DEANZ Online Seminar – June 17th

DEANZ Online Seminar

Tuesday June 17th 10:00-11:30 NZ Time

WikiEducator: DE reincarnated or new innovation?

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clip_image002Presenter: Wayne Mackintosh
Education Specialist, eLearning and ICT Policy
Commonwealth of Learning
Vancouver, CANADA

About the Session: Wikipedia is unquestionably the most significant social phenomenon of our time. In May 2006, the Commonwealth of Learning established Wikieducator — a Commonwealth sponsored project leveraging the power of  distributed production systems for developing Open Education Resources (OERs).  In this session Wayne will reflect on COL’s experiences to date and assess the success of the project in turning the digital divide into digital dividends. As ODL practitioners, a key question comes to mind:  Does the project suggest the reincarnation of distance education or a new innovation?

Presenter Biography: Dr. Wayne Mackintosh is a committed advocate and user of free software for education. He was the founding project leader of New Zealand’s eLearning XHTML editor (eXe) project ( and responsible for establishing the Commonwealth of Learning’s (COL) WikiEducator ( – a website that provides free eLearning content that anyone can edit and use.

Dr. Mackintosh joined COL as Education Specialist, eLearning and ICT Policy, on 1 May 2006. Formerly, he was Associate Professor and founding director of the Centre for Flexible and Distance Learning (CFDL) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Wayne has extensive experience in the theory and practice of open and distance learning (ODL). Prior to moving to New Zealand he spent eleven years working at the University of South Africa (UNISA), a distance learning institution and one of the world’s mega-universities. At the University of Auckland, he was tasked with eLearning strategy and leading CFDL’s professional staff team. He has participated in a range of international consultancies and projects including work for COL, the International Monetary Fund, UNESCO and the World Bank. Wayne also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of Open Learning and publishes regularly in the field of flexible and distance learning. Wayne is a member of the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation (

He has a keen interest in pedagogical innovation for sustainable development. “I look forward to my new role assisting countries of the Commonwealth realise their educational potential through ICTs for development. I firmly believe that the future of multi-modal learning in a digital world will be pioneered by the developing nations of our world. Together with COL’s vision for the future and a team of experienced professionals, we can make a real difference in the lives of people throughout the Commonwealth.”

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