On Tap Today:
- Submission protocols for Project One reviewed (again)
- Ranking message for Project One (explained, with example)
- Common problems with Project One (for you to avoid)
- Super-Secret Sneak Peek at Project Two (for the ambitious students)
Project One is due by 11:59 pm Tuesday, 9/16/14: Post to Wikipedia (or other knowledgebase) and provide a copy of the text with a link to the Wikipedia entry (see an example here). Provide “before” and “after” screenshots as linked files with your references on your team blog page.
Every team member will be responsible for sending me an email by 11:59 pm Thursday that includes the name of your team and a numbered ranking of your teammates. Numbers are based on the number of people in your team excluding yourself (you will not rank your own contributions). The highest number should be assigned to the person who you felt turned in the best performance while working on this project (e.g., if your team has five members, in this ranking the highest number will be four). Here’s an example:
The teammate with the “highest” score will receive a bonus point. Likewise, the teammate with the lowest score will lose a point from their grade for this project.
Common Wikipedia Problems with Project One Executions (and common strategies for avoiding them)
1. Entry does not serve knowledge base
- Expand a stub, make an entry for a section of an existing article, or choose a “wanted” or “most wanted” entry
- Enter your contribution into Wikipedia in advance of the due date (to allow time to gauge readers/editors responses)
- Familiarize yourself with what kinds of entries are cut (and why)
2. Entry does not follow formatting/style guidelines of knowledge base
- Study the wikipedia style guidelines and content criteria and makes sure you are aware of common writing practices for this site
- Use an article on a similar topic as your style sheet/example
- Be aware of, in particular, when images/diagrams would be of use for a given topic
3. Entry contains inaccuracies, unverified claims, and/or grammar/punctuation mistakes
- Research your topic thoroughly
- Be sure to cite sources appropriately using Wikipedia’s guidelines
- Perform common editing/spell check functions, including importing your text into a word processor
Common Student Problems with Project One (and common strategies to avoid them):
The Procrastination Situation:
- You decide to wait until Tuesday to familiarize yourself with Wikipedia’s markup language and editing procedures, only to discover that they are a bit more complicate than you anticipated and are thus forced to watch, teary-eyed, as the midnight deadline rolls past you like a giant boulder crushing your dreams of academic success.
- Pro-tip: Play with Wikipedia. Start today in the sandbox. A link to your personal sandbox will appear in the upper right corner when you are logged in to your Wikipedia account.
The Citation Situation:
- You compile your facts and evidence behind your entry from websites that you forgot to document and/or things your mother or some drunk guy told you, only to discover that Wikipedia, despite what its various critics (and possibly your mother or some drunk guy back when, as mentioned, they were acting as your primary research source) have suggested, actually has fairly formal standards for documenting evidence and listing citations.
- Pro-tip: Use citation templates provided by Wikipedia
The Illustration Situation:
- You create an entry that would clearly benefit from photos, diagrams, drawings or some other visual aid, but fail to provide them or provide visuals that do not meet Wikipedia’s policies on copyright. It goes without saying, for instance, that the Wikipedia entry on scoleciphobia would much the poorer without the following photographic demonstration of the face of “fear of snakes.”
- Pro-tip: Browse the links Wikipedia provides of public domain image collections.
Rough Draft Review
Hand a copy of your rough draft to a different team. As a team, review your peers’ work. Complete the following tasks:
- Can you identify a sentence definition? Is it conveniently placed? If one is missing, would it help the readability?
- Is there a clear organization of information? How could it be improved?
- What questions remain unanswered?
- Identify the primary readership of this article. Be as specific as possible.
Project Two will begin in earnest on Tuesday. be sure to read chapter 24 in Anderson if you have not already done so.