The voices for will hear in episode 38 come from nearly antipodal locations but are very much connected as both Florence Devouard and Wayne Mackintosh were recognized in 2021 with Open Awards for Excellence in the Open Infrastructure category.
From one side of the globe, Wayne dialed in from Cromwell, New Zealand to share more about the award winning OER Foundation’s digital learning ecosystem that delivers open learning at scale supported completely by open source software (and at low cost).
And on the other side of this world, Florence Devouard was present from Marseille, France to tell us more about how the infrastructure of Wikifundi provides a way to bring the Wikipedia editing and exploration experience to places in Africa where internet connectivity is weak or absent.
Also joining in the call were Marcela Morales, Una Daly, and Alan Levine from OE Global.
Listen in for more details on how the open infrastructures of the OER Foundation and Wikifundi are making open education available through ingenious uses of open source platforms and content.
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As our podcast introduction says, there’s much to take in at a global level, and in episode 38 we literally spanned the earth to bring you to fascinating projects and inspiring collaborators.
The situation is so different that what they need is not technical support but human support to feel more comfortable, more willing to jump in.Florence Devouard
There are some skills in life that appear simple but are complex to learn, think about riding a push bicycle or learning to swim, you are not going to learn how to swim by reading a book… similarly if you want to learn how to learn on the internet using the tools of the internet it’s important to learn using those tools, rather than a single application like an LMS.Wayne Mackintosh
The nomination period for the 2022 Open Awards for Excellence has closed and are currently in the process of being reviewed by the awards committee. Look for an announcement in October of the new list of award winners and expect to hear their voices into next year here at OEG Voices.
Web Sites and Moments Referenced in Episode 38
- 2021 OE Award for Excellence
- Wiki In Africa
- Vikidia (Wikipedia edited by kids)
- Orange Foundation and Digital Schools Program
- WikiChallenge Ecoles d’Afrique (writing competition) and entries in Vikidia
- Kiwix (download Wikipedia and more for offline reading on mobile devices) – see Kiwix library
- OER Foundation
- 2021 OE Award for Excellence
- OERu Learning Environment
- Example Course Feed (Learning in a Digital Age, LiDA 101)
- OERu Web Services as of August 2022 (OERu Tech Blog)
- Digital skills for OER sharing (DS4OERs, Pacific Island teachers)
- Course reuse combined with local assessment at Western Pacific University, Papua New Guinea
- Samoa – Knowledge Society Initiative
- cOERtc Initiative community of OER as technology cooperative
Our open licensed music for this episode is from the Free Music Archive, a song called Polar Vortex by Parallel Park licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.
The introduction was created with the OEG Voices Mixer features voices of Lori-Beth L, Kristin H, Kevin H, Florence D, Patrina L, Clint L, Maren D, Ajita D, Gardner C, Wayne M, and Alex E (learn how to add your voice to the mix).
We enjoyed our conversation with Florence and Wayne, and here it is open to you to join in.
Do you have a question or comment for @Anthere about the Wikifundi project? Are you curious about the potential of editing Wikipedia offline? Ask right here.
Or do you want to learn about the OER Foundation courses and communities running on 100% open source internet platforms described by @Mackiwg ? Ask right here.
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