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CCT205: Wiki Q&A


Question
Answer
1. How do you edit the Wiki pages?
Click on edit at the top of the page and make you appropriate adjustments and click save. (note: Make sure that if your using a Mac Computer to use the Mozilla browser instead of Safari or Internet Explorer in order to properly edit a wiki entry).
2. Do we need a bibliography if external sources are used in our articles?
Yes
3. Can we post our discussions regarding the topics discussed in a Guest lecture?
Yes, but this may not be the topics for our journal assignment.
4. What format should we follow for the bibliography? MLA, APA? And do we post it directly underneath the article?
I'd say MLA format. Everything else I've done in CCIT has been MLA. APA is generally used for Science writing whereas MLA is generally used for English writing. Although VCC courses often require APA referencing
5. How do you insert a link in the Table of Contents after making a page?
Edit the Table of Contents and insert your text. Then you can link that text with the "Add Link" button near the top left of the page.
6. How do I import (cut & paste) something from Microsoft Word?
You can try directly copy/pasting from word into the visual editor. Please note that items such as tables and pictures might not copy correctly, though it seems bolding, italics, underline, bullets and headers will. If this occurs you can click "Use Text Editor" at the bottom right of the screen, paste the information as text, and reformat it.
7. Is spelling and grammar important?
An article becomes less useful if grammatical errors and spelling mistakes make it impossible to understand. Part of your mark does indeed come from this (it would count against content to be sure...) As noted above, much formatting will remain if an article is copied and pasted from the visual editor to microsoft word. You can then check for grammatical and spelling related errors.
8. How are we to submit our "Analysis & Reflection"? Should we post it under "Analysis & Reflection" on this wikispace? or submit a paper copy?
Do submit a paper copy, but I think sharing your reflection about Wikispaces in the wikispace itself would be a great idea. That's something you can upload on the last day if you'd like.
9. Which internet browsers can I use to edit content?
PC - Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Firefox; Mac - Safari, Mozilla, Firefox.
10. How do you add the table of contents box in the pages?
Type "toc" inside a double square bracket "[[" "]]" on top of your page. Then you adjust the "Format" of each title and subtitle in your article. To do this, find the drop down menu at the blue toolbar at the top of the editing page. Then select headings 1,2, 3 or normal for each title and subtitle. These titles and subtitles are what will appear in the Table of Contents.
11. It says below that the length of the analysis should be short (2pp). Does this mean 2 paragraphs or 2 pages?
"pp" means pages, so the analysis should be two pages in length.
12. 2-3pp - Is that double spaced or single?
Prof: "Think of that guideline as single-spaced in Word, on a regular font size. So, say, 300 words a page or so. The 2-3 page guideline is a minimum standard - you won't be penalized for doing it, but those who exceed this at similar levels of quality and thoroughness will probably do better. That noted, 2-3 pages of solid focused material is better than 6-8 pages of random nonsense."
13. For this assignment, does each individual of us have to create 2 - 3 different topics of Wiki pages ?or 1 Wiki page with 2-3 pages length (of text)?
I'll answer this myself, we have to do 1 Wiki page of about 2-3 pages long. (Prof. Note - you may also do, say, two or three 1-2 pg. works on two separate topics. The point of the content page limit is not to constrain content, but to act as a guideline. This guideline is also there to ensure people don't write 47 sentences on 47 pages, claiming this to be 2-3 pages of content. Yes it is - but as a cohesive contribution, it would obviously be garbage.)
14. how do you wrap text around an image?
This would be an interesting challenge for the more technically inclined. I'd imagine that simple HTML atttributes would be involved. Check out the wikipedia tutorial, not sure if it works though.
15. How do you post your own personal picture on your profile ?
On the top right corner of the page, you will see a function called "settings". Click on that link and you will see a page that allows you to adjust your own personal settings. You will also see a picture display area on that page which allows you to post your own picture. Under that picture display area, there is a link called "change picture", thats where it allows you to upload your picture and display it.
16. Please answer Q 13. I'm wondering the same thing --> Do we make 2-3 SEPERATE wiki pages, or, ONE page that is 2-3 pages worth of text? (i.e. do we have 2-3 different topics, or only 1?)
I know this is confusing but here's what I got from Michael: ONE Wiki page 2-3 pages long. (Prof Note. This is the easiest way of approaching this. You certainly will do fine writing, say, two or three contributions of quality totalling three pages overall. I'm more trying to avoid the aforementioned case of 47 sentences on 47 pages. Review your contribution as a whole unit - does it make sense as a singular work and/or as a double/triple topical piece? If so, you'll probably be fine - if you suspect not, do trust I'll figure out as much myself.)
17.How do I add pictures to a page?
Click on the Add Image icon. It looks like a tree. Then, you can either a upload new file from your computer, or use an external image URL (ie. your Photobucket account). Once the picture is uploaded, double click the image to insert it into the page.
18.How do we add a page within the analysis and relection section? After we add our name, where do we link the page to?
Adding your reflection bit of the assignment is voluntary, but appreciated. Creating a new page to store your assessment is best. Do that by clicking the "Make a New Page" open in the top left corner. Feel free to compose your analysis and reflection piece offline in Word or some other writing tool. When done, copy and paste the raw text to the Wikispace fille you've created. Change what minor formatting issues may result from this copy and paste routine. After this is done to your satisfaction, change the Analysis/reflections page (also in the left navigation menu) to include your particular contibution. You're now close to done - be sure to also print out and hand in a copy to Prof. Jones, since he'd like to read them off-line ideally.

19.How do we create an anchor?
Wikispaces instructions on doing this can be found here. It's not self-explanatory, but if you know how anchor tags work in HTML, it's the same principle. The link box in Wikispaces does allow you to easily create an anchor link by clicking the "link to anchor" bit under Wiki Link. The trick is the actual anchor referent (what you call what you'd like to jump to) has to be inserted manually. If that thing is called "CCT205", you'd enter [[#CCT205]] at the point of the text you'd like to jump to.
20. What time is the Analysis and Reflection due?
(Prof note: to be clear on this one - the analysis and reflections bit is due, hard copy (although a printout of the online version if you choose to submit one is fine), in lab. Lab tomorrow will be a bit of a discussion of what's happened, what's next, and some time to tend to the remaining Ps and Qs here. As of 1:01am, there have been 7381 edits to this Wikispace in the last 30 days. If the figures on the main page are right, that's over 7 times that of any of the other public Wikispace wikis. And destined to keep growing in these last 24 hours, I figure. I'm shocked. And rather impressed. And thinking I'm never going to leave the house in the month of March going through all this.) - mlwjones mlwjones Feb 27, 2006
21.When I search for my page I am able to find it, but why isn't it listed under the "Table of contents" under the navigation header?
That's because you didn't create a link in the "Table of contents". You can do that by clicking "edit" at the "Table of contents" page and follow the steps you usally follow for creating a link.



Wiki Assignment Description


In this assignment, you are individually charged with creating approximately 2-3 pages of factual and instructive content relating to concepts and ideas to be presented in the course of CCT 205.

You will present this work in Wiki format on the private class Wiki, located at https://ccit205.wikispaces.com. You will need to formally be a part of the Wikispace in order to contribute – if you are not already part of the space, please email Prof. Jones (Michael.jones5@sheridanc.on.ca) immediately to get an invitation. Guidelines for appropriate Wiki posting and behavior are noted in the Wikispace – Wikipedia (http://www.wikipedia.org) is a good starting point for examples and tips.

Wikis are dynamic environments that change over the course of time. The final assignment date is Feb. 28. This is the date that all contributions over the course of this assignment will be evaluated. However, last-minute attention to this assignment compromises the whole point of collaborative editing and writing, an iterative process that takes time. Submitting 100% of your content hours before the deadline is not advisable. While it will count, it will clearly appear as stand-alone material without collective vetting, and be evaluated accordingly. It is best to prepare to submit content on a step-by-step basis well before the Feb. 28 deadline as a result.


Grade Breakdown


The assignment, worth 25% of your final grade, is broken down as follows:

Content – 50%


This is an evaluation of the content you have submitted to the Wikispace. It will be evaluated based on timely submission, relevance, accuracy, depth and evidence of relevant research.

Given that Wikis are collaboratively authored spaces, it is feasible that what you submit will be subsequently altered by others. Given that individual changes are monitored by Wikispaces software, this is not something you should be concerned about – your particular contributions will be duly noted and evaluated. You can comment about this process of collaborative editing in the final component of this assignment if you wish.

If stuck on where to begin, submit stubs (small, incomplete works) and work to improve them later. Submitting only a series of stubs will not be a strong contribution, however; do aim in the end to submit content of sufficient substance and quality so that the edits of others strengthen an already strong base.

As noted above, posting all your content Feb. 28th at 3am is not likely to be effective, as it will likely stand alone in relation to the rest of the Wikispace and be subject to little collective vetting. Do plan to release information in chunks over the course of the assignment so that links can be made among content bits early and your material can benefit from collective editing.

Some have already contributed content pertaining to administrative details of the course itself (e.g., information on lectures, tests, journal assignments etc.) While interesting and productive regarding building community in this space, the intent of this assignment is to provide content related to key theoretical and applied concepts in digital innovation and its effects on overall culture, not information about CCT205 as a specific course on the topic. Do intend on doing research on key theoretical concepts vs. simply chatting about course requirements for the content section of this assignment – the latter would qualify as good material in the section below.

Wikispace community building and maintenance – 30%


Wikispaces are online communities built by collaborative writing and editing. As such, a wiki is not just a repository of individually-authored material, but a collective space requiring collective maintenance.

You will be rewarded for contributions to making the CCIT 205 Wikispace an organized, intelligible, well-designed space. This includes:

  • making internal Wikilinks between related pages (including your own content)
  • maintaining collaborative community and structure (e.g., editing the table of contents and navigation menus, contributing to general discussion and information on course requirements and structure, improving information design, flow and aesthetics, encouraging collaboration among participants, etc.)
  • providing constructive edits on the work of others and generally being a good Wikispace citizen (e.g., avoiding flame wars, negative personal comments, etc.)

Analysis and reflections on use of Wikispaces – 20%


In a short (max. 2pp.) individual writeup due Feb. 28, outline the following information:

  • A brief summary of your individual contributions regarding content and community maintenance
  • Your reflections and observations on the collaborative writing experience
  • Any suggestions or ideas for future CCIT students with respect to using Wikispaces or Wikis in general for collaborative work