[Original photo by Mariani Chen]
UPDATE: Get cracking on this so we can use it for the exam review.
Instead of a blog assignment this week, you’ll be building an exam study guide together as a class:
- Go to com125.wikispaces.com
- Sign-up for a user account if you haven’t (might require my approval).
- Once logged in, explore the topics for the exam.
- Add and/or Edit key definitions and possible questions for class.
- Check back often as other may improve on what you’ve added (Wiki’s RSS feed).
It’s rather sparse for now, but if everyone contributes, it should be pretty neat. The sign-up is rather painless as some of you have already registered.
For most of you, it’s probably the first time you’re working on a wiki, so I’ve found Wikispaces to be the easiest to use since it works similar to your blog (WYSIWYG), without the need to learn CamelCase (a wiki formatting language).
A study guide used to be something some of you would do on your own, but with a wiki, everyone can collaborate and help one another out. We did this as graduate students and loved it, but we’ll have to see if you guys find it useful as well.
Ironically (or intentionally) , by contributing to this wiki, you’ll be practicing what you’ve learnt on gift economies, creative commons and online identity. It is hoped that you’ll not only benefit for your exam, but experience what it would be like to be a contributor to larger public wikis such as Wikipedia.
- I’m looking for a few volunteers to be given “organizer” status, where you have more control over the wiki than a regular user. I’m letting you power-users own the space while I’ll be riding shotgun. Let me know in the comments.
- If good points are posted, I might just use some of it as exam questions.
- Oh, and I might drop some exam hints in there… it pays to check back (or subscribe to the wiki’s RSS feed).
- Feel free to ask questions in the comments. Students who can help answer questions are also welcomed. 🙂