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Success and reach of Learning4Content (L4C); a facilitator’s testimony

Learning4content (L4C)  is an innovative wiki skills training programme of Wikieducator.org project, presently facilitated by the Open Educational Resources Foundation (OERF). The L4C  was started as a sub project of the eLearning for development programme of Commonwealth of Learning (COL) with funding support from the Hewlett Foundation, when COL was the home for Wikieducator.org project. The core idea of Learning4Content is to provide free skills training in wiki technology for educators in exchange for a voluntary donation of knowledge in the form of a free content lesson on WikiEducator.org. Soon this initiative was proved to be a big success and today L4C is the world's largest (online & off-line) free initiative to train wiki as well as freely sharable learning material development skills!
When we talk about L4C we cannot leave Wikieducatior.org unmentioned because Wikieducator.org is the ecosystem where L4C flourishes. Wikieducator.org, a media-wiki technology based web…

A revolutionary decade of Wikipedia

Wikipedia completes a revolutionary decade on 15th January 2011. The concept of an open source web-based online encyclopedia was proposed by Richard Stallman around 1999. Wikipedia was formally launched on 15 January 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger using the concept and technology of a wiki pioneered by Ward Cunningham. Wikipedia was originally started as a side-project to allow collaboration on articles prior to entering the peer review process of then existed Nupedia that was launched on March 9, 2000 (by Jimmy Wales) to publish peer reviewed encyclopedic content freely. But the world's preference stayed with Wikipedia and thus we got today's WP.
Just an overview of the domain of knowledge sharing during pre-WP and post-WP eras is sufficient enough for anybody to recognize WP as the greatest technology-mediated-knowledge-revolution of modern time with 15 million freely usable articles in over two hundred languages created by a million registered users and countless anon…