Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Wiki Project...but people don't contribute.


I tried this:

In January one hundred educators from around the globe were invited to meet in Austin, Texas to mark the tenth anniversary of the New Media Consortium Horizon Project and reflect on no less than the future of education. A Communique from the event listed 10 Major Trends that are having an impact on education globally.


WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF THESE TRENDS ON THE GROUND?

What I am particularly interested in is how these trends translate into reality? What are the implications for each of these trends in your institution? What are you doing already to accommodate these trends? Or, what could you do to accommodate them? To this end, and to hopefully get your input into these questions, I have created a public wiki at http://globaltrendsineducation.wikispaces.com/, and invite you to add your thoughts there on these questions. I have attempted to create a structure on the wiki to make it easier to add content, but feel free to ignore the headings and structure I have suggested and just add your contributions below the tables. Or if wikis are not your thing just email your responses back to me and I'll add them to the wiki.

RESPONSE

After two weeks just one respondent (thanks Andrew!)

Leigh Blackall then wrote:

Michael, my hope was that you would act as the mediator between the contribution made in this forum, and the wiki that - to be honest, I am reluctant to leave a digital footprint on, and given I am on mobile so much, can't really manage much more than email. So, please feel free to document what ever I contribute here in this email space, into the wiki. This is what I do on my own wiki projects, when I gain feedback on research and writing, because I know it is very unlikely that I will draw others into the wiki.

My reply:

....after several tries at this kind of thing over the years I guess I have to reluctantly accept that, as you seem to have already discovered, people by and large do not voluntarily contribute to public wikis.

So I think from here on I'll do what you do - just ask people to send me stuff in an email and I'll collate it on the wiki. :(

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