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The non-wiki chemistry department page about me is here.

Things to remember

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  • Students
No one should hesitate to post material. If everyone hesitates then nothing gets done.
A posting is not permanent. You can revise, update, or even remove it.
Wiki is easy, but it's hard to start at wiki ground zero and come up to speed quickly.
Using wiki the night before an exam is mostly a waste of time.
  • Faculty
Most students are experienced web users, but very few are web savvy.
Contributing to wiki pages helps students become web savvy.
Wiki pages with student contributions have to be maintained, largely due to formatting issues.

Wiki approaches

  • Wiki pages should be student-driven, as opposed to "official" faculty-authored Web pages.
  • Wiki is excellent for giving feedback to one student or to an entire class.
  • A class can post textbook (and other) errors to a wiki page.
  • A committee can use a wiki to draft a document or to work on meeting minutes.
  • Several faculty can use a wiki to share the burden of writing an educational assessment plan or report.

Some things to avoid

  • Don't just post wiki pages and invite input.
  • Don't leave things too open ended.
  • Tie the wiki pages to some specific outcome, maybe even a graded one.
  • Avoid long, long wiki pages. Scrolling is a pain, and it's boring and tiring to read long columns of unbroken text from a screen. (Zzzzzzz ...)

Wiki questions

  • Is there a simple way to stop the software from printing every page's name in H1 size at the top, such as on this very page?
  • Is there a simple way to adopt a uniform style for a header and for navigation across a set of pages, sort of like a style sheet, or as is done in Eckerd's content management system (cms)?

Other links and tests

  • A chemical reaction is shown below. One can use drawing software to create such a figure, save it as an image file, and then upload it to the wiki for future use.

A chemical reaction