Talk:Education Committee Charter
Scope and remit[edit source]
I was wondering about all this.
As presented, the scope says "education", which is not so surprising. There is education as practised in educational institutions, and that is one aspect that is implied here: an interface with the "education sector". To take an example that is close to hand, the interface of Wikimedia and the "cultural sector" has attracted the acronym GLAM, and that is read in terms of institutions and those who work in them.
That would not be all of it, though. The WMUK current work on "educational projects" surely also covers training efforts; and the VLE. I would say it also ought to cover "open educational resources" (OER), which is the expected jargon in this area. Aim 1 talks about free educational resources and their provision; which will do for a start, I suppose, OER being a slippery concept.
Perhaps I would be helped by some indication of what the delegated powers are likely to be. I'm not quarrelling with the stated aims as such.
- I suppose my mindset sees training as part of education, so I don't bother to spell out the training aspects. Perhaps we should substitute "education and training" for "education" where it appears in the text? I'd probably like to elaborate on our mission to engage with the different sectors as well: schools; further education; higher education; lifelong learning. Then there is our function in training new volunteers to edit Wikimedia projects, which I see as subtly different from provision of OER to everyone.
- I expect that the delegated powers would be whatever we could comfortably manage: planning, representing WMUK, project delivery. I'm quite happy with Martin being our named budget holder, but an alternative would be to delegate a budget to the committee. We'd get a shared ability to approve and collective responsibility, but we'd have to be far more conscious of potential conflicts of interest. It all needs to be thought about, and I only meant to put something up to be a starting point for now. --RexxS (talk) 15:34, 29 October 2012 (UTC)
I've added to the main page space details of a couple of things I've been working on of late. Fuller details will be made available once relevant reports are written and events followed up. In the meantime, do get in touch with any questions or comments and I'll be happy to discuss. Thank you. --Stevie Benton (WMUK) (talk) 11:31, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
- Sorry, it seems that the Education Committee talk page redirects here. Anyone have any ideas how to fix (if, indeed, we need it fixing)? Thank you. --Stevie Benton (WMUK) (talk) 11:35, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
Update of 1 August 2013[edit source]
I have updated the page in line with the facts on the ground, and having circulated the committee earlier this week. As is explained on Education Committee, the committee is not a sub-committee of the Board in the formal sense, and any delegation would be in a sense other than that of the Articles. So some care is needed in choosing language. Charles Matthews (talk) 09:55, 1 August 2013 (UTC)
Mission statement?[edit source]
It has been suggested that the Education Committee may benefit from having an overarching mission statement. A first attempt (which I hope will be built upon) could be:
"Wikimedia UK's Education Committee exists to coalesce volunteers, trustees and staff with the aim of informing the charity's overall education strategy."
"Wikimedia UK's Education Committee exists to inform the charity's overall education strategy, by discussion and documentation, in particular on how to coalesce volunteers, trustees and staff."