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using wikis for group projects at university, including How to Use PBWorks

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  • Watch this short video about wikis. As you watch , think about these questions: What are the special features of a wiki? How are they particularly suited to group projects? What features are available in a wiki that are not available in Google Docs? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dnL00TdmLY Image by Andrew Weldon WIKIS
  • Image from www.wiki.nasa.gov WIKIS
    • Wikis are great collaboration tools because they:
    • allow more than one person to edit each page.
    • allow many people to add to and edit the same content.
    • allow you to easily connect between pages inside the wiki.
    • Other great wiki features:
    • expandable structure – you can add as many pages as you need.
    • NON-LINEAR - you can jump around easily from page to page or section to section.
    • allow folders as well as pages - great for more complex projects with lots of sections.
    • store FILES – upload .doc, .xls, .ppt, .jpg, etc.
    WIKIS
  • A wiki can also be a great organizer for your entire academic portfolio . Image from http://freshome.com
    • 1 folder/section = 1 class
      • pages for notes, assignment development
      • upload back-ups of your assignments
      • link to online resources
    WIKIS
    • Wikis
    • Format: Website pages, can upload other file types
    • Access through internet
    • Many one-at-a-time contributors
    • Organize through linking, folders
    • Simple or complex structure
    • OK presentation
    • History of previous versions
    • Collaborative Docs
    • Format: word docs, spreadsheets, presentations, forms (limited)
    • Access through internet
    • Many simultaneous contributors
    • Organize through folders
    • Simple structure
    • Poor presentation
    • History of previous versions
    Wikis vs. Collaborative Documents
  • Some Products Available for FREE (depending on usage): … but free usually comes with limitations or a cost (i.e. ads) WIKIS
    • Some tips on using Wikis for group projects:
    • Use the front page for group notices, your outline, and other housekeeping items.
    • Create clear organization – list out the logical sections before you create your folders and pages, add links to the sidebar to reflect these sections
    • Use comments instead of edits when warranted, i.e. to comment on a page without changing it
    • Monitor your group’s progress with the recent history section
    PBWorks Tutorial
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  • Think of a suitable URL. Agree to non-commercial terms. Pick a screen name and enter your email and a password. WIKIS – PBWorks
  • Who can see it? Is this a public website for anyone to find and look at or PRIVATE, just for you and selected others? There are TWO privacy settings. Who can edit it? All PBWorks users or just you and selected others? WIKIS – PBWorks
  • There are TWO editable areas COMMENT SPACE Like blog comments, these are outside the normal body of the wiki pages. They are uneditable once posted. WORKSPACE The pages which contributors can add to, edit, change, erase, etc. WIKIS – PBWorks
  • ACTIONS Add pages Upload files (.doc, .ppt, .xls, etc.) See all pages and files Change wiki settings Search pages for specific word/phrase Main menu is along right side. PBWorks – Main Menu
  • ADD CONTRIBUTORS By email, have to have signed up to PBWorks already RECENT ACTIVITY See what your group mates have done. SIDEBAR An editable region, like a page. Used to create NAVIGATION Same on every page Link to pages/folders/files On large wikis, show sections by linking to folders PBWorks – Main Menu
  • FILES External files you upload & wiki pages FOLDERS Allow for additional organization, grouping of pages and files PAGES Editable web pages you create inside the wiki PBWorks – Pages, Files, Folders
  • PBWorks includes many “template” pages. To use these, you can click on one from this menu and customize it, then link it in through the sidebar or an in-page link. Delete them if you don’t think you’ll need them – they are clogging up your page list! PBWorks – Pages, Files, Folders
    • Through this view, you can
    • type content,
    • paste content from Word,
    • format the text on the page,
    • add links to internal wiki pages or external web pages by highlighting the text and choosing
    Click EDIT to start editing a page. ALWAYS REMEMBER TO CLICK SAVE!!!! Not just when you’re done, but once in awhile. There is no auto-save feature! PBWorks – Basic Page Editing
    • On all pages EXCEPT the FrontPage,
    • use the page menu (on right when in edit mode) to:
    • RENAME a page
    • DELETE a page
    PBWorks – Basic Page Editing
    • add links to pages inside your wiki
    From the page menu on the right side you can also:
    • add images to the current page
      • Upload files and then click file name
      • From URL (image web address)
    PBWorks – Adding Links and Images
  • From the non-edit view (“VIEW” tab), you can access the previous versions of the page. THE MOST IMPORTANT LINK FOR SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATION: PBWorks – Page History
    • … you can:
    • Compare two versions of the page
    • Click on the Date/Time to see any previous version
    • Restore a previous version and replace the current version
    • Delete any version (careful!)
    If one of your group accidentally erases valuable information from your wiki… PBWorks – Page History
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hays,_Kansas Wikipedia has some hints about how to set up your wiki. Wiki Organization
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hays,_Kansas Include references! Per page or one reference page linked throughout the wiki. References
  • Academic Integrity If you include someone else’s in your assignment, you MUST credit the source. References
  • Your professor will let you know what CITATION STYLE they prefer. You can create citations manually or … MLA APA Chicago Harvard AMA ASA References
  • Use a Citation Manager! http://www.fhsu.edu/library/tlc/zotero-intro/index.html
    • Firefox Add-on
    • Automatically downloads citation data from the web.
    • Word plug-in allows one-click cite and bibliography, output in HUNDREDS of citation styles, also customizable.
    Full Zotero tutorial available at: References
  • Once in awhile, you might actually meet your group! Facilitate face-to-face meetings with:
    • No more email tag!
    • Propose times, send invites.
    • Group members say yes or no
    • www.meetingwizard.com
    Group Meetings