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WikiEducator; a promising star in the OER world

Dr. Wayne along with school children
after signing Open Education Declaration
at Warrington School Otago

WikiEducator (www.wikieducator.org)  is an online community project founded by Dr. Wayne Mackintosh for working collaboratively towards a free version of the education curriculum. It was launched in 2006 using MediaWiki, a free and open technology. WikiEducator aims to build a thriving and sustainable global community dedicated to the design, development and delivery of free content for learning in realization of a free version of the education curriculum by 2015.

Dr. Wayne Mackintosh has set up the prototype of WikiEducator in a desktop machine and registered the WikiEducator domain name during February 2006 in New Zealand. In April 2006, the prototype was moved onto a hosted server with the financial assistance of Cmmonwealth of Learning (COL). By 2009 WikiEducator’s activities and influence have expanded well beyond the Commonwealth and it became an independent entity as from 1 J…

ONLINE OPEN DISTANCE LEARNING; Promise for the future

A saturated classroom study setup.

Development of formal classroom study setups are now in a saturated situation. In most places further development of infrastructure for conventional classroom learning, especially for higher education, is quite difficult. In the administrative side reasons are many like constrain of space, resources, etc. In the learners' and parents' side, now a day, majority of people do not have the financial health to spend a life time for education alone. In these tightening economic situations, work and study is the only principle that can keep higher education accessible to all who seek it.

Education - a costly commodity

In the present educational set up, Universities and Educational Institutions require very large amount of money for planning and providing quality education. We are living in an age where complete State funding of Universities and Educational Institutions are simply not possible. Therefore, private universities, for-profit as well as no…

Transnational Qualification Framework (TQF)

A Transnational Qualification Framework (TQF) is a developing system of framework for educational qualifications that would be recognized internationally.

A Qualification Framework is primarily an official document that clearly defines each and every qualification brought under it. It may also provide a hierarchy of qualifications. In system view it is a meta-data model that is an all encompassing framework to integrate the qualifications issued by different academic bodies into a common structure. It consists of a set of common reference points, referring to learning outcomes, supported by a range of tools and techniques, regardless of the system where a particular qualification was acquired.

In the present world socio-economic situations a Transnational Qualification Framework is very much required because of the following.

Frameworks can provide towards a system that is based on learning outcomes and the implied shift from a teaching based system to a learning based system.
It can …

eGovernance - A quick starter guide

I. INTRODUCTION

Now a day eGovernance occupies the topmost position in the agenda of almost all Governments in the world and lot of public money is being pumped to eGovernance initiatives. Therefore very intelligent planning is required to produce desired returns.

eGovernance can be defined as ICT assisted Good governance. Therefore eGovernance initiatives necessarily should have all the components required for Good governance.

This quick starter guide is neaither a solution nor a proposal, where as it is a brief compilation of best practices that can ignite eGovernance discussions.

In the area of eGovernance, the shortest method to get realistic inputs for planning is study of failures. Some of the most common reasons for failures are listed below:
Absence of proper system studyAbsence of proper documentation Absence of proper organization structure Absence of committed involvement by the top management in the process, especially in he three crucial steps as listed 1 to 3 above. Ab…