Dear all,

Apologies for cross-posting; I believe this timely announcement will be of interest to both lists.

I am pleased to announce that Communicate OER will hold its first Wikipedia trainings at the Open Education conference in Vancouver next week. We enthusiastically invite remote participation, primarily through our project coordination page on Wikipedia.

Communicate OER is a year-long effort to support people in the OER world in working together to improve relevant Wikipedia content. It is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and sponsored by the University of Mississippi. We are also proud to have the endorsement of the OER Foundation and Creative Commons.

One of the long-run aims of this project is to establish some continuity between the kind of discussion that takes place on these lists, and elsewhere in this community, with the information available to the world at large about OER and openness in education. As with so many topics, Wikipedia is often the first place people go to scaffold their understanding of OER and related topics; but the content there is largely disorganized, out of date, or simply lacking. This project is not an effort to advocate for OER (which would be against Wikipedia policy), but to help provide accurate, up-to-date, well-cited information via Wikipedia (and, where relevant, other peer-produced web sites).

We hope you will join us on Wikipedia -- especially during next week's launch, when we expect to have a flurry of activity! Please sign up on our "Team" page:

And then click the "Do" tab to get started!


p.s. For those who will be attending Open Education 2012, see this announcement for some more details -- including where we're meeting for happy hour Monday evening!
Pete Forsyth
Project Lead, Communicate OER
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