Wikituition Online Academy (WOA), is a platform for providing free education to all. The project started in 2009 as Tutionpedia and registered a domain name in the same name on 11 December 2009. The idea came to my mind when I contacted some professors and scientists to clear my doubts at the time of developing some innovative materials for my Ph.D. program. I noticed that a lot of people are generous to share their knowledge, but they don’t have a platform to share their valuable knowledge. I also noticed that those people who are highly knowledgable in their field are very reluctant to share their knowledge as it is a time consuming one. I decided to build a platform to share knowledge.
At that time while visiting a lab, I noticed that in that lab there is one equipment that I am searching for a long time. I stood outside the lab to see the in-charge of the lab. On the door of the lab, I noticed a quote, and it really inspired me. After some time the Professor arrived, during the discussion, he told me that he is very helpful to all and very generous. At the end of the conversation, I requested his permission for using the machine for my research project. He simply smiled at me and said, “This machine is not free, if you need you to have to pay for it, if you are ready to pay another problem I won’t accept any payments from students, if your university is ready to pay, I am ready to allow the machine to you, unfortunately ( I believe), your University won’t offer you the money to pay for such a machine. So what can I do….!” I decided to go as he is not intended to share the machine with anyone. I told him, this quote is really inspiring but that is not in the right place. I took that quote by Henry Ford and added it here.
“Coming together is the beginning;
keeping together is progress;
working together is success.”
Initially, a few tutorials are available on this site due to the lack of time. In 2011, I rebranded this site as Wikituition and registered the domain as wikituition.com in January 2011 and started adding free tutorials to the site when I get free time. In 2012, I prepared a proposal “Wikituition and the scope of online education” and submitted it to a startup accelerator’s incubation program for getting some startup support. They asked me to submit a detailed business plan showing financial projections for the next 5 years. As I intended to provide free education for all those needed on this planet, I don’t have any solid business plan to raise money. At that time internet connection speed and availability is not adequate to deliver video contents to all locations. So the startup accelerators are cautious about the success rate of such a project at that time. They shared their anxiety about delivering content online rather than offline. Moreover, I need to register a company to step into an incubation center. I lost hope in the project as I intended to provide free education to the masses.
At that time, I had another website Nanoguru (to offer free tutorials and contents related to nanoscience), with hundreds of free tutorials on nanoscience. In 2015, to focus more on this site, I abandoned the Nanoguru project and took only the best tutorials to merge in this site. At around 2016 there are a number of major players evolved in the online education segment offering a wide variety of online content. I kept the project aside as there are a number of similar paid services operated online. In 2016, the domain was dropped due to my lack of interest in this project, but I regained the domain quickly.
I noticed that still there are no free online course providers to provide free education to masses. I decided to continue with the project. The motto of Wikituition project is,
Education for All!
Education without borders!
Wikituition is a Do It Yourself (DIY) tutorial Website offering free courses and tutorials. Learn new things, try new things, build anything, modify your lifestyle, and renew almost anything around you, with easy to do step by step instructions. The site is designed to improve your do-it-yourself skills and make your life a lot easier. The Do it yourself (DIY) guide helps you to create, modify, or repair things without the direct support of experts or professionals. Wikituition is a place to discover new passions, level up your skills, and meet the experts to inspire you. The students can enroll in a complete course from the Course section.
How to Contribute
There are two types of tutorials are available on this site. One type is a page by page tutorials-it is a step by step tutorial and the second type is a complete course in a specific topic. The single-page by page tutorials are easy to do it type tasks that are arranged in a step by step manner with sufficient tips and guides. You can upload your tutorial’s contributions to submit tutorials.
The tutorials are classified based on the Difficulty level and Skill Level.
Easy: Simple to do
Medium: Takes time and need more skills.
Hard: Difficult to do.
Beginner: A novice understanding of the skill. You have exposure to the skill and understand its basic concepts but lack experience. Beginners might be able to do 0%-33% of them without assistance.
Intermediate: Between a beginner and an expert. You have experience with and can carry out the skill but don’t understand its advanced concepts. Intermediates might be able to do 34%-67% of them without assistance.
Expert: A highly developed skill level. You have solid experience and training with the skill and understand advanced concepts. You demonstrate proficiency and superior skill level. Advanced might be able to do 68%-99% of them without assistance.
Time Needed To Complete The Task
The time taken to complete each tutorial/course depends on the complexity of the tasks and your skill level. It can vary from a few seconds to a few months!
Wikituition Courses offers free online courses. This is an amazingly simple online learning platform that offers free online courses for anyone, that will definitely advance your career and life.
“Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime.”
The idea of Wikituition is very simple, it is better to teach people how to do something themselves than to just do it for them. Through these free online courses, people will learn how to help themselves.
Enjoy learning and never stop learning!