This section developed into being our communication area - area where we could jot down thoughts on development, let each other know what we had been doing, etc.
The first step in the process was to set the wiki up - this fell on Jessie who was helped by Paul Anderson - see HowISetUpThisWiki. Jessie then put some pointers and thoughts on the site to get familiar with the system; this was followed by Marielle doing the same. Marielle at this stage took the lead and put some structure on the what we were doing; also introducing the idea of individual notepads for each of us to use as we wished - in the end both of us tended to add things direct to the wiki pages as we both felt that things could get lost in notepads. On this page we noted what we had been up to, we also communicated occasionally by email (mainly on technical issues like how to log in, working around a few technical problems (like EASE not working!)). We also decided as we could meet face-to-face to do this and chat about how we were going to bring the whole thing together.
For the assignment the wiki will be presented, along with printed (and pdf electronic) copies of the individual pages. At the submission date the wiki will be made read-only.
NotePadMarielle [Marielle's first attempt to create a new page – I was thinking to use it for drafts, then I thought I was getting back to old ways of functionning where I write my bit, you write yours. I rather choosed to leave my notes in the main documents... what I propose is to keep the NotePad as a place you can dump the parts that you believe are not really of interest for this assignment. – but please do so as I decided to only rely on this Wiki to keep my notes and I find always impossible to remember what I had come across and wanted to keep ] [Great idea JP]
Some thoughts on how we actually go about doing this
[I did the same :-)]
[Of course a bit of personal style is good... but coherence of the presentation of the information across the Wiki is important too – I may have changed some of them as I initially tended to fill a page and use several levels of subheadings, we should probably clean up and take decisions early on – subheading 5 is a bit too low, so starting at 3 may be a better option... but things will change anyway, I do not really mind you changing some heading back provided the legibility remains good]
[The way I usually function is to have two documents – in this context, wiki sections –one playing the role of notepad, with random notes and ideas that we can write down as soon as we have them; another one that contains a draft of the assignment – note that these are also issues to address, Wiki as unique tool or Wiki in combination with others]
These are all things that apply if using in earnest - how much freedom do you give the students and how much is "set in stone" by rules set up by the tutor?
[see last further comment... if you choose to give a Wiki to your students, by definition, you do not have strict guidelines about what they should achieve... then there is the marking issue if this is in an educational context]
[I've added mine in square brackets JP]
[I think the way you have done it is good; it makes easier to see what happening rather than just being presented with a summary from the more detailed stuff in notepads - I vote stay with the way you have started; in terms of collaboration your approach seems good. JP]
[Agree and will try to follow JP]
[I think expanding to the wider issues is good - there is i think parallels anyway and things to learn/think about from using in different ways. Your ideas got me thinking about the days when I use to do some Perl coding - the way we were using it; it was very much like glue linking things that didn't quite fit and i can see wikis in a similar kind of light - need a good reference to back this up.... JP]
[ good question - bit of both???]
I have typed 'using wiki for collaborative assignment' in Google and checked up the first 20 pages and their derivative links.
The result, the current organisation of these pages. Eventually, spend your morning checking up some more links, starting here:. But, clearly, there is a huge amount of material on this. We will need to decide what structure and line of argument we would like to expand quite early on... for instance next week.
The wiki is all yours for a few days... I have no more time to work on this before the week-end. Good luck with this!
Some more links I have spotted but had not time to integrate:
Progress Notes JP
This is tremendous - you have worked hard. I haven't had as much time as hoped this morning so concentrated in looking at more references - did another 2 pages google so start at http://www.google.com/search?q=using+wiki+for+collaborative+assignment&hl=en&lr=&start=40&sa=N. Really loads there and good stuff.. I hope to find sometime later to work on this and will update the progress.. NotePad idea is super - I did a quick copy and paste from an email exchange from someone using wikis in earnest
Didn't get back to this on Thurs and having short burst on frid evening.... did some more google so now starting place is http://www.google.com/search?q=using+wiki+for+collaborative+assignment&hl=en&lr=&start=50&sa=N Still loads of excellent stuff but rather now being examples of usage in different subject areas rather than anything substantial but... Signing off probably until Tues. Did backup of everything this morning and will repeat on Mon - suggest if you do loads you send me an email. unfortunately machine on not automatically backed up - if in production this would be a must!
Tues 7th Carried on going through google search and got to http://www.google.com/search?q=using+wiki+for+collaborative+assignment&hl=en&lr=&start=100&sa=N Most of what is now coming up seems less interesting - maybe some more but think probably we have covered most. My feelings are we need to consolidate and I certainly need to read and follow up what we have here, maybe think about how we are actually going to organise... All going well I'm planning to work more on this tomorrow (Wed) - might try to put together my thoughts on a plan for consolidating; if you any ideas that would be gerat. We have some very interesting stuff here and could carry on for a long time. I asked Paul (helped me set up this wiki) to add a section on how he set it all up technically..
Thurs 9th - did new section PlanAction to start the ball rolling on how we start drawing this all together... My personal views to be argued with please..
Fri 10th - spent sometime incorporating PlanAction into the sections
Tues 14th - started work on the summary sections