- WSU Vancouver installs a server running some Wikity-esque software on WordPress Multisite. It allows faculty (and hopefully, eventually, students) to make as many WordPress sites as they want.
- Faculty make wiki-like linked sites on personal interests, but also use the platform to assemble and write materials for their classes.
- Meanwhile UBC or UMW or NIU or Clark College installs a similar instance of Multisite (or really, anything that can comply with the Wikity protocols). Faculty there get to do the same thing — make as many little sites as they want for both classes and personal interest.
Now, without forking, maybe you’ve seen this story before. It’s pretty close to the repository dream that will get you laughed out of any OER veteran’s office. But forking makes all the difference.
As a faculty member putting together a course, I pull out my syllabus and look at the week to week learning goals. And I search our open repository for stuff that makes sense for my course, and fork it into my evolving class space. Here’s me doing that.
Of course, what happens is that the software makes sure that as I build my own site in my own space I am feeding forward materials for others to then take and build on.
The WSUV site is live, I showed it to my boss yesterday, and I’m ready to promote it locally. But I’d love some partners in the effort. Anyone want to try running one of these at your own school?