This week on Interviews with Innovators, Jon Udell speaks with Dr. John Willinsky. Wikipedia currently describes Dr. Willinsky as "a Canadian educator, activist, and author." For him, Wikipedia is both an inspiring example of public participation in the creation of knowledge, and a wake-up call for an educational system that didn't see this revolution coming and still doesn't fully embrace its transformational power.
Dr. John Willinsky is currently the Pacific Press Professor of Literacy and Technology and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Willinsky taught school in Ontario for 10 years and, with Vivian Forssman, developed the Information Technology Management program for high schools in British Columbia and Ontario.
Willinsky is the author of "Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire's End", which won Outstanding Book Awards from the American Educational Research Association and History of Education Society, as well as the more recent titles, "Technologies of Knowing", "If Only We Knew: Increasing the Public Value of Social Science Research", and "The Access Principle".
He directs the Public Knowledge Project at UBC, which is researching systems that hold promise for improving the scholarly and public quality of academic research.
This free podcast is from our Jon Udell's Interviews with Innovators series.