—Getting the most out of Wikiversity
Wikiversity provides a growing collection of learning resources. These are affordances available to anyone, especially curious people who want to learn. At Wikiversity you are both the student and the teacher, and it is up to you to get the most out of the available resources. Here are some approaches that may assist your learning.
- Browse the site and spend some time with those learning resources that seem interesting.
- Read materials you find interesting.
- Seek out materials that can fill gaps in your current background, knowledge base, understanding, interests, or skill set. Develop a learning plan, perhaps based on some traditional curriculum, or goals you have set for yourself.
- Study relevant materials. Read, reread, take notes, explore relevant links in the materials, complete the assignments and exercises. Learning happens when you are thinking.
- Form a study group. Engage in collaborative learning. Assemble a group of students with similar interests. Convene, collaborate, and challenge each other. Pose questions to each other. Provide answers to each other. Share your difficulties and successes. Hold each other accountable for studying the materials and completing the assignments. Share materials from completed assignments with each other. You can gather using any platform, within or outside of Wikiversity. Video chat platforms are likely to be very useful. Ideally some of you can meet in person.
- Teach these materials in a conventional classroom, via video conferencing, or in some meeting venue. The materials are free to use and interested people can become educators by adapting the existing Wikiversity materials for classroom use. Create your presentation slides, practice your lecture, find a venue, and share the knowledge with interested students. Lead a seminar and moderate a question-and-answer session with the students. This can be particularly effective if you are currently an educator in a traditional institution.