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Welcome to EduTechWiki

EduTechWiki is about Educational Technology (instructional technology) and related fields. It is hosted by TECFA, University of Geneva.

It is a resource kit for educational technology teaching and research, e.g. a note taking tool for researchers; a literature review tool or a writing-to-learn environment for students. It also includes (technical) tutorials that may be used in classes around the world or for self-learning.

Many articles also can be useful to teachers, instructional designers and e-learning consultants. Read more about our objectives.

EduTechWiki currently contains 1,631 articles. The french version has different contents and includes many contributions from our own students. Send questions to Daniel K. Schneider (he "owns" this wiki and is to blame for most contents). Other major contributors are/were Kalli Benetos, Marielle Lange, Stéphane Lattion, Students of Elizabeth Murphy. We also get occasional help from other people, thanx to you all !

Status and authoring guidelines

This is a long term project: Most articles still lack content, depth, style, authority or all four together and will be improved over the years. We also use the wiki as an e-learning platform (mostly the french version).

  • Anybody is welcome to participate. In order to fight spamming, account creation is subject to review. You may sign your contributions and express opinions. This is not Wikipedia. We also very much appreciate people fixing little mistakes (spelling, grammar, references,...) !
  • Other university teachers may bring classes to EduTechWiki for writing activities (please read this if you plan to do so).
  • If you are new to wiki technology, please browse through help and then make some tests in our SandBox. You also may consult the Editing rules or Terms of service.

The Wiki has been upgraded in sept 2016. Some stuff doesn't properly work yet, but will be fixed over time. Also, one of our servers has been hacked late last week and all our machines have been put in quarantine over the weekend. Thanx for your understanding - Daniel K. Schneider (talk) 14:27, 27 September 2016 (CEST)


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(Open access) journals in educational technology
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 8 June 2016 - updated:19 August 2016

EdTechJournals.org created by R.A. Perkins and P.R Lowenthal currently is the best inventory (in English) of educational technology journals.

Perkins, R. A., & Lowenthal, P. R. (2016). Open access journals in educational technology: Results of a survey of experienced users. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 32(3), 18-37. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14742/ajet.2578

More information:





A challenge
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 25 May 2016 - updated:25 May 2016

"Using new digital technology to improve education is not rocket science... it is much, much harder than that” (Diana Laurillard, 2009

Quoted by Mark Brown, The Story of Digital Learning: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be, (slides, retrieved May 25 2016)




2016-02 News
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 19 February 2016 - updated:19 February 2016

After 6 month (or more) of being broken, the wikilog extension works again :)

First of all I wish everyone a happy and productive new 2016 !

Since last summer there are not many interesting changes in this wiki I am afraid (except updates here and there). On the other hand, the french cousin does fairly well thanks to the contributions of our students.

Last semester (from sept 2015 to Jan 2016) I taught my first full class on digital design and fabrication. Students had to create construction kits in one of the three categories construction and design, conceptual manipulation or reality role play (explained in Constructionist learning object), or directly read Zuckerman, Oren (2006), Historical Overview and Classification of Traditional and Digital Learning Objects). The result is here. If you don't speak french, you still can look at pictures and try to find the downloadables. Each project has wiki page for that (follow the links to the left of the pictures).

In the same vein, in December 2015, I got a new Felix Pro 1 3D printer and I am happy with it. 3D printing now is almost easy. It still takes many hours to print anything and print aborts can happen with certain designs and plastics. At least this new machine can automatically calibrate its platform and like its ancestors it's reliable (yes I do recommend it and I believe it to be a better choice than some of these backbreaking models made in the USA liked by the trade mags). Platform calibration is IMHO the biggest stumbling block for novices. It also has a quickly removable platform. That prevents beginners to destroy the printer's geometry when forcibly removing prints without grace and skill.

While Geneva still doesn't have a Fablab (I am talking about a simple makerspace and not the "real thing"), we now got at least a loose 3D printing community, organized by the 3D nursery from our computer science centre. The little French border town St-Julien (15 minutes away from us) is more dynamic: http://fablab-saintjulien.xyz/.

The citizen cyberlab project is over. In this wiki, it generated two fallouts: Portal: citizen science and Portal: Data mining and learning analytics tools and I will continue working a bit in this area, teach some tools like Pybossa or Epicollect, and interact with my other colleagues involved with our new Citizen Cyberlab.

This year I will work a bit on literacies (digital, cultural and other sorts) and there will be traces in the wiki. I also promised to create a little Mooc on e-learning standards. Not sure that this was a good decision, but I'll try to do it (and find a way to be somewhat creative) ....




CFP - IEEE TLT Special Issue on Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things in Education & Training
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 18 May 2015 - updated:22 September 2015

From Mark J. W. Lee, Guest Editor, IEEE TLT Special Issue on "Wearable Technologies and the Internet of Things in Education and Training":

Manuscript proposals are being solicited for a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (Impact Factor: 1.22) on "Wearable Technologies and the Internet of Things in Education and Training".

The deadline for the submission of proposals (500-word extended abstracts plus 8-10 key references in IEEE format) is June 15, 2015. The authors of shortlisted proposals will have until the end of September to submit their full manuscripts.

The Call for Papers is available at the following URL: http://goo.gl/R9l9yo




Server change and upgrade
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 29 April 2015 - updated:11 May 2015

I moved this and our other wikis to new hardware with fresh software and upgraded most everything that was not freshly installed. There may be some problems that I will fix over the next few days or weeks.

  • Versions: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Php 5.5.9, MediaWiki 1.24.x
  • The hardware is a DELL PowerEdge R815, 2x AMD Opteron 6320, 8C, 2.8GHz, 8M L2/16M L3, 128GB RAM, PERC H700 Raid Controller, 4 500GB, SATA, 2.5-in, 7.2K RPM Drives. It runs our MediaWikis and supporting software and nothing else. We bought the machine last summer, but it took time to install because I wanted to do it myself in order to keep a handle on how such things are done ;)
  • Mediawiki installation (installation notes for people who plan to install their own)
  • I also enabled the visual editor. Depending on what kind of content you edit, pick either Edit (for visual editing), Edit source (for precision work) or Edit form (semantic forms associated with a page).




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