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Re: Moving forward with web education work

From: Chris Mills <cmills@opera.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:10:20 +0000
Cc: public-webed@w3.org
Message-Id: <C257E8D6-E165-4DAF-9214-3956B1AA8B07@opera.com>
To: Anna Brandt <annab@opera.com>


On 27 Jan 2012, at 11:38, Anna Brandt wrote:

> Thanks for that little kick in the behind, Chris  :). This email has been
> sitting in my outbox for far longer than it should have!
> 

;-)

> I've been thinking about how to best move forward with the outreach work.
> The overall aim of the outreach project is to contact educators, companies
> and trainers and getting them to adopt our learning material and
> curricula. There are several ways in which you can get involved:
> 
> - Contact schools, educators, companies or trainers in your local area to
> get them to adopt our learning material and curricula
> - Organize events on campus to spread the word about web standards and the
> resources that we offer
> - Help us create outreach materials (handouts, presentations, email
> templates, etc.) to explain the WebED project and its benefits

I think expanding this list on the Wiki, and breaking it out to more detailed granular tasks would be good. Write a more detailed plan of what we need for outeach.

Then we can start to  give people specific tasks to do. All about the micromanagement ;-)

Maybe you and Alexander could collaborate on this?

> 
> It seems that there are quite a few of you interested in getting involved.
> It would be great to get an idea of who you are and how many of you are
> out there. So if you are curious about outreach and want to figure out if
> and how you can contribute, why not just drop me a quick email? We'll take
> it from there :)

Please everyone - get involved and send Anna your ideas about outreach! I will also be approaching people individually over the next couple of days, Anna, to ask exactly what they want to do, so we can get a better idea of who to talk to about what.

> 
> Have a great day, everybody,
> Anna
> 
> On Fri, 27 Jan 2012 11:51:41 +0100, Chris Mills <cmills@opera.com> wrote:
> 
>> Wow, I am quite surprised by the deafening silence after this mail - only one person replied.
>> 
>> I think I will take the silence as an agreement that I need to micro manage this a bit more, and start handing out more specific tasks to people.
>> 
>> I will start contacting you individually and asking you how much time you currently have, and how much you would be prepared to do. in the near future. Again, I appreciate that most people here are doing this in their own time, so I will be gentle with you ;-)
>> 
>> Best regards, and please get in touch if you have any questions or worries.
>> 
>> thanks,
>> 
>> Chris
>> 
>> On 13 Jan 2012, at 14:21, Chris Mills wrote:
>> 
>>> Hello all!
>>> 
>>> I hope the new year is treating you well.
>>> 
>>> Today I wanted to discuss something important with you - moving forward with this whole project, and the best way to do so.
>>> 
>>> I think it is becoming clear that the way I have tried to run this so far has not been very successful - people are finding it hard to engage and contribute. Some people have told me this explicitly. So, how best to proceed?
>>> 
>>> Broadly what we want out of this is:
>>> 
>>> 1. Useful discussions pertaining to web education
>>> 2. Sharing and development of ideas/methodologies that will be useful to educators and students
>>> 3. Creation and sharing of learning resources, including tutorials, references and curricula.
>>> 4. Outreach to as many relevant educators and students as possible, so they can all benefit
>>> 5. [Add your own, if you think I've missed anything]
>>> 
>>> At the moment the tools we have available are mailing lists and a Wiki, pretty much, plus the usual communication tools we use every day. What I would most like to do in the short term is:
>>> 
>>> 1. Get people writing/updating/editing/proof reading learning material and curricula
>>> 2. Get people working on outreach initiatives to spread the world about this material
>>> 3. Get the non-native-English communities to start working on translations and outreach to their particular communities.
>>> 
>>> What do people need to be able to do this more successfully? Do we need different tools? Do I need to start micromanaging a bit more, and handing out more specific tasks and deadlines to people, eg "proof read article x in the next couple of weeks"?
>>> 
>>> Let me know what you think everyone.
>>> 
>>> thanks! ;-)
>>> 
>>> Chris Mills
>>> Open standards evangelist and dev.opera.com editor, Opera Software
>>> Co-chair, web education community group, W3C
>>> 
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>>> * Contribute to web education: http://www.w3.org/community/webed/
>>> 
>> 
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