Wikisand Our Work4 Avts May09


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Wikisand Our Work4 Avts May09

  1. 1. The LTC Wiki and Our Work A practical workshop on how to harness the power of the LTC wiki
  2. 2. Wiki in-service workshops series <ul><li>“ The Digital Taxonomy”: General overview of concepts and practices related to “Web 2.0” (Elaine) </li></ul><ul><li>“ The LTC Wiki and Our Work”: How to make a Web 2.0 system – the LTC wiki – work for you (Tim) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Managing Information in the Digital Context”: Approaches and tools to avoid information overload (Dean) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Workshop Profile <ul><li>Prerequisites for using the LTC Wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic skills in using word processing software like Microsoft Word </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic skills in using a web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Workshop Overview <ul><li>First Principles : General Introduction to Wikis (5 mins.) </li></ul><ul><li>Guided Tour : Harnessing the Power of the LTC Wiki (35-40 mins) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Introduction to Wikis <ul><li>What’s the most well-known wiki on the Internet? </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul>
  6. 6. What can I do with a wiki? <ul><li>Core wiki features: </li></ul><ul><li>Create and publish web pages </li></ul><ul><li>Store and share files </li></ul><ul><li>Edit documents collaboratively </li></ul>
  7. 7. What are wikis commonly used for? <ul><li>Common uses: </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative construction of documents </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback and discussion over content </li></ul><ul><li>Document repository </li></ul><ul><li>Web page publishing platform </li></ul>
  8. 8. Who uses wikis? <ul><li>Institutions that use wikis: </li></ul><ul><li>Research institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate intranets </li></ul><ul><li>Company websites </li></ul><ul><li>Technical knowledge bases </li></ul><ul><li>Community group portals </li></ul>
  9. 9. Educational applications for wikis <ul><li>Staff research groups </li></ul><ul><li>Student projects </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative management </li></ul>
  10. 10. The LTC Wiki: Harnessing its power <ul><li>Overview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating/Editing web pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing files </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding your way around and locating content </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NB: Most collaboration features will be covered in a follow-up workshop </li></ul>
  11. 11. The anatomy of a wiki page
  12. 12. Organisation of the LTC Wiki <ul><li>Top level categories </li></ul><ul><li>LTC Work </li></ul><ul><li>LTC Portfolio </li></ul>
  13. 13. Wiki content types <ul><li>Quick preview of other wiki features: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative editing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multimedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embedding content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spreadsheets </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Calendars </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Forms </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RSS Feeds </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Etc! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Creating and editing web pages <ul><li>Personal pages </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a new page </li></ul><ul><li>Using the formatting toolbar to add content </li></ul><ul><li>Saving a page </li></ul><ul><li>Adding tags to a page </li></ul><ul><li>Commenting on a page ( collaboration feature ) </li></ul>
  15. 15. File to wiki, wiki to file <ul><li>How to share files in the wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Adding files: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attaching files to a wiki page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>File versioning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Extracting wiki page content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Print button (PDF, hardcopy) </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Finding things in the wiki <ul><li>How do I locate something efficiently? </li></ul><ul><li>Task : “I am looking for this document, it was an article written by some person called Lowe , it was about the equivalence of traditional and online assessment . I think it was a PDF attachment ” </li></ul>
  17. 17. Ways to find items in the wiki <ul><li>Golden Rule: “ SEARCH, DON’T BROWSE” (importance of tagging pages with keywords) </li></ul><ul><li>Browser bookmarks (for pages you visit regularly) </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use the left navigation menu to find content! </li></ul>
  18. 18. Preview of Session 3: “Following” pages <ul><li>Use RSS Feeds to subscribe to people or pages </li></ul><ul><li>Recent Changes page </li></ul><ul><li>Email notification of new content </li></ul>
  19. 19. Discussion <ul><li>What do you think are the advantages of using a wiki? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you think are the disadvantages? </li></ul><ul><li>Which features do you think would be most useful for your and LTC’s work? </li></ul><ul><li>What features would you like to learn about in future workshops? </li></ul>