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  • Sections on Factors Affecting Survey Method Choice, Question Design, Biased Samples, Examples, and Confidentiality and Integrity.
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Community Building and Maintenance

Sept 25
  • Resized the CCT333 banner on the home page because the banner was too wide and stretched the screen
  • Fixed the letter links on the Analysis & Reflection page
Oct 1
Oct 18
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Oct 23
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Oct 30
  • Fixed the links on the Analysis & Reflection page for Ian Borges, Jacqueline Chan, Chen-Wen Chen, Bassey Ekanem and Noreen Raja
Oct 31
  • Cleaned up the navigation by fixing the links in the Misc. section, removing the bullets, and merging and shortening the lectures and labs sections
  • Cleaned up the Lecture and Lab Summaries page by reformating, adding a table of contents and moving the lecture powerpoint links onto a new page: Download Lectures
  • Reformatted the Constraints page by removing all of the excessive space
  • Gave my opinion for all questions in the Open-ended User Survey for Universal Remote Controls. Started with: 'I like the basic aspect of the remote control: that it's remote. You can change the channel where ever you are in the room and not have to get up.'
  • Uncluttered the navigation by merging topics under one section: Help and Tips (Study Notes, Glossary Links, Sandbox, How to Edit Wiki and Key Concepts), subsequently creating the Study Notes and Glossary Links pages; created the FAQ section
  • Created a surveys page for groups to put up links to their user surveys and placed its link under Help and Tips in the navigation. Announced this new page in recent news on the home page so groups know that it exists
  • Asked question 2 on the Final Test FAQ page
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Nov 4
Nov 7
  • Reformatted the objects and links on the Surveys page for consistency. Added survey link for TCard machine. Deleted excessive arrows
Nov 11
Nov 13
Nov 16
  • Cleaned up the Project Group pages (Lab 1, 2, and 3) by removing the "Classified" section, as it is no longer needed
  • Cleaned up Project Group Lab 3 page by removing the MAP Squad's extra link (which looked like this: [[http://themapsquad.wikispaces.com|]]) and reformatting Sheridan-Demystified for page continuity
Nov 20
  • Answered question 9 on the Assignment 2 FAQ page
  • Edited the How to Edit Wiki page by clarifying the intructions for how to add a table of contents
    • Original: Then enter the code "2x [, toc, 2x ]" anywhere on top.
    • Revised: Then enter the following code anywhere on top, and make sure you remove the spaces between the brackets: [ [ toc ] ]
Nov 22
Nov 23
Nov 24
  • Editted question 9 by on the Assignment 2 FAQ page by informing people that the final deliverables for the group project are now posted and what they are
Nov 27
  • Added spaces between headings on the navigation in order to make it easier to read
  • Removed excess space between the banner and the letter links on the Analysis and Reflection page
Dec 2
Dec 6
  • Editted the Google page by fixing spelling and grammer errors, changing the size of the headings appropriately, and added links (Google Maps, Google Analytircs, Google Scholar, Google Catalogue, Google Desktop and Epic 2014 trailer)
Dec 7
  • Editted research methods page by creating internal links for online focus groups, surveys, interviews, observation, and ethnography; reformatted headings for consistency

Reflection

Beginning


I previously used wiki for CCT205. I learned how wiki can be a very powerful collaborative tool. It's easy-to-use interface allows users to edit other people's work with ease. That said, each page had more than one person who contributed to it; however, if you never looked at the page's history, you probably would not have guessed that because the information compiled together in a seemless manner. All edits were both big and small, but nevertheless, all important. Once my class got started with wiki, our space took a life on its own and grew beyond what most of us probably expected. Our wiki space moved beyond simply putting content, but we used it to help ourselves as well. An example would be the Test Notes and Questions page. This page was a compilation of what we needed to study for our first test, and it was extremely helpful.

This time around, I want to learn more about how students will utilize wiki. I know that I am not the only one who has previously used wiki, so I'm sure that experiences user will take advantage of this wikispace. I also want to see whether people will be more willing to collaborate with other people. In CCT205, there were some pages that were "reserve," which I found counter-productive. I generally want to see how past experience with wiki affects present user behaviour.

As an experienced user, I plan on utilizing wiki's features. For instance, I take full advantage of the FAQ section. I ask questions, answer questions or simply check for new information. I also understand how to use wiki (such as creating a table of contents), so I can show others how to perform technical actions. I'm also planning on starting a Study Guide page for the final test in this course

Middle


When I choose a posting to contribute or change, I usually choose the postings that I am either knowledgeable about or interested in. When I am knowledgeable about a topic, I can then contribute accurate information. If I tried to contribute to pages that I know little about, I might be posting incorrect information. By being knowledgeable about a certain topic, I can also edit the actual content on that topic. I can do this by explaining concepts more clearly, giving examples, and by generally ensuring that it is correct. If I am interested in a topic, I go out of my way to research it and ensure that my research is accurate. I also look for an abundance of information because of my interest in the topic. Thus, I am able to add a large and accurate amount of information to topics I am interested in. I also contribute to postings be checking the way their formatted and whether they are edited. I do this for almost any page, since format and writing are only technical components of the posting.

Adding, editing and re-arranging other people's work is a very good thing. It is good because other people usually make your work even better. I actually took a course called CCT208, and our written assignments relied heavily on peer-editing sessions. Many times, people do not realize their mistakes or just might not see a topic from a different perspective. Adding, editing and re-arranging can add more value to a piece of work because another user is adding his or her own expertise. Also, the whole purpose of using a wiki is to elaborate with others. Thus, not adding, editing or re-arranging would go against the spirit of wiki.

I do not check my own postings for alterations. This is because I do not have my "own" topic. However, I do have a topic that I am "sharing" with someone else. I noticed that someone already started a page on Surveys. That is the topic I wanted to do. Rather than despairing, I am going to contribute additional content to that page. Thus, I often check the page to make sure that the content she or he is writing is different from what I plan on writing.

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My view on collaborative learning has slightly changed from the beginning – I think that the equipment used for it should be better. The fact that I am posting my last reflection so close to the deadline is because wikispaces got overloaded and went down for about 45 minutes at 11PM Thursday. I suppose wikispaces couldn’t handle such a high volume of people. This goes to show how collaborative learning needs reliable equipment. Generally, I thought that working collaboratively was a good thing, especially on wiki. I was able to help people by editing their work and fixing formatting. Similarly, I’m sure that people did the same for me as well.

One suggestion I have is to let only one person at a time edit a page. Perhaps not something that extreme, but some kind of function that will stop people from editing pages at the same time. When people edit pages at the same time, only the person who saves his or her work last will have the “last say.” Often times, people’s work is lost. I also think there should be formatting guideline so that the wikispace would look more uniform. I suppose that’s more of an opinion on aesthetics though.

The main advantage from working in this wiki is that you can feed off of other people’s knowledge. For example, sometimes if I didn’t understand a concept during a lecture, I could usually look it up on our wikispace and there would be additional information on it. Information was also available all the time. Thus, I could look up information even at the dead of night.