Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Loggerhead Turtle: Tourism Studies' talks yesterday at UC Berkeley in the Anthropology Department, Tourism Studies in the Middle East, Arabic and Farsi languages, Egypt, Oman, and Iran, Endangered languages, Architecture and Landscape Architecture WUaS subjects

Dear Ami, Ama, and Scheherazade, and Nels and Ka,

Warm greetings.

Thank you for your edifying Tourism Studies' talks yesterday at UC Berkeley in the Anthropology Department ... http://www.tourismstudies.org/MiddleEast2013.htm.

Here's the beginning "Arabic language," wiki, subject page at World University and School ... http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Arabic_language.

And here's the beginning "Egypt," wiki, subject page at World University and School ... http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Egypt.

Iran and Oman wiki pages to come ...

Each country page is the beginning of an MIT OCW-centric university or school at WUaS, and each of which will eventually be in the official language in your country, as well as in the dozens of other languages spoken there, each a wiki school, for people-to-people teaching and learning.

And WUaS plans to offer online, accredited-in-country, free, Creative Commons' licensed, MIT OpenCourseWare-centric University degrees in English and eventually Arabic.

Please start wiki subject pages in subjects you're interested in. You'll find, for example, both Architecture and Landscape Architecture subjects here - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects - as well as two, Tourism Studies' pages.

Let's stay in communication!


Thanks so much Scott. What a great link.

Can I spread it out wide, or it is something under construction yet.

Thanks so much… and please keep in touch, always pleasure to share information and exchange knowledge.

Take Care.


Hi Ami,

Thanks. Please spread it around widely.

It is in its beginning phases, but this WUaS Egypt page URL - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Egypt - should forward to any new one.

WUaS plans to move from its current Wikia wiki (editable web pages) to Wikidata, which is a Creative Commons' licensed database currently being written for Wikipedia's 285 languages, WUaS plans to be in all 7,105 languages and 204 countries, each a wiki school, some with MIT OCW degrees in a variety of languages. The format will probably be similar to Wikipedia which is made in MediaWiki, as 'front end'.

But this 'Egypt,' wiki page will re-direct people to the new one in Wikidata in the future, and in Arabic eventually, with MIT OCW courses an important basis, also planned for Arabic. The current WUaS university's 577 pages in English, will be a model for those schools in other languages.

Looking forward to staying in touch! :)


I'm copying Ama and Scheherazade+ for information's sake.

That's great.
I would like to ask what is the format of the info.
I can provide some references about oman.

Hi Ama, (and Ami and Scheherazade)!

Thank you for your question about how World University is formatted, Ama!

WUaS is a wiki - so editable, web pages - and much like Wikipedia, with plans to use similar wiki protocols for editing to Wikipedia, which have developed over 10+ years, including citing references, anonymity, pseudonymity and real names, stewards for pages, temporarily locking controversial pages, etc., with the goal of excellence and knowledge generation and related flourishing conversation in online, wiki universities and schools. And WUaS is planning for all 7,105+ languages, and 204+ countries, and with an universal translator; Wikipedia, by way of comparison, is in 285 languages and we all made it.

Have you, (or Ama and Scheherazade), ever edited a page in Wikipedia, for example, in Arabic - http://ar.wikipedia.org/ - or in Farsi - http://fa.wikipedia.org/wiki/صفحهٔ_اصلی ? As you know, there's an opportunity at World University and School to teach and learn (in) the Arabic language - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Arabic_language - and this will eventually become a MIT OCW-centric, wiki university in both Arabic and in Farsi. That we all can become producers of information and knowledge due to the distributed nature of the internet, as networking technologies, now worldwide, is far reaching and great, and rewrites questions of authority vis-a-vis knowledge deeply embedded in most societies.

Please begin to teach to your web cameras, in Google + group video Hangouts, which both broadcast and are recordable, and add your teachings to WUaS! :)

I've just now created the new, Oman, wiki page at WUaS - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Oman - which will eventually be in the Arabic language, as well as in the other living languages spoken in Oman, such as Balochi, Swahili, Urdu and German, as well as in the endangered languages Bathari, Harsusi, Hobyot, Jibbali, Khojki, Kumzari, Mehri, Zidgali, each a wiki school. Please edit it, by clicking edit this page, and adding the references you mentioned (perhaps we can all get together and I can show you how this works more specifically, although if you've edited Wikipedia you'll see how easy it is) ... perhaps you will even become the head of the its MIT OCW-centric university, and accredited, in English and Arabic (you are invited to WUaS's monthly business meeting)!

Would all three of you like, too, to be on the WUaS Arabic language and Middle Eastern countries' beginning committee?

I'll also add all three of you to the World University and School monthly business meeting email list, and, - upon your request - also to the WUaS, sporadic, email list, which can include some emails every day. Please let me know if you'd like me to add you to this second, email list.

Nice to be in communication, and looking forward to your further questions and ideas. WUaS especially welcomes your initiative in developing these universities and schools in your country and the languages in your country!



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