[OSGeo Africa] GIS teacher / student workbook development
KTucker at csir.co.za
Tue Jul 8 16:35:01 EDT 2008
For pioneers of peer production in education (again):
I recently participated in an exercise to develop an Open Educational Resource on WikiEducator: OER Minihandbook for Educators:
Currently a "snapshot" is being taken for a print version.
Perhaps consider doing something similar.
The aim of projects like WikiEducator is to try to get the level of "peer production" we see in Wikipedia into open educational resources.
The benefit of the approach is to have a community of educators and learners commenting and contributing during development of the learning resource and improving it through use.
When done (or any time), feel free to add links to one or more of the following sites as appropriate:
The other advantage is being able to build on previous work and adapt it for local learners:
http://cnx.org/content/m15128/latest/ (<-- Introduction to QGIS - e.g. adapt this SA learners )
To learn how to do this on WikiEducator (or WikiVersity):
http://wikieducator.org/Learning4Content - a two week, 30 minutes per day course online + e-mail.
Cost: in exchange for useful learning resources you build during the course.
Have fun thinking about this and how to incentivise contributors :-).
PS About "peer production":
Intengu Technologies wrote:
> Dear Tim
> Could you kindly provide me with a written proposal on how you would meet our requirements in this regard including the costing.
> Hoping to hear from you soon.
> 2008/6/10 Tim Sutton <tim at linfiniti.com>:
> Hi Sindile
> As one of the co-authors of QGIS, I am very pleased to see you are
> using QGIS in your school education programme. I have downloaded the
> geography course guideline from
> And will examine it more closely over the next few days in order to
> get a better feel for your requirements. I recently completed work
> with the founder of QGIS (Gary Sherman) where we created a customised
> (simplified) version of QGIS for use in K-12 education programme in
> schools in Alaska, USA. The work was under contract to the University
> of Alaska, Fairbanks.
> I would be most delighted if you would give me an opportunity to
> support the work you are doing in developing a GIS curriculum for K-12
> students in South Africa. I believe I am well placed to do this,
> having in depth development experience of QGIS, experience in
> developing K-12 educational products based on QGIS, and a strong
> interest in seeing QGIS and open source software becoming part of the
> skills and capabilities of young South Africans.
> I am currently based in Cape Town, and would be delighted to make a
> presentation at your convenience.
> Best regards
> Tim Sutton
> QGIS Project Steering Committee Member - Release Manager
> Visit http://qgis.org for a great open source GIS
> openModeller Desktop Developer
> Visit http://openModeller.sf.net for a great open source ecological
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> Home Page: http://tim.linfiniti.com
> Skype: timlinux
> Irc: timlinux on #qgis at freenode.net
> 2008/6/9 Intengu Technologies <sindile.bidla at gmail.com>:
> > Dear List Members
> > Suitably qualified South African companies or individuals in developing
> > learning material and GIS are requested to provide a proposal and a
> > quotation on the development of a manual or workbook in support of the GIS
> > In Schools programme.
> > GIS has become part of the geography schools curricula for grades 10 -12 as
> > indicated in the National Curriculum Statement. Additional information on
> > the geography curricula (Grades 10 - 12) can be found from this address
> > http://www.education.gov.za/Curriculum/Curriculum.asp
> > Please note that the manual / workbook would need to target:
> > 1. teachers
> > 2. learners
> > 3. access to computers
> > 4. no access to computers
> > An open source software package will be used (currently we have been
> > providing training on QGIS).
> > Copyright of all work done would either be to the State or under Creative
> > Commons.
> > Communication will be with shortlisted companies or individuals and would be
> > required to provide a demonstration or make a presentation at their expense.
> > Please do not hesitate to contact myself for any clarity.
> > Closing date 16 June 08
> > Regards,
> > Sindile Bidla
> > Deputy Director: Spatial Information Services
> > Chief Directorate: Spatial Planning & Information
> > Tel: 0437220536
> > Cell: 0823024393
> > Fax: 0437220551
> > email: sxjbidla at dla.gov.za
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