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Presentation to the EMPA elearning showcase:

Welcome to HUMS3001: Censorship and Responsibility

Welcome to the student-built wiki for HUMS3001: Censorship and Responsibility. During the semester students will help build the pages in this wikispace, which will then form the basis of the end-of-course exam. The course is broken into a theory section and a section for Case Studies, but the two will obviously leak into each other. You will see links to already existing pages on the lefthand side of the page under 'Navigation'. Have a look around and introduce yourself on the Author Bio page if you intend to contribute to the wiki. There are no rules as to when and how much you can contribute to a page.

Wiki Spirit

This course is designed for students to learn about and demonstrate generous, scholarly collaborative critical practices. Some people think of effective collaborative wiki-building as requiring wiki spirit.

The most famous wiki in the world is wikipedia- the wiki-built encyclopaedia. An excellent guide to becoming a wikipedian is Phoebe Ayers, Charles Matthews and Ben Yates' How Wikipedia Works. The authors state that there are policies and there is a wiki spirit. This is similar to how you should think about this course. There are policies (the same that govern your everyday study - plagiarism, respect for others, etc) and there is a wikispirit. Some features of wiki spirit include:
  • Wikis are strengthened through diversity: the strength of a wiki is its ability to present many great ideas and points of views in one document. The diverse opinions and interpretations of a wiki's many contributors improve the content of a page.
  • Wiki boldness: 'Be bold and edit' is the basic thing to keep in mind here. If you can change a page for the better then do so. There are policies that govern a wikispace, but not rules as such. You can change what you want how you want so long as you feel it is making a page better by contributing to the building of a broad body of ideas, interpretations, investigations, information (the four i's in knowledge)
  • Wikis have a NPoV: Ayers, Matthews and Yates state that wikipedia has a "neutral point of view". This means that pages should reflect all sides of an argument (even if you are contributing just one side). If you think you are right (as most of us often do) it does not display wikispirit to erase and replace the content of a wiki. Instead, find a way to incorporate your ideas into an existing debate. Try inserting 'Some have argued that...', or 'It has been suggested that...', followed by 'On the other hand, it can also be suggested that...', or 'An article by X suggests the contrary, that...'. This displays respect for the ideas and work of others and helps build a wonderful, diverse and informative page.
  • Wiki spirit requires faith: It is often difficult not to take offence when someone edits your work. Good faith means that you look for the best in how others respond to and treat your work. If someone has edited your words and changed their meanings you should 'assume good faith' (AGF). This means that you make the decision to view someone's changes as their attempt to make the page better or the idea clearer. You can, of course, take note of the change and work to reincorporate your original idea if you feel you were originally misunderstood (thus building even more diversity).
Feel free to elaborate and add more features of wiki spirit as the course goes on.

Need Help?

If you need help using the wiki, see the 'How to' link under 'Help' under the lefthand Navigation table.
You may wish to practice editing and changing text in the 'sandbox' which is linked under help also.
If you are still struggling, contact your tutor as soon as possible.

Works Cited

Image at top left is entitled 'Self Censored' and was created by gynti_46:

Story behind this wiki

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