What is the Socials/History Wiki?

The socials/history wiki is a writing space where all socials/history students will engage actively, over the duration of one semester, with the twin goals of learning and communication in a publication medium that affords editing, linking, and dialogue as persistent and critical elements in the production of useful knowledge. The Socials/History wiki will take the form of an online set of entries that follow the standard Wikipedia encyclopedia entry genre. Our primary model for wiki entries will be Wikipedia. Wikipedia represents an important contemporary example of how a specific medium (Internet) and a particular environment (collaborative editing) intersect in such a way as to enable the most prolific and significant example to-date of public knowledge production that blurs the boundaries between producers and consumers.

What is My Responsibility?
In Socials/History, you are an author or an editor, of the wiki. This is the first iteration of the wiki, and as such, you are responsible for authoring, collaboratively with another student or solo, three major entries on a major topic from the course. OR for making three major revisions to an existing entry that has been authored by previous students in the course

Choose from one of the two options below for this assignment:

Option A: Create a New Wiki Entry - 600-900 words
You may collaborate with one other student on this assignment.

Evaluation Criteria
The following criteria will be used to assess new Socials/History Wiki Entries



Wiki Entry Focus
Meaningful Contribution to the Wiki

Limited Contribution






Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed
Educationally Significant

Not clearly educational
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed
Well elaborated

Unclear



Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed
Specific Focus

Too general
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed



Unique Critical Perspective

Neutral Point of View
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed
Resources
Diverse Knowledge Sources

Limited Knowledge Sources
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed
Useful resources linked to the entry

linked resources of limited value
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed
Active links to resources

Broken links
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed
Connections to topic made through resources

More connections needed
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed



Quality of Writing
Wikipeadia Format Used

Wikipeadia Format is not used
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed
Clear and concise

Unclear and Verbose
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed
Few spelling or grammatical errors

Multiple spelling and grammatical errors
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed




Option B: Substantially revise an existing entry/Improve overall coherence/structure of the Wiki

You may collaborate with one other student on this assignment.

  • Can you tighten the critical focus or add to the list of resources for the entry?
  • Are you able to clarify points or offer examples that help to substantiate the key points in the entry?
  • Is there a need to update the information based upon all of the things that have happened in the field in the last 12 months?
  • Is there a need to disambiguate particular words or concepts or to combine entries that are currently in multiple areas?
  • Is there a need for a general top-level page to help to add cohorence to the sub-topic links.

In addition to the revisions you make to the socials/history Wiki, you will also need to provide a description of the changes you have made along with some assessment of how your changes have improved the quality of the wiki. This description can be made on the discussion page for the entry that you are revising.

Evaluation Criteria

The following criteria will be used to assess revisions to the wiki:


Wiki Entry Focus
Meaningful Contribution

Limited Contribution
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed
Educationally Significant

Not clearly educational
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed
Well elaborated

Unclear
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed
Specific Focus

Too general
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed



Unique Critical Perspective

Neutral Point of View
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed
Resources
Diverse Knowledge Sources

Limited Knowledge Sources
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed
Useful resources linked to the entry

linked resources of limited value
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed
Active links to resources

Broken links
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed
Connections to topic made through resources

More connections needed
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed



Rational for Revision
Clear and Concise Rationale Offered for Revision

Vague Rationale
Excellent------------------------------Avg------------------------------More Work Needed