[olpc-nz] Fwd: Worth knowing about the content of: Grassroots Digest, Vol 29, Issue 4

Tabitha Roder tabitha at hrdnz.com
Sat Dec 12 14:03:19 EST 2009

Since the OLPC grassroots list has postings about NZ, I decided to forward
in case anyone here doesn't yet know about WikiEducator and Wayne
Mackintosh's efforts towards a national OER.

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Message: 1
From: Edward Cherlin <echerlin at gmail.com>

New Zealanders, FYI.

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From: Wayne Mackintosh <mackintosh.wayne at gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 22:49
Subject: [WikiEducator] Can local help global? -- Expanding
opportunities for sharing
To: WikiEducator <wikieducator at googlegroups.com>,
wikieducator-teacher-collaboration-forum at googlegroups.com

Hi Everyone,

Here in New Zealand, Kiwi educators are in the early phases of
establishing a national OER commons for the school sector on
WikiEducator (http://wikieducator.org/OERNZ).

We have benefited tremendously from the international WikiEducator
experience and teachers from New Zealand have also participated in our
international Learning4Content workshops. Continuing the OER
Foundation's commitment to open philanthropy, all our planning
documentation and resources are developed openly in the wiki and
hopefully some of our work will be of use for other countries to adapt
and modify when establishing their own national OER collaborations.

Today we published the first issue of OERNZ News --- a short 2-page
newsletter which can be printed and distributed in the pigeon holes of
teachers at local schools. Hopefuly this will help connect the
"disconnected" -- teachers who have much to contribute to OER, but who
may not regularly surf the online world.

One way OERNZ can contribute back to the community (apart from
releasing the Newsletter under an open license :-) ), is to provide
the source files of the Newsletter in open editable formats.
Therefore, if there are articles, content or ideas which other
national initiatives would like to re-use --- they can easily be
copied and reconfigured for re-use in other contexts. We have uploaded
the OERNZ news files in the Scribus (.sla) format (an open source
desktop publishing application -- see: http://www.scribus.net/ ).

You will find a copy of the OERNZ News and links to the source files here:


I look forward to seeing other national OER collaborations starting on
WikiEducator.? OER is not restricted to teaching materials -- we
should also share the resources (like newsletters) we use to support
and promote our projects.

Gee -- you gotta love the open model!


Wayne Mackintosh, Ph.D.
International Centre for Open Education,
Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand.
Board of Directors, OER Foundation.
Founder and Community Council Member, Wikieducator, www.wikieducator.org
Mobile +64 21 2436 380
User Page: http://wikieducator.org/User:Mackiwg
Skype: WGMNZ1
Twitter: OERFoundation, Mackiwg

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