User:Rob/Wiki workshop

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Revision as of 05:00, 4 August 2008 by Rob (talk | contribs) (think of Cluedo (Clue in the US))

Complexity can be barrier to use of wiki technology. A wiki workshop aims to bring the accessable aspects of wiki within the grasp of an average person. Initially we would like to present a simple introductory workshop. The topics covered would aim to remove the percieved complexity and encourage students to explore what wiki has to offer.


Computer literate people who are comfortable with a web browser, but may not have used a wiki before.


  • Data projector connected to a machine capable of playing video.
  • Computer lab where each student has their own machine to work on.


  • 50 minutes of time in a computer lab
  • Approx 20-30 students


  • Introductory video of a humorous nature.
  • Gauge experience with wiki
  • Identify people who have wiki experience, in order that they may assist less experienced students to provide better learning support.


  • Success may be measured by some defined set of rules
  • Success is not required for learning to be effective or fun, but is something to strive for
  • Students may need to work together to complete the tasks

Getting started

  • Logging in
  • Trivial but identifies anyone who can not log in, perhaps create account for them (as long as the user name is the UPI this will be ok).
  • Show of hands

A collaborative story

Each student adds their own plot twists and turns

  • Adding content

An adventure game

Students navigate a series of pages which represent physical locations (eg The Dining Room) and have to collect information or find objects. In doing so they encounter other wiki users, or objects (templates) placed by them.

  • Based around real a life situation that is in some way familar to students and their everyday working enviroment
  • Think of old school text adventures but with hyperlinks instead of text commands
  • Images of real locations familiar to students

Learning more

  • Link to document listing MediaWiki resources and tutorials both internal and external
  • Who to contact for help and advice
  • Examples of the application of wiki technology

Wrapping up

  • Feedback forms (a wiki page?)
  • Email contact
  • Wiki cheat sheet to take away
  • Parting anecdote / joke

See also