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 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, 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.


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. :(

Webheads Meet

Webheads Meet by mikecogh
Webheads Meet, a photo by mikecogh on Flickr.

Times when a webhead from far away comes to Australian shores are few and far between, but it happened last week in Melbourne. Jane Petring from Quebec and I met last week for dinner at a French restaurant with Vanessa, a friend and colleague of Jane's from Canada.

Jane came to Australia after a bicycle trip in South East Asia - mainly in Vietnam. We shared memories of places we'd both visited (Carla and co in Brasilia), Teresa and Joao in Lisbon, and Rita in Argentina, and Jane told me the story of how and why she became drummer....

We had a lovely evening, and as it so often is when meeting a webhead f2f for the first time it very quickly felt like being with an old friend. We all agreed that the food was excellent, but a little on the expensive side.

From here Jane journeys on to Florida, and then Colombia for a special occasion before heading home to Canada.

Jane said she loved Australia :) It was great to meet her. Any other Webheads want to come on down under?

PS I am a bit sunburnt in the pic above because I was at the football all afternoon in the surprisingly warm April sun.


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