Learning to learn a wiki wayEdit

Hi Mystictim, I just wanted to say that I'm extremely interested in this page (indeed, it is pretty much bang along the lines of my PhD), so I'm very keen to get it going. However, i did tone down the implication that something was going to be done by November 1st - but, if you want to work on it together, we could start a bit of activity around it reasonably quickly. Incidentally, do you know User:Reswik? I had been convinced that he wrote the page when I read it and was shocked to find it was someone else! Still, it's always good to make new contacts - glad to make your acquaintance. Cormaggio 16:28, 7 October 2006 (UTC)

School of EducationEdit

I just posted a comment on School talk:Education, with the intention of reviving your older discussion about what it could be, and hopefully to kickstart the school itself. I feel this is deeply important for developing Wikiversity. I'd love if you were still interested, and could help generate some momentum behind the school, as well as developing resources within it. Cormaggio 12:31, 12 November 2006 (UTC)


I have changed Topic:Nietzshe to Topic:Nietzsche. I would like to help with this topic, allthough i am not a philosopher.--Daanschr 13:44, 21 November 2006 (UTC)

I am Dutch, so i can pronounce Nietzsche pretty good.
Thanks for you support on the organized debates. It is more then a month ago that i started it and nobody has joined yet. Allthough it would be easy to get participants perhaps if i take on subjects that are popular or controversial. WikiProject for organized debate is primarily aimed at improving Wikipedia. For Wikiversity, it would be good to have some other kind of organization. I was enthusiastic about the ideas about the interlingual discussions on Wikiversity Beta. It is a pity that nobody is active in it. There are so many things possible at the moment on the internet that are simply not being done. I am wondering what will develop in the coming decades. It feels like being an explorer in an area where nobody has been before.--Daanschr 19:25, 23 November 2006 (UTC)
This sounds interesting. I'll take a look around.. Cormaggio | talk 13:19, 24 November 2006 (UTC)

I have the impression that there is too much talking and too less action on Wikiversity. I will plan an organized debate on Nietzsche for november next year. This will be a cooperation of Wikipedia and Wikiversity. An idea could be to search for participants in the first half year and to start a course on Nietzsche in may or june next year as an introduction to the debate. The debate will be interlingual with German as the main language (this to ensure that the original texts of Nietzsche are read). Do you like to join?

I prefer to do things instead of talking over and over about the details. By doing things, it becomes more clear what the setbacks and real problems will be. A joke in the spirit of Nietzsche would be that i don't want to be a donkey, i prefer to be the playing child.--Daanschr 13:33, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

The project has started.--Daanschr 13:41, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

I have joined Topic:Nietzsche. On Wikipedia, i have suggested that a course on Nietzsche could start in may or june 2007. Neither of us are experts so we can better wait untill an expert on Nietzsche joins our projects. I have followed a introduction course of cultuurfilosofie (filosophy of culture) at the philosophy department at Leiden University in which Nietzsche was the main subject, but i didn't do any exams. So, i know some of the basics of the philosophy of Nietzsche. I could use the notes i made during the course as material for the course online next year, but it would be better if a real expert would join us. If no expert will be joining us, then we can regard it as a good experiment on how we can organize courses on Wikiversity.--Daanschr 16:25, 30 November 2006 (UTC)


I really like the fact that you've started a blog here, Mystictim. Also that it's grounded in reflective practice - which is something I would love to see developing as a culture within Wikiversity. I'm curious though, is this blog of your own volition - do you see yourself as already a reflective practitioner (and a practitioner of what?), or are you trying to develop an understanding of yourself as one through a course you may be taking or have taken? As for myself, I'm sort of between the two identities outlined there - still working out what I'm doing, and how best to develop my own reflective practice. I'd be fascinated to start sharing experiences between us and other people who are interested in this methodology - as well as opening it out to the community through specific pages like Wikiversity:Reflections, perhaps. What do you think? Cormaggio 11:47, 23 November 2006 (UTC)

Thanks :-). There's just so much to say on all of these topics, and I'm delighted to have found another person of very similar interests to myself. I'll post about Learning to learn a wiki way soon - either on its talk page or perhaps the Colloquium (I feel that action research is something that has an inherent "fit" with Wikiversity, and hope to generate some community interest that way.) But on this, do you have any experience with action research? What are your thoughts on the why, what and how of its methodology? Incidentally, I will be writing a page on Action research soon - that is, unless you beat me to it! :-) Cormaggio | talk 13:19, 24 November 2006 (UTC)
Oh, and just to say I also have a blog - and there are a number of other Wikiversity participants who blog - gosh, I even sense a category on the horizon.. Cormaggio talk 13:45, 24 November 2006 (UTC)

Astronomy ProjectEdit

I just noticed this page and wonder if you have seen Astronomy Project. --JWSchmidt 22:13, 9 December 2006 (UTC)

page mergeEdit

I suggest that you copy the content from the page with the fewest edits into the other page. Then "move" (rename) that combined page to the desired page name. --JWSchmidt 00:09, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

Do not delete the page with fewer edits, leave it as a redirect page as described here. --JWSchmidt 00:18, 19 December 2006 (UTC)
Hmm, this is a bit unclear to me, as neither of these two pages (Introduction to Psychology and School:Psychology/Psy 1001) have substantial page histories. With a page merge, you have to lose one of the page's history, so generally the choice would be to lose as little information as possible. If a redirect is kept in place, then that page's history will always be visible there. Or, another alternative is to literally copy the text of the page's history into the talk page of the kept page.
In any case, my feeling is that the name "Introduction to Psychology" is better (numbers aren't so descriptive, or internationally recognisable - as well as the fact that the other is a subpage, and my personal preference is always to have page names as 'autonomous' as possible, and to link grouped pages by navigational boxes and/or categories). However, none of this is set in stone - we don't have fully worked out guidelines as of yet - so you're free to apply your best judgment to this situation. Hope this info might be of some use - if not, maybe we can learn something in the process.. Good to hear from you again in any case. :-) --Cormaggio talk 13:54, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

Organized debateEdit

Hi Tim,

I have stoppoed the WikiProject organized debate, due to a lack of participance. I would still like to discuss Nietzsche if you want to. How are your lessons in German at the moment?--Daanschr 07:49, 29 December 2006 (UTC)


Why did you make this edit? --JWSchmidt 15:28, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

Hi JWSchmidt,

I'm just trying to restore the page to the state [1] as the edits that [User:Ifroggi] made have advesley effected the formating and meaning of the article. Mystictim 15:33, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

Two requestsEdit

Please do not edit pages so as to leave them without a category. Also, please provide edit summaries for your edits. --JWSchmidt 15:37, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

I figured that if I put pages that need to be categorized into Category:Content they would get categorized. Do you know if there is anything like [[Category:Needs to be categorized]]? If there is one it should be at Category:Wikiversity maintenance and mentioned at Help:Category. --JWSchmidt 16:30, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

Category:Learning activitiesEdit

I find it astounding that I could work on the creation of Wikiversity learning activities for so long and still not understand what you are doing. I never dreamed that collaboration could be so difficult. I'll leave you to your project. Good luck. --JWSchmidt 20:26, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

re-creation of previously deleted pageEdit

Why did you re-create User:WIKIVERSITY IS FASCISM !? --JWSchmidt 18:53, 13 January 2007 (UTC)

I'm sorry I didn't realise that is what I did. I was looking here and notice User:WIKIVERSITY IS FASCISM halfway down the page. When I clicked the link I it looked like a User page so I put in a request for it to be deleted. I now realise that the page had been deleted and when I saved it with a request for deletion I brought it back to life. I won't do that again. On the positive side this incident has depend my understanding of how the Wikimedia software works.
No problem. I think it is only custodians who get a message about pages having previously been deleted. I'm not sure why that is the case....it seems like useful information for everyone. --JWSchmidt 19:24, 13 January 2007 (UTC)


Hello Mystictim, thank you very much for your explanation between weather and climate. I wanted to answer you here, so that the brainstorming page stays focused for just idea collection for the moment. I think this is then also a good topic for the project to make distinctions and definitions. ----Erkan Yilmaz (evaluate me!, discussion) 21:36, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

Quizzes, etc.Edit

Sorry it's took so long to get back to you, I was on vacation and am only just now catching up.

The templates were based on some other templates (I forget their names)... we should probably just have a "quiz template" category for people to work with. --SB_Johnny | talk 23:09, 1 February 2007 (UTC)


Thanks for restoring the PedaGlue page after the vandal was busy. --Ian Kennedy 06:06, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

Scratch Pages for Hist PhilEdit

Each scratch page has a different author so I dont think I should put them under my user page. I do have class today and so I will bring your note with the instructions on how to move the pages. I will see what I can do to get everybody on board. If not the pages may need to remain where they are. If they become edited or deleted, cest la vie. Eventually the content of those pages will be incorporated into the pages already in use in the course and then deleted. User:MaryCordova

The problem is that most of the sutdents are not wiki savvy. With the pages where they are now the others can find them easily. If I move them, which would be better, the others will not know what to do. Once I can get my classmates up to speed I will probably have them link the pages to their user page.

Self Paced Reading LabsEdit

Hi Mystictim, I noticed your interest in the Education Department and though you might like to help with a new learning project proposal/project[2] I am trying to get initiated. Any feedback or constructive criticism or ideas on how the project can be improved and setup for development by participation by a cast of thousands and soon millions would be of great interest to me. I am trying to structure the project so it works for children as part of the One Laptop Per Child initiative and help take kids and adult learner from first steps in reading up to post graduate skill levels. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks! Mirwin 01:08, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

Exchange of Messages re: Unintended Creation of PagesEdit


Hi Dionysios, good to see that you're interested in Continental philosophy. Things have been a bit quiet in that department for some time. I've been meaning to find some good introductory materials on the net and build some lessons around them. If you've got any ideas let me know. I'm curious as to why you duplicated the Philosophy message board with the page Philosophy Department Message Board. Generally this isn't a good idea because it courses confusion about which page to edit and loses the edit history of the page. I'd like to suggest that unless there is some specific reason you need this duplicate page, that you ask for this duplicate page to be deleted by adding the template {{Delete|unwanted duplication of Philosophy message board page ~~~~}} to the duplicate page. Any way drop me a line on my talk page about your thoughts on the Department of Continental Philosophy. Mystictim 16:39, 23 February 2007 (UTC)



Date: February 23, 2007

To: Mystictim

From: Dionysios


Greetings Mystictim!

Your Servant didn't mean to duplicate the Message Board; but he didn't see any other way to accomplish what he was attempting to do. He could not find the original link to the Philosophy message board and therefore duplicated it.

He will properly link it and ask for deletion of the duplicate.

Thank you for your assistance.

Best regards,

(s) Dionysios 2007-02-23 17:27:00 UTC



Hi Dionysios, thanks for the reply. It can be difficult finding pages on a wiki especially if you don't know its name. Be careful using the search box to click on Search rather than Go. Unfortunately you missed my talk page at User talk:Mystictim and ended up creating a new page at UserTalk:Mystictim wiki software is sensitive to both spaces and capitalisation. The easiest way to get to someone's talk page is to click on the User name link and then click on the discussion tab at the top of the page. You could have a look at editing help for a quick refresher. Mystictim 18:51, 23 February 2007 (UTC)



Date: February 23, 2007

To: Mystictim

From: Dionysios


Greetings Mystictim!

Thank you again for your assistance and for your patience with Newbies.

Your Servant has marked the his Unintended Creations for speedy deletion; and he is doing and and will continue to do his best to clean up after himself.

Best regards,

(s) Dionysios 2007-02-23 21:36:00 UTC

Action researchEdit

Hi Mystictim, I thought I should let you know about a course on Action Research facilitated by Bob Dick through email - details here. I've just subscribed - it's due to start sometime soon - thought you might be interested. Regardless, I think we need to find ways of moving on both AR projects (Learning to learn a wiki way and Developing Wikiversity through action research). I'd love to talk more about what you personally want from this, or how you think we should proceed - is a Skype call or IRC chat a possibility? (Btw, have you seen this proposed meeting about Wikiversity research?) Reading up on Derrida now - still trying to get to grips with Wikiversity as narrative! Cheers. Cormaggio beep 10:03, 28 February 2007 (UTC)

Wikimania paperEdit

Hi Mystictim,

this is a bit out of the blue, but I'm currently writing a paper for this year's Wikimania and I was hoping to include an extract of a discussion that you participated in. This discussion is at: Wikiversity:Colloquium/archives/January_2007#Categorising_learning_activities, and I'm hoping to use it to highlight differing opinions about structuring or even defining learning materials. I also hoped I could use a comment from your reflective blog: [3]. However, I want to check with you first to see if this is ok.

I would be happy to send you a copy of the paper before I upload it anywhere. Please let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions or reservations about it.


Cormaggio talk 20:25, 13 May 2007 (UTC)

Thanks Mystictim - good to see you again! I hope to reinvigorate our discussions and activity of past - I'll keep you posted... Cormaggio talk 15:00, 9 June 2007 (UTC)

welcome backEdit

Hello, and welcome back! I just noticed you've edited some pages on climate change - a topic that I also share an interest in. Coincidently, SB_Johnny and I were just discussing the idea of starting a project in this area. I look forward to participating there. --mikeu talk 14:44, 11 February 2011 (UTC)