Analysis and Reflection

Contributions:

September 27th 2006:
  • Created "Virtual Reality" page
  • Added content and graphics to page
  • Created my Analysis and Reflections page

1st Wiki Analysis
When first encountering wiki at the beginning of the course:
  • What do you think/feel about this collaborative learning environment?
Wikispaces are generally much easier to use than WebC or Blackboard therefore I do prefer this environment much more. I find that the information that is posted is also much more user-friendly because it is created by my peers as opposed to some academic material from various textbooks. I tend to struggle with keeping up-to-date with the wikispace therefore I have started to delegate specific days to update and read over the CCT333 wikispace.
  • What are your expectations for yourself ?
I expect to create a useful wikispace and probably contribute more to other people's postings as opposed to mainly focusing on mine. I also plan to use Wiki more as a study and reference tool rather than just a discussion board.
  • If you have previously used wiki in another course, then describe what you have previously learned and how you want expand your understanding.
From previously using Wiki I learned that the space has major turn-over in regards to information and it can usually be challenging to keep up with these changes. Therefore, it can also be frustrating to constantly monitor what is being added and altered, particularly when you want to add information that has already been added or deleted from the space. I plan to expand my learning by trying to keep on track with what is happening and again I'd like to use the space as a reference tool for the course.
  • What can you contribute as an experienced participant?
As a past user of Wiki I can contribute by maintaining usable format on the wiki psages. In the past I have seen how my fellow peers use Wiki and the way in which they maintain it to keep it user-friendly and easily accessible, therefore I can use these skills to maintain the space.

October 30th 2006:
October 31st, 2006:

2nd Wiki Analysis
Think about the following and answer to the best of your ability:
  • How do you choose which postings to contribute or change?
The postings I contribute to or create are usually based on my own interests. For example, I created the Gestalt Processing page because my alternate major is psychology and I am interested in the way people perceive objects and images and I have also previously learned about the theory. The same goes for the pages I edit and change, if I find a topic that interests me or something I might know a little about, I tend to choose those postings to edit.
  • What are your thoughts on adding, editing or re-arranging other people's work?
I find it fairly easy to add to other people's work and edit it. Re-arranging it can sometimes be an issue if the person was trying to organize it in a specific way. I find that I also learn a lot, in terms of format and the ways in which I can use Wiki, when I edit other people's work. I also find interesting links and well-organized topics that I can expand on later.
  • Do you regularly check your own postings for alterations? Has anyone changed your work and how have you felt about it?
Yes, I do check my own postings. People have changed my work, but I find that it is mostly my friends who make the bigger changes as opposed to other individuals. This could be because people are more comfortable editing and chaning postings made by people they know. I find that I do the same sometimes because it is easier, but I also make sure I look over topics that interest me and those that I can edit - regardless of who created it.

November 30th, 2006: