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HOPAU Update: 11 November

This week Tony Naar produced an update for his colleagues at the the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) on the The History of the Paralympics in Australia project  in Wikiversity.

He noted that “one element of the project is the use of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia products to ‘crowd source’ articles about the Paralympic Movement in Australia” which can then feed into the history of the Movement being written by Murray Phillips.

Tony reports that this has involved the creation of a project The History of the Paralympic Movement in Australia in Wikiversity. The Wikiversity site is a living record of the project which can be updated by anyone at any time. You can sign up to join the discussion or can ask to receive regular updates. There is a project blog too (coordinated by Leigh Blackall). The idea is to create a record of the project and its development which can be used by anyone to develop their own project.

Tony adds:

  • Since we started this part of the project – about three months ago – project contributors have created more than 350 new Wikipedia articles relating to the Paralympic movement in Australia.
  • This includes an article about every Australian Paralympic medallist.
  • Most of these articles are known as “stubs”. That is, they are very brief articles that need to be expanded.
  • The article about Tim Matthews is an example of a stub about an Australian Paralympic athlete.
  • Expanding the stubs is one of the next steps in the project. This is already happening, and the article about Elizabeth Edmondson is an example of an expanded, more comprehensive article.
  • Expanding articles is a lot of work, as information in articles must be verifiable and references to sources are expected.
  • Photographs also help, and another aspect of the project is to scan and upload images under a Creative Commons licence which can be used in articles and in the history project more generally.
  •  These include images to which the APC has the rights, but which have no other commercial value to the APC.
  • These are uploaded into Wikimedia Commons – a media sharing database. So far, we have uploaded 94 images, mostly from the 1996 Paralympic Games. We are currently scanning images from the 1992 Games and more from 1996 and these will be uploaded in coming weeks.

In addition, Tony writes:

“Within the Wiki community, we are promoting the project by seeking recognition for the articles that are being created. One way of doing this is to create an interesting “hook” about an article and apply to have the hook included on the home page of Wikipedia in the “Did you know…” (DYK) section. This is a sought after achievement within the Wikipedia community and we have been successful with 10 DYKs  so far. The latest is a DYK about 1996 basketball gold medallist and 2004 Gliders coach Gerry Hewson.

Laura Hale – a member of the University of Canberra team which works with us on this project – has written a very interesting account of the Paralympic DYKs, including the page view stats for each article.

The athlete profile pages on the APC’s website have always been the most popular pages. Articles about athletes on Wikipedia have the potential to increase this exposure significantly.

Laura is working to have one of our articles accepted as a featured article on the Wikipedia main page. That is a high achievement within the Wikipedia community and requires a comprehensive article, fully referenced and supported by good images, about a notable person or event.

We are currently considering ways to increase the number of experienced Wikipedians who are working on Paralympic articles. One suggestion would also incorporate a Wikipedian creating articles about Australian medallists during the London Games.

To help create the Wikipedia articles, we are working to build a pool of editors with an interest in Paralympic sport. To that end, we have held training days recently in Perth and Brisbane and we now have well over a dozen people, either from the Paralympic community, or from the Wikipedia community, who are editing and contributing to articles. These include Paralympians such as Elizabeth Edmondson and Peter Marsh, friends and partners of Paralympians and people who have just somehow gotten involved.

In the near future, we are looking to do something a bit unique for Wikipedia – to add embedded video and audio into Paralympic articles and also to record the subjects of articles reading the article about themself. Sources of audio and video will include the National Library’s Paralympic oral history project and interviews conducted by Shaun Giles with the oral history interview subjects, as well as other video footage to which the APC has the rights.”

Photo Credits

Elizabeth Edmondson

Louise Sauvage

Peter Martin

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Staff Development Day 2: Ballarat

I participated in the second day of development workshop at the University of Ballarat today with staff in the School of Human Movement and Sport Sciences. The workshop was held next to the delightful Old Post Office Building that is part of the University’s campus. The venue was Alexandria on Lydiard, Leonie Otago, Amanda Mooney and Peter Martin were my hosts.

Today’s program included a presentation from Deb Clarke (Charles Sturt University). She talked with great passion about Smart, Authentic and Meaningful Assessment and provided a compelling account of constructive alignment. This account included clarification of:

  • Authentic assessment
  • Bloom’s taxonomy
  • Diagnostic assessment
  • Formative assessment
  • Summative assessment
  • Norm referencing
  • Criterion referencing
  • Rubrics
  • Standards-referenced marking criteria

I liked her approach to scaffolding assessment and hope to apply some of her excellent ideas around scenario-based assessment tasks.

Sue was followed on the program by Leonie Otago‘s discussion of Research in the School of Human Movement and Sport Sciences. This was a fascinating account of an exciting and emerging research culture around four research themes. Leonie’s presentation was a great example of a senior academic figure using incisive synoptic vision to map out the next phase of the School’s research path.

The morning program concluded with the second part of  Warren Young and Dara Twomey‘s presentation on Research in Context. This led to a vibrant discussion about research trajectories and possibilities.

I left the workshop after lunch and on my drive back to Melbourne I reflected on what a rich two days I had spent with the staff of  School of Human Movement and Sport Sciences. In this blog I write fairly regularly about ecology ideas in relation to teaching and learning communities. I left Ballarat thinking that there is a a remarkable culture in place that will have to adapt to changing circumstances. My hope is that this very special eco system can flourish secure in a collective understanding of what can be achieved by passionate people. I smiled too that this eco system makes wonderful use of nicknames that makes the School such a great place to be.

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Staff Development Day 1: Ballarat

I participated in a development workshop at the University of Ballarat today with staff in the School of Human Movement and Sport Sciences. The workshop was held next to the delightful Old Post Office Building that is part of the University’s campus. The venue was Alexandria on Lydiard, a function centre that serves great coffee and excellent food throughout the day.

In the morning I shared some ideas about the Edgeless University and met staff in small groups to explore how sharing might lead to collective flourishing. Leonie Otago, Amanda Mooney and Peter Martin were my hosts. Deb Clarke (Charles Sturt University) was at the workshop with me. She and I were delighted to be invited and involved in the workshop.

The day had some great presentations.

In the morning session:

  • Amanda and Peter discussed What can it mean to be an academic in a changing climate and encouraged participants to muse on the components of transformative education. They discussed motives of service and clarified professional roles and contributions in the University context. Their presentation concluded with a consideration of ideologies of education.
  • Deb Clarke facilitated discussion about authentic, integrated and aligned assessment.
  • Chris Brown discussed on-line learning environments.

In the afternoon:

Neil Trivett, the Director of the University’s Institute for Professional and Organisational Learning (IPOL), discussed Curriculum Renewal. IPOL was established in 2008 “to support the development of a rich learning environment at the University which encourages all staff to expand their personal capacity and to appreciate the characteristics of a learning organisation.” Neil reported the University’s Curriculum Renewal will focus in 2010 in relation to:

News of the University’s Green paper on Curriculum Renewal can be found here.

The day ended with Warren Young and Dara Twomey‘s presentation on Research in Context in which they explored: the meanings attached to research; the teaching-research nexus; barriers to research activity. Warren and Dara noted Gabrielle Baldwin’s (2005) paper on the teaching-research nexus.

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University of Ballarat