CIDER session with Dr. Wayne MacKintosh

We would like to invite you to the next presentation in our series of free CIDER sessions. Our next session features a presentation and discussion with Dr. Wayne MacKintosh from the Commonwealth of Learning.

Title: WikiEducator: A return to the traditions of the academy?

Higher education systems around the world are challenged by increasing costs of provision. The Open Education Resource (OER) movement shows considerable potential to reduce cost, improve quality and widen access to educational opportunities. Facilitated by the power of social software in a connected world as evidenced by the phenomenal success of the Wikimedia Foundation projects and the WikiEducator initiative, educators can now take command of their own destiny by returning to the core value of education, namely to share knowledge freely.

This session will reflect and report on progress of the WikiEducator project by exploring (1) how the research and practice of Open Distance Learning can contribute to the success of emerging knowledge production models in the OER arena; (2) how social software is shifting the power of knowledge back to the academy where it belongs; and (3) preliminary thoughts on the sustainability of peer-collaboration models of OER knowledge production.

When: Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 11am-12pm MDT (Edmonton)

Where: Online via Elluminate at:

Please make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that we can use the Voice over IP functionality built into the web conferencing software. Please note that it is extremely important that you get your system set up prior to the start of the event. Information on installing the necessary software and configuring your PC is available at in the “First Time Users” section.

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