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Focus on getting ready for your beta testing. After break, I will be shifting to trouble-shooting what you've already completed, and giving feedback on the big picture. So today will be a good time to ask me about how to do something you haven't yet learned to do.
Do this assignment on your own time, before Monday's class. But note that there is homework for Monday (a project proposal, which may require some thought).
- Choose a Wikipedia article about a subject you know well. Click on "edit this page" and write a blog entry about what you see. (You may also look at the "history" and "discussion" sections, to see what's going on behind the curtain.)
- Compare the Wikipedia entries for Seton Hill University and St. Vincent College. (What are their strengths and weaknesses? What can you conclude about the activity on the "history" and "discussion" pages?).
You may combine some of these steps into a smaller number of blog entries, but please write short, richly-linked essays that demonstrate your ability to write (and link) for the general reader -- don't just "post your homework" on your blog.
- Make substantial edits to at least two different Wikipedia pages (you may choose to edit the site you examined in step 3, but you may also pick different pages). You are of course welcome to correct typos, but I'm actually interested in seeing you contribute meaningfully to Wikipedia
- Let some time pass. (Give other Wikipedians a chance to react to your work.)
- Comment on peer entries. Remember that this page shows you the recent postings by students in EL236.
- Blog about your experience. (How did the community react? What did you learn? What do you think your high school teachers, your college professors, and your fellow students need to know about Wikipedia? Reflect on the whole experience..)