Working with the Wiki

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Background (for more see Deep Background)
A Wiki is "a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content."
That is according to Wikipedia, by far the most well known "Wiki" on the Worldwide Web.

All of the participants (students, tutors, lecturer) in this course have likely read Wiki's (most likely Wikipedia) on the Web. But most of us have probably never edited a Wiki. And many of us probably don't even know how Wiki's work or that they can be edited. Do you know that anyone - including you - can edit any page of Wikipedia? Anybody can contribute anything to Wikipedia - the good, the bad and the ugly. (That's why the content varies widely in quality.)

One purpose of this Wiki is for you to learn how to work with Wiki's. On this page, please add contributions to help explain how to work with this Wiki, edit pages and navigate around the Wiki website.

Sign Up and Sign In!
You must sign up for the Wiki if you are enrolled in SC2218.
Choose as pseudonym (nickname). In the first discussion group (tutorial) you will need to tell your instructor your nickname on the Wiki. You will be responsible for the contributions you make. But only the instructor and you will know your nickname. So you do not need to be overly shy about your contributions; everyone in the world can see them, but they will not know they belong to you (unless you make your personal identity known).

Sign in everytime you open the Wiki to make sure you get credit for your contributions. You must be signed in to make contributions to pages or comment in the dicussion threads.

Required Contributions for the Course
Participants in SC2218 are required to make at least two substantial contributions to the course wiki during the semester. A substantial contribution would be about 300 to 500 words added to one of the main pages on readings, films and lectures, or its equivalent.

Types of Contributions: Summaries, Commentaries, Discussion, and Everything Else

Summaries: On the main page of the Wiki for each lecture, reading, or film, we want a summary of about 500 to 1000 words (at most). The summary should explain the main points of the reading, film or lecture, especially as they relate to the main themes of the class. Each lecture, reading or film should have only ONE summary. But you are free to edit or modify an already existing summary if you think it can or should be improved. Every time you change a page, the old version is archived in "page history" - so you will not be erasing someone elses work completely. If your work gets edited, don't worry, you will still get credit for your contribution! Collaborate to make the best summaries possible.

Commentaries: Each lecture, reading or film can have ANY NUMBER of commentaries. A commentary should be a discussion of the material; not a summary but your thoughts on the material. For example, you can discuss how the material made you think about something in your own life in a new way; or compare the material to something you learned in other classes. To add a commentary, got to the main page for the lecture, reading or film you want to comment about. Click "Add a new page" in the left menu bar. Name your commentary page, then type in your commentary (you can also cut-and-paste from a Word document). After you save your commentary, go back to the main page for the lecture, reading or film and create a link from the page to your commentary. All commentaries should be linked to the main page.

Discussions: You can start or contribute to discussion threads associated with any page of the Wiki. Feel free to do this as much as you like. Positive contribution to discussion will be included in our assessment of your Wiki Contributions. However, you are expected to contribute to the Wiki pages (summaries and commentaries) not only to the discussion threads. In other words, contributions to the Wiki pages count for more than contributions to the discussion threads.

Everything Else: All of your contributions to the Wiki will count toward your evaluation. Interesting and creative contributions are a plus. For example, if you find relevant video clips on YouTube or other material, link or embed it in the Wiki and write up a commentary on it. Anything you do to improve the Wiki - such as making formatting changes to improve the look of pages or editing grammar and spelling - will also be looked on favorably in our evaluation of your contributions.

Achive of World Cultures: This section of the Wiki is reserved for your group projects. The details will be discussed in the second and third weeks of the semester.

Sources, Citations and Plagarism
It is very important, when drawing on or copying content from elsewhere that you make clear what your source is. It is perhaps increasingly common, in this age of access to vast amounts of information on the Internet as well as easy cut-and-paste functions of digital text, to move content around from one place to another without attribution. The most important thing is - do not present something as if it is your own original content or ideas when you have gotten them from somewhere else. This is plagarism, and a serious offence in academic and intellectual ethics. In addition, by providing the original source of the content, it allows others to go to that source if they want to learn more or understand the context of the material better.

Ways to Collaborate
*If content has already been added to a page, use the "complete history" function (link found at bottom of each page) to see who has contributed what.

*When you make contributions - for additions and especially for deletions - include editorial notes (each time you 'save' a page it asks you to describe changes). Better yet, add a discussion thread at the bottom explaining the changes you made. In particular, if you delete things, explain why you deleted them (so the person who's work you deleted will better understand).

*Don't be overly possessive about the contributions you make! The goal is to collectively create the best page possible. There is a permanent record of everything you contribute - and as far as the grade assessment goes, all of that will count. Every good book you have ever read (or video you have watched) is the product of good editors. If someone improves on your work - thank them for it! If their changes are not an improvement - change it back! (And politely explain why in a discussion thread.)

Adding Links (from EasyEdit Toolbar)
Click on the EasyEdit Button - top left of page - to open the toolbar.

External Links (webpages anywhere): Type text describing your link into the page. Highlight the text. Click on Link in the toolbar. Cut-and-paste the URL (http://...) from your webbrowser into the dialog box. Click on Add Link. Save the page.

Internal Links (Pages in this Wiki): Type text describing the page you want to link to. Highlight the text. Click on Link in the toolbar. Type in the name of the Wiki page OR Click Find Page and click on the name of the page. Click on Add Link. Save the page.

Cut-and-Paste Functions
If you cut-and-paste from MS-Word to the Wiki, the paragraph formatting will be lost. One way to overcome this is to cut-and-paste paragraph-by-paragraph.

Widgets: Adding Videos and Such
The "Widget" button on the EasyEdit Toolbar is where to go if you want to add a YouTube video or similar forms of content.

Adding and Moving Pages
Any participant in the course can add pages to the Wiki.

When adding pages, please try to put them in an appropriate place within the categories on the left sidebar, so that others can easily find them and navigate around the site.

In order to move a page, click on "More tools" at the top of the page. A dialogue box will open where you can move the page to the appropriate location in the Wiki menu.

Page and Site Organization
The main organization of pages is as follows:

Lectures: Under this category are pages associated with each lecture in the class. Powerpoint slides of the lectures will be loaded onto these pages. Participants should edit and add to the pages by contributing their own notes, comments, questions and so on to each page. Think of these as collective LECTURE NOTES contributed by the entire class.

Readings: All of the class readings will have one page (or at least on page) on the Wiki, including each chapter from the ethnography The Dobe Ju/hoansi by Richard Lee. Participants should edit and add to the pages by contributing their own notes, comments, questions and so on to each page.

Films: Each film recommended for this class will have a page on the Wiki. Participants should edit and add to the pages by contributing their own notes, comments, questions and so on to each page.

[Note: These are the main categories so far.... what other categories should we have?]

Sending Compliments
The Wiki has a "send compliment" function. If you like something one of the participants has done on the Wiki, send them a compliment! Anywhere on the Wiki, where you see the person's profile name (like Socect, for the instructor) you can click on that name or the person's avatar (picture) and you will get a dialogue box where you can view their profile, send a message or send a compliment. Generally, anywhere they have made a comment or added content, this name will show up. So it is easy to send a compliment - or simply a message - to them as you are viewing their contribution.

The instructors and teaching assistants will be using this function... but not in a systematic way related to grading an assessment... so if you don't happen to get one or more "compliments" don't worry! Sometimes it is just a function of the time we have at that moment or the mood we are in. Everyone will get credit for their work. We will not be counting up the number of "compliments" participants get (from the instructors or other participants) as part of the assessment. But, of course, if you get a compliment or two, it is sure to mean you are doing some good things!

Lecture Slideshows (Powerpoint)
The slideshows are embedded using a link to
To embed slideshows this way, they must first be uploaded to a slideshare account.
Then on the Wiki, easyedit toolbar, click "widget" and use "Other widgets".
The slideshare site provides code to embed the slideshow in the Wiki webpage.

Time and Date
Wetpaint Wikis do not support different time zones.
All contributions are logged according to EDT (Eastern Daylight Time; East Coast of the United States).
Singapore Time is EDT + 12 hours (and EDT is Singapore Time - 12 hours)
Example 1: 10 am Friday, August 22 in Singapore = 10 pm Thursday, August 21 EDT
Example 2: Today, 10 pm EDT = Tomorrow, 10 am Singapore Time

Hints, Notes, Etc...
As a Wiki is edited, a complete history of the changes is saved. You can see the changes made and who made them (click on complete history at the bottom of the page). Every previous verision of a page can be recalled. [So be a bit thoughtful about what you contribute - if you vandalize the page or put up socially unacceptable commentary, everyone will know who contributed and there will be a permanent record of your 'contribution'.]