When I visited New Zealand in 2004, I was excited to find the source of wikis. This being of course, a time when wikis were a platform I was excited about sharing. In going through my flickr photos of that visit, besides guffawing at my own photos (that never changes), I ended up down the Internet Archive hole again.
I saw the reference links to all my materials for that visit, but it pointed to a web server and a wiki back at Maricopa that was long ago deep sixed — http://realgar.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/wiki (again, all my subdomains were minerals) (look it up willya?).
The topics? As WikiWords: WebTool, HybridCourses, LearningObjects, ElectronicPortfolios, IntroRSS, BlogShop, DigitalStories, DigitalPhotos, PhotoBlogging, OcotilloMaricopa, FindFreeStuff, RipMixLearn, EduWikis
That’s November 2004’s topic.
Ten years later, it’s a different wiki http://cogdog.wikispaces.com/Sharefest+2014.
The Topics? As NonWikiWords: Being on/of the web, Beyond The MOOC Hype Connected Courses, Mythical OER Reuse (now including Moas), Storythinking Storymaking Storytelling, The ds106 Files, True Stories Open Sharing, The Storybox
Still talking how groovy the web is; rather than Learning Objects, I am talking about OERs, Storytelling and blogging still figure prominently.
No MOOCs in 2004. Whew.
We could talk about the physical similarities/differences, nah.
What I will say has remained the same is what a treat it is to visit this magical place, to again stay in the homes of friends, and to connect with a bunch of really passionate and inventive educators whom you do not see in TEDTalks or the Chronicle of Higher Obfuscation. When one talks of the cloud here it is not just virtual servers.
Now where is that Wikimart?