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· contributions ·


September:

1. September 14th ٠ First main contribution on End-User
2. September 15th ٠ Created Analysis and Reflection page and link on the navigation bar
3. September 15th ٠ Provided a different organizational scheme to the navigation bar
4. September 23rd ٠ Second main contribution to The Ten-Minute-Rule
5. September 23rd ٠ Added Description and created a banner to/for the ccit333 homepage

October:

6. October 29th ٠ Began to work on visual aspects of End-User and The Ten-Minute-Rule pages by adding banners and graphics.

November:

7. November 7th ٠ Fixed up table of contents organization and picture for the Accessibility page.
November 7th ٠Formatted the Wikispace Alias' Page as links were misplaced and out of alpha-order - helped me to figure out the formatting ropes of wikispace
November 7th ٠Editted the Home Page for formatting errors

December:

8. December 7th ٠ Third main contribution to Depth Perception - information and graphics
December 7th ٠ Added an image to the Memory page and editted How we Forget.
December 7th ٠ Editted the Audience page and added an image.
December 7th ٠ Added Image to Wearable Computing and editted content grammar
December 7th ٠ Added images and examples to Web 2.0
December 7th ٠Added image and formatted the text of Public Sphere
December 8th ٠Added a comment to the Test Feedback Page

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· reflection ·


٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ September 26th, 2006 ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠

As a new member to the collaborative online learning environment of Wikispace, I find it to be very self-explanatory with regards to learnability and simplistic with regards to design. I have never been involved in a group effort of this sort prior to this semester, but so far my thoughts are positive. From mid-September to now, I have seen our ccit333 wikispace transform from its initial few pages to what it is now, a basic framework on which every student is adding their work and creativity about interaction design. I think it is a neat concept how every member has access to edit all pages. I am normally used to publishing work that only my TA or professor will see, so with this workspace, the idea of a ‘polished’ piece would be hard to maintain, because it will be in the hands of many students – not just one. In a way that concerns me with regards to a solidified marking scheme, but I am sure I will come to understand the basics more as I go along. As long as no one completely sabotages someone else’s work, I believe this new learning environment should be a positive experience!

As of right now, I am playing around with the different design features offered in page making. I want to make my page contributions more creative and efficient, so I am attempting to learn the different HTML tools Wiki offers. It helps to explore the code of other pages currently up and running on Wiki. I do not have the advantage of knowing Wiki from a previous course, so I am hoping that does not put me at a disadvantage. In order to overcome my inexperience, I intend on looking to other students and Wiki-help for assistance – so far it has been useful, but I’m sure as more pages are created and edited, I’ll have more templates to look off of.

٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ November 6th, 2006 ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠

Midway through the semester, I have to say that I am still quite hesitant about editing the work of other students, merely because of personal experience. One of the contribution pages I was working on was taken over by another student, which has made it highly difficult for me to continue with that topic. I know we are supposed to add to the work of other students to enhance their ideas and layout scheme, but where do we draw the line on how much we ‘add’ to each page? I think I will wait a bit longer before I contribute to other topics, only because I want to give a chance to those who have not completely finished adding their own input to their creations. For this reason, I have added my personal touch to other aspects of the Wiki (mentioned under contributions), which have helped with site organization and appearance.

A part of me has taken offence to the additions to my page, while the other part hopes to try and incorporate the ideas of others with my own. Referring back to the first reflection above, I am still not used to the Wiki concept of organized chaos (as I see it) and the fact that other students can critique and edit my input as they see fit. Do I like it? Not initially, no, but I am currently trying to accept the fact that this is what a collaborative effort involves. I know by the end of this semester, our cct333 Wiki will be filled with input coming from all directions, biases, and writing styles. That itself is an exciting thought, so although I may be a bit disgruntled now about topic manipulation, by the end I know we will have a great collaborative creation at hand.

٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ December 7th, 2006 ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠ ٠

As the semester comes to a close, and my time working on the ccit333 wikispace comes to an end, my thoughts at this point are ...neutral? Using wikispaces was a positive and new learning experience, yes, but overall I think I still have to get used to this idea of a 'collaberative online effort.' I am pre-set in my way of thinking I suppose, that it is taking a bit longer than planned to get used to this 'free-for-all to edit' concept! I like having control over my work until the end result is ready to be presented. By publishing bits and pieces here and there, and seeing other people completely pick apart what I have yet to finish is rather frustrating. Especially when I am trying to edit a page at the same time as someone else and my work gets overwritten (wikispace pet peeve #1). Other than that one minor issue, I believe the wiki was a good way of getting to know other students in the ccit program. By looking through other wiki projects and interaction design topics, I was able to see the academic side of my peers - something I never had access to prior to this semester, as well as learn a little about them, through group resumes and external links etc.

With regards to the overall Wiki environment, my comments are mainly positive. I believe that using this space was more productive in comparison to other course management systems (ie. WebCT Vista), due to a faster loading rate, less complexivity and its ability to be personalized, making for an overall more engaging experience. If I were to change aspects about the space, I would likely keep to the overall aesthetics and page layout. As of right now, there are some features that can spruce up the visuals, but more could be added, in terms of HTML coding, colour scheme designs, images, sound and video etc. Those features are not required for the space to function, so they are of little importance right now, but perhaps they will be included in the future?

I know that I will be using wikispaces in the future for other courses etc., so I am glad I was able to get a heads up in this course by learning the basics. Hopefully I can learn to cope with the the minor glitches that I have witnessed here and there in terms of formatting and fact that my work will be editted by my peers (a skill that I should probably attain now if I intend on furthering my academics). In all, wikispaces is a great place to share ideas with others, especially in terms of online-learning - good choice.

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· redesign initiative ·


Group Name ٠ Team Red
Technological Artifact ٠ Refrigerator

٠ Group Wikispace ٠

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