skills training – http://www.wikieducator.org/Learning4Content