Monday, 24 November 2014

The School of Biomedical Sciences Wiki FAQ

The following is an FAQ (frequently asked questions) about the School Wiki exercise at: https://teaching.ncl.ac.uk/bms/wiki/

Quick Overview of the Wiki



I have lost my Wiki email and don’t know my password. What do I do?
Please follow the instructions on the front of the Wiki page. It is very easy to request your login details by following the instructions on the front page of the Wiki, and by watching this video - YouTube Link

What is the most common mistake students make on the Wiki?
The most common mistake is failing to make links on the page being edited to other pages in the Wiki. Making such links is fairly easy and is covered in the lecture, and is also explained in the video on Page creation - YouTube Link.

The second most common mistake is failing to include references. Again, this is explained in the video Adding references - YouTube Link

What is my Wiki subject?
There is not a subject. You can write a page about anything you want, as long as it is about some aspect of biomedical sciences.

Also, you don't have to write a page. You can make your contribution by editing some of the pages that have already been created.

How much do I have to write or do to get the marks?
That is up to you. It is between you and your conscience.

However, the more you put in, the more you will get out.

To do a good edit you will need to spend some time reading the Wiki (so you will learn) and then possibly reading up on a subject in textbooks to correct mistakes in the Wiki.

Basically, this is a collaborative effort, and you are working as part of a team.

Does Dr Morris read every Wiki submitted?
Yes....

Does Dr Morris edit every Wiki submitted?
No.

I read all the entries and edits, however, I only correct grammar, spelling, page layouts and add in links. I do not edit the Wiki for factual correctness.

How do I get feedback on my Wiki entry?
There is no formal feedback on your Wiki entry, other than whether or not a classmate edits your entry, or if changes are made by Dr Morris. If I make any changes to the Wiki I quite often include feedback text outlining the changes I've made.

How do I know if my Wiki entry has been edited?
When you submit your changes to the Wiki if you click on the box that says "Watch this page", at the bottom of the page, then when somebody else edits the Wiki page you will receive an email notification.

How do I know if I have successfully submitted my Wiki entry?
You do not receive a "receipt" saying that you have successfully submitted to the Wiki. The way that you check is by looking at the page and seeing if your edit is present.

How can I do italics/bold/numbered lists/bullet points/sub-headings etc.?
The current setup on the Wiki has a "rich text editor" that is very similar to Word in that it provides a number of controls that you can click on to change the size of headings, put things in italics, numbered list, bullet points etc.

How can I add in references?
Referencing in the Wiki, just like any form of scientific writing, is very important. To add a reference position your cursor at the point in the text where you would wish to add the reference, and click on the "R" button on the toolbar of the editor. A window will then appear few to add the reference. Type your reference into the window, and click on and click on "OK".

This is all covered in a training video - Adding references - YouTube Link

Can I add figures from textbooks?
No.

No copyrighted material should be added to the Wiki.

How do I correctly name an organisms in my entry?
The first time you name an organism that you should give it its full scientific name, for example, Escherichia coli, and it should be in italics (italics are available from the toolbar menu).

If you mention the organism again later in the text you can abbreviate the genius. For example Escherichia coli would become E. coli. Please note the space between the genius and the species, and that the organism name is in italics.

Who can read my Wiki entry?
Anyone on the planet.

Only class members (past and present) can edit the Wiki.

Why are we doing this Wiki exercise?
The Wiki came about as a result of a conversation between members of staff.
For a number of years of students had been asking for a "glossary of terms". The staff thought about this and decided that a Wiki exercise would provide this "glossary of terms" and would also introduce the students to collaborative work practices and teamwork.
Hence the Wiki was born…