Rafeena's Reflection

Response #1

The wiki is an interactive space that is very easy to use. Unlike classrooms, the wiki allows people to input information and provide feedback for different questions and ideas 24/7. People who have access to computers around the clock have more of an opportunity to add information to the wiki, ask questions on the wiki and get feedback from others that also use the wiki. The problem with this is that people who have less access to computers or the internet do not have the same opportunity. Unlike a classroom, where everyone in the class has access to equal information in a given timeframe, students can use the wiki anytime they want, but access to a computer and internet connection is required. Possible external problems can also arise such as: people constantly losing their internet connection or people’s computers breaking.

I have used the Wiki space in previous classes. I found the overall interface very easy to understand. I wouldn’t call myself an advanced user, but I did easily understand how to to add text and keep my information in a well organized manner. The way I learned how to format my wikis were through the “text editor” option and looking at how other people formatted their work. I enjoy the idea of an open interface where people can add information to a site and where others can readily access this information. In fact, I suggested the wiki idea as a learning tool for computing services. The wiki would assist fellow workers because if anyone had a problem, they could ask a question on the wiki. People would be able to reply to the question immediately and would be made available in the future; the information could also be edited for clarification or corrections. As it is used to help people in the classroom, I also see wikis being practical for everyday use.

With the experience I have obtained from using the wiki, I can help people who have questions about the wiki and give them feedback without having to be there with them. I can instantly comment or edit on a wiki and organize information so that it is more easily understood.

Response #2

For CCT333, I have chosen to look at posts which interest me most to edit. I find it a little hard to decide what content I would like to add to this wiki. So far, I have looked at the Table of Contents and see what others have posted. If I find something that interests me, I will try to research it more and add something to a person's entry. However, if a person has posted a lot of information, I find it hard to add anything else to their entries. Currently, I have not posted an entry of my own.

I find it very hard to edit other people's work. I feel that by editing other people's work, I may be taking away from what information they may be trying to portray. The changes I have made are actually additions to what others have said. I have added sources to strenghten others' information to make it more informed and backed up.

When I add a posting or make alterations. I assume that those who do change my work are doing it because they have a better source, or are more informed. I have not made my own entry as of yet. As such, I have not followed my current alterations. Once I have posted my own information, my feelings about how I feel about people changing my information might change. I do believe that people will add valid information. My hopes are that their information is backed up by a representative and respected source. I do not like using wikipedia as a valid source mainly because the information can be adjusted by anyone so easily.
RE: It was difficult finding a topic of interest that wasn't already taken. After making a few more significant edits on the wiki (ie: adding more information) I feel that I have started observing what other have done to my wiki information. This is not because I am worried about them changing my information; but rather, I am curious about their changes or additions. The "comparing history" option that wiki provides makes viewing the changes more simple.

Response #3

My views still remain pretty consistent with my original post. I have found out a few new tricks about the wiki such as how to move pictures around and embed media into the wiki space. The use of the wiki in smaller groups (such as our group projects) felt more like a community than larger wikis such as our class wikis. I found that because of this, the ideas on the group wiki can be more complete and linked together. What the class wiki provides is a broader look at the course.

Possible improvements with the course is probably having groups talk about certain ideas on the wiki. This would allow for the same broad aspects that the wiki offers but it would also allow the wiki to be more complete and intertwined similar to that of a web. As for the wiki, I feel some improvements that could be made is by adding an alert option to know when individual content has been changed. This would help profs alert students of different events and such. This may also make students more interested in knowing when their page has been edited and give them a sense of ownership. This will cause them to add more content to that page as well.

The wiki is a service that allows everyone to go onto a page and edit it on their own time. This is a great idea because people have different schedules and cultural aspects and the flexibility caters to everyone’s needs. The only problem with this is one person can edit a page at a time. Also wiki allows everyone to learn from one another. This idea allows everyone to communicate with one another and creates a community. The wiki allowed for everyone to put in their ideas about different topics. The Wiki is a great idea for teaching anyone and allows for people to learn beyond the classroom in a less conformed manner.

Wiki Content


Rafeena's Wiki Contributions

November 12, 2006

1. Added examples to P2P (Peer-to-Peer) page
and added suggestions and links.

December 2, 2006

2. Added information to Accessibility page
with examples and relevent links.

3. Organized Table of Contents page.

4. Completed Wiki Content on Accessibility page
Specifically, Accessibility Issues

December 3, 2006

5. Added information to Limewire page
with examples and relevent links December 3, 2006

December 6, 2006

6. Added supportive link to Data Mining page.
and a Data Mining Software section with an example.

7. Added Praxis section to Table of Contents page.

8. Added information to Praxis page.
Made definitions section, example section and resources section.
Added relevent links and citation and image.

9. Added information to Artefact Model page.
and relevant link. December 6, 2007

December 8, 2006

10. Formatted Digital Divide page
and added relevant information.

11. Added relevent links to Public Sphere page
and relevent examples.