From Eckerd Academic Wiki
The non-wiki chemistry department page about me is here.
Things to remember
- 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.
- 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 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 ...)
- 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)?
- External link to a sound file - perhaps not as good as a link to a wiki file here, but it certainly works
- External link to an Adobe PDF file - perhaps not as good as a link to a wiki file here, but it certainly works
- 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.