UNITAR launches its learning and training wiki Click4it. Initially developed to provide a coherent platform of industry terms and methodologies for the use of internal staff, the wiki grew to become a knowledge base repository, which the Institute now makes available to the public at large.
The Click4it wiki was conceived with the primary objective of enhancing clarity of information on major aspects related to the training and capacity development activities developed by UNITAR. Implementing a variety of activities, delivered through different media, and applying different methodologies, the Institute saw the need to seek improved coherence when communicating training methods and approaches utilized.
The richness and continued expansion of the wiki’s contents extended its original focus from definitions in a glossary format to a consolidated knowledge base repository of learning and training reference materials, cross-referenced definitions, media rich resources, methods, and tools ready for use through a series of toolkits, checklists, step-by-step instructions, and templates to name but a few resources available to practitioners.
The Click4it wiki is a knowledge base repository of training methods, tools, materials, definitions, resources, and toolkits. It results from extensive work, encompassing planning, mapping, analysis, structuring, and synthesizing content for publishing. Mirroring data mining processes, the work conducted comprised thorough research, compilation, classification, summarization, clustering, and knowledge synthesis of definitions, methods, resources, and tools, to render, on a content value chain format and dynamic collaborative platform, an extensive repository of learning and training industry’s terms, methodologies, and tools.
Click4it is organized in various sections. The overall repository is the main entry gate; it displays all entries on the wiki, presented in alphabetical order. Derived from this main section, sub-sections on e-Learning, knowledge management, and monitoring and evaluation cluster terms, methods and tools associated with these particular fields for quick reference. The clustering into sub-sections is meant for easy access of targeted search. Additionally, the embedded search engine is also an entry door to locate terms, method or tools available.
Throughout the wiki the reader finds pointers to training materials, job aids, cross-referenced definitions, and a wealth of selected links to external resources and materials. Registered contributors can make use of discussion pages to provide comments or feedback on specific topics.
What’s on the wiki?
Click4it currently holds over 500 terms, methods, and tools on a variety of topics related to learning and training in addition to pointing to a great number of external resources. Hurried readers can find a selection of customized reading paths as a starting point, with the possibility of exploring further through cross-referenced links.
The toolkit sub-section presents a collection of methodologies and techniques, containing practical instructions for trainers and learning designers. This sub-section grows steadily; it includes a number of job aids, general guidelines, step-by-step instructions, checklists, practical tips, and templates available on portable document format (pdf), which can be downloaded for use “on the go”.
Click4it is powered by MediaWiki. A web 2.0 platform was the technological choice to facilitate a two-way communication flow, at once supplying knowledge services and providing an open and dynamic channel for collaboration and knowledge sharing, where registered users can contribute content and share their experiences after consulting resources or using toolkits.
Contributors with editing rights collaborate adding content, making submissions, providing suggestions of new terms, methods, tools to be added, or editing existing entries, reformulating content, complementing references, or suggesting new materials or resources. UNITAR is welcoming content contributors interested in collaborating to keep the dynamics and continuous development of the Click4it wiki.
Visit the wiki www.click4it.org
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