Saturday, May 22, 2010

How to add your details to the course wiki

As part of the orientation to the course, we would like you to add your details to the Course Wiki 'Participants' page. To do this, follow these instructions;

1. Create an account in Wikieducator

2. Once you have created an account, log in and go to the Participants page.

3. Click onto the button that says 'Edit' at the top of the page.

4. You will see details left by other participants that include their name and blog address. Some people have left other online contact details such as Skype, Twitter and Second Life. Copy and paste the contact details left by a participant and make the appropriate changes so we can see your contact details. For example, here are the contact details for Sarah Stewart:

#Blog: [ Sarah Stewart] Twitter: [ SarahStewart] SL: Petal Stransky Skype: sarah.m.stewart

Here are the details that have been changed to suit Jane Dow (made up person):

#Blog: [ Jane Dow] Skype: Jane.Dow

As you will see, Jane Dow does not have a Second Life name or Twitter account so she has not included them in her details.

Here is a video that walks you though this process.

If you have any queries about this, please have a look at the 'help' information about Wikieducator or contact Sarah Stewart. We will be spending more time in learning how to use wiki during the course.


WiseWoman said...

wanted to ask if you have a conversion calendar for foreign students to tell us time/date/etc in our own countries.

For this course, are we in an online classroom or is it all done on the wiki? I want to get the times/dates into my calendar so I don't miss anything and am confused. Gloria in Canada

Sarah Stewart said...

Hi Gloria

Yes, I use World Clock ( to work out time zones. Hopefully, unless I forget, you'll find the international time zones at the information of each event on the course the section called 'Schedule'.

I have to say that the time zones 'issue' for live events is probably my biggest headache. I am trying to keep everyone in mind when organising the events, but my first priority will be to the formal students in New Zealand and, of course, the speakers. All events will be recorded so if you miss one, you'll be able to catch up with it.

Having said all that, if you are finding you are missing live events there may be room to hold extra sessions, especially if there are a few of you interested in attending.

WiseWoman said...

I don't mind if it's middle of the night (used to that with births), just so I know. Would really like to be their live. so, is it on Elluminate again?

Sarah Stewart said...

What I suggest you do is have a good look at the schedule page on the wiki which should hopefully answer all your questions about the when, where, why and how:

We start off using Elluminate, just to get people used to this form of communication, and become comfortable with using headsets etc.

Then we'll explore various other tools and use them for meetings eg Skype, DimDim and WiziQ. But we will also be doing asynchronous stuff as well eg having blog discussions as well as conversations using Twitter and Facebook.

The idea of using all the tools is you get experience with a range of issues leaving you with a few options for your online event that you'll be facilitating at the end of the course.

Elluminate is all well and good but it is expensive. I am hoping that we start to think about how we can use 'free stuff', especially those of us who work for non-profit organisations with limited financial resources.

Sarah Stewart said...

Thanks for the questions Gloria because they are making me realise that things are not clear if you approach h the course from this blog as opposed to from the wiki. I have made a couple of changes to the blog - do they make things easier?