Wikiotics is a community effort in collaborative language instruction. If you want to get involved, take a look at the Learn a language and Teach a language pages to find out how our existing lessons are made and what they cover. New material and new takes on old material are always welcome.
In addition to creating and using language lessons, there are many other ways to contribute to the community.
We can always use more community members. Please take a moment and create an account. Not only will that give you access to your own User Pages, an area of the wiki that only you can edit, it will also give you an account on our Bug Tracker, where you can report any problems you find with the technology or new features you would like to see us build.
If you speak French, here is a list of specific ways to contribute.
This page is a more general list of ways to help.
Help with pictures
The most time consuming part of building a new picture choice lesson is finding appropriate pictures. There are millions of pictures available and finding one to clearly illustrate you particular sentences can be difficult.
To help make lesson creation easier we started a flickr group to collect and tag photos for use in language lessons. When you are making or editing a lesson, you can choose to restrict your flickr searches to just pictures in this group, greatly speeding the search.
The more pictures in this group, and the better they are tagged, the easier it is to build lessons. If you have time, please consider going to the flickr group and tagging some of the pictures there, or take some more yourself and add them to the group. All contributions are welcome.
Record some audio
The first form of language was spoken and here on Wikiotics, we can’t get enough of it in our lessons. If you have a microphone, you can help someone learn by adding your own native audio to a lesson, or two, or three. Hearing someone of your age range and gender can make learning how to speak a new language a simpler and more natural process. And if you are interested, someday the people who learn from your voice might return the favor!
Make things beautiful
Most of us building Wikiotics are very function-focused and we would love to hear from anyone from anyone in the community with more of an aesthetic focus. If you see something that could be more beautiful, we’d welcome your help to make that happen. Anything from hand-drawn icons, to css suggestions, to full blown interaction design mockups, are quite welcome.
This site, and all of the lessons on it, would not be possible without a custom structured wiki system called ductus. All the work going to enhance basic features of the Wikiotics system, develop new kinds of lesson templates, support new formats, and add new features for the site, all of that is software development work being done on ductus. The more help we get, the more of it we can build.
If you are interested in helping to improve the basic capabilities of Wikiotics, we would love to hear from you.
Keep in touch (and follow us!)
Depending on how you like to get news, we have:
- a project blog at https://wikiotics.org/blog/;
- a google groups mailing list;
- a Mozilla Drumbeat project page;
- Twitter and identi.ca accounts; and,
- a chat room on IRC.
Wikiotics has 501(c)(3) status in the United States, allowing us to accept tax-deductible contributions. You can donate online using either paypal or flattr:
If you would like to contribute through some other means, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cannot, or would prefer not to, make a financial donation, please consider contributing with your time or expertise instead.