The email below resonated with on a number of levels. I spent 15 years in Northern Alberta on a homestead as part of “back to the land ” movement. During that time the group of urban ex-pats in the area held a number of work bees, barn railings or general “help each other out days” – all of which ended in home grown music, wine and smoke!
Thus the idea of real time (F2F or online) work together to accomplish a specify and time limited task is appealing. I’ll be joint just to see how it goes and to add a word or two on OERs.
If it looks productive and fun, I’ll try to organize a similar event this fall to focus on the lack of quality and in-depth articles in Wikipedia on Distance Education (e-learning, online learning) or whatever popular term is. I think many of our masters and EdD. students at Athabasca have much that could be contributed and this format might have the right ingredients for a significant contribution.
Here is the invite letter sent to a Paul Basich, a colleague with the Poerup research project and UK friend: