This webinar is hosted in English
Using Wikipedia Articles for Rapid Deployment of OER Textbooks by Steve Foerster
While not commonly referred to as such, Wikipedia can be considered the largest repository of open educational resources in the world. This presentation focuses on the strength of Wikipedia as a collection of openly licensed learning objects, and how combining its articles into chapters and entire textbooks is easier than it might at first appear. Discussion is included on the difficulties surrounding the production and maintenance of textbooks that are open educational resources, an overview of Wikipedia's "Book Creator" tool, and responses to expected objections. Additional topics include considerations for use of images included in Wikipedia articles, handling nebulous claims of authorship, what open textbook repositories may be receptive to including textbooks generated by Wikipedia's Book Creator tool, and whether the opportunity provided by Wikipedia articles is sufficient to warrant founding a specific community of OER practitioners to take advantage of it.
Steve Foerster holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems from Charter Oak State College in Connecticut and a Master's degree in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He has worked in various administrative and faculty positions for colleges and universities in the U.S. for nearly ten years while maintaining a research focus on international education issues, particularly those relevant to the South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and West Indies regions.
A longtime OER advocate, for several years Mr. Foerster has been active with WikiEducator, an international organization that uses Web 2.0 technologies and social networking to foster collaboration to develop open curricula primarily for the developing world.
Mr. Foerster and his family alternate between Northern Virginia, U.S. and the Commonwealth of Dominica in the West Indies. More about him is available at http://hiresteve.com