What I’ve learnt from Wikimedia Education SAARC conference

I am Anup Sadi, a Bangladeshi Wikimedian, have attended at Wikimedia Education SAARC conference Bangalore on 20th June 2019. The conference is related to the Wikimedians, Wikimedia education leaders, educators and researchers who are engaged with Open Education and free knowledge movement. As a college teacher I was very excited for attending the conference.

After the inaugural ceremony Dr. Ramesh C.Sharma presented a session on “Introduction to OER movement”. Professor Sharma discussed on the open source software. The changes in Philosophy towards an “open access movement”. To him, thirty years of web was a long journey. Now the dark web is the major part. He informed us that we know 5 web generation, PC era started in 1980-1990, 1st web started in 1990-2000, connects information.

Professor Sharma considered that in education field internet is sharing the information. Affordances of the internet was not easy in the last years. Open education Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are an instructor, students or self-learner.  OER are teaching, learning and research resource and any other educational purposes.  Open content is 5rs those are reuse, revise, remix, redistribute and retain.

Why we need OER? For studentes, teachers, or general public to increase access in knowledge. OER is Lower costs, no tution fees, and lower text costs. He presented in detail on Creative commons and its different aspects. The he made acquainted us with the open sources from online such as Plos Journals, Oer Foundation wikieducator.org, oer.org, etc.

In the second day of the session on “Challenges of Growing Communities – Make Wikipedia Trustworthy to the Educators” I take part as a sharer of my experiences. I told that Bangladeshi and Nepali Educators do not trust on Wikipedia. My professor Dr. Shital Green Dahal has completed PhD on Literature at Texas Tech University and was a Faculty Member of the Institute of Advance Communication, Education and Research, affiliated to Pokhara University. Dr. Green was against taking information from Wikipedia. He discouraged his students not to use any sources of Wikipedia. He strictly prohibited us to read of use any information From Wikipedia. My suggestions are to make Wikipedia Trustworthy to the Educators is not easy. If the editors is reliable sources for information, It can be trustworthy.

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