English 384:PQQ - Writing for Electronic Media (Spring 2009)
Michael J. Cripps, Ph.D.

Getting to Know Mediawiki

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At bottom, a wiki is simply a website. It is collaboratively written, edited, and proofread, and is very easy to update and change. And it is that collaboration that really helps make all the difference in the world.

Mediawiki is the collaborative writing software behind Wikipedia, the best known wiki in the world. This makes Mediawiki a great choice for us since we'll be working with real tools.

Unlike some other wiki software, however,Mediawiki has specific "codes" one must use to format and style the text and links. This adds a layer of complexity to the work, and makes it important to "get to know" the tool a little.

Your Task

  1. Log into our course wiki using the username/password combination you received at the start of the term.
    • View the relevant screencast (or the Help link) for help.
    • Email Cripps IMMEDIATELY if the login fails after 3 attempts. Like everyone, I err sometimes.
  2. Locate the Contributors area of the wiki, update YOUR section by adding your bio or profile.
    • You can use your profile from the course website, or something from your own website.
    • Create at least two paragraphs so you learn the "paragraph" style.
    • Use a fourth level heading called "Spring 2009 Courses" and build an ordered (numbered) list wiki code to make a list of the courses you're taking this term.
    • View the relevant screencast (or the Help link) for help.
  3. Using the Students page of the course website, find the link to a peer's Website and Blog
    • Make an edit to your peer's section of th Contributors page on the wiki.
    • Use a fourth level heading called "Links" and create an unordered (unordered) list of two items, a working link to the website and a link to the blog.
    • View the relevant screencast (or the Help link) for help.
  4. Don't worry about getting credit. The wiki automatically logs the entries and the authors. SCARY!


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