Welcome to the Wikispace for CCT 205!

Digital Innovation and Cultural Transformation

(N.B. If you're in CCT205 in Winter 2009 - the course wiki you want is This is the wiki from the version of the course three years ago - feel free to take a look, but the real activity happens elsewhere.)

Great work guys! we're the best wiki on!

The CCIT 205 Wikispace is an educational Wiki supporting CCIT 205: Digital Innovation and Cultural Transformation. CCIT 205 is a second-year survey course in technology and society offered at Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning as part of the joint Sheridan/University of Toronto - Mississauga degree program in Communication, Culture and Information Technology.

Sheridan-based courses in the CCIT program stress project-based learning through a variety of applied design projects. In this course, co-professors Prof. Michael Jones and Prof. Gail Benick wanted to provide students the opportunity to engage Web 2.0 technologies hands on by creating a course Wiki that would cover core technology and society issues.

After looking at potential means of hosting such an assignment, we chose to use Wikispaces. This choice was influenced by Wikispaces' clean interface and rapid learning curve in Wiki editing, ability to track and monitor individual student changes, ease of administration
and maintenance and ability to have protected, private and ad-free spaces.

Our Community:

The CCIT 205 wiki is a private Wikispace, mostly due to us wishing to keep this educational experiment somewhat controlled. Using Wikis as a core component of a course was an experiment for all of us - and for all we knew, it'd be a huge failure we'd rather not have aired out in public.

Thankfully, student engagement with this Wikispace exceeded our highest expectations.

The Wiki assignment, worth 25% of the course final grade, was a three-part work. 2-3 pages of quality Wiki content was worth 50% of assignment. 30% of the assignment was "community building and maintenance". The third part of the assignment was a 20% analysis and
reflection piece on the Wikispaces experience.

Our Experience with Wikispaces:

Students were invited to join the CCIT 205 Wikispace January 24th, 2006. The assignment was formally concluded February 28th, 2006. In this time, the approximately 140 students of CCIT 205 created 598 pages through nearly 9,000 edits. In comparison, as noted on the Wikispace main page, the top public Wikispaces average about 1,000 edits a month. The level of activity was simply mind-boggling.

More important than these numbers, however, was the strong student evaluation of their Wikispace experience. Students took it upon themselves to create an assignment feedback page separate from course requirements to share their experiences. Even without being formally required to share their experiences, 54 students did - and with a few lukewarm exceptions, evaluations were positive, sometimes extraordinarily so.

Read some of our student comments:

This Wikispace will evolve as students post content relating to topics of interest in CCT205, a survey course in technology and society in the Communication Culture and Information Technology program offered jointly between University of Toronto - Mississaugaand Sheridan College Insititute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Formal evaluation of this space for the Wiki assignment is now starting. Posts made on or before Feb 28th will be included in evaluation. However, this space will remain open as a reference and for future collaborative work. Feel free to use it as you see fit (e.g., in preparation for the second test!)

As many have you have discovered, this technology can be a very effective way at building collaborative content and community. For the many who now seem hooked on Wikis and wish to see Wikispaces used in other CCIT courses, you are encouraged to take the initiative, create your own Wikispaces individually, and invite your course colleagues to contribute. You can create protected spaces (editing restricted to members only) for free off the main Wikispaces page. Feel free to let me know if you do this - I'm personally quite interested to see how CCIT students take control of these technologies for their own purposes, especially outside of formal evaluation requirements.

In your analysis and reflections pages, many have noted specific items that would make Wikispaces an even better platform. I'll abstract a few and report back in the Wikispaces Feature Feedback page now in the navigation menu. Feel free to add to this if you have a few good ideas - I'm sure the designers will be happy to hear constructive feedback from you!

Thanks for making this assignment very interesting indeed. I certainly did not expect it to catch on to the extent it did (over 8500+ edits in a month!) and the feedback regarding this assignment has been extraordinarily positive. As educational experiments go, this has exceeded my already hopeful expectations, and I'm grateful for all your effort!

- mlwjones mlwjones Mar 1, 2006


The work you submit is recorded and logged. Do not get mad if someone else edits your content for you, that's the entire point of this exercise. Topics should not be "sat upon" with tags such as "DO NOT EDIT THIS PAGE". All topics are open to constructive addition by any member of this space. Also, keep in mind that you can always edit a page back to its previous state by clicking on the history link, clicking on the old page, and hitting the 'revert' link at the top.



Some have noted that people are cutting and pasting information from online sources such as Wikipedia.

The 2-3 pages of content you are responsible for should not be plagiarized in any form. You are expected to cite material from outside sources. With this in mind, cutting and pasting your content wholesale - even with citation - is not the point. This is not dishonest per se, but it is also of zero intellectual value, and you can expect to be rewarded accordingly. For referencing information here is some information regarding MLA and APA style referencing.

As a reminder, you are invited to survey the following information from the course outline re: plagiarism and academic offences.

Plagiarism and Academic Offences:

Students are expected to be informed about plagiarism as well as academic offences and to be familiar with the Faculty Rules and Regulations, Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters (see Erindale College 2005-2006 Calendar) and Code of Student Conduct (see Erindale College 2005-2006 Calendar), which state your rights, your duties and provide all the details on grading regulations at the University of Toronto.

Please be advised that it is an academic offence for a student to knowingly:

  • Forge, alter or falsify any document or evidence required by the University
  • Use or possess an unauthorized aid or obtain assistance on a term test
  • Impersonate another person at an exam, term test or in connection with any other form of academic work
  • Represent as one’s own any idea or expression of an idea or work of another in connection with any form of academic work (commit plagiarism)
  • Submit any academic work containing a purported statement of fact or reference to a source which has been concocted

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